The Disneyland Haunted Mansion Documentary was directed by David Oneal. This is the special Edition that came out in 2008.
With Disney legends, Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump, Thurl Ravenscroft, and Alice Davis.
Review from 2007 on Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is better on the market,
December 30, 2007
This review is from: Extinct Attractions: Disneyland Haunted Mansion Story (DVD)
The source of this and several dozen more great videos on Disney Theme Parks can be found at his site Extinct Attractions. I personal have at least 25 of his productions. The one reader is right, these are not Disney created (I guess after 50+ years Disney hasn’t gotten around to finding time to make thier own) and again they are made using SOME short clips of 8mm and other home footage but they are not made fully with these media. Now with that said, I have yet to find collections on the market so complete in Disney history and with such detailed inside info as these DVD’s have. The old footage that was refered to in the one review helps talk to the history of the rides….Unfortunately disney didn’t record every part of their rides/parks/attractions with plans to use them in the future as historical pieces. The great thing is people have recorded their vactions and David Oneal uses clips of the videos spliced together to help provide the full story. In no way does he try to act as a major studio but in the same instance all the info is well researched and he uses his video (Pro-Am I believe) Camera to capture as much as he can as well including the interviews.
These DVD’s he releases are what most Disney fans are looking for:
Behind the Scences
Interviews with the creaters
and Little known facts
The DVD collection started out trying to document rides long gone by now that Disney wasn’t to motivated to document themselves before they ripped them down. These DVD’s and his others sold were good enough to get interviews by Imagineers new and old as well a Roy Disney. I see this as a ringing endorsment to the product. The Disney company has even just recently bought into the product granting behind the scence and archive access. While his begins to document old long gone rides started out crude the new videos are vastly improved from his start over 100 titles ago (he now has over 110 titles). The quality and depth is always improving and he even revists the old titles from time to time and improves them with better clips, new interviews, and new material when found.
Yes, you can wait for the Disney Company made product to come out, but I guess I’ll be long gone before I’ll see them release a ride specific disk.
Take my advice try a few…you won’t regret it.