I love collecting books about Disney Parks. You may recall previous articles about two recent favorites – Poster Art of the Disney Parks and the Magic Kingdom Storybook. Today, I’m adding another book to my “favorite” column – a children’s book about the Haunted Mansion attraction. This book is part of a new series from Disney Publishing called “Disney Parks Presents.” I recently spoke with Eric Geron, Associate Editor with Disney Publishing, about this new series that he dreamed up.
“Disney Parks Presents is a series of picture books with CDs and original artwork based on beloved Disney Parks rides and attractions,” explained Eric. “The books are a fantastic way for readers to relive classic Disney attractions from the comfort of their own homes or to experience them for the very first time.”
The Haunted Mansion is the first Disney Parks attraction featured in the Disney Parks Presents series. On the inside cover, readers will find a CD containing a uniquely created 5-minute and 32-second musical tour through the attraction. The track includes the classic “Grim Grinning Ghosts” song by Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio that inspired the book.
Illustrations for the 32 page book were created by James Gilleard, an artist from London, England. Eric said the art department loved his “retro, cool vibe” that complemented the overall silly and spooky tone of the book.
I selected a handful of illustrations I love for the image above. The clock striking 13 is one of my favorite attraction scenes, so I was glad to see it included. I was also delighted to find the Hatbox Ghost on one of the pages.
I asked Eric about his favorite scene in the book.
“I love the scene from the ballroom where the ghost is blowing out birthday cake candles,” replied Eric. “If you look carefully, you’ll even spot a hidden Mickey on the table that’s similar to one seen in the attraction.”
Future “Disney Parks Presents” books will feature attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the world famous Jungle Cruise, each with its own unique art style.
Look for “Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion” in select merchandise locations this summer at Disney Parks or at other favorite retailers nationwide.