Meeting The Residents Of The Haunted Mansion Pet Cemetery at Walt Disney World
Ask any Disney fan about why the Disney Parks stand apart from any other theme park and they’ll all reply that it’s the the attention to details that sets them apart. This is definitely the case at Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. The Imagineers even put thought and effort into designing the land surrounding the stately manor, especially in the Haunted Mansion Pet Cemetery. It’s not only the 999 happy haunts that are immortalized but their dearly departed animals as well!
Most guests stream past this ominously odd plot of land as they exit the attraction but today we are going to spend some time taking a peek at who resides in this gothic garden. This haunted hillside is home to many pets including a cat with nine lives, a snake, and a beloved duck.
Of course this isn’t the first eerily enchanting gravesite at a Disney Park. The popular pet cemetery was originally created by Walt Disney Imagineering in the 1980s at Disneyland Resort. And similar to Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s pet cemetery includes headstones with witty epitaphs.
First up on our ghostly gravesite tour of the Haunted Mansion Pet Cemetery is Dog with flower basket: Rover – “Every dog has his day, too bad today was your last.” 1898
Make sure you take some time to find Eric the snake as he can be hard to see at first. “Met his fate at the hands of a garden rake.” Rest in Pieces. 1882
Beloved Waddle the Duck dies in 1928. “Little Waddle saw the truck, but little Waddle didn’t duck.”
Little Maizy the Poodle died in a few years prior in 1923. “So prim and proper and never lazy, all you do now is push up daises.” R.I.P.
The Cat named Whiskers has an especially intriguing epitaph as it has nine different dates of death.
- At 1:00 – the date is 1898 and the cause was “Bad catnip.”
- At 2:00 – 1856, “A shoe at two.”
- At 3:00 – 1857, “ Sour milk.”
- At 4:00 – 1858, “Hairball”.
- At 5:00 – 1859, “One bad year.”
- At 6:00 – 1859, “same year.”
- At 7:00 – 1860, “Local dog.”
- At 8:00 – 1861, “Fell off limb.”
Jed the Cockatoo Parrot who died in 1889
In what might be the saddest (and possibly the creepiest) grave in the cemetery. You’ll find an unnamed monkey who died in 1871.
J. Thaddeus Toad’s statue can also be found on his tomb in the very back of this cemetery. Mr. Toad’s grave was put up in the Haunted Mansion as tribute when the Walt Disney World attraction “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” was replaced by “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”. The attraction still lives on at the Disneyland Resort.
Haunted Mansion Pet Cemetery Credit: Disney
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