One man’s private home just might be the best haunted house this Halloween season. Chris Sardinas of Orlando, Florida, slowly transformed his house over the course of six months into a recreation of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.
“In August I bid my house farewell as I started blocking off rooms to start construction on the props and scenery, much like prop-building for a play,” Sardinas told INSIDER. “During this time, I would research how the original Imagineers built their illusions and would immerse myself in their world and put myself in their shoes.”
- Chris Sardinas of Orlando, Florida, painstakingly turned his home into a replica of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.
- The whole project took six months to plan and build, mostly with items from thrift and antique shops.
- He slowly transformed every spare room in his house into an homage to the classic Disney ride.
Whether you’re a fan of Disney or not, it’s hard not to appreciate the jaw-dropping detail that went into this small-scale duplicate of the beloved Magic Kingdom attraction.
For the iconic seance room, Sardinas actually made the gypsy woman Madame Leota’s magically floating head out of a mannequin head he found at a local salon. He placed the head inside of an acrylic globe and touched up Leota’s face to make her look a little more haunting. The results? A macabre effect that Walt Disney’s Imagineers would be proud of.
In Sardinas’ version of the attic room, we can see the portraits of the “Black Widow” bride whose ex-husbands mysteriously died shortly after they were married. In the Disney World version, an animatronic ghost bride greets Haunted Mansion visitors.