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Behind The Scenes: New Ways to Experience the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World

posted on April 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you enjoyed Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive tour of the new interactive queue at the Haunted Mansion attraction, then you’re in for a treat. The hitchhiking ghosts have found new ways to interact and play with you. And today, Imagineers are sharing their stories on how it all came together. Using some of the newest and most innovative technologies, you’re placed at the center of the story right in your “Doom Buggy” at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s amazing, check it out.

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Dale from MD on April 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

just got to experience this first-hand last week, and the new effects are amazing, and they did a great job of having them blend with the existing attration! LOVED IT!!


Scott on April 22nd, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Can’t wait to see the new updates when we visit in June!!


Diana from sonora on April 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm

looks cool, but i hope they keep the one in anaheim as it is…


Stewart on April 22nd, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This is something to be excited about and WDI to be proud of. Flat out I thought the interactive queue was out of place in the story, although it was also well done. Congrats on this especially since it clicks on all cylinders!


Jason from WA on April 22nd, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I want this at Disneyland too! The Magic Kingdom has been getting so great extra details that the original could use as well. Totally loving this.


Amanda on April 22nd, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I fail to see how computer generated imagery is meant to look better than physical effects, props, or reflections.

And once again, as with Constance, the new effect does not fit in with the rest of the Haunted Mansion.


Joe on April 23rd, 2011 at 1:55 am

Any chance that this will be added to Disneyland next year when they remove the NBC from Haunted Mansion?


Fred from CA on April 23rd, 2011 at 2:16 am

Its a real shame that the new hitchhiking ghost effects are not at Disneyland.

Please don’t forget about Walt’s original park!


paul rock from OH on April 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Nicely done


Fred from CA on April 23rd, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Constance fits in just fine with the rest of the mansion. Both Madame Leota and the singing busts are projected effects just like Constance.

Walt Disney wanted Disneyland to change, to reflect public tastes and new advancements in technology. That should ring true for every Disney park.


Wendy from CA on April 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Disneyland too please!


Robert on April 24th, 2011 at 9:16 am

Please bring the Hitchhiking Ghosts to Disneyland, but not the interactive queue


Pamela from KY on April 24th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I am excited to see the new changes on the haunted mansion ride!


Eileen from MD on April 25th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Amazing! Nice work Imagineers!


Fred from CA on April 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I agree with Robert;

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion does not need an interactive queue at this time. However, Disneyland should really get this new hitchhiking ghost effect, it would really give the attraction a breath of fresh air.


Kaylee on April 27th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I got to experience this last weekend, and it was a surprise beacuse I had not yet read this article. I am a Disney purest and don;t normally like things changed, but this was fun and stayed in the spirit of the ride, a lovely addition!! :)


Fred from CA on April 28th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Remember everyone;

Walt Disney WANTED Disneyland to change, and that should be true for every Disney park.

Change is not necessarily a bad thing! :)


Ellen on May 11th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

My husband and I experienced the changes shortly in April and we loved them. They fit in with the changes done to the inside of the mansion a couple of years ago. Imagineers you’ve made Walt proud once again. Thanks and keep dreaming!