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Coming this Thurday, September 22, 2016, from 9PM – 10PM Eastern Time, our next #BlogorailChat being run on Twitter!  This month, we are chatting about Fall at the #Disney Parks — whether it be #Disneyland, #WaltDisneyWorld, or even one of the other great parks!  Come join in the fun!

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So remember, Thursday, September 22, 2016, starting at 9PM Eastern Time, login to your Twitter account and search for the hashtag #BlogorailChat.  We’ll be talking about Disney in the Fall!  We look forward to chatting with all of you!


Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion


The Haunted Mansion is one of Mike’s Favorites!

Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion

By Mike Ellis.

Over at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square land is an attraction that everyone knows about, but is one that in geography is kind of isolated away from the rest of the park.  That attraction is the Haunted Mansion, and it is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.

This opening day attraction premiered on October 1, 1971; it was an E-Ticket attraction then, and continues to be one to this day, even though the attraction ticket structure has changed over the years.  The slow moving ride buggy, also known as the Doom Buggy, is a continuous move system, but like any such system, it does have occasion where it needs to be stopped, usually to accommodate Guests that need assistance getting on or off of the attraction.

Most of you know the backstory — the Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts, but there is always room for one more!  Will that be you? Only time will tell!  Since this attraction takes place in Liberty Square, the features of the building are such that they are more appropriate to a northeastern style building; by contrast, the original version at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, and the building is fantastically themed to look like a house you would find in New Orleans.  Another difference between the two attractions is that at Disneyland, when you are in the “Stretching Room”, the room actually descends in elevation so as to be able to accommodate the Disneyland Railroad tracks; however, at the Magic Kingdom version, you stay on the same level, and actually, it is the ceiling that is raised to give the illusion of the stretching of the room.

To wrap up our look at the Haunted Mansion, I’ve got a special treat to share with you; blueprints from the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom.  I came across these on the Internet some time back, so if it interests you, please have a look.  I hope you enjoy!


I hope you have enjoyed this look at one of Mike’s Favorites, The Haunted Mansion!  Tell me, is this a favorite of yours also?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Grim Grinning Ghosts

Disney Music Monday – Grim Grinning Ghosts

Grim Grinning Ghosts

Grim Grinning Ghosts is our selection for this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post!  This week, we’re taking a look at one of the songs for the Haunted Mansion, located at many different Disney parks across the world.  The picture above, of course, is the Haunted Mansion located at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Before I get to far, let me welcome my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney!  It’s great having you Tim, I can’t wait to read your post later today!

When I think of the Haunted Mansion, the one song that most comes to my mind is that classic hit, Grim Grinning Ghosts. It’s a great song to sing to in the car, and it’s a great song to sing to when you come to the cemetery scene with the ghost busts singing the song. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to close out a great attraction!

Now, it’s time for a great Monday video — our #DisneyMusicMonday video of Grim Grinning Ghosts, performed in this case by the Hitchhiking Ghosts!  Enjoy!

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Haunted Mansion

17 Days: The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

Sophie and Anna Jane after Anna Jane’s first trip on the Haunted Mansion!

Hello, everyone, I am your host — your Ghost Host!  Today we are at #Day17 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and as you might have figured out by now, we are taking a look at the Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom!

The Haunted Mansion is a crowd favorite, full of fun, mild thrills and chills, and, best of all, 999 Happy Haunts!  They are always looking for more guests, do you volunteer to become number 1,000 in the house?

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts — will you become number 1,000?!

My favorite part of the ride is when we ascend up into the attic and see the bride with the hatchet!  Then, descending down into the graveyard is quite a bit of fun as well.

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion has a very somber atmosphere about it, don’t you think?

What do you think of this attraction?  Did you know that it’s a Magic Kingdom original attraction? Does it scare your young children, or do they love it?  Do you ride it multiple times, or are you getting sick of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Tom Sawyer Island

37 Days: Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island is our choice for #Day37 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Here is Harper’s Mill.

Do you like Tom Sawyer Island?  I know that, as thrill rides go, this one certainly isn’t an E-Ticket attraction…but if you are looking for a relaxing, change of pace alternative to your Commando Open to Close park adventure, then this is a fine place to relax for a bit and let your feet rejuvenate for what’s ahead!

For me, Tom Sawyer Island is not an every year attraction — in fact, it may be turning into an attraction that we have outgrown — but it is in attractions such as Tom Sawyer Island that I find the handiwork of the Walt Disney Imagineers at it’s best.  It’s easy to build backstory into a thrill ride — if the backstory isn’t quite there, it’s not as big a deal because you still have the thrill ride to make up for it.  But for an attraction like Tom Sawyer Island, the backstory is crucial to the success or failure of the attraction.  Succeed at it, and you’ve got a classic that has been around since day one…fail, and your attraction likely won’t be around long.

With Tom Sawyer Island, YOU are Tom Sawyer.  When you raft to the island, you are crossing the Mighty Mississippi.  When you are in Injun Joe’s Cave, you are looking for treasure.  When you explore Fort Langhorn, you get a feel for what it might have been like to be a frontiersman (or woman) always on the lookout for Injuns.

Tom Sawyer Island

This is the loading and unloading spot of Tom Sawyer Island. You can only get to the island by raft!

Tom Sawyer Island is, perhaps more than any other attraction, an island totally different from anything else.  It was always said that when you arrived at the Magic Kingdom, you left the world behind; you left Florida behind, and you entered a totally new world.  Well, with Tom Sawyer Island, I think it is safe to say that when you go to the island, you leave the Magic Kingdom behind, and you enter into an entirely new world altogether.  One last note — I read last night that Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland was the only attraction for the park that Walt Disney designed himself…so maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island has it’s own bridge connecting the two small islands together!

Do you like Tom Sawyer Island?  Or, do you skip on by and circle around the island on your way to the Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?  If you skip this attraction, or if you haven’t done it in several years, then I urge you to take a new look at it, and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!