The Haunted Mansion
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|At A Glance
||Good old fashioned ghost house
attraction brought right up to date - don't miss it!
Another of the very popular attractions at The Magic Kingdom,
the Haunted Mansion is a very impressive variation of the old
style ghost rides, but designed with the Imagineer's eye for detail.
The attraction takes 8 minutes to pass through from start to
finish, and it's more of a fun experience than a scary one. In
fact anyone going into the Haunted Mansion expecting to be frightened
is in for a disappointment, because the effects within the Haunted
Mansion are mostly achieved through Holography, and some good
old fashioned Smoke and Mirrors, with the atmosphere being kept
most definitely light hearted.
The attractions experience starts before you ever enter the mansion
itself, with the grounds, and the various humourous gravestones
that line the queueing area. Once into the attraction, the first
stop is the pre-show area, of the portrait hall, where you'll
be convinced that the size of the room changes after you enter.
The run through the rest of the attraction takes place in a "Doom
Buggy", complete with it's own sound system. (Each Doom Buggy
has to have it's own speaker set to allow the ride sound effects
to be synchronised with your position within the attraction).
The ride ends with a couple of ghosts joining you in the "Doom
Buggy" as you leave the ride.
Incidentally, the biggest maintenance job in the Haunted Mansion,
is maintaining the old dusty look of everything, which is achieved
by regularly adding more fresh dust to the attraction, using dust
that is specially brought in for the purpose.