Published: August 12, 2008
Published: August 12, 2008
The French Version of the Haunted Mansion, but with a dark twist. Melanie Ravenwood's groom has been killed by a mysterious Phantom, who is believed to be Melanie's father. Melanie waits eagerly for her beloved to return, as Madame Leota's deranged and macabre ghosts wreak havoc throughout the once-majestic estate. As Melanie ages, the Phantom's work is seen throughout the town of Ravenwood. In the end, Melanie is reunited with her beloved by escaping the only way she knows of,death, as we narrowly escape the clutches of the evil Phantom, who is desperate for companionship in his undead abode. As we escape the Crypt, we hear the bride call after us " Come back, come back! Im just dying of loneliness. Hurry back! Hurry back! If you'd like to join us, make final arrangements now. Hurry Back! Hurry back!" and we hear the deranged laugh of the Phantom. We hurry out of the gloomy darkness, and back into the night, knowing the secrets of the Manor, and hoping never to return.Tweet
Much darker than the Disney World version with which I am most familiar, Phantom Manor is a fantastic haunted house ride. It retains many of the elements with which US visitors are familiar but takes it one step further with the Phantom character. It's a little disappointing that the introduction in the stretching room is completely in French - we had to look up the story afterwards to completely understand what was going on - but got the gist from the scenes in the ride. The only issues were the number of elements not working and the numerous stops.
10/10 What is more then likely the last of Disney's classic spook house quartet, (if Mystic Manor has taught us anything) Phantom Manor is likely the darkest and most realistic of them all. The facade alone is about as good as any "Haunted House" can get, with a music box tinkling away in a rotting Gazebo, and the echos of parties long since past lingering in the wind. Inside, the "Phantom" welcomes us to join him in the "boundless realm of the supernatural" while his daughter; the forlorn bride, Melanie Ravenswood; attempts in vain to find her missing finance whom has been hung in the rafters by her own father. Phantom Manor takes the classic tune from the Haunted Mansion, "Grim Grinning Ghosts" and turns it into a lush orchestral score that better fits the more cinematic storyline. A ghoulish ghost town from hell replaces the graveyard finale found in the other three. This is one you don't want to miss.
Phantom Manor is an amazing attraction, taking the classic Haunted Mansion and flipping it on its head. It's much more of a scary attraction than the classic Mansion, but not overly intense.
All in all, while it is great, I can't give it a 10 since it left me wanting to ride the original Mansion.
Just like the one in any of the other Disney Parks, this one is great! The façade in this one wins though! Always a great laugh. 9/10
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