The Haunted Mansion at Disney World reopens
Written by Mitchell Botwin
The Haunted Mansion reopened this weekend at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. (Sorry, no pictures.) The ride had been closed for renovation and update. Since the doors opened there have been 40 min waits (according to the signs) to go in. The update to the ride was great. Below will follow spoilers, so don't read beyond this if you want to experience it first hand.Tweet
The outside of the building has been cleaned, so the color of the brickwork is visible and gives it a good feel. The cue is in need of fans or some sort of cooling device for the hot days. The tombstones were there freshened. You are moved into the 1st room and you can tell the woodwork has been polished giving it a dark glow. The stretching picture room has been cleaned up. The pictures are the same but the images are brighter as well as the frames. The voice over is the same.
The hanging man is easier to see and the lightning is brighter. The speakers have been upgraded so the sound is clearer.
The next room is where you enter the doom buggies. The are the same, though it feels like they are moving a little bit faster. Everything has been cleaned. The flashes of lightening are brighter and the transition of pictures is greater and more stark.
There are 2 new additions and multiple modifications. The additions are the Escher stairs which have to be seen to be believed. They were great, could of watched them for longer then the doom buggy allows. The second new is the bride. I don't have the words the describe it, but it is worth a trip to Florida just to see it.
The modifications include more ghosts in the graveyard and less scary, the fortune teller is no longer on the table but floating above. Looks great. The dancers have been increased and are almost too visible, losing some of their ghostly quality, but the additions make up for it.
I would give the Haunted Mansion an 8 out of 10 and strongly recommend it to anyone in the Magic Kingdom.
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