Haunted Mansion Holiday has been a favorite of mine since it was started back in ‘01. For the last 3 years, I have been recreating scenes of it under my Train layout table. The table is 4 ft. by 7 ft. and you have to “crawl through “ it since it’s only 3 1/2 ft. high. My first Haunted Mansion Holiday was also my first “crawl through” ride in the “under the table ride series”. Later came versions of the Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean, and next year, a version of the regular Haunted Mansion. Haunted Mansion Holiday consists of 3 scenes:
-The Entrance (Based on the load area props)
- The graveyard
These scenes are done in black light paint flats which are usually reused every year. There are actually 3 versions of my Haunted Mansion Holiday. The first was the first year I did it back in ‘04. The second year, 05, had the same stuff as the year before but Oogie Boogie was added at the end. The third year, 06, was done a little different...
I had my version of Pirates of the Caribbean under the table and I wanted to keep it together and intact for a possible Christmas party in December. But I wanted to do HMH again. So I had to choose between keeping Pirates up or keeping with the tradition of my Annual HMH. Then I thought, why not do both! And that’s what I did. I kept Pirates of the Caribbean intact but cleverly hid it under my Haunted Mansion Holiday props. So my HMH became a temporary “overlay” than a more permanent ride. This worked out very well, doing Haunted Mansion Holiday until November, but also keeping Pirates of the Caribbean.Pirates was is hid so well, you probably wouldn’t know it was there unless I told you!
In case you missed it, here’s a link to the Pirates of the Caribbean that I did back in July.
Now it’s time for the Tour! (I suggest reading the Pirates of the Caribbean Thread above before you continue so you can understand what I am talking about on some changes)
Just to give you a sense of where this is, this is the “Show Building” with my model of the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland on top. You can see the Entrance and Exit.
* These pictures below were taken w/o long exposure so some came out sorta odd. In some shots, the colors are really intense. That’s just how the picture came out. Like the blue stripes on the snake are really purple, it’s just the picture. None of these pictures were altered.
Here is the Entrance sign which glows an eerie green...
You then enter the “Show Building” and come upon the Entrance scene. (based on the Load area in the real ride). This is actually the Cave scene in my PotC....
Some close-ups of characters...
This scene actually was redone because my artistic skills have improved greatly over the last 2 years.
You continue and see the “Vampire Teddy Bear” lurking in a corner...
You make a sharp right turn into the “Attic” which is actually the Ship/ Fort battle hidden under the props...
(The Fort is hidden under those presents)
(On the other side, the Ship is also hidden under those presents, but you can see the masts bearly in the background.)
...eating the list...
You venture on and you come upon the “Graveyard” which is actually where the Burning town is.(The Burning town was built so it can be removed for easy maintenance. Only one Burning town scene was taken out for HMH, the other part was walled off.)
And Jack is there to see you! He is actually waving his arm through a simple mechanism in the ceiling.
and Two of the Hitchhiking Ghosts are seen in the background.
This is looking back through the exit.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!