George’s Favorite Books of 2020

George’s Favorite Books of 2020

Each year, there are more and more Disney- and theme park-related books published. As a theme park nerd, this makes me very happy, but it also means there’s a lot of wheat to separate from the chaff. And that’s part of why ImagiNERDing exists; I always want to present a fair and unbiased look at Disney and theme park books.

With the ease of self-publishing, it means that everyone can tell their theme park story or create their own Disney book. This is a double-edged sword: not only do we get an enormous amount of material, but it also means that quality control (editing, proof-reading, copy-editing, design, etc.) is often neglected. Regardless of the content, grammar, spelling, and style are all important and are a big part of whether a book makes my list.

Books, Books, and More Books from 2020

What follows is the list of my favorite books from the past year in chronological release date.

  • Rolling Through the Years: a Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology by Ken Miller—This is the ultimate history of Cedar Point and might be one of the greatest amusement park books ever written. It’s a huge book and is the most comprehensively detailed book about Cedar Point. And I always recommend that Disney park fans spend time visiting regional parks, like Cedar Point, because they offer a look into the growth and development of themed entertainment.

  • The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky by Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt, and Paul Wolski—talk about the ultimate release for fans of Walt Disney and the history of the monorail! The book takes us on a trip through the different iterations of the monorail through history (no, Disney did not invent the monorail) and the development of monorails at Disney parks. Every Disney fan needs to own this!

  • Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter by Graham Allen, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price—this is a book that Disney fans have been waiting years for. It’s a massive book that looks at all the how the holidays are celebrated in all of parks, resorts, hotels, and cruise ships. There is a smattering of history, which is nice, but the majority of the 1900 photos are from the past few years. This is an important release, especially concerning the lack of celebrations happening in the parks in 2020 and for the many fans that aren’t able to travel. I enjoyed the book, mainly for the photos, but really with there had been more of a vogue on the history of the holidays in the parks.

  • Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT’s “Wonders of China” by Jeff Blythe—Polishing the Dragons is a perfect example of how small and independent publishing houses can offer incredible content that is well-written, well-designed, and, fortunately, well-edited! Disney fans will relish every sentence and they will devour Jeff’s book about the making of the Circle-Vision film. Seriously, I’m still amazed that there is a whole book dedicated to one subject. The book is awesome.

  • Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte—I’ve known Foxx for more than ten years and her blog has been one of the main inspirations for what I do at ImagiNERDing. The Haunted Mansion is a fan favorite and the attraction has been plagued by a lack of a stated backstory. Foxx takes us very deep to explore all of the influences of the Imagineers that led them to make the spooky house on the hill. This book is amazing and deserves to be in every Disney and theme park fan’s collection.

Haven’t Quite Finished It Yet…

My Favorite Books of 2020?

There you have it: my favorite books from 2020. I’m often asked what my favorite book of the year is, and I’ve offered the ImagiNERDing Book of the Year in years past. But this year, there are so many books that deserve the title that I can’t make an effective choice. If you’re on a limited budget, the Disney Monorails, Polishing the Dragons, Imagineering an American Dreamscape, and Boundless Realm, are all fantastic titles that shed light into Disney history from vastly different points-of-view and offer a wonderful reading experience.

What Are Your Favorite Books from 2020?


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Boundless Realm Haunted Mansion Book Review

Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte

Are you a Haunted Mansion fan?

Then simply visit your favorite retailer and purchase Boundless Realm, Foxx’s deep dive into the history, culture, myths, and designs of everyone’s favorite spooky house.

You will love it and you will glean so much from her nuanced analysis of the vaunted theme park attraction.

I would end the review here, but you might want to read more about it before you take your own deep dive.

Here’s the point to Foxx’s book:

In truth, however, the haunted mansion does not offer us many hints. The great power of the ride is that it suggests leagues more than it shows. Practically every scene offers visual input of imagistic power and internal logic but which has no larger context outside itself. Our brains labor overtime to trace links where they may not truthfully exist. It’s the theme park equivalent of a Rorschach test. —p. 52

Foxx has been pontificating on the Mansion and Disney/themed design for more than fourteen years at Passport 2 Dreams. And I’m not shy to say that she is one of the reasons that I started ImagiNERDing in 2007. Foxx’s words inspired me to look at Disney from a different viewpoint and allowed me to take a discerning look at design choices that I always took for granted. Seriously, the post on fake skylights changed my life.

Why Should You Read This Haunted Mansion Book?

Anyone who has experienced either of the continental Disney Mansions understands that there isn’t much of a narrative. Well, there is, and not the fan-based stories or the retcon that Imagineers have imposed over the ensuing years. But there is a rooted story that is based on the culture and history of the Imagineers that worked on Walt’s haunted house in the 1950s and 1960s. Foxx takes us on the dark and shadowy path that created the 1969 and 1971 Mansions (yes, I know they’re very similar, but there were/are differences).

Foxx did a majority of the 30 illustrations throughout the book!

That’s why this book is spectacular. Foxx takes us by the hand and acts as guide to all that made the Haunted Mansion the Haunted Mansion. She delves into the pop culture of the past few centuries, with a long side track into spiritualism, and brings us into the history of dark rides that led to this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Anyone familiar with Laff in the Dark and fun house walk-throughs will enjoy these dynamic connections.

Foxx takes these conjunctions, so to speak, and shares how the Imagineers (Davis, Coats, Crump, Gracey, and others) used these influences to design the enigmatic attraction. I searched Google and YouTube for books, songs, and movies mentioned by Foxx that are antecedents to the spooky house.

Boundless Realm and Disney Fans

In Boundless Realm, Foxx’s positions might not sit well with the average theme park visitor or Disney fan (someone who never vacations outside of Walt Disney World). She disregards and destroys fan-based theories (like Constance’s wedding ring), which is a wonderful thing. Some might call Foxx elitist, but there is a reason she is one of the most respected authorities on the Haunted Mansion. Her arguments and theories posit that the Haunted Mansion is a ride that must be experienced firsthand and can only be understood by regular visits.

The book really is for Mansionites that want to experience the attraction from a design perspective in relation to the history and culture of the Imagineers. Casual fans that follow popular vloggers might find consternation in Boundless Realm, but that’s a good thing. I’ve been reading and conversing with Foxx about the Haunted Mansion and themed design for nigh on ten years, and I still felt like I learned some new nugget on each and every page.

Boundless Realm shines when Foxx brings together all of the parts that made the spooky house what it is. We start the journey by discussing how themed entertainment (amusement parks, fairs, carnivals, etc.) and horror films of the early 20th century helped lay the foundation for the iconic attraction. But there are so many more layers to the attraction that Foxx uncovers.

Foxx spends time (and words) imploring readers to discover the world outside of the Disney berms. She discusses the importance of the Haunted Mansion at Knoebels and the Whacky Shack rides, and how their influence is felt in the Mansion.

Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World (And Tokyo, Paris, and Shanghai)

Foxx focuses most of her attention on the Florida mansion. She doesn’t disregard the California attraction; she discusses both attractions when they diverge and offer similar experiences. Her favorite is the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion, wherein lies her obsession. And her obsession pays off in spades for us.

In thinking about the book, there were so many parts that stood out in relation to the Magic Kingdom version. Foxx tours us around Liberty Square, and she helps us to understand why the spooky house is situated on a hill and its relation to the rest of the land. (Did you know that you’re not supposed to see the riverboat from the entrance to Liberty Square? It’s the sole reason they built the dock the way it is.) I also loved anytime Foxx stepped out of her role as tour guide and shared anecdotes about time spent working at the Haunted Mansion. There are some fantastic cast member tales in this book. Tales that could not take place today!

We do get sidelines related to the Tokyo Mansion, Phantom Manor, and Mystery Mansion. Foxx doesn’t burrow far into them, but offers cursory glances as to their roles in the evolving art form that is the dark ride. She also tackles a few of the other more prominent haunted houses at Alton Towers, Europa Park, and others.

A Ghost Will Follow You Home

This is only the third title written about the Haunted Mansion. For her, it was a journey that took most of her life to make. It is a work of love, but it’s also a look—no, a gaze into the Mansion and everything that makes the Mansion tick. And why we respond to the Mansion as we do. In one part of the book, Foxx mentions watching people exit the ride, and there is palpable exhilaration on their faces and in their mannerisms. As if they’ve ridden a roller coaster. There is something deeply relatable within the Haunted Mansion that touches so many of us. And many times we simply don’t have the wherewithal to understand why.

That’s what makes Boundless Realm so important.

Are You Going to Pick Up Boundless Realm?


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Haunted Mansion Book (Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Read)

The Haunted Mansion Book! (Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Socialize—and read!)

The Haunted Mansion book released by Disney is a picture book (or story book) about everyone’s favorite Disney attraction. Although this book is written for elementary-aged children, Disney and Haunted Mansion fans are going to love it!

Disney took the lyrics to Grim Grinning Ghosts and had an illustrator create full page spreads that reflect the lyrics of the vaunted theme park attraction. Buddy Baker and X Atencio wrote the eerie and recurrent theme song that is the basis for the attraction and the storybook. James Gilleard provided the artwork. Gilleard’s style suggests comedy, albeit mixed with the slight darkness of the Haunted Mansion. Overall, the artwork is charming and seems more of an extension than anything else.

From The Haunted Mansion book blurb:

Buddy Baker and Xavier “X” Atencio, both Disney Legends, created “Grim Grinning Ghosts” together, with Atencio writing the lyrics and Baker composing the melody. Baker has composed more than two hundred scores for Disney movies, such as The Fox and the Hound; television shows, such as The Mickey Mouse Club; and theme park attractions, such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Atencio started his career with Disney as an animator, working on such classics as Fantasia and Mary Poppins. He later became an Imagineer and scriptwriter and helped create Disney Parks attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

James Gilleard was raised in a small village called Garthorpe in the North of England before moving to London to study illustration and animation, which he now does for a living. His love of vintage animation has influenced his retro style. He enjoys old cartoons, pulp comics, birds, dinosaurs, and everything 1960s and 70s.

Each page or spread has a refrain from the song with a marvelous illustration based on the attraction. Gilleard captures the essence of the scene while deftly weaving his own artistic stylings into the mansion.

The book follows the actual attraction, from the Stretching Room to the exit. I’m glad to see this, since an artistic representation could have been just random images.

The Haunted Mansion book is a wonderful read for a kid who might be a little nervous about riding the Haunted Mansion. It’s also a great memento; I’m sure many kids (and adults) will spend hours lost in the book remembering their favorite scenes.

The book also comes with a CD with Grim Grinning Ghosts on it!

Title: Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion
Author: James Gilleard, Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio
ISBN: 978-1484727850
Release Date: July 5, 2016

Have you read The Haunted Mansion book?


 

FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Vintage Magic Kingdom Photos from 1972

Vintage Magic Kingdom photos from 1972

If you’ve looked online for vintage Magic Kingdom photos (who can define vintage anyway), you’ll find the interwebs sorely lacking. There are numerous sites dedicated to Disneyland photos and, frankly, there isn’t much about Disneyland that isn’t documented with photographs. I’ve talked about this with other Disney historians and the best theories we can bring forward deal with generational differences and camera equipment.

In the 1950s, the growth of the Federal Highway system made inter-state travel much easier and desirable. Home movies and photographs were a way of displaying your conspicuous consumption to your friends and neighbors. Unintentionally, guests photographed every square inch of Disneyland while recording their own family vacations. So, what is different about Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom? Obviously, the country suffered an energy crisis in the 1970s that stunted both the travel to Walt Disney World and the planned growth of the Vacation Kingdom of the World. But the more intriguing theories surround the less than high quality camera equipment (like Polaroid-style cameras and cheaper film stock) and photographs that are still stored in basements, attics and closets waiting to be discovered and shared.

A while ago, Instagram user DRASABREED (Trevor) tagged me in a vintage Walt Disney World photo. I contacted him and asked if he had more and if I could use them. He quickly responded with 30 vintage Magic Kingdom photos from several trips that his grandparents took in 1972 and 1973. Thanks to Trevor Clor for sharing these photos taken by Robert and Corliss Marowske. Here are the 1972 photos!

Vintage Magic Kingdom photos from 1972

Walt Disney World Band on Main Street, USA!

What a great shot to start our photographic tour! The Walt Disney World band decked out in red catches our eye first. There’s also a security officer on the left with some sort of patriotic bunting near the train station stairs. Was this taken during the Flag Retreat? You can also see someone selling balloons and a great garbage can. The guests also seem to be pretty well-dressed!

Cinderellas Castle from 1972

This is a great vantage point of Cinderellas Castle.

A shot of the Contemporary Resort from the Walt Disney World Railroad.

We’re on the Grand Circle Tour! No Space Mountain but a great view of a retention pond, the Contemporary Resort and the monorail beam. It looks like there is a parking lot tram above the person’s shoulder. This is a pretty great example of one of the vintage Magic Kingdom photos.

A shot of the entrance to Tomorrowland with the Sea Serpent topiary.

A shot of Tomorrowland from the Hub. On the left is the outdoor seating for the Tomorrowland Terrace. You can see the tracks for the Peoplemover (which wouldn’t open until 1975) and the amazing color scheme of the future with yellows and oranges (like the 1970s Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary). Is that a dragon?

The exterior of the Haunted Mansion.

Welcome, foolish mortals! A close-up view of the Spooky House before the covered queue. It’s the way the Mansion was meant to be viewed.

The Admiral Joe Fowler overlooks the queue for the Haunted Mansion.

The Admiral Joe Fowler is packed! I’m not sure if the line is for the Mansion or the riverboat, but I assume it’s for the Mansion. The Admiral Joe Fowler continued service until 1980, when it was damaged in a dry dock accident. Apparently, the hull was damaged.

The Skyway to Tomorrowland Station in Fantasyland.

Here’s the queue for the Skyway to Tomorrowland. The Skyway closed in 1999 and the Fantasyland Station is now where the Tangled restrooms are in Fantasyland. Look at that crowd! This is one of my favorite of the vintage Magic Kingdom photos. Does anyone remember how the queue worked?

I’m assuming that you went up a ramp once you passed under the arch.

Skyway over Fantasyland. Look at how crowded it was!

This is an amazing shot of Fantasyland. Looking at the top of the photo, you can see the Haunted Mansion by itself with no buildout of Tom Sawyer’s Island (TSI didn’t open until 1973) or the space for Big Thunder Mountain. It was just a large field-like area. There’s the Fantasyland Ticket Booth near the left tower of Peter Pan. Also, can you see the wall around the outdoor dining area of Pinocchio’s Village Haus where the red umbrellas are.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage from the Skyway

A great shot of the 20,000 Leagues lagoon. Notice the railroad tracks in the background.

The Walt Disney World Railroad from the Skyway.

Who doesn’t love the Walt Disney World Railroad? The engine pictured is the Walter E. Disney, which did begin service on October 1, 1971 (check out my article on the Walt Disney World Railroad for more information).

The Grand Prix Raceway from the Skyway.

I’m not sure what the building in the upper-left corner is. It’s not the Grand Prix Raceway building. Any thoughts on the road in the back? Is it World Dr. or Center Dr?

You can also see the construction and storage area that is now Pluto Park Ln. The paint jobs on the cars are fantastic!

Which one of the vintage Magic Kingdom photos is your favorite? Do you have any photos of the 1970s that you want to share?


Looking for a great book on the first few years of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World? Check out the Story of Walt Disney World: Commemorative Edition. There are some amazing vintage Magic Kingdom photos in the book!

Haunted Mansion Maintenance…with 999 Happy Haunts!

Haunted Mansion Maintenance…with 999 Happy Haunts!

Ever wonder how they kept the haunted mansion looking so run-down and ghost-filled? How they keep the clothes looking worn, but not too worn? Check out this article I ran across that looks at keeping the Haunted Mansion looking its, er, best?


CAPTION: House cleaning, Halloween style … Sitting in the lap of one of our 999 happy haunts is Jayne Polgar, one of our animation artists who finds that every day is Halloween around here! Jayne spends her time keeping up the appearances of dozens of ghouls and goblins in the Haunted Mansion.


The following article about the Haunted Mansion maintenance is from an October, 1977, Eyes and Ears.

”MANSION” GREAT HAUNT FOR GHOST LOVERS

Ghostly white hands push upwards, raising the coffin lid ever so slightly. It creaks and groans, rising slowly to expose rusty spikes and bony fingers. But there’s something definitely amiss . . . Jayne Polgar moves in to solve thecase.

No! It’s not the ghostly movements that worry her. It’s the french cuffs on the skeletal wrists lifting the coffin lid.

They’re slipping. And it’s Jayne’s job to straighten them out along with other ghostly shapes throughout our Haunted Mansion attraction.

Jayne’s specialty is make-up and grooming for 999 happy haunts who provide wall-to-wall running chills for millions of guests in the Magic Kingdom each year … because even a ghost must keep up appearances!

Jayne is one of four artists who spend their days … and more than a few nights . . . making ghosts appear frighteningly unlife-like. She joined the AudioAnimatronics Department staff several years ago while studying art at a local college. She claims she loves her work, though standing in the middle of a graveyard full of ghosts can be a little unnerving . . . even for a veteran!

Jayne’s job entails regular maintenance on the appearance of dozens of ghouls and goblins, spooks and spirits. In the early morning hours before the Mansion “comes to life,” Jayne and her three colleagues walk through the haunted hallways, looking for any outward signs of wear and tear from the continuous movement of the audio-animatronic figures. They adjust a hat on a graveyard picknicker, straighten a collar here, adjust a sleeve and check the ghostly white pallor of a graveyard caretaker there.

Working out of a trailer behind Fantasyland that is literally loaded with the special tools of their trade, the Animation Art Department also includes artists Lee Nesler, Tom Rodowsky and Randy Ogren.

“We take care of every attraction in the Park,” Lee explained. “We’re concerned with the overall show aesthetics and maintenance of all of them . . . but I guess Haunted Mansion is our favorite!”

Despite their familiarity with the Mansion and its ghostly inhabitants, the early morning visits sometimes hold surprises of near hair-raising proportions.

“As well as I know the effects, if I’m concentrating on a touch-up job and an animated figure is suddenly activated, I still jump!” Jayne told us.

The tools of her trade include translucent face powder, eye shadow, vanishing cream, and an extra supply of witch hazel … but no dust broom. All of the ghosts prefer a nice layer of dust over her handy work.

Lee, Tom and Randy have other specialities. You might find one making spider webs and sprinkling out dust, another doubling as a seamstress who specializes in disappearing thread, while the other works with the sound system . . . and his work is always a howling success!

If you’re a history buff, then working in the Hall of Presidents would be great And if you collect dolls, It’s A Small World would be just the thing. But all four agree, there’s something about the Haunted Mansion that just “grows” on you! The last we heard, they were flipping a coin to see who would open the attraction Halloween Day … with the loser getting the honors!

Looking for more on the Haunted Mansion?

Check out the Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show) Live Show from Dragon Con 2015!

Check out the review of The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom) by Jason Surrell

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom), book review

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom) by Jason Surrell, a book review

George: Let’s check out the latest release of Jason Surrell’s Haunted Mansion book entitled: The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom).  It was released on September 2, 2015 and comes in at 128 p. This is the third edition, sort of. The first version was in 2003 and the second in 2009. Theoretically, it does have a different title and is four pages less than the 2009 edition.

Jeff: Four pages less?! You mean they took some of the information out?! Where else am I going to get my treasure trove of knowledge?! Was there a map to a hidden treasure encoded onto those pages?! I NEED TO GO BACK AND COMPARE!

George: The Haunted Mansion book is broken down into two main sections; thank goodness the Haunted Mansion movie was dropped. The first section looks at the history and evolution of the Disneyland spooky house in great and exhaustive detail. There is so much concept artwork, including a few items I’ve never seen before and some great anecdotes from Imagineers.

Jeff: I’ve always hated the section on the movie. Despite it having some cool artwork and a little but of insight, the film never played well for me (or anyone) so I’m glad they exorcised it…much like we are trying to do with it in our minds.

George: Surrell then delves into the creation of the other four Haunted Mansions around the world, including Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. Surrell offers wonderful insight into where the mansions were located (and why) as well as the rationale behind the choices. Surrell does discuss why the Disneyland Paris Mansion is so dilapidated and why Mystic Manor is considered a Mansion.

Jeff: The hot ticket here is obviously the information on Mystic Manor. While not a mansion in a traditional sense, it still fits quite well within the Mansion Mold. I won’t be able to get to it anytime soon, so having Surrell divulge lve some information on it here was a real treat.

George: The last half of the book is a complete walkthrough, scene-by-scene of the four Mansions that are based on the Disneyland attraction. Whenever the Florida, Tokyo or Paris versions veer off track, Surrell covers the differences and changes. He also covers a lot of the enhancements at all the mansions, including the interactive queue at WDW and the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay at Disneyland and Tokyo.

Jeff: Again, seeing the Haunted Mansion Holiday every year, these bits gave me a little more information on the process it takes to make it happen. If anything, I appreciate it even more now, and don’t start disliking it until at LEAST December 15th now.

George: Yes, this is a definite purchase, even if you own either of the previous editions. Plus, it has a glow in the dark cover!

Are you going to pick up The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic (From the Magic Kingdom)? Which haunted Mansion is your favorite?


Communicore Weekly Halloween Episode

Check out our third annual Halloween Episode of Communicore Weekly!

Jeff and I discuss some spooky urban legends related to Disney. I share a Haunted Mansion book that might surprise you. We look at two Five Legged Goats that are hiding in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Plus, we have a new version of the Halloween theme song!

Continue reading Communicore Weekly Halloween Episode

WYWHW – Vintage Haunted Mansion Postcard

 

Wish You Were Here Wednesday – Vintage Haunted Mansion Postcard

The Haunted Mansion – The Ghostly organist plays a “haunting refrain” in the great banquet hall…one of many “horrifying” sights awaiting visitors inside the Haunted Mansion.

I assume the quotation marks are used to soften the fear factor of the ride.

Just for fun, here’s the backside of the card, because it’s got some great details.

Besides the stylized Walt Disney World and the wonderful Vacation Kingdom of the World, you can see the Liberty Bell that’s at the bottom of the postcard that signifies which land the attraction is in.

Haunted Mansion Ghost Ship Tribute Reproduction Sale

Norm at Haunted Portraits sent me a link about his tribute to the Phantom Ship portrait from the Haunted Mansion.  It’s a portrait that he created years ago but stopped selling it because it was just so hard to reproduce.

So let me start by giving you a little history on the Ghost Ship and why I took it off the market…

So as I’m sure you know I’m a huge Haunted Mansion fan and many of my works have been inspired by pictures or scenes in the Haunted Mansion. One of the items I love is the changing Ghost Ship that goes from normal to haunted. My version unlike theirs is actually much more detailed than the cartoonish version that the Disney Imagineers did.

The Ghost Ship has always been one of my best sellers but there’s a dark side that most people don’t know about it…. it’s a pain in the behind to make. You see it’s the only portrait I do (or any other changing portrait artist does) that’s landscape format instead of portrait (in other words it’s wider than tall). The problem with that from a production stand point is it’s REALLY hard to get the entire image to change from edge-to-edge all at once. As a matter of fact I approached another changing portrait artist about doing all of my product manufacturing for me and he said yes but he wouldn’t touch the Ghost Ship because it would just be too difficult.

Anyway a couple of years ago I took the Ghost Ship out of production and it wasn’t long after it went off the market I started getting emails from my customers asking where they could get one. So I decided to make the Ghost Ship available for only one week each year. We completely sold out and as I said it was removed from purchase after that week.

 

Basically, Norm is going to take orders for one week only, starting on Saturday night, October 4th, at 11PM CST until October 11.

The 16×20 portrait is $85 and $12 for US tracked Priority Mail shipping. 

The purchase button will be live at Haunted Portraits for only one week.