Name of attraction:
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride located in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. There is also a version in Tokyo and Disneyland Paris. It features a ride-through tour of a haunted house in vehicles called ‘Doom Buggies’. The attraction showcases a number of age-old tricks, advanced special effects and spectral audio-animatronics made famous by Disney.
The Haunted Mansion is the only Disney attraction to appear in a different land in each of the four parks:
- Disneyland – New Orleans Square
- WDW – Liberty Square
- Tokyo Disneyland – Fantasyland
- DLP – Frontierland (as the Phantom Manor)
The Haunted Mansion found in Walt Disney World has recently been updated to include a variety of extra features. In March 2011, a secondary queue area was added allowing guests to experience a variety of hauntingly fun activities to include musical instruments playing “Grim Grinning Ghosts” songs on a variety of instruments whose sound is enhanced by the touch of the guest and a tomb with a cryptic message being written by a haunted poem book. The writing in the book is interactive with the guests! In April 2011, the attraction opened to include changes to the “Hitchhiking Ghosts”. The updated ghosts included more fluidly-moving effects which also interacts with riders.
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Opinion or personal story about the attraction:
This is my most favourite ride in the Magic Kingdom and will always be special to me as it was my very first ride in Walt Disney World. I love every part of it, from the tomb stones in the line, to the portrait gallery, the ghost host – “welcome, foolish mortals”, to the ride itself and all the surprises along the way. I also enjoy looking for new things each time and checking off the Hidden Mickeys. Whilst it is not at all scary to me, I have seen a pre-schoolers in the line in front of me go into TOTAL meltdown so I would be wary of taking very small or easily scared children onto it.
One experience I did have back in 2008 was the ride breaking down for a few minutes … That actually was pretty hairy, we were in the Doom Buggy and by the cemetery scene. It was only for about 5 minutes but I will admit I did wonder if I saw more than just some special effects floating around in there, it would be the perfect place for an extra ghost or ghoul … Remember, there may be 999 happy haunts, but there is always room for one more.