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Haunted Mansions at Disney Parks Around the World

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Happy Halloween, everyone!

The Haunted Mansion has always been my absolute favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World Resort, and what day better to celebrate it than today? In honor of this Halloween holiday, let’s take a look at all the Disney Parks Haunted Mansions around the globe.
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion was, of course, the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland park, which opened its doors in New Orleans Square in 1969. Here, theme park guests were first introduced to “Ghost Host” Paul Frees, and boarded Doombuggies in the hopes of sighting some of the mansion’s 999 happy haunts.
The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park

When Magic Kingdom Park opened at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, The Haunted Mansion was one of the park’s opening-day attractions. Located in the Liberty Square area of the park, this mansion offered a totally unique exterior reminiscent of an 18th-century manor.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare at Tokyo Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion attraction to open in Asia did so at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. This attraction, which now features a Holiday Nightmare (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”-style) overlay at this time of the year, is located in the Fantasyland area of the park.
Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

The newest Haunted Mansion attraction, named Phantom Manor, opened at Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992, in the Frontierland area of the park. This attraction features a slightly different backstory that focuses on the Ravenswoods – a family of Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises.

Which Haunted Mansion attraction is your favorite to explore?

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  • The cemetery at the WDW HM is great! It makes the queue fun, also the views of the manse are terrific. We love the Haunted Mansion, will always be my favorite.

  • I love the overall look of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland! (slightly bias as my favorite land/area of all Disney Parks is New Orleans Square!)However the ride experience at Phantom Manor is my particular favorite, the entire Thunder Mesa theme of Disneyland Paris’ Frontierland is what makes it particularly unique, plus it was the first version of ‘The Haunted Mansion’ that I visited, and the only to scare me as a young 7 year-old!

  • I’m stoked! I’ve only been to Disneyland but we are going to Disneyland Paris in March and looking so forward to Phantom Manor!

    • Apparently it’s a fan favorite!

  • Personally I’m glad that WDW doesn’t do the Nightmare Before Christmas thing. As good as the movie is, it kind of takes away from the “true” feel of the HM. I really hope to someday go see Phantom Manor… it seems to be pretty popular! 🙂

  • Have been on all! I would probably say the original at Disneyland, just because I love the New Orleans theming. However, Phantom Manor is a close second!

  • This makes me want to board a Doombuggy NOW!

    • 🙂

  • The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World is my favorite ride at all 4 parks in FL (barring, of course, Tower of Terror with its spooky atmosphere).

    I would love to visit Phantom Manor one day…I LOVE the backstory and the cohesive flow from the manor to the rest of Paris’ Frontierland area.

    Disney is definitely the king/queen of theming!!!

  • Looking forward to someday seeing The Nightmare Before Christmas overlays in Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland! I have great memories of visiting The Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom on Halloween three years ago. The cast members outside in the queue area during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that night were especially ghostly that night!

  • Any chance that a Nightmare Before Christmas theme would be done at WDW? I would LOVE to experience that on the East Coast!

    It’s always been my absolute favorite ride!

  • Once you understand the back story for Phantom Manor it’s awesome, but riding it the first time I didn’t understand the transition and thought it didn’t make much sense. After I looked up the back story and rode it again, it was much better. I still have a soft spot for the original, though I like the queue at Magic Kingdom better.

    • The queue is VERY cool.

  • I’ve been on three of the four (only one I need to ride is the Tokyo one). Of the three I’ve been on, I’d say Phantom Manor is my favorite. The Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions are almost identical internally, so I wouldn’t really say one is better than the other.

    • Wow, Phantom Manor seems to be a favorite here.

  • I personally am partial to the Disney World’s Haunted Mansion; however, Disneyland Paris’ Phantom Manor is slightly eerier than any of the others.

  • The Phantom Manor. It is actually one of the most beautiful attractions Disney has ever done, in my opinion. The sets, the AAs, the story, the score! It’s all amazing.

    • I love the photo of Phantom Manor above. 🙂

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