Inside the Ride

Haunted MansionAs the ghosts, ghouls and goblins slowly begin to descend upon Orlando for Halloween we thought we’d highlight one of Walt Disney World’s ® most popular and ghoulish attractions to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Located in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom ® is one of the park’s spookiest and most popular rides. The scary fun begins before you even step foot into the haunted house with an interactive queue that makes waiting in line fly by (Note: interactive queue area through the cemetery is optional.) Guests will come in contact with the creepy ghostly trio Ezra, Phineas and Gus who are looking to catch a ride out of the haunted mansion by hitchhiking their way out. The ghosts smoothly wave their hands back and forth, thumbs-out and even turn their heads, making for a very realistic adventure.

Guests can also take two different routes to get to the mansion, the left side, which is called the graveyard will give guests a firsthand look at the tombstones in the cemetery, some of which spit water, play music and have animatronic faces on the front that actually move. You’ll first come upon a row of five talking busts. Then it’s off to two tombstones that pay tribute to Imagineers Marc Davis and X. Atencio.  Just past the tombstones is the crypt for the musicians of the Haunted Mansion. It’s here that guests can actually play with the dead. On the first side is one of two interactive wall plaques with several instruments that play music when pressed. If you want to hear what these ghosts are playing press the button for the melody of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

If you stay to the right of the line you’ll proceed directly into the attraction entering an 18th-century mansion that’s just as creepy as you expect it to be. By passing the interactive graveyard shortens your wait, but you’ll be missing out on the fun. Take notice of the intricate detail of the house as you walk past the entrance foyer and into the portrait chamber. Once inside the chamber the air instantly cools, making your hair stand up on edge and you quickly realize there is no way out as there are no doors or windows!

Finally escaping the chamber you’ll board a “Doom Buggy” and begin a supernatural journey where the ghosts of the house will entertain you in a way you have to see to believe. Never before have ghosts been so lively and spirited!

As your ride comes to an end you may get the feeling you aren’t alone in your Doom Buggy. That’s because you aren’t! Three hitchhiking guests have hitched a ride in your buggy and are dying to see you home! You’ll notice the ghosts as you pass a mirror and see their apparitions.

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