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The Grandfather Coffin Clock is an object and character created for the unbuilt Museum of the Weird attraction which has since made legacy appearances.

History

The Grandfather Coffin Clock was created by Rolly Crump to be featured in the Museum of the Weird extension of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. It would have been a grandfather clock made with a coffin and bones with a blade pendulum and a devil (or skull) face on its face. It is believed that the face would have moved and interacted with guests as this was a recurring element in the Museum of the Weird's plans. Ultimately the attraction went unbuilt (believed to be in part from Walt Disney's demise) and the grandfather clock would go unused.

Appearances

Disney Parks

Main Street, U.S.A

Above the Silhouette Studio of Main Street is a window tributing Rolly Crump reading, "Fargo's Palm Parlour; Predictions that will haunt you; Bazaar, whimsical & Weird. Designs to die for Roland F. Crump assistant to the Palm Reader". On the window are designs of architecture from It's a Small World, the tiki god Maui from the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Coffin Clock. The doors to this parlour served some importance during the Ghost Post interactive game where guests were sent by Madame Leota, the GRD, and Esmeralda to free ghosts from the parlour.

Printed Materials

Disney Kingdoms

The coffin-clock is the central McGuffin in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird in addition to being an antagonist. It is revealed to be the prison for The Reaper King, the personification of the bubonic plague which was imprisoned in the Museum of the Wyrd not long after enacting the Black Death. The clock is sought after by the Mistress of Evil and her Shadow Society as they are worshipers of the Reaper King who believe they will be rewarded with immortality if they free the spirit. They go about kidnapping the parents of Maxwell and Melody Keep to blackmail them and Roland Keep into obtaining the clock for the Society. After being freed, the Reaper King however would punish the Shadow Society for taking so long by killing them before being imprisoned by the Keepers again.

Trivia

  • The clock bares a striking resemblance to one from the Mickey Mouse short The Mad Doctor (1933) which has lead to theorization that it was an influence for Crump's design.
  • The final Haunted Mansion attraction would feature a similar grandfather clock.

Gallery

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Series
Seekers of the WeirdFigmentBig Thunder Mountain RailroadFigment 2The Haunted MansionEnchanted Tiki Room
Disney Characters
Candleman • DespoinaReaper KingDreamfinderFigmentProfessor BrainardCumulus IsobarBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerThe Spirit of Big Thunder Tyrannosaurus Rex Billy the Disney Goat George WillikersCaptain GoreMadame LeotaConstance HatchawayHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsGhost HostPickwickOrganistDuelistsJoséMichaelPierreFritzTangaroaMauiTangaroa-RuPeleRongoNgendeiHina KuluuaOrange BirdBandito Gang
Original Characters
Maxwell KeepMelody KeepArthur KeepEllen KeepRoland KeepReaper KingChimeraFyeChairman IllocrantSingularAbigail BullionCapricious HarmonySparkDoubtfinderDanny CroweSaoirse Bullion-O'Callaghan
Concepts
Museum of the WeirdJourney Into ImaginationBig Thunder Mountain RailroadThe Haunted MansionMatterhorn BobsledsThe Enchanted Tiki RoomThe Western River ExpeditionSpaceship Earth Journey Into Your Imagination With Figment
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Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionThe Haunted MansionDisney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom KeepersThe Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Video games: Adventures in the Magic KingdomThe Haunted MansionWalt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Disney Parks
The Haunted MansionPhantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMuseum of the Weird
Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain GoreLittle LeotaOrganistThe Coffin OccupantTightrope WalkerThe BridePickwickThe MarinerPrudence PockBluebeardDeathThe ExecutionerDuelistsGramsAlexander NitrokoffMiss April DecemberOne-Eyed Black Cat

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertCaptain Mary OceaneerMaestro D'ElfmanThe Monkey King Statue
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Jack SkellingtonOogie BoogieLock, Shock and BarrelSallyZeroThe Vampire Teddy-BearZero • The Giant Snake • The Man-Eating Wreath • The One hiding under your bed • Skeleton Reindeer
The Museum of the the Weird: The Mistress of Evil • The Candleman • Madame ZarkovThe Grandfather Coffin Clock
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornAmicus ArcaneDanny CroweMaxwell KeepMelody KeepRoland Keep

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning GhostsGracey ManorThe Flying DutchmanThe Ghost Relations DepartmentTarot Cards • Mystic Manor • Ravenswood Manor • Big Thunder MountainThunder MesaBig Thunder Mining CompanyIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Mumbo Doll • Soul GemsSeaman's Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows • Mystic Manor Theme SongThe Sinister 11