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    My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    My friend pointed this out to me a few weeks ago, and ever since then, every time I go on the Haunted Mansion it irks me,

    If you are coming into an already partially filled foyer, and aren't close to the elevator, you miss the most iconic line of the whole attraction.

    While the initial monologue is played in the foyer, "Welcome Foolish Mortals" is only played in the stretching room, right as it opens and before anyone has barely anytime to enter!

    I understand it's played in there as if to invite you in, but I feel that this line should be played in both the foyer, and the Stretching Room.

    Has anyone else noticed this issue?
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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    This could be easily solved by having the dialogue be louder and/or played right by the entrances to the portrait galleries so as to be clearly heard in the foyer. This is something that I feel isn't done quite right.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    I always felt that the setup makes a large number of people miss the important and awesome dialog in these first few rooms. Maybe they could delay it a bit so that everyone hears it.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    I've never heard it, but it doesn't really bother me. I've never felt like I wasn't getting a complete experience, and if you're telling me that one day I can go on an attraction and see or hear something that I've never seen or heard before, that's great. Those little nuances are what keep me coming back.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    As much as I love this attraction, including all of the dialogue, I don't think it's necessary for following the story. Nor do I think that the enjoyment is reduced by not hearing it.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    the attraction is best enjoyed when the crowds are lite. You can hang back and strol through the first couple of rooms you can then hear everything.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by biggsworth View Post
    the attraction is best enjoyed when the crowds are lite. You can hang back and strol through the first couple of rooms you can then hear everything.
    I totally agree. As for the dialogue, I do agree that "Welcome foolish mortals to the Haunted Mansion" could be delayed so everyone can hear it.




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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by biggsworth View Post
    the attraction is best enjoyed when the crowds are lite. You can hang back and strol through the first couple of rooms you can then hear everything.
    Yes. Besides the fact that when it's crowded some people talk over the recordings and you can't hear anything anyway.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Maybe some Operations person decided to increase throughput (i.e., capacity) by starting the monolgue earlier and having the elevator go down (or the walls rise up) at a faster rate.

    No one here thinks slightly increased capacity is worth declining the experience by a few degrees (thanks, Kevin Yee!).
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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Ironically, this is something they do right at Walt Disney World, although they screwed up the foyer with the changing portrait.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    Maybe some Operations person decided to increase throughput (i.e., capacity) by starting the monolgue earlier and having the elevator go down (or the walls rise up) at a faster rate.

    No one here thinks slightly increased capacity is worth declining the experience by a few degrees (thanks, Kevin Yee!).
    I've always been told that the effect was intentional - to give a feeling that the host is leading you into the elevator room. I've never really had trouble hearing it unless the ride's full of people chatting (i.e., I haven't heard it in decades). To be fair, the chatting means I rarely hear *any* of the spiel that's not being recited verbatim by the regulars in the crowd until we're in the elevator.

    Maybe just turn it up a bit in the room? It's not hard to remix and rebalance loudness to push something in the mix.
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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Spanky View Post
    Yes. Besides the fact that when it's crowded some people talk over the recordings and you can't hear anything anyway.
    yeah that irks me so I stopped going on it when it's busy LOL

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by biggsworth View Post
    the attraction is best enjoyed when the crowds are lite. You can hang back and strol through the first couple of rooms you can then hear everything.
    EVERY attraction is best enjoyed when the crowds are light!
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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    My only problem with the dialog in these scenes is the number of people loudly reciting the dialog themselves, as if people were there to hear their camp imitations over the iconic voice of Paul Frees.

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    Re: My one problem with the Haunted Mansion

    I always wait for the crowd to go ahead into The Stretching Room if I miss the first line. If a CM asks me why I'm 'lagging behind', I simply tell them I'm waiting for the next elevator and they've never had a problem with it.

    I NEVER go through the beloved Mansion without hearing the first line.

    NEVER EVEEEEeer.

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