"There's a little bit of a dark rider in all of us"
- Brandon Kwiatek, dark ride historian
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The past: The Whacky Shack on Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, NJ (early 70's)
The present: The state-of-the-art Haunted Mansion at Disney World, Orlando, FL
The present: The state-of-the-art Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, California
Welcome to Chuck's Dark Rides. This page is all about my interest in amusement park "dark rides". I intend to expand this page constantly as I take more pictures of dark rides I come across. If you too are a dark ride fan and happen to have some pictures of dark rides past or present, don't hesitate to drop me some Email. Hopefully I can incorporate your pictures into this site. The pictures on this page of old dark rides at Wildwood, NJ (like the one at the very top) were taken with a cheap black & white polaroid camera so the quality is not too good, but at least you can see the rides as they were with the great artwork on the outside of the buildings. By the way, I also have a theater page which deals with theaters past and present in the town where I live. If you want to check that out also, simply click at the bottom of this page where it says "click here to go to Jacksonville, NC Theaters".
Pictures of the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, Orlando, FL
One of the visitors to this site used to work at the Haunted Mansion at Disney World!
His name is R.C. Loveland. To get an idea of what it's like to work there, click here to read the Email he sent me.
click here to hear sound clips from the Haunted Mansion
Awhile back I went searching on the web for some Haunted Mansion wallpaper for Windows. I never found any so I decided to make my own. It's nothing elaborate, but I like it. If you would like to download it, click here (MANSION.ZIP) ( Win 3.X / 95, 399 KB).
Note- After you unzip "mansion.zip", the file you will have is "Mansion.bmp". If you are using Windows 95, simply copy "Mansion.bmp" to the Windows directory, click on the "Control Panel", click on "Display", under "Wallpaper" select "mansion", and finally click "OK". You should then have Haunted Mansion wallpaper (Sorry, but I can't remember the steps for installing it for use with the old Windows. It's been so long since I used the old Windows!).
Pictures of the Pirate Ship on Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, NJ (early '70's)
This site has various Haunted Mansion goodies that I have not seen anywhere else including rare source tracks from the Phantom Manor soundtrack, a really cool must-have free Haunted Mansion screen saver (It's now my default screen saver!), and a recording of the entire Disneyland record "The Story And Song From The Haunted Mansion"!!
At this site you can tour a formal "Ghost Gallery" that has been created by the cast members of the Haunted Mansion at Disney World over the past twenty or so years. This site was created by a person who has worked at the Haunted Mansion for nearly 3 years!
Check out what past visitors had to say about this site (taken from my old guestbook) by clicking here