October 31, 2016

Haunted Mansion really Haunted?

Is the Haunted Mansion in Disney World really Haunted. - Yes!

Known Oddities

Cast members will talk about how the Haunted Mansion ride will mysteriously shut down. Anytime the ride has a malfunction they are required to record the incident. That would be an interesting log to review to see if there are any particular patterns that have cause ride stoppage.

Personal Experience

I have been in the Haunted Mansion a couple of times where as something odd would happen. I have ridden on the ride many times to know the difference between a ride stoppage and when it feels that something doesn't seem right.

Broken Stretching Room

One time I was in the stretching room and all activity stopped after the lighting went off. It was completely dark and silent. About 15 seconds later the lights would go on, and then the main door open.

The cast member was quick to get everyone out of the room. I looked back and saw him talking on the radio. That particular stretching room wasn't used again for the remaining part of the day.

Doom Buggy

I have been in the Haunted Mansion enough times to experience a Doom Buggies stoppage. The stoppage is usually done to help a guest load or unload.

I actually look forward to the stoppage, as I'll try to get a good picture of the library or the graveyard. The ride moves too quickly to get the camera to take a nice night shot. However, I usually get stuck in a weird place - such as the area before the hallway or exiting the attic. I don't get an opportunity to take a cool Haunted Mansion ride photo.

Something different happened on the ride in November 2015. The ride came to a complete stop right before the Doom Buggy exits the graveyard. This was a longer stoppage than normal, as the cast member kept announcing over the speaker system that they were looking into the issue. I had plenty of time to get some pictures.

The total stoppage was roughly 2 minutes. While in the graveyard, I could see people taking flash pictures.

Taking Haunted Mansion Ride Photos

If you want to take decent ride photos you need the right opportunity and the right equipment. Using a cell phone camera is not your best option.

Good camera settings

If you have a DSLR or a Bridge, here are some suggested camera settings for various areas of the Haunted Mansion. This is based on successful pictures that other people have taken.

Place Aperture Exposure Time ISO Focal Length
Library f/2.8 1/25 12,800 24 mm
Hallway f/2.8 .3 12,800 14 mm
Dinning Room f/1.4 1/60 3200 30 mm
Graveyard f/1.8 1/40 12,800 50mm

The iPhone 7, the latest and greatest has these as max settings:

iPhone 7 f/2.2 Exposure Control 24mm

The Nixon D7100 seems to be the most popular camera that has captured the best photos

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