Haunted Mansion…. Magic KingdomWalt Disney World: Is it time for Disney to update or upgrade the voice in the Haunted Mansion?
From Brian EmeryHaunted Mansion….
Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:44 AM
Is it time for Disney to update or upgrade the voice in the Haunted Mansion?
The effects are great in this attraction but the voice seems so outdated. At the same time they can upgrade the sound system….
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From Tim WNo. No way. Nope. Never. Changing the voice would be a bad move in every single sense. Paul Frees will always be the one, the only, Ghost Host.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM
From Don NealI am fine with it how it is. Just rode it 3-4 times last week and had a great time. Everything was perfect.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM
From Scott BOops, just fell off my chair when I read the suggestion.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM
I would say, no. And I would also add, no. Haha.
From Raul AraozPaul Frees' voice is absolutely perfect. I don't see how they could possibly improve it.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:40 AM
Now don't be a foolish mortal because you never know when a ghost may follow you home.
From TH CreativeChange the vocal performance? NO WAY!
Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM
Add hippos? ABSOLUTELY!
From Flavio de SouzaUpdate the sound system = OK
Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Change the voice = NO, KEEP IT THE WAY IT IS!!!!
From Brian EmeryWow you folks are really into same old, same old…… Let’s move forward….
Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Here is what I envision – the new voice will be deep like Optimums Prime…The narration will also be slightly changes a bit for modern times…
From Scott BLets do it Brian. We should also add an Intamin launch system.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM
From Thomas CrainBrian, thank you. When you described the new voice as 'like Optimus Prime' I had the biggest laugh I've had in weeks. Again, thank you.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM
From Raul AraozI actually think they should rip out all the animatronics and replace them with 3D movie screens. Ohhh, and theme it with current pop culture like Saw or Paranormal Activity.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM
From Mike GallagherIxnay on the Ntaminiay, Scott...we want it to be running.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM
From Nick MarkhamBrian, I can see what you are thinking, and that voice would be great, but thetere are two issues:
Posted June 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM
1. The voice already on Haunted Mansion has been there for years and is what makes the ride such a classic.
2. If you think about it, in real life, would a ghost's voice change? Shouldn't it sound like it is old?
From Kurt LarsonI'm totally for slight changes and the occasional update in classic rides...
Posted June 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM
For example, I like the Captain Jack Sparrow additions to the Pirates of the Caribbean and think there should be a few more sprinkled in (Davy Jones animatronic, Blackbeard, etc)... but I believe doing so lightly wouldn't take away from the overall ride. It's a long, long, animatronic ride. Adding a few more updated animatronics doesn't alter what it innately is...
BUT- taking out the original voice would completely and utterly destroy the Haunted Mansion for me.
As one reader wrote, it kind of makes the ride.
I would help lead the revolt if they even hinted at this.
Paul rules. Forever.
From Carrie HoodOh man, that's a good one! I needed a good laugh this week and this thread did the job!
Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM
On a second note, the only person who could even POSSIBLY replace Paul Frees' is Vincent Price and he's dead. So let's not touch it and just upgrade the sound system instead.
From Albino Pygmy. . . why? If there's one thing Disney should learn from "plussing" an attraction that was already great, is that they shouldn't do it. Case in point: Journey into Imagination.
Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Also, I agree in adding hippos would greatly improve Mansion. "And now, a hungry hungry hippo will follow you home and raid your fridge."
From Mark FairleighSorry, Brian, but that would be nuts!! Paul makes the ride, his voice is an intrinsic part of the whole experience. No way, Jose!
Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM
But I would be up for adding bikini clad ghost-chicks to the dinner scene....NOT! ;)
From Tim WDefinately agree with the comment about Vincent Price, but he is dead. Didn't he record as a ghost host thought for the DLPs Phantom Manor?
Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM
Sorry, an Optimus Prime voice. What?!? How would an electronic, deep voice even sound in that attraction. I can only shutter when I think of the evil cackles.
From Anthony MurphyI am sorry, but no
Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM
From Kelly MuggletonI really hope no one from Disney reads this and thinks its a good idea - it's not. (just for clarification.)
Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:52 AM
There are things that just shouldnt be messed with.... sorry.
From Sylvain ComeauThe sound has been great ever since the 2007 refurb (especially the surround sound in the stretching room). As for Paul Frees, uh, no. Irreplaceable.
Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM
From TH CreativePosing a related question: Isn't it time to replace Mickey Mouse? Ya know something cooler or edgeier.
Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM
I'm thinking Holly Honey Badger.
From Rob McCulloughYou're just trying to get us all stirred up aren't 'cha?
Posted June 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM
From Stephen HicksNever, never, never.
Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM
From Joseph CatlettDude, Paul Frees is perhaps the most prolific and argually the greatest voice talents of the 20th century, no way. Mansion could use a number of technical upgrades to plus the show, but don't fix what ain't broken.
Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM
From Rod WhitenackJust how does a "voice" become outdated? Voices aren't computer generated these days. You want Paul Frees autotuned? He isn't speaking in old English. This is a bit of insanity, and I think even Uncle Walt might agree. There are plenty of things that could be done to update the "technological" aspects of this attraction, but replacing Paul Frees' voice isn't one of them. Who do recommend? Vin Diesel? Justin Bieber?
Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM
From Rod WhitenackWait a minute! I just figured out who "Brian Emery" is. It's George Lucas!
Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM
From Mike Gallagher^Nah..George isn't into flatulence, snot, and making uncalled for assumptions about other people's lives.
Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM
From Joshua Counsil"...the voice seems so outdated."
Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM
It's a Victorian ghost house. Outdated seems appropriate.
I'm all for updating, replacing, and improving, but Paul Frees' voice is perfect for the Haunted Mansion. Instead of updating the voice, why not upgrade the Omnimover system to improve its efficiency and reduce noise?
From Brian Emery(Said in your best pirate voice) “Mr. Lucas I am not… But I might be a mighty pirate like Barbossa - Arggg..”
Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot
From LeaAnne DollarNO. Shoulld leave Paul Frees' voice.
Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM
From Rod WhitenackHere's the new, updated audio:
Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM
"'Sup, y'all. Represent yo, and hell yea to my Haunted Crib."
"I'm yo homie, dog, ya Ghost Homie."
From Joseph Catlettthis is fun...let's continue...
Posted June 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM
"Yo, sup? This my house dawg. Get to steppin' into my crib. Know what I'm sayin'? Check out these pictures of my homies 'fore they took the dirt nap, yo. Pour a 40 for my peeps."
Anyone like to continue?
From Rod WhitenackWait until you hear the new Madame Leota's rap!
Posted June 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM
"Don't be creepin', round like a rat.
"Creepies and Crawlies from Rob Zombie's 'Halloween',
"Lay down a beat with a rhyme you can't spell,
From Paul SherwinWell, here are some other voices that would (or wouldn't) fit:
Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM
-Paul McCartney / Ringo Starr cohosting.
From Thomas Crain"Yo dawg, I heard you like the Haunted Mansion. So we put a mansion in yo mansion so you can ride while you ride."
Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM
From Joseph CatlettCall me crazy, but Jeff Bridges or Sean Connery might just be bearable.
Posted June 15, 2011 at 7:13 AM
From Jeff LukasIf I'm not mistaken, I believe it was changed, by the voice actor Corey Burton. He sounds just like the original though.
Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:26 AM
From Mike Gallagher"What I would not like: an animatronic Eddie Murphy"
Posted June 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM
What I would not like: A human Eddie Murphy.
(unless it's the one from 48 Hrs..you know, the funny one.)
From Thomas CrainDon't think so, Jeff. Burton did a recording for the Holiday overlay at DL, but that's still Frees the rest of the year.
Posted June 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM
From luis gonzalezthis thread is so bad that everyone had to drop a comment on it. The ghost host is forever, im still angry that they changed the tommorowland transit authority voice over. " now approaching..SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!"
Posted June 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM
From TH CreativeIn my opinion they should ... um, wait ... "argually?"
Posted June 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM
From Brandon MendozaWhy not just use Whoopi Goldberg? She's creepy looking... oh you mean voices...
Posted June 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM
But no, there's no reason to "update" a voice when it fits perfectly with the theme of the attraction. And if they re-do the song with autotuned voices like Glee or most pop and rap music these days, I will quit going to any Disney Park forever.
From Rod WhitenackLittle Leota: "Holla baaaaccckkk. Holla baaaccckkk."
Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:04 AM
From Matthew BlackerDon't mess with the Ghost Host's voice. Why not a sensible suggestion, like painting the Mansion pink, or adding an Eddie Murphy or two?
Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM
From Laura WillisNo way! The HH is landmark ride. The voice is perfect for that ride- it's scary and funny, and even a little sarcastic. I want the HH to be just like I remember it when I take my 2 yr old in 2 yrs, 5 yrs, 10 yrs...
Posted July 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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