The second edition of Jason Surrell's The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies just arrived in the mail. Here's a page-by-page breakdown of the changes. I guess this qualifies as a....
I'm assuming you've got your old copy in your lap. Here we go:
Cover is the same, except for a small Updated 40th Anniversary Edition logo.
p.15 Evergreen House replaced with the Shipley-Lydecker house
p.19 Frankenstein replaced with an Anderson concept sketch of the Headless Horseman.
pp. 25-26 This is major. Included now is a fairly full description of a Marc Davis rough script for the whole HM dated July 27, 1964. Too much to describe here; we'll come back later. Very cool. Pirate pic replaced with concept sketch for the 64 script. Two extra pages appear at this point. Obviously, Surrell felt he had slighted Davis's contributions in the first editon. Part of one page finishes the description of the 64 script, and the rest is concept artwork from Davis and X that we've seen before, EXCEPT...
THE X ATENCIO CONCEPT SKETCH OF THE 'MAN IN THE WEB' IS INCLUDED. Surrell denies that the corpse part ever was used, which is probably wrong.
p. 33 A different Davis Séance room concept sketch is used (the one it replaces is simply moved back to those two added pages).
p. 38 Adds the old etching that probably served as direct inspiration for the WDW building.
p. 57 Concept sketch of PM hanged man replaced with Neil Engel concept art showing the intended effect of the new stretchroom sound effects at WDW (showing bats coming down, etc.). A description of the new WDW rooms is squeezed onto the page.
pp. 58-60 Text rearranged and updated to reflect changes to portrait hall at DL in 05 and WDW in 07. Most of the art and photos on p. 59 are changed accordingly. Nice concept art for WDW changing portrait addition. You've seen it before but it's nice to have a good copy.
Two pages added for "The Endless Staircase" at WDW. Nice photos and two GREAT pieces of Ken Anderson concept art. It turns out the glowing footsteps are a Ken Anderson idea, and the staircases are partially inspired by the Winchester Mystery House. Of course, if you've been reading these Threads all along, HA, you knew that already! Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect Episode 4 A New Hope
p. 68 Too bad, the pic of the CoD model has been replaced with a pic of the new glowing wallpaper at WDW.
pp. 70-71 Surprisingly, the main text for the Séance circle remains the same. The pictures are changed to reflect floating Mdm L and the spellbook addition, and a sidebar is added. Nothing at all on the glowing Face behind Mdm L, replacing the ectoplasm.
pp. 78-79 Totally redone to reflect the Connie attic, plus two pages added. Thankfully, the attic model shot remains and that excellent shot of the phantom pianist. Some nice concept art, PLUS the full descriptions of each husband that CMs and others have had for awhile, so I guess those bios are official. Surrell seems unhappy with the idea that the widow in the stretchroom is Constance. He feels like arguing, but he bites his tongue.
p 80 The Hatbox Ghost page has a small but important change: Surrell now concedes that maybe the HBG was seen by the general public during a soft opening, but he still claims it was gone by the "official" opening. That's not quite right, but it's a step in the right direction, Jason.
The Movie section is unchanged, except that pp. 110-111, 122-123, and 128-129 have been eliminated.
That's it for the first breeze-thru. No doubt I've missed a few things, but that's most of it. Biggest deals: Nothing on the 40th anniversary; the Man in the Web concept art; the Marc Davis 1964 HM rough script; updated with nice art and photos for the additions of Jan 05, May 06, and Sept 07; and a grudging admission that the HBG may have been seen by the public after all.