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Monday, October 23, 2006

"The Bride in the Attic" - a Halloween special

ANAHEIM, CA - The mythic, haunting history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion will finally be told by voice talent Kat Cressida, the artist whose performance as the high-tech "Black Widow Bride" was added in early 2006 to the Disneyland version of the Haunted Mansion attraction as part of park-wide enhancements made to the attractions during Disneyland's 50th anniversary festivities.

Disney aficionados will be pleased to hear that this is the first time that a telling of the "backstory" from the Haunted Mansion is presented being based on the story as it was told by the WED Enterprises "Imagineers" themselves back in the earliest days of the attraction's existence. For decades, Haunted Mansion fans have told tales and myths of the Mansion's storied history, with little more than anecdotal evidence to back their claims. Cressida's telling of the story will be pulled directly from her childhood conversations with her father, who worked for Disneyland's PR Department, and also worked directly with the original Imagineers who created this famed attraction.

"Dad was a graphic artist and 'marketing-meister' who worked closely with Disneyland in the early '70s, so he had come in contact with many of the Imagineers who had crafted the attraction," Cressida explains. "[While waiting in line for the ride,] he loved to ask me, 'Why is the Mansion so neat and pretty if it's called the Haunted Mansion?' He'd ask, 'Do you see that? Do you know what this is? Do you know why that's there…?', which led to a grand unfolding of this tale as we inched our way towards the turnstiles."

Curious? Well, be certain to visit on Halloween day, 2006, to hear the story of "The Bride in the Attic" for yourself! The story will be streaming for free for one day only (and will then be available as a download for your digital music library for 99 cents.)

"Nuptial Doom: The Bride in the Attic"
A History of the Haunted Mansion... As Told by Kat Cressida

Adapted by John Starling

Written for Recording by John Starling & Kat Cressida

Recorded at the GRAMMY® Award-winning SoundWorks Studios, North Hollywood, California, on October 19, 2006

Recording mixed & produced by Jeff Sheridan

Sound effects courtesy of Walt Disney Records, from a new digital master of the original sounds of the Haunted Mansion

Special thanks to: Chris Goosman, (Walt Disney Imagineering), Tom Fitzgerald (Walt Disney Imagineering), Walt Disney Records, Brian Nefsky, (Theme Park Productions), Ned Lott, Howard Green (Walt Disney Studios), Tim Curtis (William Morris Agency), Jerry Beber... and a certain Pirate.

To view Kat Cressida's extensive VO credits (including her work for other Disneyland attractions), visit

About, a tribute to Disney's Haunted Mansion attractions, has been called "exhaustively in-depth" by Variety Magazine, and has been named a Yahoo! Pick of the week, as well as a USA Today HotSite. The web site, which will celebrate its 9th anniversary on Halloween, features a rich tapestry of history, stories, secrets, interviews, and multimedia offerings that enable visitors to both re-live their memories of the Haunted Mansion and enhance future trips through the ride by arming themselves with insight and understanding of the attraction. The web site also features a large and active message-board community of fans of the Haunted Mansion.


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