Published: March 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM
As our resident Haunted Mantion fanatic (my screen name here is DarkRide Rod), I suppose I should chime in. I've seen quite a bit of footage of the new queue props. You don't have to go through the queue graveyard. You can actually just go straight ahead to the attraction. I don't mind these additions at all. They're quite fun, in fact. The captain's tomb, in particular, is a cool addition.
The only thing I'm worried about is footage I've seen from changes INSIDE the ride. The iconic hitchhiking ghosts have been taken out and replaced with computer generated animated clones and the mirror scene right after that has them floating around instead of sitting beside you. Apparently, a Disney cast member told someone that this is only temporary while that part of the ride is being worked on, but it's hard for me to believe it after seeing the work put into the CGI ghosts. The CGI hitchhiking ghosts look good, but I'd hate to see those iconic animatronics go away.