3 Days til Disneyland – Haunted Mansion!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The Haunted Mansion — subject of so many incredible posts over the years — this iconic building at Disneyland is our choice for day 3 in our countdown to Disneyland series!  There are so many things I really like about this great attraction, I “scare”sly know where to start!

The differences between the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (which is located in New Orleans Square) and the one at the Magic Kingdom (which is located in Liberty Square) are many.  For starters, the building are quite different.  Compare the picture at the top of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion with this picture taken from the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion:

The Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion

The Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion

In addition to the structure, the way the stretching room operates is different.  I’m not going to go into details here, but it is different.

Also, at Disneyland there are four Hidden Mickeys throughout the attraction, and one Hidden Donald Duck!  Can you find them all?  At the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction, there are seven Hidden Mickeys, two Hidden Donald Ducks, and even one Hidden Mr. Toad!

I absolutely love this attraction, and I can’t wait to experience it later this week!  Come back tomorrow and Wednesday for our final two countdown to Disneyland attractions, and as for this attraction, let me know what you think in the comments!  Thanks!


76 Days til Disneyland – Mark Twain Riverboat!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The Mark Twain Riverboat appears to me to be much like the Liberty Belle that is located at the Magic Kingdom.  As such, it is something that we are going to enjoy doing, but it will be similar in nature to the attraction located in Liberty Square.  However, one thing that is definitely different about the crafts is the look of them.  It’s hard for me to put it into words, but if you compare the two photos (the one at the beginning and this one of the Liberty Belle) you can certainly see there is a difference.  Tell me, which one do you think looks better?

My Dreams of Disney

The Liberty Belle at the Magic Kingdom

What I do know is this — we will ride the Mark Twain Riverboat because, for starters, it’s a Disneyland original attraction, dating back to 1955, and two, I think it will provide some of the most unique photograph locations you can find at the Park.  Tell me what you think, do you like the trip back in time you experience on board the Mark Twain Riverboat?  Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney History

One Man's Dream

When it comes to Walt Disney, I confess that I don’t have a whole lot of historical pictures — at least, not in the true sense of what I’m thinking about.  So when I saw that today’s Wordless Wednesday theme is “History”, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to share with all of you.  Then I thought, the best attraction that I know of at Walt Disney World is One Man’s Dream — so I’ll share a picture of that.  So here you go.  Then, as I was typing this, I remembered that the Walt Disney World Railroad contains locomotives that are from the 1910s and 20s, and that is pretty historical in and of itself!  So I’m sharing a picture of one of the locomotives with you.

Walt Disney World Railroad Then, after I thought of this bit of history, I started remembering the history that goes along with the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.  This carrousel, built in 1917, is truly a historical piece all itself, so here is a picture of it!

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel I guess what I’ve learned from my trip down Disney History Lane is that, when you think about it, the whole park is comprised of history!  So much history, in fact, that it is all around you, just waiting to be discovered!

There is the history of the Magic Kingdom to begin with — Main Street, U.S.A. feels like a trip into the past; Tomorrowland, a trip into the Future; and Liberty Square, a trip into what it must have been like to be a citizen at the birth of a nation in 1776.

Thank you for stopping by for Wordless Wednesday this week! As always, special thanks goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this! Click on the button below to see the rest of the entries!

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Hall of Presidents

History 101 with the Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  As we saw in Theresa’s article on Tuesday, the Hall of Presidents can play an instrumental role in Learning at Walt Disney World!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

So what do you think about the Hall of Presidents?  Why don’t you leave me a comment below, and thanks for stopping by!

The Incredible Haunted Mansion!

The Haunted Mansion

As we continue our look at all the incredible detail that the attractions of Walt Disney World entail, today we are taking a look at another of the Opening Day attractions — The Haunted Mansion!

As you all know, the Haunted Mansion opened on October 1, 1971.  While it is fairly similar to the attraction at Disneyland, there are some very distinct differences.  For example, the Mansion at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, while the one at the Magic Kingdom is located in Liberty Square.  As a result of the different lands they occupy, the time period and decor of the mansion is entirely different.

Technically, both rides utilize the classic “Doom Buggy” car to take you on your tour of the mansion, but what you might not know is that the stretching room that you enter at the beginning of your experience operates differently!  In the Magic Kingdom, the stretching room, while it gives the illusion of movement, doesn’t actually transport you anywhere — it is just the ceiling that raises.  However, at the Disneyland version of the ride, the stretching room actually transports you down to the next level, very much like an elevator.  That sounds so cool!



Did you know that the Haunted Mansion used to house FastPass machines?  I don’t think they were utilized for a very long time, it was probably more of a test than anything.  Lately, though, the Magic Kingdom and the Imagineers redid the queue line for the Haunted Mansion, and they turned it into two lines — one that takes you through the “interactive queue” and a second line that takes you right into the ride itself.  Obviously the interactive queue is a slower moving line because there are other things to do and see, if you haven’t experienced that it might be helpful to experience that once, then just go through the faster line to get onto the ride itself.

I was privileged to do a series of posts with my friends Terri from WDW Hints and Jonathan from Mouse and Memos back in July.  There are a whole number of different things to discover about this classic Disney attraction.  Jonathan, in particular, wrote a much more in-depth narration about the history of the Haunted Mansion, take a look at it for all sorts of details!  Also, Terri wrote about how the storyline evolved — this was something she learned during a Keys to the Kingdom tour back in 2005.  Check it out — it’s a great read!  I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I hope you’ve enjoyed your ride!  Now, to finish it off, which Hitchhiking Ghost did you get on your Doom Buggy?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!