As I have previously stated in another thread, the Haunted Mansion is going to be closed before Labor Day.
For the first time since the overlay began, the Mansion will be closed in August and before Labor Day. The Haunted Mansion will be closed beginning on August 30 through September 16. Usually the Mansion closes the Tuesday after Labor Day for the overlay installation, but since Disney moved up the start of Halloween Time which begins on Friday, September 17, the refurb was moved up. The Mansion is a popular attraction that has always been open for the Labor Day Weekend/Marathon Weekend, which is a popular weekend. But Disney is closing the Mansion after Disney's "summer season" ends on August 29. This year Disney's "summer season" began on June 11 and ends on August 29.
Halloween Time begins in the summer but fall/autumn begins on September 22. Disney is cashing in on the crowds that Halloween TIme brings. It is OK with me but Halloween season starting on Sept. 17? Closing the Mansion before Labor Day?
It is time Disney stops the overlay of the Mansion. The Holiday overlay is popular, I know, I like it but I love the original version of the Mansion more. Now with the refurbs, the original Mansion is available for only 7 months in the year.
Disney should build a new dark ride with all the same elements in the Hollywood Section of DCA. There is room. A Nightmare Before Christmas - Jack's Adventure would fit the Hollywood movie theme. The ride could be a tour of Jack's House in Halloween and Disney could add new elements that are not found in the overlay. Build it where Monsters Inc is located.
I guess as I get older - I am becoming a Disney purist. Disneyland now has Halloween Time as another season. It would be nice to see the outside of the Haunted Mansion in Septmeber and October with pumpkins and traditional fall decorations and not a mix of Christmas decorations with Halloween things. The inside of the Mansion could be changed slightly like a Haloween cake and Halloween party in the ballroom scene. This could be done overnight and no need for a lengthy refurb and it keeps with the Halloween theme. And the ghost host could say the same line.."a swinging wake" And Disneyland could still theme the HM for the Halloween Time promotion.
Let me know your thoughts and ideas.