The Haunted Mansion Plus Size Guide
The Haunted Mansion is a haunted house located at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. It is the first of the Best of WDW attractions. In 2007, the attraction was refurbished. However, the original design was not affected. Although the ride’s exterior was changed to a Victorian mansion, the interior and lighting were kept the same.
Guests enter the queue area via a carriage led by an invisible horse. After passing through a pet cemetery, the carriage stops in front of the interactive queue. This area features tombstones, crypts, and mysteries to solve.
Once inside the interactive area, guests step through a large octagonal gallery that is adorned with paintings. These paintings are meant to be a representation of the overall theme of the Haunted Mansion. While the paintings are still a work of art, they are morphing into ghastly images. Also, a “big organ” is visible.
As a result, the graveyard scene includes singing busts. People often mistake these busts for Walt Disney. They are actually made by Thurl Ravenscroft, who is also the voice of Tony the Tiger.
The haunted house’s signature theme changes as it is experienced. A ghostly wedding party is a fun part of the attraction, and the other parts are spooky and humorous. There are no serious scare actors, but the atmosphere changes with the tone of the experience.
Another unique feature of the attraction is the spectral Audio-Animatronics. Some of the characters are dancing ghosts and murdered husbands. They have the ability to fly in and out of a room through walls. One of the ghosts is also a pipe organ player.
When the Haunted Mansion first opened in 1969, guests could not experience the “Endless Staircase” scene. However, Disney decided to give it a try. Since it was inspired by M.C. Escher, it replaced the rubber spiders used in the original. For the Florida version, the ride was longer than the California version.
The first time a guest experiences the ride, he or she is greeted by the Ghost Host, who delivers a monologue. He apologizes for his presence, and then challenges the guests to find a way out. Then, the Ghost Host opens a long portrait corridor that leads to the Loading Area.
Guests continue on the ride by boarding a Doom Buggie. Each vehicle can hold up to two adults and two small children. These buggies are high back and have a pull down lap bar. The vehicles ride along a conveyor belt. To board a Doom Buggie, you have to make a step up. You can then enter the vehicle and ride through the cobwebbed rooms. Afterwards, you can enjoy a spooky dance with the dancing ghosts.
During the holiday season, the Haunted Mansion is re-themed to the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is also featured in the Boo To You parade. During the holiday season, the ghosts are replaced with the movie’s characters. Therefore, this year’s re-opening is scheduled for late January, a few weeks after the previous one.