Did you know that The Haunted Mansion's staring busts had their origins in Disneyland's Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln?
According to Disney author Kevin Yee, one of the Mansion's creepiest optical effects, the busts that appear to turn their heads as you pass them, actually owes its existence to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. “Designers happened to pass by a negative mold of the Lincoln head — an inverted cast from which the actual head would be made — when they realized that its inverted nature always resulted in the unnerving effect.”
So for all of you folks out there wondering what you have to do to become an Imagineer, here’s some advice: Always try and look at the world from a slightly different angle. That’s how most great discoveries are made!
This Disney Parks fun fact comes courtesy of Kevin Yee’s Walt Disney World: Hidden History.