Haunted Mansion reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Haunted Mansion, a dark ride in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
This Dutch Gothic Revival New England mansion looks innocent enough on the outside, but 999 "happy haunts" reside inside. The Haunted Mansion long has been one of Disney's most popular attractions at theme parks around the world, with its deft use of stagecraft to create a variety of illusions.
The story's a bit murky, perhaps due to the large number of Imagineers who worked on this project at various times before its original version debuted at Disneyland in 1969. But you've got a sea captain who ends up dead marrying a woman who seems to have had a series of husbands who didn't last long.
Once inside the mansion, you'll start your adventure in the "stretch" room before walking down the corridor to board your "Doom Buggy." Yes, the room actually stretches, with the ceiling rising above you as your "Ghost Host" welcomes you inside. If you're curious, the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland also features a stretch room — but in that one, the ceiling stays in place as the floor descends, taking you underground so that you can pass underneath the parks's railroad tracks to get into the Mansion's ride building beyond. In the Magic Kingdom, the railroad takes a wide turn around the Mansion ride building, so there's no need for the elevator and the ceiling rises above you instead. (Plus, there's that water table issue making digging underground impossible.) In 2011, Disney added some "interactive" elements to the queue — additional "punny" grave markers, some of which play music or spit water at your touch.
A classic ride only made better with some state-of-the-art effects. Though they need to work on the omnimover system. The stops were constant and distracting which was not a problem with Little Mermaid and Spaceship Earth. - Aaron McMahon
The eyes on the wallpaper and the hitchhiking ghost effects are great! I prefer this version because of those two effects alone, even though I was able to see the wire holding Madam Leota. The musical crypt was also neat, but there are fewer gravestones with less clever sayings than Disneyland. - Jeff Krinock
This was an amazing ride that could have went a bit slower to give you time to look at everything. I did not care to be trapped in a stretching room. The ride was outstanding!!! I enjoyed the riding backwards as well. - Meg T.
Yes, this IS a must see! It is a masterpiece in atmospheric work. Starting from the graveyard (do NOT take the shortcut) with its interactive and incredibly funny elements (yes, this IS a haunted house, but a funny one) over to the signature pre-show, which is by now the most copied one in the world up to the ride itself. There is so much to see and to discover that you need to do this more than once. And don't be afraid, this is a little creepy and spooky, but as far from being scary as a ghost-themed-ride can be. There won't be monsters, only holographic ghosts being silly. - Chris W.
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