|We're here again? Yes!|
|The organ inside the ballroom.|
In 1954 there was a Disney film that hit theaters by storm. It was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has taken claim to be one of the best adaptations of a book to film, and also Walt Disney’s first science fiction film. The film took home two academy awards, and was nominated for a third! So what's special about this film? Why am I trying to link a sci-fi movie to the Haunted Mansion? To this I say “Watch the movie again, or just YouTube the scene where Captain Nemo is playing the organ." In that scene, look closely at the organ he’s pounding on with precise finger precision. Do you recognize it? You should, because you look at it every single time you ride the Haunted Mansion!
|Captain Nemo playing with his organ...|
That's right, Captain Nemo’s organ has survived today at Disneyland inside of the Mansion. Pretty awesome huh? I thought so. It’s just another classic example of what Disney gems are and how you can totally miss them if you're not looking close enough. The pipes on the organ were changed to better match the ambiance of the ride, but it's the same exact organ from 20,000 Leagues! I feel that it’s a perfect fit into the Mansion because that place is full of random artifacts, and it looks creepy as well! My hat is off yet again to the Imagineers for implementing that gem inside of the ride. Nemo’s organ will live on for years to come as a spectacular piece of Disney history.