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Mr. William Gracey from Gracey Mannor. Drawn by Topher Adam


Joined November 2010

Artist's Description

I always wanted to have a Mr. Gracey painting in my house. So I sketched one. So I decided to take a photo of him. Master the sketch in photoshop and provide it to the world.

A tombstone in the family plot outside of the Walt Disney World Mansion reads “Master Gracey laid to rest. No mourning please, at his request.” A tribute to Disney Imagineer Yale Gracey. His tombstone was also one of the original eight in the family plot outside of Disneyland’s Mansion, but it was removed sometime in the 1970s. According to X. Atencio (who penned the epitaph), the title of “master” on the tombstone was meant to imply a male too young to be called “mister,” and not the master of the house. Despite this, a common assumption by fans is that Gracey is the master of the house depicted in the foyer portrait, a handsome young man who ages and decays a la Dorian Gray. Merchandising has since adopted this popular notion, labeling the Aging Man as Master Gracey on various items. Master Gracey has also often been misidentified by fans as the Ghost Host. Before the addition of the interactive queue to Walt Disney World’s Mansion in March 2011, a Cast Member would pick a fresh rose every morning and place it on Gracey’s grave. In the Servants Quarters, there is a bell for Master Gracey’s Bedchamber.
A Master Gracey tombstone is nowhere to be found at Tokyo Disneyland’s Mansion. Instead, there is a tombstone for Mister West, which has the same epitaph and design as the Gracey tombstone. West’s tombstone was also once located at the Disneyland Mansion, after the Gracey tombstone was removed.
Media adaptations have often followed the fan-based theory of Master Gracey being the master of the house. In the 2003 film, Master Edward Gracey was played by Nathaniel Parker, as a heartbroken man who hanged himself after his lover Elizabeth apparently killed herself.
In the comics, Master William Gracey was a vicious pirate known as Captain Blood, who eventually hanged himself in the cupola of his haunted mansion and became the Ghost Host. This was inspired by Ken Anderson’s early concepts for the Disneyland attraction involving a pirate character named Captain Gore.
In the 2003 film’s backstory 3, the house was called Gracey Manor, built by a sea captain named Ambrose Gracey. The name Gracey Manor (or Gracey Mansion) was used in the comics as well, but it is not the canonical name of any of the Disney Park Mansions. In Frontierland at Walt Disney World, for several years there was actually a sign pointing toward the attraction with the name Gastley Mansion (the word “Gastley” was crossed out and replaced with “Haunted”).

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