ummm... the Steam Donkey is actually a part of Grizzly River Run!... not sure if you realized that.
Good point, but it's lost.
If Grizzly River Run could present a historical show about logging and mining, or had a fun element like BEARS (see HKDL's Grizzly Mtn.) or anything besides the "cool" "hip" "modern" and "edgy" whitewater rafter theme, it would be a step up. You realize this, too, don't you?
I'd be more than happy to see something like Carson Mansion in the park, sans pre-existing characters, with an original attraction inside.
Good imagineers throw out what they don't like and recycle what they do like.
I saw Carson Mansion as a possible attraction building long before Imagineers released plans for Mystic Manor. Without experiencing this new attraction for myself, I can't tell if it's going to be something all new and totally different from anything else we've seen before, or if it would be a cross of HM and ToT, which we already have.
From the various pictures the entire place looks amazing... from a preservationist standpoint I'm not sure if the property's ownership being private is a good thing or a bad thing... It sucks that its used as a carrot to draw unsuspecting tourists to Eureka. The city does an amazing job of advertising everything about it except the fact that it's private property and you can't get any closer then the perimeter fence! I for one am grateful that the estate is being preserved, and that the club was nice enough to provide pictures of the estate for the public to enjoy. At the same time I wonder what people would do if say Hearst Castle was entirely in private hands and all you had were pictures on the internet...
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Does anyone know what inspired Imagineering to design Mystic Manor?
I honestly think it has to be something to do with the Carson Mansion. Its kind of one of those things where you see it everywhere but don't know what it is. During Halloween I always see tons of advertisements with the carson mansion in a spooky form with some graphic design effects to make it look haunted. Its something you see everywhere. I think they must have gotten some inspiration from the building at least. The frame looks almost identical.