I visited Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris last month for the first time, and my reactions were mixed. I am not native English or French speaker, and there has been a good while since I visited the WDW version of the ride. However I did make the following observations.
The ride was for some reason quite bright, on the evening it seemed to be a slightly darker, but still not very dark. I think some effects suffered due to it.
French is a beatiful language, but as like most non-french tourists, I cannot understand it. Having whole narraration in French takes away from the experience. I tried to ask the CM if English narration was ever played, but she simply shrugged, I am not sure if she understood the question as she was in hurry to look after the guests. I presume it is never played, but I would REALLY hope they could make one special English narration show once a while, perhaps once an hour or something like that. Original one with Vincent Price would help with the mood a lot. I really hope they could come with some arrangement with French goverment to have English narration as option (I understand there is some regulation to protect French language that prevents them of having it in English).
For some reason ghost host does not "drop" to the audiance like in WDW? Did not on my visit, and I did both elevators.
While full of action, for some reason some of the spinning characters on the right were cut of from the top at times, like there was some obstacle in the way. Seemed strange.
What is the deal of having the Bride as non-transparent, non-ghostlike form several times during the ride. She doesn't feel like a ghost at all in such form. In my opinion this is a mistake.
We first see him in the ballroom scene as a static figure (broken(?), as everything else is animated). Then seeing him few times laughing a lot (same animatronic two times). While it is a cool concept to have a Phantom like groom as the main villain, they really did get him to work. Why isn't transparency effect used like in almost all WDW characters. Why is he shown in good lightning?
"The Exterior" / Finale
The ride seems to be almost fitted in too tight space as "exterior scene" was so obviously in sound stage. The animatronics were boring and non-original, just painted a bit like a zombie. The dark graveyard with bluish/transparent ghosts is much grander finale and works a lot better. Even the busts projection seemed to be a bit out of place and I felt that they were way too close to the track for the illusion to work. While I understand the idea of Western theme, I do not think it currently works very well.
Overal it felt a bit short and I was not very impressed by it, granded I am probably not the aimed target audiance as I am nearer to 30, but I felt they could have easily tried a bit harder with this one.