There’s actually a fairly fascinating backstory to this dilapidated mansion, which hasn’t even belonged to Tyson since the late nineties (hence the decor straight out of a Scorsese mob movie).
More recently, it belonged to a businessman named Paul Monea, who got rich hawking TaeBo workout tapes with Billy Blanks. He used some of that TaeBo money to buy Tyson’s old Ohio mansion for $1.3 million.
Then things went bad for Monea. You see one of Paul’s prize possessions was this gigantic, 40-carat diamond. Eventually, Paul decided he wanted to sell both the diamond and the house. He was approached by a buyer who was very interested in both, and who had the money to do something about it, but he told Paul his money was drug money. Paul basically said to the guy, “I don’t want to know where you got your money, and what do I care if it’s rug money?” They go ahead and make the deal.
Well, almost. Turns out the man was actually an FBI agent doing what I, as a non-lawyer, believe is a textbook example of entrapment. Paul went to jail, his assets were seized, and now this mansion stands lonely and empty, seemingly haunted by the ghosts of parties past.
This tour through the house is a pretty wild ride through old-school decadence and modern decay, brought to you by the urban exploring adventurer behind IllicitOhio.com
Brother Bear – Nemo makes a quick cameo in the scene where Kenai disrupts the salmon fishing.
The Little Mermaid -Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are among the crowd during King Triton’s entrance.
101 Dalmatians – Lady and Tramp make a quick cameo during the Twilight Bark scene.
Aladdin – The Beast appears as one of the Sultan’s toys.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Pumbaa from The Lion King, are seen on the street surrounding Notre Dame during the “Out There” scene.
101 Dalmatians – Peg, from Lady and the Tramp, appears in the window of Percy’s Pet Shop during the Twilight Bark scene.
The Great Mouse Detective – Bill the Lizard, from Alice In Wonderland, is part of Ratigan’s gang.
The Little Mermaid – The King and The Grand Duke, from Cinderella, are guests during the wedding scene.
Oliver & Company – Jock, Peg, and Trusty, from Lady & The Tramp, make a quick cameo.
The Black Cauldron – When Taran, Princess Eilonwy, and Fflewddur Fflam discover the Fair Folk and their underground kingdom, Tinkerbell appears among the fairies.
Oliver and Company – Ratigan, from The Great Mouse Detective, and Scooby Doo are hidden among the photos in the “Perfect Isn’t Easy” scene.
Hercules – Scar is the slain Nemean Lion.
The Princess and the Frog – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet can be seen in the opening scene of the movie.
Tangled – Pinocchio is hidden up in the rafters above Flynn Rider during the “I’ve Got a Dream” scene.
Lilo & Stitch – When Lilo is watching the falling star, a Dumbo toy sits in the background on the art easel.
The Princess and the Frog – Louis pulls on some swamp grass and imitates Madam Mim from The Sword and the Stone.
Tangled – As Rapunzel and Flynn read in the library, three classic Disney movies appear in book form: A Sleeping Beauty storybook is displayed next to the window, a copy of Beauty and the Beast lays on the ground, and the Little Mermaid sits atop a side table.
Oliver & Company – Princess Aurora can be seen walking in the background.
The Princess and the Frog – King Triton appears as a Mardi Gras float.
Tarzan – Mrs. Potts and Chip are in Porter’s camp
The Rescuers – Bambi and his mother during the “Someone’s Waiting For You” scene.
The Princess and the Frog – While Mama Odie sings “Dig a Little Deeper,” she throws around a few items, one of which is Genie’s Magic Lamp from Aladdin.
Lilo & Stitch – A Mulan poster hangs on the wall of Nani’s room.
Beauty & the Beast – When Maurice and Felipe are lost in the woods they find a road sign, two of the routes on the sign read Anaheim and Valencia. (Anaheim: Where Disneyland is and Valencia: Where California Institute of the Arts is located)
Treasure Planet – A Stitch doll sits on Jim’s shelf.
The Fox and the Hound – Wart (in squirrel form) from The Sword in the Stone makes a cameo.
Lilo & Stitch – The ball from Pixar’s Luxo Jr. can be seen in the background.