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