The biggest changes I have seen are in the queue area as make your way to the hall without doors and windows! There are so many interactive things to see, to do and to experience, I almost felt like I had ridden before I got there! There is a musical crypt, instruments that play as you touch them and if you try to push in the books, oops, another one pushes out!
This ride is one of the easiest and slow moving rides in Magic Kingdom. As you enter the loading area to the doom buggies, the walkway travels at the same speed as you are walking – those with balance issues should steady themselves to make that transition. Climb into your own doom buggy as you enter the halls of the Haunted Mansion. The doom buggies are large enough for 2 adults or an adult and 1 child. If the child is younger, you could get 2 adults and a small child, but then they could miss some things. Don’t worry – this ride is a continuous load, so the line does move. Sitting your bag on the floor between your feet works just fine, not need to hang on tight to it! The lap bar will close gently, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!
While this classic Disney attraction is “haunted”, most of us won’t find the Haunted Mansion too scary. (Unless you happen to be my mom: years ago, I tried to convince her to go in the Haunted Mansion, but no matter what I said, she refused. She doesn’t like anything scary, dark or frightening.) The ride is definitely dark and you will see ghosts of all sizes and shapes as you make your way along, so keep in mind that younger kids could definitely be rattled a little on this ride. I wasn’t able to ride the last time in Walt Disney World because our four-year old grand-daughter was also afraid!
As you explore the 10+ rooms of the Haunted Mansion, try to find a few Hidden Mickeys along the way! But be careful – remember that, while there are 999 happy haunts, there is always room for one more! And watch out as you leave, because you don’t want to take any unwanted hitch hikers with you!
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.