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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Good find on the wrought iron there. I've always loved that element of the design, but I'd never noticed the birds themselves. I wonder if the same style or just a similar one is in use elsewhere in NOS (like the Gallery, er, Dreams Suite balcony)?

    Of course nothing says New Orleans like wrought iron.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by anazgnos View Post
    Ahhh...I've been jonesing for some Thread III action.

    I'm sure this isn't news to anyone, but I haven't seen it mentioned in the forgoing ~5000 posts, so just wanted to take a moment to observe one more bit of exterior detailing lost to the HMH overlay...

    The original wrought-iron gates, with their ornate curlique'd tops... (thanks to to daveland)



    were sawed-off...



    to accomodate the HMH banner.

    Or perhaps they were taken off to accomadate the sign that shows the Standby and Fast Pass lines. I don't know though, just guessing.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by DarthDucky View Post
    Or perhaps they were taken off to accomadate the sign that shows the Standby and Fast Pass lines. I don't know though, just guessing.
    Dead on, Darth. You guys are too quick. I was just going to post this picture, taken Feb 17, 2001, which is many months before the first HMH debuted. Much as we'd like to, we can't blame the HMH for every mutilation suffered by the mansion. They decapitated the gates to make room for the arch:



    As for the Simpsons sign doing homage to the HM, you can see it here:

    http://www.ioacentral.com/resort_upd...pril23_059.jpg
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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    That's a shameful mutilation of the gates.


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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    So was the fastpass system intended to be year-round when it was originally installed? It now operates only with HMH, right?

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by HBG2 View Post
    Dead on, Darth. You guys are too quick. I was just going to post this picture, taken Feb 17, 2001, which is many months before the first HMH debuted. Much as we'd like to, we can't blame the HMH for every mutilation suffered by the mansion. They decapitated the gates to make room for the arch:



    As for the Simpsons sign doing homage to the HM, you can see it here:

    http://www.ioacentral.com/resort_upd...pril23_059.jpg
    Yay I feel so smrt, s-m-r-t, I mean S-M-A-R-T

    Anyways, interstingly enough if you look back at the HMH picture it seems like there is some wrought iron there. Perhaps its a holiday prop that I forgot about

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by anazgnos View Post
    So was the fastpass system intended to be year-round when it was originally installed? It now operates only with HMH, right?
    Yes.


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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    That's a shameful mutilation of the gates.
    I actually like the arch, not necessarilly how the words look on it, but oh well. To bad they couldn't have the arch and wrought iron.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Don't get me wrong, the arch ain't bad. I just prefer the original gate cresting.


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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    I prefer the original gate as well. It looked much more ornate with all that extra wrought iron up high like that.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by HBG2 View Post

    Is it me or does the drunk look like he's wearing jeans and boots.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    I too prefer the original look of the gate. It added a lot to the splendor and intricacy of the Mansion.


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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Don't get me wrong, the arch ain't bad. I just prefer the original gate cresting.
    Meh, I hate the arch.
    The original gate cresting is how I always picture the mansion, it adds the extra zest to it.

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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Seeing that old Daveland bw picture of the gate, pre-opening, brings back memories in strange ways. I talked about that nifty sign not long ago:




    And how the text was thought to be too good to just throw away, so some of it got recycled in signs from much later:



    But what about the design of the sign itself? That handsome shape, those wonderfully creepy arms hanging down? Well, that got recycled too. The Randotti company sorta borrowed it for their HM tombstone display in Merlin's Magic Shop:



    My first thought was, "I wonder if that's the actual sign?" But if you examine it closely, no, it just mimics the design.

    I must have seen that thing a gazillion times. Never bought a tombstone, though. Frankly I didn't think much of them, back in the day. Of course, now they're recognized as "classics" and are highly sought-after by collectors. A good one will cost you a three-figure price on eek-bay. I shoulda bought the whole set. *sigh* Who knew?
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    Re: Revenge of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 3

    Those personal tombstones are awesome! So they were sold in Merlin's Magic shop??


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