Terrific Tuesdays: 999 Happy Haunts…Plus Room for One More

Without a doubt, the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is one of the most loved and mysterious rides at Disney.  All of the Disney parks have their own version of the attraction.  There are websites totally devoted to this ride alone!

This very popular ride is located at the Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square.  When we went one October for MNSSHP, there was a Photo Pass photographer there to take a special sneaky picture in front of the mysterious hearse led by the invisible ghost horse!  Somehow an “extra” even joined in our photo.  We later found out a tid bit of info on the hearse that it was once used in a John Wayne film.

As you enter the queue you will notice a family graveyard with humorous epitaphs.  One of the tombstones states, “Here lies good old Fred, a great big rock fell on his head.”  Since my dad’s name is Freddie, this was a great photo op for us.  The names on the tombstones actually represent Imagineers that had worked on the designing and building of the attraction.

You will then enter the photo gallery where you are greeted by some creepy portraits.  My kids found these more amusing than scary.  As you exit the gallery, as it is the only way out, you are then loaded into your Doombuggy, where the ride begins.  (If you get too scared or your little ones decide the ride is not for them, there are chicken exits).

The soundtrack in this ride is fabulously spooky as you are led to meet the 999 happy haunts of the mansion by traveling via your Doombuggy through various super-natural events.  Some scenes may seem a tad scary for the younger children, but the Grim Grinning Ghosts try to make all feel welcome.  As my son says, “It’s spooky fun and just a little scary.”

Now, I don’t want to throw out any spoilers for those who have yet to experience this state of the art ride, but I will tell you to be on the look out for a Hidden Mickey.  We have not been able to find it yet, but I hear it is in the place settings on the table at the ball.

As you begin to exit, please be sure that you do not pick up a hitch hiking ghost, as they tend to follow you home.  You will be invited to return soon and reminded to bring your death certificate.  There is always room for one more at the Haunted Mansion!

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Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee.  She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson.  I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them.  Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8.   I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips.  I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic.  We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all.  We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December.  Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning!  Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations.  Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“

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