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Of course,...there's always my way.
―The Ghost Host, moments before showing his hanging corpse.[src]

The Ghost Host is the narrator of the Haunted Mansion attractions. Contrary to popular belief and some adaptations, he is not intended to be Master Gracey.

Portrayal

At Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, the Ghost Host is voiced by Paul Frees. Corey Burton provided the voice for Disneyland's seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday and for most of his other later appearances. At Tokyo Disneyland, he is voiced by Teichiro Hori.

On the record album Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion, he was voiced by Pete Renaday, who was also an early choice for the role.

At Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, the Ghost Host's role is played by a character called The Phantom, who was voiced by Vincent Price in English, but due to legal complications with the French government requiring that the audio be in mostly French, Price's voice was eventually replaced by that of Gerard Chevalier.

Appearances

The Haunted Mansion

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The Ghost Host's Hanging Corpse

The Ghost Host is a disembodied voice and is never seen. In the Stretch Room, the Ghost Host torments guests by challenging them to find a way out of the room, which has "no windows and no doors." He then suggests, "Of course, there's always my way." The room immediately falls dark and lightning strikes above, revealing his corpse hanging from the ceiling, implying that he resorted to suicide.

Despite common fan beliefs and adaptations, the Ghost Host is not Master Gracey, but instead is the "hanged man" depicted in a portrait in the Corridor of Doors.

The shadow playing the piano in the Florida and Tokyo versions of the attraction is said by former Imagineer Jason Surrell to be the Ghost Host himself at the keys, though this has not been substantiated elsewhere.

The Haunted Mansion (2003 film)

The Ghost Host, voiced by Corey Burton, provides the opening "Welcome foolish mortals" line. Master Edward Gracey (played by Nathaniel Parker) is the man hanging from the ceiling, following the usual fan interpretations of the character. Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker appears as the Marc Davis visual depiction of the Ghost Host in a cameo during the graveyard sequence, crouching behind a tombstone.

The Haunted Mansion (comic book)

Like the film, the Ghost Host and Master Gracey are the same characters, with his physical form confined to the Stretch Room. When the Mansion hits 1000 ghosts and is trapped in an alternate dimension, the corpse falls to the floor proper and finally manifests as a ghostly version of Gracey.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

The Ghost Host serves as the player's guide in the Haunted Mansion mini-game.


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Disney Parks
Haunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMystic ManorPhantom ManorThe Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland)
Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion (2003 film)The Haunted Mansion (live-action film remake)The Haunted Mansion (Animated Special)

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionHaunted Mansion (comic book)Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom Keepers
Video games: The Haunted Mansion (video game)Walt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaThe Phantom FiveCaretakerHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenZombiesEdward Gracey • Elizabeth Henshaw • RamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus Thorn
Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning Ghosts • Gracey Manor • Tarot CardsIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Soul Gem • Order of Shadows