I am likely going to do a combined TR but I did not want this to get buried, and if I did not get around to doing the TR then I wanted to make sure this part was posted. Some of the MC's who attended the Meet almost a month ago (wow has it been that long) will tell you that I have a 4 year old who is scared of Haunted Mansion. Somehow we managed to talk her into riding with everyone at the Meet. She isn't afraid of the whole thing, just the opening in the elevator. It didn't help that a bunch of teens had decided to scream in the moment the lights went out...
So last night we made yet another attempt at riding Mansion. We've tried several times since the Meet, each time the same routine plays out. We get through the line, sometimes we even make it into the foyer, once the elevator opens she completely freaks out and starts screaming. I can't get her near the door of the elevator, not that I would want to. I am one of those parents who refuse to force a child on a ride, even if I know for certain they will eventually like it. So each time we just turned around, and left Mansion behind us.
Ok back to last night. Same routine, in the foyer she is a bit scared but doing ok, doors open and she screams and cries, we begin to leave. I happened to strike up a conversation with a CM, and asked if there was another way of possibly seeing Mansion because it was just the elevator that she was afraid of. The CM smiled, and asked us to wait as she made a phone call. Now outside, my daughter is crying hysterically, terrified that we may try and get her to go back in. Pretty soon the Lead comes out. I am not sure if he really wanted to do this or not (I overheard a comment directed at the greeter), but when he saw my little girl he changed his mind and smiled. He bent down, asked her name, and told her he knew a secret way in with no elevators. She smiled... through all the tears and screams she smiled... and he led us through the evac and down into the hall.
We knew once we were past the elevator we would be fine, as I said she loves the rest of the attraction. In fact she had so much fun, later that evening she took my hand and led the way to Mansion. She was so proud, and said she would be brave in the elevator. My wife and I were in the park again this evening, and we left a compliment for both CM's. If either of them happen to lurk on here please know that our 4 year old is still scared of Mansion, but she had so much fun. Thanks to your kindness a little girl faced her fears to have a bit of fun. Thank You