Ryan Gosling Was ‘Very Upset’ About Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

Ryan Gosling is a popular actor, known far and wide as the star who embodied the soulful Noah in the 2004 film The Notebook.

Gosling, a former child star, has made a name for himself in recent years as a versatile performer, willing to take on any role, especially challenging ones. Gosling has a distinct connection to the world of Disney and has no problem making his love of Disneyland public.

In 2012, Gosling even opened up about his love of one attraction in particular, and why he doesn’t like Halloween to overlap with Christmas. 

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Ryan Gosling was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1980. His parents divorced when was 13 years old, leaving Gosling and his sister to be primarily raised by their mother. As a child, Gosling was drawn to a career in acting, a desire that was compounded by the difficulties he had in school. Gosling and his sister began performing in front of relatives and friends, singing songs and acting out plays — and ultimately, Gosling dropped out of school when he was 17 years old in order to focus on his acting ambitions. 

When he was only 12 years old, Gosling landed his first big job — as a Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel show The Mickey Mouse Club. Although Gosling appeared infrequently on the show as compared to his castmates Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, he made an impression on audiences and continued acting on the show for two years. Although Gosling had a tough time breaking into mainstream movies after his stint as a child actor, by the early 2000s, Gosling had successfully made the transition to feature films — and his role in The Notebook catapulted him to worldwide fame. 

What did Ryan Gosling say about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction update?

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In recent years, Ryan Gosling has preferred to split his time between big-budget movies like Blade Runner 2049 and independent projects. He also regularly devotes his time to charitable causes and has a side gig as a musician, writing and performing songs with his band Dead Man’s Bones. Gosling is in a long-term relationship with actress Eva Mendes, and they have two daughters, whom they work to keep out of the spotlight as much as possible.

Although he has come a long way, Gosling has never forgotten his roots and harbors a passion for all things Disney. In fact, in a 2012 interview, Gosling opened up about what he called his “favorite” ride at Disneyland, and why he thinks Christmas and Halloween shouldn’t overlap.

Discussing the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay on Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion for Halloween that year, Gosling said: “I’m very upset about the Christmastime situation … They bring Christmas into Halloween … That’s a terrible idea. Leave Christmas at Christmas.”

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Ryan Gosling isn’t the only person who loves Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction. The ride is full of spooky fun, but is mild enough to be enjoyed by children of all ages. On the ride, participants are seated in a “Doom Buggy” before going on an excursion through the mansion itself, which is full of ghostly apparitions and unbelievable sights and sounds. 

The Haunted Mansion ride has been a mainstay at Disneyland for decades, and to this day, it remains one of the theme park’s most iconic must-sees. It seems safe to say that whenever former Disney star Gosling is at Disneyland, he doesn’t go without paying a visit to the spooky mansion.