Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tombstone Wednesday

Who is ready to decode more epitaphs from the Haunted Mansion tombstones?

Dear Sweet Leota,
Beloved by all
In regions beyond now,
But having a ball

Inspired by Disney Imagineer and Legend Leota (Lee) Toombs Thomas, Leota is the name of the the ghostly character who resides in the Haunted Mansion.  It is Leota's face that you pass through the crystal ball - she claims it's because her face fit the model needed!  

Though her voice was considered "too girly" to be heard throughout the majority of the ride, "Little Leota" at the end reminding guests to come back and "be sure to bring your death certificate" is the true voice of Leota!  

Leota played a pivotal role in creating It's a Small World, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and even worked on Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.

Now even her daughter is an Imagineer and has been used in the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay for the Halloween version of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion!

This post is a part of Focused on the Magic's Wordless Wednesday

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  1. Gotta love Leota! Her eyes definitely freak me out though... LOL
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  2. My son loves to watch for her eyes to open. Great shots!

  3. They did a really good job with her eyes. Very creepy.

  4. I always learn something from your posts Jen, Thanks for sharing ;-)

  5. That is so cool! Now I want to see a real picture of her .... so curious.

  6. Follow the link to her Disney Legend page to see a pic! Beautiful!

  7. I love learning about the backstory you give us each week on the Disney tombstones! So very interesting! I always look forward to it! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up to the hop!!