Readers' Opinions

From Rob Pastor on August 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM
Love the ballroom scene. We had a breakdown in front of it and we got to watch it for about 15-20 minutes. Every minute was great, never got tired of it.
From James Trexen on August 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM
There are only 2 rides I've ever been on that continue to scare me: Forbidden Journey and Haunted Mansion. In the graveyard scene, there are always those pop-up ghouls that come out and scare the you-know-what out of me. Because they are randomly deployed to make sure they jump in front of each vehicle at least once, you can never tell when they're gonna strike. No matter how much I go in feeling anxious for when it's gonna happen, they always make me jump back in my seat. For that reason alone, I voted for the graveyard.
From Melanie Howe on August 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Really need an all of the above option here :-). It's hard for me to pick a favorite scene, as this is one of my all time favorite rides ever... But I voted for the graveyard simply because there's so much going on to look at. But I'm very envious of Rob getting stuck at the ballroom scene -- I've always wanted a bit more time there than the ride allows.
From Anthony Murphy on August 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM
I have been to the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland Paris versions! All fun!

You gotta vote for the ballroom. It is such an iconic scene and such a simple effect.

From 67.42.53.237 on August 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM
Ballroom. Is this even up for debate? ;) It is one of those jaw-dropping spectacles that people go to Disney for, like seeing the castle at night or Fantasmic. You just want to break out of your Doombuggy and join the party.
From 76.170.133.110 on August 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM
Fantastic attraction and even after 45 solid years, guests continue to be awed by this attraction! It was already so ahead of its time back in 1969 and started using projections a good 40 years before they became more mainstream than animatronics on rides! Happy happy birthday to arguably one of the best dark rides ever!
From Daniel Etcheberry on August 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM
How cool would it be if they let guests who pay extra cash to stay overnight at the Haunted Mansion with dinner at the ballroom.

By the way, what happened with Guillermo del Toro's project?

From 76.88.146.190 on August 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Okay, guys. For those of you who mentioned you'd like to spend a little more time on Haunted Mansion, have I got a story for you. You should have been there with us one evening this last June. The ride stopped just about every 30 seconds. For a while it was pretty cool. We got to look at all the scenes for a very long time and in great detail. I even spotted the Hidden Mickey on the big table (which I'm terrible at, by the way). It must have taken us maybe 15 minutes to complete the ride. Could have been very frustrating if it had been our first ride but it wasn't so I tried to sit back and enjoy the opportunity to see things I had never seen before. We did get a little tired of hearing scary-voice guy telling us to remain in our doombuggies though. You know, after the 30th time or so. BTW this was at Disneyland. Have also ridden at WDW and loved them both of course.
From Sylvain Comeau on August 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Such an enduring classic. I was there in Sept. 1969, barely a month after the grand opening! I don't remember that trip, but I was there, and how cool is that?

My earliest memory of the Mansion is getting very spooked by the attic scene. It was SCARY back then.