A Darker Premise
Designing Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris by Alain Littaye
Thanks to the gold mine, Henry Ravenswood became rich and built himself a Victorian manor high on Boot Hill overlooking Big Thunder Mountain. Phantom Manor sits at the edge of Thunder Mesa, in the well-to-do part of town.
Henry Ravenswood raised a family and had a daughter, Melanie Ravenswood (born 1842).
The Phantoms presence is first made aware just inside the gates of the attraction. "The Phantom Awaits".
A cast member dressed as a ghoulish servant opens the doors and invites guests into the foyer of the mansion.
A chilling voice of the Phantom sounds from around the room, politely welcoming guests, telling them the Legend of this place, and inviting them to explore the Manor further.
Melanie's face fades in and out of the smallest mirror during the commentary.