A 10,000-square-foot replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction minus the 999 ghosts will go up for auction Wednesday on eBay for $873,000 or the next highest bid.
The ghostly retreat, custom-built in 1996, was designed to fit in with the New Orleans-style homes of the Sweet Bottom Plantation neighborhood, a private, gated community in Duluth, Ga., near Atlanta.
The replica Haunted Mansion will be listed on eBay Auctions for 30 days starting Wednesday with a $873,000 Buy-It-Now price tag. The seller can accept or deny any lower bids.
The auction is being initiated by Theme Park Connection, a Florida-based memorabilia dealer dubbed the "world's largest Disney pawn shop" that sells Disney theme park ride vehicles, attraction props and collectible souvenirs.
"This definitely is the most unique Disney item we have ever offered for sale," said Theme Park Connection owner Marc Pianko. "This one is beyond anyone's wildest dream. Can you imagine the Halloween parties you could have here?"
Indeed, homeowner, designer and ghost host Mark Hurt has thrown a number of theme parties and weddings at the mock manse (but no swinging wakes).
A Disney contractor who owns a company called Constructioneer, Hurt designed his home to match the exact dimensions and architectural style of the real Disneyland attraction, going so far as to measure the exterior of the theme park ride building.
"Walt Disney was the mentor I had but never met," said Hurt of his obsession.
Foolish mortals are greeted at the front gate by a welcome plaque identical to the Disneyland attraction. The front facade features the same four white pillars, second-story porch and hand-welded iron railings as the original.
But the similarities stop at the front door. Once inside, the new homeowner will find seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a three-car garage rather than a doom buggy dark ride with "wall-to-wall creeps and hot and cold running chills."
What you won't find: Fiends and furies, serpents and spiders, goblins and ghoulies, creepies and crawlies or wizards and witches. No stretching rooms, creaking crypt doors or quaking tombstones, either. In fact, Hurt insists the house is not haunted and grinning ghosts are not welcome.
The one nod to the Disneyland attraction inside the house: A hitchhiking ghost scene in a first-floor bathroom mirror, complete with flickering lights and theme music that comes to life when you wash your hands in the sink.
Mike Brilhart, who commented on a Facebook posting about the auction, seemed to sum up the feeling of Disneyland fans everywhere: "How could somebody sell this? If I owned it, I'd live in it till I died, and then some."
Hurt is selling in part to move on to a more ambitious project: A replica of Disney's Grand Californian hotel at the Disneyland resort complete with a Jungle Cruise-themed pool.
The Haunted Mansion replica home is open to real estate agents and qualified buyers only. No public tours of the house are available. Not even if your name is Madame Leota.
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