Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Haunted Mansion

It's almost Halloween, so let's talk about one of my favorite attractions, the Haunted Mansion.  If y'all missed my post on the NBC overlay on the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, check it out here.  Disneyland's Haunted Mansion (and the original) resides in New Orleans Square while MK's is in Liberty Square.  It was one of the first rides to be designed by the Imagineers, but the Disneyland ride did not open until after Walt's death, opening in 1969.

It's always so much fun to walk in the line, waiting for the doors to open to the Stretching Room.  Some of the tombstones are fun to read, but there's also a tribute to Marc Davis, one of Walt's original 9 Old Men and a driving force on the Haunted Mansion.  He was also behind attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the EnchantedTiki Room.

 As guests step into the Stretching Room, they are greeted by the Ghost Host, voiced of Paul Frees. 

Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm?

In Disneyland, that stretching takes guests underground, but in the Magic Kingdom, guests remain on the same level.  There's a lot more land in Florida.  From there, guests board a Doombuggie and proceed through the ride, visiting haunted hallways with door knockers clacking on their own, staircases that lead nowhere, Madam Leota's fortune telling, a good old fashioned ghost celebration in the banquet hall (look for the hidden Mickey), a bridal chamber where the same bride keeps "losing" her husbands, and into a graveyard, where there's more celebration.  This is where the Grim Grinning Ghosts is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.  Before the Doombuggie brings guests to the end, beware of hitchhiking ghosts.

Sometimes, there can even be a Ghost outside, telling how she came to be at the Haunted Mansion.

And don't worry.  If the attraction proves to be too scary to young ones, there is a way out.  A Castmember will take you through a door labeled "Full of fear?  Exit here."  A little secret I learned on the Keys to the Kingdom tour.


  1. The Haunted Mansion in Disney World is one of my favorites. I am going to Disneyland for the first time this May and I am excited to see how different the rides are there. -L

    1. The facades are definitely different but it's fun seeing all the differences at DL vs. WDW.