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Scary Tree

One of the trees

The Scary Trees are seven trees which appear in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

Description

The Scary Trees are anthropamorphic trees with figures which resemble tall gaunt humanoids.  They have faces with large wailing expressions but empty sockets and their branches outstretch to resemble arms.

Appearances

Scary Tree 2

The face of one of the trees

The Haunted Mansion

The trees appear exlusively in the Antebellum Mansion at Disneyland.  They appear following the descent from the Attic balcony.  They are static and loom over the guests as the Raven caws overhead.

Disneyland Fun/Let’s Go to Disneyland Paris

The trees appear in the “Grim Grinning Ghosts” segment of the Disney Sing Along video, Disneyland Fun alongside several Disney Villains and Donald Duck. Here they dance to the song and scare Donald.

Trivia

  • The trees resemble similar scary anthropamorphic trees which appear both in the Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and it's park attraction Snow White's Scary Adventures.  The ride features a scene in which guests traverse the scary woods from the movie which was fittingly enough designed by imagineer Claude Coats who was a predominate force behind the Haunted Mansion.  Also one of the major animators behind Snow White was Ken Anderson, another power player in the creation of the Haunted Mansion.
  • In the original blueprints for the attraction they were reffered to as "Mechanical Trees" and were intended to turn and face the guests in their Doom Buggies as they passed by similar to the trees in the attraction Snow White's Scary Adventure.  It is unknown why this effect was abandonned.[1]
  • It is unknown whether the trees are sentient or merely corrupted by the twisted nature of the Mansion to resemble dark figures.  If they are sentient it is unknown if they are their own indapendent beings or posessed by spirits.

Reference

  1. https://longforgottenhauntedmansion.blogspot.com/2012/06/into-dark-forest.html
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