Vote of the Week: Which is the world's best Haunted Mansion?
In honor of Halloween, let's spend a little time with the theme park attraction that brings us so many happy haunts throughout the year: Disney's Haunted Mansion.
But which is the best of the world's Haunted Mansions? Is it the original, at Disneyland, in Anaheim?
Or Walt Disney World's?
Perhaps you might prefer the Tokyo version, located in Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasyland section. A clone of Orlando's version, Tokyo also offers the Haunted Mansion "Holiday Nightmare" overlay also found in Anaheim.
Or maybe you liked it when Disney broke the mold and created Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, which sets the classic Mansion story inside an old west facade, incorporating elements from Marc Davis' never-built Western River Expedition at the end?
And finally, let's consider that holiday overlay, where Jack Skellington and his crew from The Nightmare Before Christmas take over the Mansions in Anaheim and Tokyo from September through the New Year.
Even if you've not had the good fortune to experience all five versions in person, from all you know about these rides, which would you consider the very best?
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Only been on Florida and Cali, and I barely..actually, not at all...remember the latter (I was 14, 35 years ago)..so I guess it's Florida for me.
Oh please! This is like asking "What do you like better: Vanilla ice cream, liver, caster oil or poi?"
I'm only familiar with the FL version, but I can't vote against the Pumpkin King. So holiday gets my vote, despite the futility of doing so.
Some of the recent upgrades make the Florida version very appealing like the audio effects in the stretching room or the room of staircases with the glowing footsteps, but the original in California remains the best for many reasons.
I picked the original at Disneyland (but Phantom Manor is cool)
I have never been to the Tokio's version, but from the 3 remaining the Parisian version is the best.
Paris has the best one.
I have only visited two of them, Orlando and Anaheim (with the Skellington overlay). Of those two, Orlando gets the nod.
I've been on California (both regular and Holiday) and Paris, and between those three versions I'd have to say I prefer the holiday version. Unlike the normal Haunted Mansion, Haunted Mansion Holiday has a cohesive story and I love the musical score of the attraction (not that the regular one is bad, it's just the same basic theme for the whole ride while HMH has a different track for each section). Additionally, Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite animated movies so anything based on it gets bonus points.
Phantom Manor, just like so many other of Paris' attractions has the edge over its American counterparts.
I like the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, but it is way overdone. It is just not right that you can't enjoy the original Haunted Mansion during Halloween, but instead have a Christmas overlay 3 months, and entire quarter of a year, before the actual Holiday. Add in Orlando's proper loading area, staircase room, and other additions, and it is the no brainer pick over Anaheim. I haven't experienced the rest so it was between the domestic two for me.
Aren't they all about the same? (except Paris)
I love the New Orleans setting of Haunted Mansion in Anaheim...but I have not been able to experience HM in California in many, many years because that holiday is always up when I am in California.
Been to all (except Holiday version), but voting for Tokyo because of the cast members. They were dressed immaculately (we saw them in winter garb), and the entire team was in character and even synchronised their hand gestures. (Side note:we compared this with the cast members of the Tower of Terror in Disneysea and amazing, they had their own unique hand gestures.) I love every haunted mansion, but this definitely edged Tokyo to the top of my list.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday overlay makes the DL Haunted Mansion head and shoulders better than its counterpart in Orlando. I was at the Tokyo DL version in 1994, and I don't remember it being anything special. Of course, in 19 years, that could have changed. Never been to any of the others.
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