August 5, 2013

There's Nothing Like an Invisible Hearse Horse

Disneyland hearse horse invisible ghost Haunted Mansion
This post's title works better if you remember the 80's Genesis song "Invisible Touch." H'yuck.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World each host a unique ghostly horse outside their Haunted Mansions. In both locations, the spirit beast stands harnessed to a carriage hearse. Disneyland's hearse is painted white to match the New Orleans Square mansion's exterior, while WDW's hearse goes for the traditional Gothic black.

Disneyland hearse horse invisible ghost Haunted Mansion
Disneyland's ghost horse seems to be a bit of a distracted goofball, and has no qualms about wandering into the flower beds to munch on the foliage.

There's something oddly comforting about the ghost horses, and they've helped many small children overcome their fear of entering the ride. (How many of you have encouraged your children to "feed" an imaginary apple to the invisible creature?)

Anyway you look at it, the "hovering" harness gear is just plain awesome. This is low-tech, well-crafted brilliance at its finest.

Hearse photo by Lana Whitham

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