Doom Buggy rickshaws are available as free transportation in San Diego this weekend to advertise the new “Haunted Mansion” movie during San Diego Comic-Con.
Doom Buggy Rickshaws
MouseInfo shared a video of the rickshaws (or pedicabs), which are shaped just like the attraction’s iconic Doom Buggies, but with bicyclists towing them. A blue light illuminates the inside of the buggy, where there’s a “Haunted Mansion” sign. On the back is a large light-up “Haunted Mansion” sign, with “In theaters July 28” along the bottom.
The Doom Buggies will take guests around the Gaslamp Quarter for free. Posters are also free.
‘Haunted Mansion’ Movie
The new “Haunted Mansion” movie follows a doctor (Rosario Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Chase Dillon), who move into a haunted house in New Orleans. Dawson’s character ends up getting help from a priest (Owen Wilson), a scientist-turned-failed-paranormal expert (LaKeith Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Tiffany Haddish), and a historian (Danny DeVito).
The ghosts that will appear include Madame Leota (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto). Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, and Hasan Minhaj make cameos.
“Haunted Mansion” is directed by Justin Simien from a screenplay by Katie Dippold. It’s produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich.
“Haunted Mansion” is the second attempt to adapt the ride into a film, following the poorly received 2003 “The Haunted Mansion” directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Eddie Murphy.
The Haunted Mansion
The first version of The Haunted Mansion opened in 1969 at Disneyland as part of the New Orleans Square expansion. Two years later, it was an opening day attraction in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom, and in 1983, it was an opening day attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.
The Disneyland Paris version of Haunted Mansion is named Phantom Manor and has its own backstory, but is still similar to the original versions. At Hong Kong Disneyland, Mystic Manor is a completely different attraction that draws some inspiration from the original, but avoids references to the afterlife out of respect toward traditional Chinese cultural precedent.
The famous Hatbox Ghost was in the original Disneyland Haunted Mansion on opening day. Technology had not quite caught up to the ghost’s vanishing and appearing head, however, so the effect only lasted a few weeks before disappearing for nearly 50 years.
The Hatbox Ghost returned to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland with his working effect in 2015. He appears at the end of the attic scene, after the Bride. The Hatbox Ghost will soon be installed in the Magic Kingdom version of the Haunted Mansion, too.