The Haunted Mansion at Disney World reopens
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.
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.
I was there on Friday for Mickey's Not So Scarry Halloween. Despite it down pouring for half the time it was still fun. Disney gave us all comp tickets to come back to another night for Not So Scarry. Or, guests could redeem their Not So Scarry ticket for a free day in the Magic Kingdom within three months. We were annual pass holders so we are going back to another Not So Scarry event.
I went to Magic Kingdom last night for the sole purpose of riding Haunted Mansion, and I just have to say WOW! There are no significant ride changes, but the updates are just incredible. The updated soundtracks really make the ride a lot more fun. For example, in the pre-show the voice travels around the room and jumps, and you can hear background noises a lot clearer than before. The new paintings watching you go by are also incredible, especially with the lightning.
Sounds like a job well done at HM.
Wonderful news! Reviews have been across-the-board favorable. We rode HM a couple of years back and winced at how badly the attraction needed to be rehabbed. Looking forward to visiting the ride during our next visit.
Wow, I wonder when the same will happen at Disneyland, considering ours is even older.
LOL! Chuck-E-Cheese - you are so right! That's hilarious - I watched the CBJ for the first time a year ago. I was really wondering what all of the fuss has been about - the show sucks severely. I felt like I had stepped into a demented Peyote induced Chuck-E-Cheese show. Bizarre, really bizarre...
Even though Disneyland's is older, it sounds like DLR already had some of these additions-- the floating head and table, the bride, sounds from different directions in the stretching room. I'm a fairly new Disney enthusiast so I don't know when those were added exactly. I would like to see this Escher stair thing, though.
Although quite a few spoilers have been shared, I'm going to try and avoid passing on anymore. Instead, I will tell you where you need to pay attention, and what to pay attention to:
I created a thread with a link to a site that has great pics, especially of the escher stairs. For whatever reason it hasn't popped up. Maybe the linked site isn't approved. The pics were amazing. I'm psyched!
Went on it today and all I can say is WOW, so awesome to see new things. The stairs room was phenominal. The attic looks great, even though i still need another ride on it to see if I can finally understand the bride's story. Madame Liota's room is great, i like the instruments shown in the background, definetely helps to tie it in with the movie. My daughters(which are 1 and 2 years old seemed to enjoy it more than before. I noticed they took out a part that had this ghost popped up and screamed loudly(it would've been right before the new attic scene), used to freak the girls out and this time it was not there...boy was I grateful. And the most beautful part of it all was the wait, almost a walk on, 5 minutes max(even though the sign said 10). The whole day at Disney World today was great, cooler weather and the wait times were freakin awesome. Overall two thumbs way up for the Haunted Mansion...i just wish they'd slow down the doom buggies a tad bit.
I think the most telling comments so far have been that the Doom Buggies need to be slowed down. Did anyone ever think that back before this rehab?
Maybe it's just me, but I was underwhelmed. While I admit they spruced up the ride, the fact is that it NEEDED it. The changes are really good but they weren't mind-blowing and we only went once, though we had the AP line available to us on Saturday morning.
For those who've been wondering, Disneyland has already received most of the updates recently installed in Disney World's version. The effects not found in Disneyland's are the Staircase scene, the updated Stretching Room audio, Bride 2.0, and Madame Leota 2.0. Both the Bride & Madame Leota's effects were reworked for FL, whereas CA still has the original versions of those effects (original meaning from the last refurb we had).
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