The Haunted Mansion was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom in 1971. Since then, it’s basically taken on a life of its own, with a cult following of devotees, a movie, an earworm of a soundtrack and an endless array of myths and legendary tales behind its background and secrets. It’s just a bustling, fun little spot that seems to have more and more to take notice of each time you ride it! Contrary to the implication of its name, it really isn’t necessary to be overly concerned with frightening younger guests with this experience. It is a dark ride, and obviously there’s a ghostly theme at root here, but it’s more Casper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man than Poltergeist. This was my daughter’s favorite WDW attraction from a very young age.
Tantalizing ghostly elements spring up everywhere. The graveyard scene is just chock full of various different amusements to soak up… literally popping out of the ground even! The seance room is captivating and spine-tingling… even the hallways are quite simply, chilling! I think the spectacularly convincing holographic ghosts that cover the ballroom (even the paintings are haunted!) are the most incredible of all, though. You actually find yourself hoping the ride stalls out for a moment or two to lengthen your time overlooking this scene… and yes, it does happen a bit more often than you’d think here at the Haunted Mansion. Hmmmm!!!
At the end of your seven and a half minute tour, you’ll be treated to the quirkiest little detail of your haunted experience. Again, I’ll avoid giving it all away, but beware of hitchhiking ghosts looking to take a ride in your Doom Buggy.
Can you find these hidden Mickeys in the Haunted Mansion? One is in the ballroom – look at the plates on the dining table. The other is quite a challenge! Near the end of the graveyard scene, you’ll have to almost turn slightly around to see inside of a tomb. A ghostly grim reaper holds a Mickey head outline in his extended hand.
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