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At-Home Disney Imagineering: Add theme park sounds to your house with customizable iChime doorbell

in Disney, Entertainment, Merchandise, Theme Parks

In honor of Friday the 13th, today I bring you a bit of At-Home Imagineering that’s helped add a bit more “spooky” to my daily life. With the aid of a programmable iChime doorbell, visitors at my front door no longer signal their arrival with a standard ding-dong but instead the eerie tolling of bells from The Haunted Mansion, gently ringing out to the tune of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” And it couldn’t have been simpler to install.

The iChime doorbell is available online for a little less than $90 and worth every penny for allowing you to program your own doorbell sounds, recorded from any audio device. It also comes with a number of built-in ringtones, if you will, ranging from happy Christmas tunes to comedic sound effects – something for every occasion.

Here’s a video showing the iChime in action, installed in my house:

In case you want to duplicate the same Haunted Mansion chime, here is the MP3 I played via my computer and recorded onto the iChime: HauntedMansionDoorbell.mp3

Changing the sound effect is as simple as switching the dial to one of several themes. The iChime can alternate through pre-recorded options within that theme or can be set to repeat the same one each time. But the most intriguing part of the product is being able to record audio a standard mini plug, run from a computer, iPod, CD player, or anything else that puts out sound through a headphone jack. The unit itself easily replaces any existing doorbell, with a simple two-wire hookup. Four AA batteries are needed to power its speaker, but since a doorbell is only triggered every once in a while, these batteries should last a very long time. Once installed, it uses the existing doorbell button and wiring to play back whatever audio it’s programmed for. It’s as simple as that to update your ordinary doorbell to play the chimes of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the whistle of a Magic Kingdom train, or a few spooky sounds of The Haunted Mansion.

You can buy the iChime doorbell on Amazon. More information can be found on iChime.com.

7 Comments

  1. Lance Sheriff

    Very cool, Ricky. I looked into this product a while back, but didn’t know how well it would work. Sounds and looks good. What is the maximum length of the custom sound file you can use (in seconds)?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I think it’s around 15-20 seconds max. The sound quality is surprisingly good. A bit tinny, but not bad at all.

      1. Lance Sheriff

        I have some vacation homes at WDW that I think I’ll put these in. Thanks, Ricky for sharing this. Keep up the great work.

  2. susan mann

    Used this for my Halloween doorbell this year. It was a HUGE hit! LOVED IT!! Thank you so much!! Wish there were more sounds to add! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. Noel

    The haunted mansion doorbell.mp3 appears to be a dead link. Is it possible to repost or have it emailed out? Wanna try this for Halloween.
    Thanks

  4. Tara

    Your MP3 link is no longer working. Do you have an updated link? I really want to do this! THANKS!

    1. mike

      yes, the MP3 Link in no longer working. Where can we find the mp3 file? I know this is an old post…but thought it was worth asking. Thanks!

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