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Palace Daily News: September 8, 2020


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Welcome back, Palace mortals, to the Haunted Palace Daily News. I am your ghost host, sofieremix, returning again with some fun facts about the original Haunted Mansion movie. Early drafts of the Haunted Mansion film script were set in upstate New York, with a manor house inspired by the Walt Disney World attraction. Director Rob Minkoff and production John Myhre felt the movie should feature a mansion inspired by the Disneyland original, and moved the otherworldly action to New Orleans. Following the massive success of Ghostbusters (1984), Disney green-lit the film in the mid 1980s. At first, they would only give permission for the film to be made if Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, or Rick Moranis would play the lead role. 

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The Gracey family that haunts the Haunted Mansion is named for Yale Gracey, one of the original Imagineers (Disney designers) of the Disneyland ride, which opened in 1969. Although a ghostly Gracey is never officially named in the ride narration or press, the name has long been associated with the "Ghost Host" in the attraction through fans' speculated narratives (contrary to popular belief, the ride does not have a definite story). There are many other imagineers hidden throughout the movie as Madame Leota, the singing busts, and many other beloved characters.

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And now, it is time for your daily motivation. Just a few words for your day today. Whether you’re careful or careless, rigidly disciplined or loosely organized, here’s something you can expect. Every now and then, storms will come your way. Sometimes you’ll see them coming a long way off. Other times they’ll pop up out of nowhere. They will blow, they will disrupt, they may leave some damage behind. And then they will go. The storms won’t care whether you’re prepared or not. They will not accommodate any prior plans you may have had. Yet life’s storms will compel you to grow stronger, more capable and resilient. You’ll gain experience, wisdom, confidence, and respect. Occasionally the storms will come, so do what you must do to get through them. And deepen your appreciation for the clear, beautiful days that arrive after the storms have passed. And remember, no matter how bad your storm is, we are all here to help you with it, judgement free. Remember always how fortunate you are to have amazing friends and let us all appreciate one another every day. 

Edited by sofieremix
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