Published: March 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
This is a very tough vote, and for me it is based only on the California versions of each attraction. Haunted Mansion is my second favorite dark ride (first being Indiana Jones Adventure), and the holiday version of it is my absolute favorite ride at the Disneyland Resort (excluding roller coasters, because I don't rank coasters and non-coasters against each other). However, recently I've noticed that some of the effects in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion have begun showing their age, and while they still look fine the constant squeaking of the hidden parts somewhat ruins the illusion. Add in the fact that the narration appears to have been cut from a portion of the attraction and the volume of the audio effects turned down, and it is hard to maintain my enjoyment of the ride.
Now, for Pirates of the Caribbean. I really enjoy this ride as well, and even though I didn't mind the changes done to merge it with the films, there is one that annoys me to this day: Blackbeard. He has no place in the ride, as unlike Devy Jones it makes no sense for him to appear on the mist screen, and he was just such a lousy villian in On Stranger Tides I don't think he even deserves mention in the ride. While this doesn't prevent me from riding, I cringe slightly everytime his face appears on the screen.
As for which I voted for...well, it was tough. However, I voted for Haunted Mansion, even if it is only because I love the Holiday version so much. I think even with what has happened with the two attractions, I still slightly prefer Haunted Mansion over Pirates. Both are rides I often ride twice per visit (crowds permitting), and I would protest the removal or significant modification of either.
Now, for everyone else, I'm guessing the general consensus goes something like this: Disneyland Pirates beats Disneyland Mansion, and Florida Mansion beats Florida Pirates. However, what is the true winner when comparing Disneyland's Pirates with Florida's Mansion?