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    Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Today both Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday opened for the Halloween season. Changes were rumored for both and only one got the goods.


    Ghost Galaxy:

    I am a HUGE fan of Ghost Galaxy. Taking one of my favorite rides in the park and inexplicably mixing it with my favorite holiday, Halloween, made me just giddy last year. What made me even more excited for its return were rumored changes and "new surprises".


    The line kept flirting with the hour wait all morning.

    The good news is that it's just as good as last year. The bad news is, well, it's just as good as last year. Imagineer, Kim Irvine, gave hints that there may be new surprises popping up in this year's incarnation of the popular Halloween overlay. No such luck. It appears that the money all went to Haunted Mansion Holiday. Thankfully that was money well spent. But here, unless they are doing something new with the projections on the dome, it appears that good was good enough this year.


    Yeah, get there early.


    The projectors are ready to go for tonight.




    Nothing new yet


    The queue is decorated with warning signs




    Nothing really different in the load area aside from some green lighting


    green = spooky


    The failed transmission screen is back



    Fast Passes are available for Ghost Galaxy but, I am telling you, get there early. This morning the wait had skyrocketed to 55 minutes by 10:00am and fast passes did not have a return time until 2:30-3:30. When I got off of the ride the return time for Fast Passes was 4:30-5:30. So, basically, if you don't get there before noon to get an FP you will be stuck in stand by.



    Haunted Mansion Holiday:


    Jack has decked the halls of the Mansion once again. This time with some new effects to freshen things up! What a difference a little bit more of a budget can make in making an already popular overlay even better.







    Yes, there are crowds. At about 10:30 this morning the line for Mansion had stretched nearly all of the way to the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean. But the good news is that the Fast Pass machines are on and offer a pretty comparable return time. This means that you could either wait in line or get a fast pass and the wait would be about the same. Average wait time is about an hour to an hour and a half.



    What changes are there? Well if you want to avoid spoilers scroll down quickly.


    • Lighting has been tweaked in the stretching room and the sound is nice and loud.





    • The loading area hasn't been changed as much as freshened up. It's bright, kinetic and there is new, digital projection on the moon with a variety of things happening.



    • The Seance room is the biggest change this year with the floating Madame Leota technology being utilized. She hovers above her table while green and orange lanterns float behind her. It is a beautiful effect. Nicely done!


    Leota's lovely lamps


    • The annual Gingerbread House alteration in the ballroom.






    Overall the Haunted Mansion Holiday looks amazing and the new aditions are pretty amazing. Great job to all those involved!



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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Great job Fishy, thank you for sharing. The Leota room looks fantastic!
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Thanks so much for the wonderful reviews. Much appreciated!

    I can't wait to see the Haunted Mansion changes during our upcoming October trip.

    Thank you for taking the time for the great report.

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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Hey Bulb-Man,
    Was the line that long with extra load area by the rear tombs open, or closed?
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Leota looks, uhm, taller!

    AND more curvaceous!
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    The picture of Madame Leota surprised me, it looked awesome!

    but,No gingerbread picture!
    Hello? I seem to be in some sort of inter dimensional dimension with no way in or out....Send Help! and Pie! pumpkin peferably

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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Thanks for the review and photos. Hope to get over there in the next couple of weeks.





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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Thanks for the great review!

    So is there really a giant gingerbread tombstone in the graveyard this year?
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Thanks Fishy. Can't wait to hit these rides next week!
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Quote Originally Posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
    Hey Bulb-Man,
    Was the line that long with extra load area by the rear tombs open, or closed?
    I was there this morning, and yes that area was open with the line stretching way back. Some underestimate just how wildly popular this ride is.

    Btw: I didn't see a gingerbread tombstone in the graveyard, but then again I wasn't really looking. Maybe, maybe not. Leota is really neat and I'd be shocked if they didn't sell them as tree toppers next year.

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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Quote Originally Posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
    Hey Bulb-Man,
    Was the line that long with extra load area by the rear tombs open, or closed?
    In short, they were using all available space within the Mansion gates but had not begun to snake the queue through Magnolia gardens.


    How they did it was interesting. Fast pass and Disabled guests entered the gates to the right. Stand-by went to the left. As you approach the front of the Mansion, disabled guests are directed to the small ramp to the right and Fast Pass guests continued to stay on the right side of the queue along the front pet cemetary. Fast Pass guests then went into the initial switchback and then directly towards the Mansion along the brick and iron fence while the standby line snaked mercilessly back and forth until it reached the Mansion.
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Very nice addition to HMH! I really want to see a video is someone is there right now...
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Awesome! Thanks for the post!! One day short of five weeks and I'll be there! Can't wait!
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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    Thanks for the photos, Fishy! I'll have to wait for a nice weekday morning to try the improved HM. Also looking forward to taking the kids on Ghost Galaxy as it disappeared before I could take them last year.

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    Re: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy Review

    This is Halloween, this is Halloween!!!!

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