Haunted Mansion Vs. Haunted Mansion
please tell which one you enjoy more and why.
From David L.
Posted April 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM
I was curious after this year's tournament about Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. From the looks of it, Magic Kingdom's HM looks better because of the recent renovation, the exterior, and people have said that you can tell that the stretching room's floor moves down at Disneyland's HM. I wanted to know what y'all think is the better ride and why.
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From Tim W
Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM
I definately prefer the exterior of the Magic Kingdom version. It looks much creepier than the one in disneyland. My favorite haunted mansion overall is actually Phantom Manor. I love the backstory to it. The Mystic Manor version of Haunted Mansion will hopefully be great as well! I really gotta give the disneyland version props for having the haunted mansion holiday! However, the new upgrades to the disney world version make it much more current and far better than the one at Disneyland!
They are almost exactly the same so it would be a tough choice.
I would say WDW because some of the paneling had fallen off at DL's version (they might have fixed it). Also, MK's version looks like it actually fits inside the house (even though both are in basic soundstages behind the house)
Phantom Manor is very interesting and a great twist, but I found that it is much more grim and not enough grinnin ghosts. In other words, Marc Davis's work of gags found in the American Version can't be found. It also seemed much shorter.
WDW's HM has been better since the '07, because they upgraded the technology. Both the Bride and Leota look sharper (and Leota still floats!) the surround sound in the stretching room is great, with new sound effects, and the added scene is cool. Meanwhile, DL's Mansion is being neglected because they are more concerned with getting that holiday overlay in and out every year. No contest.
I agree with what Tim said about the exterior. Magic Kingdom's is much scarier.
From Adam Wade
Posted April 21, 2010 at 9:02 AM
MK's is better. I have ridden the MK version 100's of times but only recently got the chance to visit the one at Disneyland.
First, I was a little shocked at how similar they are in the first place. Like everything at Disneyland, the individual pieces are closer to your ride vehicle and more "intimate", but I was pretty surprised about how much so many of the rooms were practically identical (going through the pounding doors/opening crypt, for instance).
However, especially with the '07 improvements, the MK version is superior. Although I did like the boarding area at Disneyland better, the rest of the attraction is much more plussed at MK and a longer, more intricate and cohesive experience.
I'm a Southern California native, and grew up at Disneyland. When I went to Walt Disney World for the first time a few years ago, I considered the Magic Kingdom to be generally inferior to the original. Perhaps that was just my bias, but even now I still feel that way. However, MK's Haunted Mansion went a long way towards redeeming that park in my mind. I still feel the exterior of the Disneyland version is eerier and more foreboding, but Florida's mansion is not only longer, but the scenes unique to their version are very impressive and the effects that are shared are simply done better in Florida. They win this one hands down.
i'm also a cali native, and felt that MK florida was inferior to disneyland. the only ride in MK that i enjoyed was the haunted mansion. i think the insides are about the same, i prefer the closeness at disneyland but the effects are slightly superior in MK. but the stretching room does not go down in MK, the ceiling goes up. i always found the sinking feeling to be really creepy/awesome. plus, i like the queue in disneyland better. and i love new orleans architecture, so i prefer the disneyland outside too. i felt like the MK ride looked shoved in a corner and forgotten, while the disneyland ride is more in the middle of things like it belongs. that's probably bias from growing up with disneyland though
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