Friday, June 6, 2008

Haunted Mansion Secret Panel Chest


I just wanted to share one of my favorite theme park souvenirs in my collection. Sadly, I didn't purchase this new at Walt Disney World. I picked this up from a collector in the early to mid 1990s. I don't have a lot of history on the item, except that it is copyrighted Walt Disney Productions.

The top panel of the box says The Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World Secret Panel Chest. It has several sliding panels that are designed to blend in with the box. It takes five moves to open the main box, then a sixth move to get to the second hidden compartment -- a small drawer.

Judging by the generic instruction sheet that was included, I would guess that these trick boxes were mass produced for other companies. Just the graphics on the top panel would have been altered.

8 comments:

-- Ryan P. Wilson said...

I love puzzle boxes, but this has somehow escaped my attention. What a great find!

Why do I have the sudden urge to watch National Treasure 2?

Biblioadonis aka George said...

That's pretty cool!

I am a sucker for anything Haunted Mansion.

Ed South said...

Ahhh...you scooped me! I was planning on posting about this (almost) very same item next week over at Blog Wore Tennis Shoes. Except that my box is from is Disneyland, so the grapics and lettering are different. I guess I'll still post it next week so that everybody can see the differece between the two.

At least now I can get mine open. The instructions with my chest have been sealed inside it for the last 15 - 20 years.

Anonymous said...

I had one of these when I was a kid. I bought it at Disney World in 1975 for 8 dollars.

kiddisney said...

I purchased my secret panel box the day the Haunted Mansion debuted and it is still in perfect order. I have just given it to my daughter, and it is still a favorite souvenir.

Anonymous said...

I bought one from a friend when I was a kid because I liked it so much. But I didn't think Disney was cool back then, so I painted over the Haunted Mansion art with india ink. What was I thinking? Anyway, I still have the box, and the ink has faded a little bit in the 30 years since.

Anonymous said...

My sister bought one of these in 1973 at Disneyland Anaheim, CA. It was a fun souvenier then and I'd love to find one again!

Anonymous said...

ive had one sience about 74 or 75 mine is from disneylandwhat are they worth?