One of my all-time favorite rides at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion. If you visit Magic Kingdom, you’ll see what looks like a haunted house on the top of a small hill. You’ll find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. Yes, the mansion is a little out of place, but it’s great fun. You pass through a set of large gates, and walk into the mansion’s gardens. You pass by a pet cemetery and a carriage led by invisible horses. Once you’re in the mansion, you meet your “Ghost Host.” He greets you with:
Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host, your… ghost host. Kindly step all the way in please and make room for everyone. There’s no turning back now.
Our tour begins here in this gallery where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state.
Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm? And consider this dismaying observation: This chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!
Of course, there’s always my way. (Crashing thunder, scream)
In the stretching room, the portraits get longer. The lights go out, you hear a thunderclap, and you get to see a somewhat frightening image hanging from the ceiling. The room goes black again, followed by a large scream.
You’re then led out of the room down a hall of portraits. The portraits seem to transform into images of creepy things as the lightning flashes. The statues in the hall seem to move to follow you.
All this time, you’ve been walking in the attraction. Now, you’ll step into your “Doom Buggy.” Your Ghost Host begins to take you on a tour of the mansion. You pass a conservatory with dead plants with a coffin occupied by someone trying to get out and a black raven with red eyes. The Doom Buggy continues down a corridor of doors, some of which seem to have something pounding on them. Door knockers are moved by unseen hands.
You then enter a room where Madame Leota, a medium inside a crystal ball, calls the spirits of the mansion to come forth. She says:
(Horntoads and lizards, fiddle and strum. Please answer the role by beating a drum!) [unused track]
(Ghost fiends and furies, old friends and new! Blow in a horn, so we’ll know that it’s you!) [unused track]
Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat; call in the spirits, wherever they’re at!
Rap on a table; it’s time to respond. Send us a message from somewhere beyond…
Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween – awaken the spirits with your tambourine!
Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond; let there be music, from regions beyond!
Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!
You then pass to the ballroom where the happy spirits have materialized, and there’s a ghostly birthday party. You see all sorts of spirits all over the place, including up on top of a chandelier.
After the ballroom, you enter an attic with a whole bunch of personal items and wedding portraits. You continue on through a window and go down to the graveyard. On the way, you pass the only living resident of the Haunted Mansion: a scared-silly caretaker. In the graveyard, ghosts are popping up everywhere.
On an interesting note, one year, we were on the ride and our Doom Buggy broke down right in the middle of the graveyard where a ghost keeps popping up behind a tombstone. We were there for about twenty minutes. Every thirty seconds, a ghostly head would pop up.
Continuing on, you see a ghost tea party and an arm coming out of a crypt. You see two ghosts singing opera and three other ghosts who also join own. Around this point, your Ghost Host catches up to you. You enter a crypt where you find the Hitchhiking Ghosts. A ghost has hitched a ride on your Doom Buggy. It will haunt you until you return!
Your ride finally ends as the Ghost Hostess bids you goodbye. She says:
Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now! We’ve been dying… to have you…
The Haunted Mansion is a great ride full of surprises. You never know when a ghost is going to pop up at you.
All quotes for this article were taken from: Doom Buggies
Here’s a video ridethrough of the Haunted Mansion: