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Haunted Mansion turns 40
Hard to believe that Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion is turning 40 years old, actually its the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland that turns 40.
Many people don't know that the Disneyland opened its doors the Haunted Mansion was still being developed. Walt Disney was undecided on how to implement the Haunted Mansion as a ride. The Imagineers did a great job creating a memorable ride.
If your a Haunted Mansion fan you should check out Extinct Attractions, they have a really good walk through DVD.
I am looking forward to visiting the Haunted Mansion next month and seeing other sites in Southern California such as, Mann's Chinese Theater, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This should be a fun trip!
Are you planning on going to Disneyland on September 15, 2009? Please let me know!
Disneyland Haunted Mansion
Microsoft Live has a great birds eye view of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.
Disney Animal KingdomThis morning we visited Disney's Animal Kingdom.
This park does involve a lot of walking and this was the first park where I noticed a lot of visitors using electric wheelchairs. Some of the attractions were walk around attractions.
This attraction is to mimic the African safari. I was pretty surprise that there were a lot of animals walking around near the safari vehicle. The driver does not stop to allow people to take photos, they instead slow down to allow people to focus and center the animals.
This ride is almost a duplicate of the Indy Ride at Disneyland. If that is your favorite ride then you'll sure to enjoy this one.
Universal Studios FloridaToday we visited Universal Studios in Florida. This is about 5 miles from the Marriott's Cypress Harbour Club Resort where I am staying.
Universal charges $9 to park in their parking lot, compared to $8 charged by Walt Disney.
There are a couple of popular rides in this park that should be early morning targets or at least use the Express Plus option.
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Men in Black - Alien Attack
- Back to the Future
Disney MGM StudiosToday we visited the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando Florida.
Unlike Disney, early morning guests are escorted to the two popular park rides, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. This morning it appeared to be a split decision between the two rides. As the day went on, the Aerosmith ride had a longer wait time than the Tower of Terror.
There are two rides to avoid: Sounds Dangerous and The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour.
Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carry
You are brought into a sound studio with all sorts of special effects. A brief introduction by one of the Cast Members, and then you are told to put on the headphones that are located to the seat next to you. Then a seven minute sound clip is played, much of which is done in total darkness. At the end of the clip, you take the headphones off and leave the sound studio to another room with some activities center.
That's the whole ride. No explanation on how the effects were done, no lab demonstrations. Very poorly done!
The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
This starts off with a brief demonstration on some of the special effects in Pearl Harbor. Then you walk through a room full of props, but no one explains what movie they were in. Afterwards you are put on a tram and look at about 15 items in the "bone yard" and then experience a canyon explosion. However, you never get to see any of the "Backlot."
I know that there are some TV studio homes on the lot, such as Golden Girls and Empty Nest. I saw these a few years ago. Very disappointing ride and should be renamed to Studio Fx's or something similar.
Magic KingdomThis morning we arrived very early at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This was challenging since there was an early morning road race.
We ended up walking from our parking space to the Monorail train station, which was about a half mile walk. This was because Disney wasn't running trams and the buses were causing long delays for people waiting to get to the station.
The only major disappointing part of the day was that the Magic Kingdom closed at 7pm this evening. Which makes dinner plans at the park tough since the fireworks goes off when the park closes.
At the Haunted Mansion, the person working the gift stand left an hour early before the park closed. I was planning on buying items before leaving, but didn't want to carry around the items around all day. Because the person left, I was unable to buy any Haunted Mansion items.
GatorlandAfter arriving at Orlando International airport, I spent some of the afternoon at Gatorland, which is about 10 miles east of DisneyWorld.
This was my first visit in about 10 years, and the first thing I noticed was that it was pretty difficult to get to the part, due to the road construction. Also it looks like Gatorland will be increasing its size in the near future.
Inside the park there were a few changes, it looks like they added a new childrens play area and there appears to be a lot more alligators than the last time.
Its worth a trip, and most people can cover the entire park in about 2 hours. Be sure to catch the feeding show!
Washington Mall & Disney Property TipsYou can not buy chewing gum in any of Walt Disney property in California or Florida.
If you buy a drink on the Washington Mall (Near the Washington Monument), you will not find any straws. This is because empty straws are dangerous to the small birds around the mall.