One of my absolute favorite theatrical experiences in the whole park is The Haunted Mansion. It appeals to all of my "Broadway senses." I love dark humor and intelligent puns. I love a well-presented story line. And I love that all of the effects and tableaux are geared toward presenting that story, not overwhelming it.
Here are several views of the manse.
I haven't been to the park in just over two years, so there is something new (to me, and relatively, as it opened in 2011) in the "pre-show," all of the build up to the actual attraction. There is a side-trip you can take while you are in line, through the cemetery. There are a series of comical busts, with very funny plaques, which, if you read the center one first, makes you realize there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the deaths of this entire family. A little further on, there's a musical mausoleum, that plays different instruments sounds depending on which instrument you touch. My favorite "grave site" is where a sea captain is buried in a tub of brine (he's allergic to dirt!) which is leaking, and can't, apparently, keep him down - so he occasionally belches bubbles and squirts water at passersby!
|The guy in the middle killed his whole family.|
But why? And how?
|We brought home the tall guy in the middle!|
Would that Broadway way shows are as carefully plotted, cast and executed!
Photos from the "Inside the Magic" website. It was cloudy today, and my pics didn't turn out very well. No copyright infringement intended.
To find out more about The Haunted Mansion and other Disney attractions, check out this great site: HERE.
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