Today In Disney History ~ February 20th
Madame Leota is a ghostly character from the Haunted Mansion franchise. Madame Leota is generally surrounded by mystery. Her motives tend to be vague, though a lot of interpretations tend to lean towards her being good or at least a neutral force. She generally favors speaking in rhyme as her incantations seem to be based around it.
Disney Park appearances
- The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland & Walt Disney World)
Madame Leota appears in the Seance Room. She conducts an otherworldly séance in an attempt to summon spirits and assist them in materializing. Using a spell book she repeats the following incantation over and over:
“Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat; call in the spirits, wherever they’re at. Rap on a table; it’s time to respond. Send us a message from somewhere beyond. Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween: awaken the spirits with your tambourine. Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond; let there be music, from regions beyond! Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!” ―Madame Leota’s incantation
Musical instruments make noise, furniture levitates and one by one ghosts start to physically materialize. When guests enter the Ballroom all of the ghosts in the mansion are finally revealed.
In 2002 Madame Leota got a tombstone in the cemetery outside The Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World. Her epitaph reads: “Dear sweet Leota, beloved by all. In regions beyond now, but having a ball.” Madame Leota’s face appears on the front of the tombstone and it periodically shifts and opens its eyes.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday (Disneyland)
Madame Leota recites her own take on a Christmas classic with her “Thirteen Days of Christmas” incantations. Her seance room is filled with tarot cards featuring numerous characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas and in recent years, her crystal ball takes on the appearance of a floating ornament.
- Phantom Manor (Disneyland Paris)
Madame Leota’s part in the attraction is similar to her role in the classic Haunted Mansions, but her incantation is more focused on inviting the spirits to Melanie Ravenswood’s wedding party.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Madame Leota makes a cameo in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. She appears on G2-9T’s luggage scanner in the queue, alongside several other Disney and Star Wars characters, apparently being smuggled onto a flight by a Star Tours passenger.
- Memento Mori (Walt Disney World)
Memento Mori is Madame Leota’s former abode and she stops by for a visit from time to time. Many of her belongings can be found in the shop. When Madame Leota is present guests can hear her humming a tune or they can catch a glimpse of her face in a mirror.
TMSM Today in Graphic by Sherry Rinaldi DeHart; Wiki
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