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The Attic today.

The Attic is one of the rooms in each of the Haunted Mansion attractions. Though it has changed since the original ride opened, the Attic has always been wedding-themed, always featuring a character dressed up as a bride, but this has changed over the years.

The BrideEdit

When the original Haunted Mansion opened, it featured a Bride with a red, beating heart that could be heard throughout the room. However, for a few days, she had a suitor: the Hatbox Ghost. The figure was removed a few days after opening because it did not work as expected, and the Bride was left alone. There were also pop-up/blast-up ghosts that were hidden throughout the room in old trunks, boxes, and even hatboxes. They would shriek and groan in order to startle guests.

In the 1995 the Attic was altered, adding a new ghostly pianist (similar to the one in Walt Disney World's music room). The pop-up's shrieks and groans were changed to haunting “I do's”. They seemed to be mocking the bride by saying the two words that she could never say. A new bride stood in place of the Hatbox Ghost, and had a face and hair. The Bride now appeared to be forlorn and taunted, unlike her homicidal predecessor. In 1996 at Walt Disney World, the bride was given a face and new hairdo, and the pop-ups were redressed with tuxedos and top hats. In addition, the trunks that they leaped out of were removed, so they now appeared to be jumping from behind piles of junk. The Shadow Pianist was not added, though, and the pop-ups still shrieked as they leaped up.

Then in 2006, the attic was reworked once again. The Bride was given a name, Constance Hatchaway, and a new storyline. This incarnation of the Bride is known as the “Black Widow Bride,” as she killed several of her husbands for their wealth and power. The headless groom theme returned to the Attic, with the inclusion of changing portraits in which the grooms' heads would disappear from their bodies. In California, the ghost pianist remained, but the pop-up ghosts were removed from their hiding places. These changes were brought to Walt Disney World in 2007's re-haunting, including the phantom pianist's music, which is only heard throughout the scene. The new Bride is brought to life through the use of animation projected onto a mannequin, which is borrowed from Madame Leota and the Singing Busts in the Graveyard. Constance is voiced by voice actress Kat Cressida while she is portrayed by actress Julia Lee in the wedding portraits.

In 2015, as part of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Diamond celebration, the Hatbox Ghost returned to the Disneyland mansion after a 46 year absence. He now stands on the balcony just outside the attic, laughing as guests pass him. His disappearing head effect is now achieved via projections. Because the "beating-heart" bride no longer appears in the attraction, his head does not disappear to the rhythm of her heart; instead, it simply shifts between his shoulders and his hatbox every 5-6 seconds.

Holiday VersionEdit

During the Halloween and Christmas seasons in California and Tokyo, the Attic features many spooky and macabre toys featured in the Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as an Oogie Boogie toy that crashed symbols like a toy monkey. Three of the old pop-up ghosts have been reworked into jack-in-the-boxes, one being a black cat with another as a skull, and still another as a jack-o-lantern. There is also a long Naughty-Nice List that stretches across the right side of the room, right into the mouth of the large snake from the movie, whose bulging body rises up to form an arch over the exit window. For a time until the 2006 refurbishment in California, a tribute to the original bride could be seen in the form of a tiny monkey figurine that resembled the Bride with the beating heart.

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