without facing fears
Your experience can now begin with a new story line inspired by some of your favorite characters previously seen only inside the Haunted Mansion. There are new crypts and other “spooky” sights to see as well as my favorite tombstones with witty epitaphs to the dearly departed like, “Drink a Toast to Our Friend Ken, Fill Your Glass and Don’t Say ‘When.’” [Disney Parks Blog]
This enhanced area outside of the entrance has some interesting animated displays, and is in fact, interactive. For example, there is a large, two-sided tomb illustrated with instruments. Each face has different touch-activated music, one a recognizable Haunted Mansion tune, and the other side plays something a little stranger. There is an organ which you can play, and get an unexpected response; plus a Sea Captain taking a bubble bath inside his final resting place.
There is much more to enjoy and chuckle at among the various tombstones, for example a bookcase that won't stay in place. According to an article in Orlando Attractions Magazine, there may also be a hidden code contest yet been announced. Check out that story, some great photos and their video in the March 17 issue.
One of my favorite fan video websites is Jeff Lange DVD on You Tube. He has two recent posts on the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion improvements, one regarding the new queue area and a second on the enhanced hitchhiking ghosts inside the attraction… your doombuggie awaits!
If you are interested in reading more about the Haunted Mansion there are a lot official and fan resources out there. For example, these three fan web sites:
Closing my Mouse of Zen haiku interpretation is my favorite videographer of all things Disney, Martin Smith of MartinsVids and his wonderful video production of The Haunted Mansion. This is not a casual video – it lasts one hour!
From 8 hours of footage shot, this is a 1 hour edit multi angle video beginning with a look at the exterior details of the Mansion and surroundings. After full coverage of the graveyard, take in every part of the attraction from start to finish. From walk in to walk out, this is full multi angle coverage of the complete attraction down to the smallest detail. Included in full also are the loops of Constance the bride, the Graveyard band and the Singing Busts. Following the attraction, see full coverage of the exit area stones and the Pet Cemetery, then see the Mansion and surroundings as night falls and the lights come on. See full interior details of both the Assisted Guest entrance and the Chicken Exit too.
The footage is accompanied by a brand new full stereo audio mix, using full source audio elements and clean live audio hear the attraction as you journey through it as you would whilst actually riding. With thanks to Dan Warren for the footage and hours spent riding to obtain it, and to the cast members of the Haunted Mansion, Orlando. No rules were broken, but their help was invaluable. (http://www.martinsvids.net/?p=514)
This post was part of a Magical Blogorail special edition highlighting the Mouse of Zen.
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