After years of seeing the ominous house at the riverbend, DISNEYLAND guests were thrilled to hear that the gates of the stately mansion were finally swinging open! On August 9th, 1969 the Mansion would reveal its secrets and the world was ready! An unprecedented crowd descended upon the park to experience the newest E-Ticket attraction. Shown below is the area in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. Amazingly, these people are not waiting to get into Pirates- this is the end of the line for the Haunted Mansion on opening day- a reported 8 hour wait!
This was back in the days of ride coupons- unlike the unlimited rides of today. These people had to hand over a valuable E-Ticket to experience the ride so long lines such as these were unheard of. The Haunted Mansion was a true phenomenon! Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom finally had its Haunted Mansion.