"This is the lakeside estate of the unfortunate Blood family. It was built about 1800 in the swampy bayous near New Orleans and was moved here (Disneyland) intact because it was an example of early architecture from that section of our country. It had not been occupied for some time and was badly in need of repair, so we started the work of restoration as soon as it arrived at Disneyland, but strangely enough…the work of each day was destroyed during the night…and the night watchman reported that when he had passed the house he’d heard eerie screams and seen weird lights… In fact, we are sorry to report that the latest tragedy of all occurred here in Disneyland…when one of our carpenters engaged in restoration work on the house disappeared completely from sight…and he has not been seen or heard from since. The house is now too dangerous to live in, but we have succeeded in making it safe enough for a visit…when accompanied by our trained and competent guide, a former butler of the household.
The guide is made necessary by another strange characteristic of the house. It has rotted so long in the dank fastness of its lost hiding place in the swamps that not even Southern California sunshine or the best efforts of electricians and illumination engineers can dispel the dimness of the bayous…it mysteriously remains always night within the house…the night in which all ghosts are condemned to live. Now we cannot promise you that anything at all will occur during your visit…since it is usually in the wee small hours that the departed ones live it up…However, be prepared to see and hear something or other, and take whatever precautions you please. We recommend that you stay close together during your visit and please…above all…obey the guide’s instructions. Thank you.” -
So ran the introductory speech for the Haunted Mansion/Bloodmere Manor attraction as conceived of a few short years after Disneyland opened, to be recorded by Walt Disney himself and played for guests before exploring the haunted structure via walking tour. This script was written circa 1957 by Ken Anderson in initial planning stages for the attraction which would not finally open till 1969.