Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Haunted Mansion

♫ "When the crypt goes creak, And the tombstones quake.  Spooks come out for a swinging wake.  Happy haunts materialize, And begin to vocalize.  Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize..."

My absolute favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World, the Haunted Mansion is a combination of spooky and fun, full of special effects and, of course, the "999 happy haunts".
Spoiler Alert:  If you're expecting to be thoroughly scared, you're going to be just a little bit disappointed... this ride isn't terrifying in the least.  After all, it's still Walt Disney World!
Upon entering the portrait hall, we meet our "Ghost Host", who welcomes us and invites us to determine whether the ceiling is rising or the floor is dropping...
Note:  There is a moment of complete darkness at this point, so warn your kids ahead of time and hold them close so they're not startled.
Our daughter rode this for the first time when she was three years old.  I explained what was going to happen before we went in, I held her close when the lights went out, and then let her know that we were going to see some funny ghosts.  The first time we rode, she held onto my arm tightly while taking everything in.  And ever since, it's been one of her favorite rides, although she still hates when the lights go at in the portrait hall (I'll admit that I do too!).  We constantly talk about wanting to ride it again.

Once you leave the portrait hall, you begin your journey through the mansion in your "Doom Buggy", and the fun begins.  There is so much to see that I find something new each time.  The ride tells the story of a Black Widow bride and the many husbands she's lost.... just when you think it's the last dead husband, you discover she she got remarried...again....and again....
Make sure you don't miss the waltzing ghosts in the grand ballroom.
Your journey continues through a cemetery full of ghosts happily singing the contagious tune "Grim Grinning Ghosts".
At the end of your journey, beware - three hitchhiking ghosts await to follow you home...and don't forget - even though there are already 999 happy haunts at the Mansion, "there's always room for one more...."
There is absolutely so much to see, you'll want to ride this one over and over again.
Until next time, remember to keep the Mouse in your house!