Updated with new artwork May 17, 2014.
We continue our tour of the Mansion, looking for Ken Anderson's fingerprints.
I want to go back to the stretching portrait gallery, because, dude, that place is Anderson city. He conceived of (1) an octagonal room with (2) a ceiling that disappears (3) as the lightning flashes in the windows, (4) revealing a corpse hanging overhead (5) from a peaked roof. No kidding.
In May of 2014 this astonishing piece of Anderson concept art was published for the first time. It proves that what we
have in the finished attraction is close to 100% Anderson. The only significant difference is the presence of furniture.
Well, none of that stuff made it. But notice in the upper right hand corner that Anderson wanted "bats" and a "lightning flash" effect. The lightning has always been there, of course, and in 2007 he finally got his other wish posthumously when the sound of bats was added to the WDW stretching galleries. I know that pixie dust sometimes takes awhile to kick in, but...50 years?