Spoiler Alert: Hong Kong Disneyland Mystic Manor Ride Through!

Written by Dusty Sage. Posted in Features, Hong Kong Disneyland


Published on April 21, 2013 at 11:13 am with 85 Comments

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor is up and running in cast member tests and previews. The first videos prove that the attraction is a spectacular family-friendly dark ride with advanced special effects. The trackless ride vehicles allow for superior fluid movement and the music and cute central character are sure to hook guests and create a beloved new Disney attraction.

Beware, there be spoilers ahead . . .

(YouTube video by Alex Yeung)

(Video on YouTube posted by Hk MrChui)

Who’s ready to see this state-side and which park should have it and where?

About Dusty Sage

Dusty is the founder and CEO of MiceChat.com. When he's not visiting theme parks and writing, editing or speaking about Disney and theme parks worldwide, Dusty stays busy as the Executive Director of both the Walt Disney Birthplace AND the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. He also run's O-Zell Soda (the company originally operated by Walt Disney's father and at which Walt once worked). If you've got news or photos to share with the MiceChat community, or would like to book Dusty for an upcoming event, please contact [email protected]

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  • Asa

    Mystic Manor is exclusive to HKDL (among all Disney parks) for 5 years from opening. Mind you it has taken them something like 4 years to build, so any other Disney parks in the world that wants to have it, start planning and building now, it should be ready by about May 2018.

  • Professortango

    I can see putting a different version of the same ride at DCA in Hollywoodland. You just theme it to a prop warehouse and they’ve recently come across a strange music box needed for a new picture. Then you travel through the prop warehouse, having the same things come to life, and moving through the backlot and soundstages and whatnot.

    • LoveStallion

      Terrific idea. Much better than building out Monstropolis.

  • Deacon Greg

    It’s brilliant but very familiar. It’s essentially the same storyline as “Mickey’s PhilharMagic,” (which, in turn, borrowed liberally from “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”). And the eccentric-human-with-odd-animal-sidekick bears a strong similarity to “Journey into Imagination” in Epcot. It also has a few thematic echoes of the old Adventurer’s Club on Pleasure Island. Having said that, I’d love to see a version of this in real life. I wonder if they could repurpose this as an “Adventurer’s Club” for, maybe, a corner of the Animal Kingdom?

  • Ravjay12

    WOW!! Completely blows away the Haunted Mansion! Terrific new attraction! Well done Imagineers!! Hope we get something similar stateside soon.

    • DLFreak71

      Maybe I missed the parts that “blows away” the HM.
      Our HM has so much character that today’s “pencil pushers” don’t want to put in the budget. I do think our attic needs to go back to it’s “creepy” former state. I also don’t think “pixie dust” (it’s what it looks like) needs to be in a “Haunted Mansion”….unless Tinkerbell has gone to the “dark side” (heck, they’ve “divorced” Tink for Peter Pan…. so anything is possible).

  • StevenW

    Very well done attraction. I think it deserves a place at California Adventure. Instead of more Monsters attractions, I propose it be installed as a old Sunset Boulevard style mansion in Hollywood. There is plenty of space there. Remake the whole area.

  • LoveStallion

    After seeing it a few times, I do admit I’m a little less blown away. It does just seem like a different take on Pooh. It’s more cartoonish than macabre.

    And while at first I agreed with those who saw this as a great addition to Paradise Pier (raze Goody’s Sky School?), I actually am now in line with the idea to put it in Hollywoodland. That’s a solid idea. The area needs to be build out with more real attractions, and StevenW’s idea of an old Sunset Blvd. mansion (I’ll give it Holmby Hills, instead), is awesome. They could even get it up on a berm, which would give topographically-challenged DCA a bit more life.

  • LoveStallion

    And what’s with the loading/unloading?? Am I mistaken or does it just look like a giant garage space?

  • MrTour

    DCA! The building has that Eureka, CA, look to it!

  • bigfry


    I’ll admit that they’ve got some nice projection effects, and it’s good to see plenty of physical animatronics and whatnot, but it just feels like a mashup of Haunted Mansion, with Indiana Jones Adventure’s storyline, inside Toy Story’s building.

    If I ever get to HKDL I’ll definitely be taking a ride, but I don’t have a huge desire to have this stateside. It’s been done, and it looks like a fine ‘D’ ticket to me, but I’d rather the local money be spent on something even better and different.

  • bhb007

    My two biggest problems with MM are scale and linearity:

    1-SCALE: There are portions of HM that feel MASSIVE. Each area of this ride feels small/enclosed. While the scale is consistent with the “real” size of a mansion, HM does this trick of turning the exterior of the mansion into this enormous living (or dead?) world. This feels small.

    2-LINEARITY: You know EXACTLY what the story is on this one. You know EXACTLY where to look in each scene. You know the EXACT climax of each scene. HM has like a bajillion different things happening in its scenes. Its world exists with little thought about you the spectator. You CREATE your own experience from what you gaze on HM. This spoon feeds (or force feeds, as it were) what you are supposed to experience.

    • LoveStallion

      I agree with both of your comments. It’s a cool ride, but it’s not nuanced.

      HM benefits from the scale of some of its rooms, and also from the ride going up and down ramps, which also leads to its feeling of size. Can’t really pull off ramps with the Hunny Hut-type tech.

      • bhb007

        Spot on… agreed.

    • yellowrocket

      Finally! I agree! It seems like a great ride – one that HKDL really needs, especially since their Fantasyland is so lacking in dark rides, but that is all it is – a very nice dark ride. It is not on par with The Haunted Mansion, Indy, or Pirates.

    • StevenW

      I feel this way when I rode the Indiana Jones ride. The effects have to be seen in a very small space or you’ll miss it. The difference between IJA and Mystic Manor is the effects are more advanced and more emphatic, rather than passive. The ending is much better and very engrossing. I prefer this ride to IJA. That says a lot.

    • DLFreak71

      Nicely written. I also agree about “scale” etc.
      I see the facade of the MM and you can tell that you don’t ride through the “house”.
      HM: most think they ride through the “house” until they find out or someone tells them.

  • airick75

    I don’t see that it makes sense to bring it to a U.S. Park when it will inevitably be compared to the original Haunted Mansion. However, I could be swayed. I mean, really, what’s the difference between Little Mermaid and Snow White or any of the Fantasyland Dark Rides?? Basically the same ride, similar princess type story…and that facade might work really well in CA in, near, or around the San Francisco area. It is that type of NorCal house like others have mentioned.

    • StevenW

      Perhaps its originality and not another movie tie-in should be its major selling point.

  • kingcooger

    In the imagineering it into Disneyland vein, here’s my idea. We were told long ago that Lasseter wanted some sort of funhouse style attraction in Paradise Pier. Why not something utilizing this technology with a completely original storyline?

  • wonderpeep

    I don’t mind the word “Manor” at all. It is in a Manor or a Mansion, so…
    Also, there are other “Mountains” and no problem there.
    Looks like an amazing ride.

  • Buffett Fan

    Would love to see Journey Into Imagination rebuilt with this ride system and technology. Had flashbacks to Dreamfinder and Figment while watching the ride through.

  • danielz6

    really like the idea of putting at Paradise pier as sort of a boardwalk fun house attraction…maybe as a replacement for the goofy mouse coaster. Looks like a great ride.