There are some that say Master Gracey, the supposed owner of the Haunted Mansion and a nefarious sea merchant, murdered his young bride on the eve of their wedding, after catching her in the attic with a young man, whom he also killed viciously by decapitating him with an old sword; Gracey never had the chance to find out that the young man was merely a runner from the bridal shop, bringing a last-minute collection of veils and hats for the young bride to sample...
Still others claim that Gracey's young bride lost her sanity, and killed herself by leaping off of the top of the old mansion on her wedding day, still wearing her gown, causing Gracey, in a fit of despair, to hang himself from the rafters of his home. It's even been said that Gracey may have killed his bride in the attic after a fit of unsubstantiated jealous rage, and then buried her in a brick column out in the family graveyard after throwing her wedding ring out the attic window in disgust.
The truth is, no definitive story for the Bride's appearance in the attic exists. However, her existence does indicate that some type of narrative was followed as the various scenes in the Haunted Mansion were being developed. In fact, the WED Imagineers were open about the various ideas that were being considered as "backstory" for the attraction, and some of those ideas seem to have metamorphed into some of the various tales and rumors told about the attic Bride.
Disney voice talent Kat Cressida (pictured at right), whose father worked in Public Relations with Disneyland, remembers hearing tales of the attic Bride that her father heard from his interaction with the Imagineers back in the '70s. "He had the opportunity to meet some of the very special folk originally involved with the parks and their classic attractions," she recalls. The stories her father told her on their frequent trips to Disneyland really made an impression on young Kat, and she has recently recorded her recollection of the tale of the attic Bride specifically for DoomBuggies, with the cooperation of Walt Disney Records. To listen to Kat Cressida tell the tale of the Bride as it was told in the halls of WED Enterprises when the attraction was first designed, click here.