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Changing Portraits are a type of haunted paintings.


Changing Portraits are portraits haunted by the ghosts of their subjects (or, in the case of still-lives, related subjects) and made to shift appearances by the ghosts to achieve a spooky effect. This shift can be a gradual morphing, or flashes aided by lightning.

Though the ghosts often reside inside the portraits, it seems they can essentially leave their frames yet have the effect persist; copies of the same Changing Portraits, with identical transformations, exist simultaneously in Phantom Manor and in the Haunted Mansion and at least one ghost once haunted two Changing Portraits and a Sinister Eleven portrait all at once.

In most cases, the shifting will either reveal the subject's true nature (such as a portrait of Count Dracula becoming that of a large bat) or hint at their grim fate (such as the portrait of a handsome young man turning into that of a skeleton).

The Haunted Mansion, Phantom Manor and Mystic Manor all house a number of Changing Portraits.

Known Changing Portraits

Portrait Description Occupant(s) Found in
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A beautiful young woman's portrait ("April") ages to that of a bitter crone ("December"). Optional middle phases depict naughty June and matronly September. Miss April-December Haunted Mansion,

Phantom Manor

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A fierce knight in black armor becomes a rampaging skeleton knight as lightning flashes. Optional middle phases depict a slow decay into the skeletal form, with his armor rusting.

The Black Prince

Haunted Mansion,

Phantom Manor


The infamous mystic's eyes increase in size to the point where Rasputin's head becomes replaced with one, staring, eerie eye.

Grigori Rasputin

Haunted Mansion (formerly)


The enigmatic Greek priestess turns into a decaying, ghoulish stone gorgon. Optional middle phase depicts Medusa as a living gorgon.


Haunted Mansion,

Phantom Manor


A mysterious, exotic woman reclining on a sofa transforms into a monstrous humanoid panther (or, in an alternate version, a white tiger.) Optional middle phases depict a slow from the head down instead of an instant transformation.

The Werecat Lady

Haunted Mansion,

Phantom Manor

Behind the scenes

The Changing Portraits are a recurring element in the Haunted Mansion ride and its spin-offs.