Readers' Opinions

From Dominick D on October 12, 2011 at 8:01 AM
Ive only been on MKs HM, but it seems much superior then DLs. Now for Buzz, Magic Kingdom's seems more twords the movies, so thats getting my vote.
From Anon Mouse on October 12, 2011 at 8:19 AM
The Magic Kingdom's lack of stretch room is a deal killer for me. It just doesn't work as an effect.

Disneyland's lead up from the stretch room to the loading platform add a lot of suspense to a rather tame ride. I have to give the nod to Disneyland's version.

From on October 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM
On an added note, I've heard that the setting for the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion is very picturesque, with the building on a small hill in front of the river in Frontierland. The Disneyland version is separated a bit from the river and the setting is not quite as nice, from what I understand.

(Although I go to Disneyland frequently, my one visit to the Magic Kingdom in 1997 was only a half-day, and we only had time to rush around the park and go on about five rides.)

From Skipper Adam on October 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM
Disneyland's version is short and just doesn't build up the same. The load area is rather ugly and plain in DLR's, but the one thing I will give them is their stretch room is better, but not by much.

WDW's version just comes off as a better paced, more thought out version.

From TH Creative on October 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM
I prefer the Magic Kingdom's version in Orlando because the stretch room is so much better than the one at DLR.
From Brian Emery on October 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM
Robert - you should add a tie button..
From Victoria Jurkowski on October 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM
I chose DLR because I much prefer the setting, and I like the history of it [but I'm a bit of a history nerd, and will appreciate any ride if it has a good history]. To be fair, I have yet to experience the new queue in WDW, which might make the Florida version superior.
From on October 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM
I voted for the magic kingdom ride becuase it somehow "feels" longer and better paced. But I must admit I like the DLR facade much better and the portrait hall.
From on October 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM
I like the Disneyland facade better, and appreciate that you actually enter the building rather than entering beneath MK's relatively distant house on a hill, but the Magic Kingdom's additional scenes and much better loading area gives it the edge and my vote.
From Gordon Free on October 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM
The walk-thru at DL gallery does it for me. But I have to concede that WDW has some very interesting additions not found in CA.
From Tony Perkins on October 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM
This is a tough one, but the superior stretch room that really stretches at DL gives it the nod. Add in the Haunted Holiday overlay and DL clearly becomes the better choice.
From on October 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM
I had to go with the DL version for one reason, the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. Aside from that I would choose the MK version.
From Tim W on October 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Cool idea! And I voted for MK's since it has the better show building and the better queue!
From on October 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM
I have to go with the Magic Kingdom version because of the staircase room; I love that scene.
From on October 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
I think that the MK version is much better due to the facade, new interactive line, and the overall creepiness of the building. I believe that the fireplace room at the beginning of the ride does it for me, it's really quite good and seals the deal that you are at a haunted mansion
From on October 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM
WDW's Haunted Mansion is the better one, currently. The overall show quality - effects, lighting, sound, etc. - is far superior. Plus it's longer.
DL's Mansion desperately needs a refurb.

The WDW version lost a few points this past year though. The new additions (the interactive queue and the CGI hitchhiking ghosts) SUCK, in my opinion. They're too kiddie-oriented and don't match the style of the rest of the attraction.

From on October 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM
MK, I just think the House's architecture, the setting, the additional scenes which are absent in DL's makes it my favourite.
From Manny Barron on October 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM
Very close but Magic Kingdom is better. I actually like the facade better at Disneyland since it goes with the New Orleans theme but the ride is better in WDW.
From Sylvain Comeau on October 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM
WDW has been steadily plussing their Mansion, whereas Disneyland is more concerned with putting in the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. The east coast version has been superior for 4 years now.
From on October 12, 2011 at 6:47 PM
Oh Sylvain. It is woefully obvious that you have never experienced DL's Haunted Mansion during the holiday season. Combined with the intimacy of NOS, the overlay is a guaranteed vote changer. Seeing as you will be joining me for a full week of theme park hopping (3 days at DLR included) I think it only fitting to change your vote to the ORIGINAL (and still the best!) Anaheim version.
From Skipper Adam on October 13, 2011 at 8:16 AM
There is no quest that Florida has a better show quality than Disneyland's.
From T Dunc on October 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM
Definitely magic kingdom. Everything is so much better. The effects and all of the new additions. So magic kingdom's got my vote.
From on October 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM
I've experienced both Haunted Mansions numerous times, and I gotta give it to WDW. however, I haven't been on the WDW version since before it was updated in 2007. but it's not just because I grew up riding the one in WDW that makes me partial to it, but there are many small things that make it the winner for me. the "head popping" ghosts in the cemetary are a huge reason. they pop up out of nowhere and in such an eerie movement it's always kinda scared me, but the ones at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion just kinda lazily come up like they're almost broken or something. if they go in and refurbish Disneyland's any time soon, that is one thing they should fix immediately. I try to tell a worker to pass that on every time I'm there! and of course WDW has the additional scenes. I just wish they would start doing the Haunted Mansion Holiday in Orlando! my one gripe about BOTH mansions are the new attic scenes. I miss the head popping ghosts that used to jump out at you as you moved through the attic. that was a huge mistake they made, putting that dumb bridal procession music with the talking bride instead of it being eerily quiet with a heart thumping as you move through there, not knowing where or when one of those little ghosts is going to jump out at you next! that's why Tokyo's Haunted Mansion may still be the best of them all... they still have the original attic!