Martin's tombstone

" Here Lies a Man named Martin, the Lights went out on this old Spartan"
―Martin's tombstone

Martin is the name of a deceased character buried in the family plot of Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion.

Description

Background

It is likely that Martin was a relative of or close personal friend of the family which owned the Haunted Mansion. By the time of his demise, he was seen as something of a, "Spartan" for his course habits and traits. When he died, he was buried in the plot of the manor.

History

The tombstone serves as a tribute to the then Vice President of WED enterprises, and imagineer, Bill Martin.

Appearances

The Haunted Mansion (Walt Disney World)

Martin's tombstone can be found in the berm cemetery of the Haunted Mansion.

Other Appearances

The Ghost Gallery

In the cast-member created Ghost Gallery, Martin is reimagined as having been an 18th century pirate captain who went by the alias of Whitebeard and who used the Haunted Mansion as a criminal lair. He was also responsible for the piratical training of Captain Francis Xavier who would later become an owner of the Haunted Mansion and the one responsible for relocating Bluebeard's crypt to the Haunted Mansion. In the story, it is said that sometimes sailors passing by the mansion claim to see the ghosts of Whitebeard, Francis Xavier and Bluebeard celebrating together.

Trivia

  • Due to the use of the word Spartan, some falsely assume that the Roman leader seen in the Great Hall sequence. The term Spartan however referred at the time to someone of stern habits and even if taken literally, Spartans were Ancient Greek warriors, not Romans.
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