The Haunted Mansion Review – Disneyland California 2019

While not quite an original launch day ride the Haunted mansion certainly feels that way. While it’s old musty interior and ride mechanics feel from the 50’s it all adds to the appeal. This is an absolute classic not to be missed.

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  • Location – Disneyland Park – New Orleans Land
  • Type – Ghost Train
  • Duration – 2 Mins 5 Secs
  • Height Restriction – None
  • Average Queue time – 10 mins – 60 Mins
  • Fastpass – YES
  • Additional Info – Classic 1969 Ride

What is the Haunted Mansion?

The Haunted Mansion is a classic dark ride utilising state of the art technology and techniques to bring to life the haunted mansion. When we say State of the art …we mean for the 60’s. Although it is quite incredible what they could actually do back then.

The Ride Starts off as a walk through ride before you board a “Doom Buggy” that winds its way around the castle.

  • Exhilaration
  • Fun
  • Smoothness and Comfort
  • Uniqueness and Theming
  • Value For Time
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Queue

The Queue is pretty good as far as queue lines go. The line enters the Mansion grounds and winds it’s way around the grounds where you will find a pet cemetery and the “graves” of the ride’s creators. You then head inside.

Once inside it is hard to know if the ride has started or this is more queue. As there are several set pieces intended to heighten apprehension and build the mood. These feature eerie music and sounds and creepy voices and lighting effects, and pretty cool perspective effects. All culminating in a jolly old hanging! Finally, you enter the loading area where you board your “Doom Buggy”

Ride Experience

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The ride itself is very very tame. There are no drops or thrills or anything at all exiting from that point of view. It is nothing more than a slow conveyer around the building. The thrill comes from the special effects and apparitions that you are confronted with throughout the mansion.

In all honesty, the ride is not very scary at all. The tech is so dated and there is no real intent to “scare” anyone, it is more a nostalgic saunter around the castle witnessing how entertainment used to be. Theming is incredibly thorough and every millimeter of the house is converted into the creepy and macabre.

While the effects are dated they are still quite cool. To witness just how much was possible to trick the mind and convinced you of an illusion even many decades ago is pretty enlightening.

Overall

We love the Haunted Mansion. Yes, it is very dated and provides no real thrills or excrement but it’s just so quaint and nostalgic it is really pretty fabulous. It evokes a feeling of Victorian culture and a glimpse of how things were done in yesteryear. With this in mind, the effects are pretty staggering, as you really do see apparitions roam about the house before your eyes.

Disneyland would just not be the same without rides like this.

Have Your Say

Have you ridden the Haunted Mansion? What did you think? Quaint and nostalgic or had its day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Or fire away if you have any questions.

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