|Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion|
I just got back from a trip to California where we swung by Disneyland. Anyone who has been to the park knows there are different "lands" inside of it like Fantasyland, Tommorrowland, etc. One of the most fascinating parts of the park for me is New Orleans Square, which features little side streets, shops, etc all modeled after its namesake. There are places that sell mint juleps and gumbo -- it's great.
New Orleans Square also houses what I would consider one of my most favorite rides in the entire park: the Haunted Mansion. The exterior of the mansion looks like some old Southern estate, with its stately front columns and extensive grounds. Inside, the ride is just plain fun, from the stretching portraits to the seance circle room and the graveyard. The ride uses some of the coolest visual effects in the park and is just so different from the rest of "the happiest place on earth."
|The Haunted Mansion's hitchhiking ghosts|
Part of me wonders if Disney or someone else were to build a modern Haunted Mansion ride (maybe by another name?) what that ride would entail. Would it show ghost hunters with an EMF meter and tape recorders? Perhaps it would immerse riders in the experience of delving into a haunted building as part of a television documentary, following the exploits of a paranormal investigative team? I actually like the sound of that, but I wouldn't ask Disney to gut the original Haunted Mansion to make an updated ride.
|Jack Skellington's version of the Haunted Mansion|