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    The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    This is bound to spark some controversy, an HMH overlay I have planned for WDW.

    Our festive holiday adventure into the Haunted Mansion begins where all other excursions into the mansion begin. Liberty Square, a well-sized colonial town nestled along the Rivers of America. Like almost every other land at the Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square always seems to decorate itself for the holidays, whether the holiday being is Halloween or Christmas. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the Haunted Mansion is no exception. As a matter of fact it decorates for both Halloween and Christmas…at the same time! At first glance one would take note that the decorations looked as if they came from the classic 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. And the truth of the matter is they did. Jack Skellington and his motley crew of monsters from Halloween Town have crashed into the Haunted Mansion, decorating it head to toe in a collection of dead garland, carnivorous wreathes, possessed toys, and grinning jack-o-lanterns. The changes to the mansion’s exterior are evident as soon as we approach the main gates. Some creative carnivorous wreathes have clamped their jaws around the normal Haunted Mansion plaques, baring the title of the attraction, “The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas.” On top of both brick columns that stand at each side of the entrance are miniature pumpkin snowmen, each wearing a Santa hat and holding a snowflake in their stick hand, the left hand for the left column, and the right hand for the right column. Spanning the space between the entry columns is a large blue plaque that also bares the title of the attraction, topped by Jack Skellington’s bat bowtie and adorned with dead harvest garland that would usually be found alive at a Thanksgiving dinner. Eerie candles line both the base and the top of the plaque, lighting up only at night, along with the rest of the mansion. The nearby exit gate has also been adorned with garland and candles, a single jack-o-lantern planted on top, wearing a Santa hat. Passing through the gates we find that event the queue has gotten into the spirit of the season. Grinning jack-o-lanterns have been scattered throughout the queue, many of which are held at a distance in which they are unable to be touched by little hands. The mansion’s infamous pet cemetery has been given a few pumpkins, along with a black and white bowtie for each individual headstone. The black hearse resting in the center of the queue has been filled with oddly-wrapped presents and jack-o-lanterns, many of which sit a top the hearse. If you look closely at the wrapping design of the presents, you will find that they are actually quite horrible! Some presents are wrapped in skulls, while others are wrapped in barbed wire! All the surrounding trees have been filled with orange Christmas lights which are barely visible from our point of view. Even the boathouse next door to the mansion has gotten in the spirit, sporting a single wreath and a crudely-made sign, the sign reading, “NO, WE WOULD NOT LIKE ANY PRESENTS, THANK YOU,” the owner of the boathouse obviously aware of how dangerous Jack’s gifts are. Entering the portion of the queue covered by the blood-red awning, we find that it too has been wrapped in the dead harvest garland, this time the garland lined with little skulls. While we wait underneath the awning we are treated to an assortment of demented holiday music, festive orchestrations, and creepy sing along songs. The lyrics to the sing along songs have been posted above us on a ratty old scroll, an illustration of a monster from Halloween Town or a ghost from the Haunted Mansion resting on top of the scroll, the scroll itself decked out with a piece of holly at each of its corners. The mansion’s well-kept front lawn to the right of the queue has been transformed into a pumpkin patch, dozens of jack-o-lanterns populating it. A scarecrow modeled after Jack Skellington’s Pumpkin King form stands tall in the center of the patch, wrapped in a snake of orange Christmas lights. The sign jabbed into his back reads in big red letters, “This way to the Haunted Mansion,” the sign in the shape of an arrow pointing towards the entrance. All the hedges surrounding the pumpkin patch have been given orange Christmas lights as well, as goes for the stone fence that rests above it. Each and every one of the stone urns resting on top of the fence has been given a jack-o-lantern, the jack-o-lanterns stem rising up into a rusted candelabra. Looking up towards the mansion itself, we find that this beautiful piece of art has become even more beautiful.

    First off, Jack’s coffin sleigh has been crashed a top the mansion, cautiously teetering off the right-hand side. The rest of the roof has been decorated with candles and jack-o-lanterns, the later being jabbed onto pointed spires. The tower-like structure in the center of the mansion (Which is often assumed to be the stretching room) has been given several candles, along with the countdown to Christmas clock, directly imported from Halloween Town, with the informative message that Christmas has arrived. Beneath the countdown clock is the front door, which has been given a single dead wreath. The sides of the mansion haven’t changed all that much, save for a couple of glowing candles in each window, dead yet festive wreathes hanging around the panes, and a seemingly upset jack-o-lantern jabbed onto the top of the conservatory, the conservatory roof encircled by candles. Approximately at one minute to seven, every night, a demonic voice belonging to an unseen creature grabs our attention.

    Creature: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, kindly drag your attention towards the Haunted Mansion. In just a few moments, we will perform our annual holiday lighting of the mansion. We would be horrified if you joined us in the countdown. Is every BODY ready? In five, four, three, two, one!

    With the completion of his words, a lively and quick orchestration of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” shatters the air. Following the ending note of the orchestration all of the mansion’s decorations come to life! Well I don’t mean they really come to life, I mean they just light up. Decorations only come to life on the inside of the mansion, you silly goose. Anyhow the whole place comes to life. The lights in the trees flicker on, all the candles have been lighted, all of the jack-o-lanterns glow, and the entire mansion has become purple in color, thanks to the help of several hidden black lights. The whole thing is quite a sight, especially if you’re aboard the Liberty Belle Riverboat or approaching the final drop on Splash Mountain. Let’s continue our tour of Jack’s winter terror-land.

    Progressing through the covered portion of the queue we eventually come upon the family graveyard, that little graveyard on the side of the house with the graves of several beloved family members, many of which are clever homage’s to the original designers of the attraction. Nothing much has changed here, save for the addition of orange lights in the surrounding foliage, and an assortment of jack-o-lanterns with numerous facial expressions, which have been placed carefully around the graves. None of the graves have been decorated themselves, save for the one belonging to Madame Leota, the mansion’s resident gypsy. A decaying wreath has carefully been placed around the inscription of her face, a simple addition to such a haunting tomb (Her eyes will continue to operate during the holiday season).

    Based on the dramatic holiday music in the distance, we must be approaching the entrance of the attraction; let’s go have a peek.

    The mansion’s foyer has been wrapped in dead garland lined with skulls and orange Christmas lights, while the familiar organ track has been replaced by a more Nightmare-like score. Three demented stockings have been hung by the chimney with care, while a portrait of Jack Skellington holding a pumpkin hangs above it. A familiar voice fills the air, belonging to that of our ghost host.

    Ghost Host: T’was a long time ago, longer now than it seems—In a place that perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams; for the story that you are about to be told, began with the holiday worlds of old. I know you’re curious to see what’s inside… It’s what happens when two holidays collide...
    During the duration of the ghost host’s narration, the portrait of Jack slowly morphs into that of Sandy Claws Jack himself, complete with a snow-covered landscape. One of two panels that lead into a stretching room open up and beckon us in, unseen spirits telling us to “Stay together (This is a nod to the current stretching room in Disney World where the gargoyles tell guests to stay together).” Upon entering the gallery we notice that the usual stretching portraits have been taken down for winter cleaning. Instead, four beautiful pieces of stained-glass artwork have been added in their place, each topped by skulls and crossbones. Beneath each piece of artwork rests a caption that clears up what the glass is illustrating.

    • The mansion standing proudly a top a hill, “T’was the nightmare before Christmas.”
    • A tree surrounded by presents, “Not a creature was peaceful.”
    • Several stockings hung by a roaring fireplace, “The stockings all hung by the chimney with care.”
    • A boy and a girl sleeping and dreaming of toys and candies, “The children, nestled all snug in their beds.”

    The remainder of the stretching room has been decorated in garland, skulls, and holly; while the candle-wielding gargoyles perched at all corners of the room have been given a Santa hat to wear. Our ghost host warmly welcomes us to the mansion’s Christmas delight.

    Ghost Host: Welcome my friends, to our Christmas delight! Come witness a ghoulishly glorious sight! It’s time for our holiday tale to begin…there’s no turning back now, please, come all the way in. Our holiday tale is a tale that’s quite charming, but during this season, it’s sometimes alarming! So relax, and reflect, feel free to take pause, while we tell you a tale, about dear Sandy Claws…

    With these words, a grim butler or maid steps forward into the chamber and bids us these last friendly words.

    Servant: To see how Jack has wrecked our halls, kindly drag your bodies away from the walls!

    Suddenly the music changes dramatically, all goes dark, and the sound of shattering glass fills the air, seldom lights flashing where the stain-glassed artwork was. Intense black lights flicker on revealing that the glass artworks have become huge paintings based around Jack’s own vision of Christmas, including:

    • Zero overlooking several Halloween Town monsters that include the Hanging Tree holding a strand of garland, the Devil holding several packages, the Creature Under the Stairs holding sticks of dynamite, the Cyclops holding a zombie-like train, the Melting Man holding a dead turtle wearing a bow, and the Werewolf holding a collection of twisted candy canes.
    • Several demented toys breaking free from their packaging, including Scary Teddy bursting out from a coffin-shaped package, a jack-o-lantern in the box popping out from its box, a strange demonic creature emerging from a hatbox, and a wooden duck ridden with bloodied bullet holes pushing out of its lair.
    • Sandy Claws Jack climbing down a chimney with his sleigh parked nearby, several ghosts holding packages flying around.
    • Oogie Boogie holding a large lollipop at the opening of a giant Christmas sack full of sickening bugs and candy.

    The ghost host continues to narrate as this sickening version of Christmas continues to unfold, the music getting more and more suspenseful by the second.

    Ghost Host: T’was the nightmare before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was peaceful; not even a mouse. The stockings all hung by the chimney with care, when opened that morning would cause such a scare! The children, nestled all snug in their beds, would have nightmares of monsters and skeleton heads! (Evil laugh)

    Multicolored skulls roll up from the sides of the room and cluster at the ceiling, accompanied by a lively and quick instrumental of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Several ghostly children scream and there is a bright flash of lightning and thunder. Jack Skellington’s humongous grinning face appears in the attic above the ceiling, screaming, “Happy holidays everyone,” followed by his trademark cackle. All goes dark; there is a shrill scream, followed by the loud shattering of bones on the floor. A squeaky demonic laugh can be heard, followed by a ghostly child humming the first few notes of “Deck the Halls.” Thunder crashes outside and a hidden panel in the chamber opens up for us, dumping us out into the loading area. A lively orchestration of “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” begins to play.

    The entire load area has been wrapped in orange Christmas lights, including the walls, doors, and chandeliers. Even the cobwebs have been wrapped up in lights. At the end of the load area we can see the usual endless train of doom buggies, the newly donned “black Christmas sleighs” that will take us through the mansion. Behind the sleighs we find that the usual urns have been replaced by pumpkin snowmen, each of which hold a long strand of lights that connect all of the snowmen together. The usual portraits that hang in the loading area with the following eyes haven’t been replaced, but decorated instead. For example, each portrait is surrounded by a wreath, and all of the portraits’ subjects have been dressed up. For instance, the vampire is now wearing a purple eye mask, and the infamous mariner is wearing a Santa hat and holding a gigantic candy cane rather than a harpoon. Getting closer to our sleigh, our ghost host continues to narrate.

    Ghost Host: Now hurry along as they say, “Look alive.” This is one holiday you’ll want to survive (Evil laugh)! And now a dark carriage will take you away, sit back, rest in peace, in your black Christmas sleigh. Your sleigh will accommodate one, or two more. We hope you’re prepared, for what Jack has in store.

    Boarding our sleigh the lap bar mysteriously floats down and we prepare to enter the main portion of the mansion. The portraits mentioned earlier continue to follow our every move with their eyes as the ghost host continues.

    Ghost Host: Don’t pull the bar, it will float down with ease, and remember…no flash photography…please. All good ghouls and boys must sit safe in their seats, and keep in their sleigh, all hands, arms, legs, and feets.

    Before our sleigh pulls into the portrait corridor we pass underneath a balcony inhabited by a floating candelabra and a mountain of presents, Scary Teddy seen poking its head out of a coffin-shaped package next to a mountain of jack-o-lanterns; Teddy will take the place of the ride’s unofficial mascot, the Raven. Entering the portrait corridor we find that it too has been wrapped in Christmas lights, windows, chandeliers, cobwebs, mirrors, and all. The usual portraits found here have been taken down and replaced with portraits based off of Jack’s Christmas and Halloween hybrid, including a portrait of Santa Claus flying through the night sky with his team of reindeer led by Rudolph, a painting of the normal Haunted Mansion, a smiling snowman in the middle of a beautiful snow-covered wood, and a smiling Sally holding a miniature Christmas tree. Unfortunately with each crash of lightning and thunder outside the windows, the portraits briefly change into frightening images. Sandy Claws Jack flying through the night sky with his team of bone-deer led by Zero, a painting of the Haunted Mansion all decked out for the holidays and covered in snow (Scary Teddy hiding in a nearby tree), a smiling pumpkin snowman in the middle of a dreary wood, and a frowning Sally holding a burnt miniature Christmas tree. The ghost host gives an explanation for all of these festive frights.

    Ghost Host: Jack Skellington came here from Halloween Town, you’ll notice his handiwork scattered around. This year he’s decided to play Sandy Claws, but when Halloween creates Christmas, you might see a few flaws.

    The ghost host’s narration continues into the mansion’s library, which has been decorated as well. Orange lights coil around the marble busts and shelves, while books float about the room blissfully. Zero can be found in the center of the room making a Christmas tree out of floating books, while a possessed zombie nutcracker watches us from the comfort of a nearby table. Pulling into the music room we find that nothing much has changed here, save for a small decaying Christmas tree on the piano, a strand of lights around the perimeter of the large back window, and various glowing jack-o-lanterns throughout the room. To the side of the piano rests a garland coiled music stand in which Scary Teddy sits upon. This time Teddy conducts the invisible pianist with a small conductor’s baton, conducting the pianist to play “Kidnap the Sandy Claws.” The bronze griffins that bid us farewell from the music room have each been given a wreath around the neck and a strand of garland to hold, the last thing to greet us before we enter the Grand Staircase. The ghost host narrates as we begin to climb the stairs.

    Ghost Host: Yes down through the chimney Jack flew like a bat, clutching his magical Sandy Claws sack. He ripped open the sack and in moments it seems, created a Christmas you have in bad dreams.

    Several monsters from Halloween Town have gotten lost in the Grand Staircase, in place of the usual glowing footsteps. Here we see the Undersea Gal decorating a banister with garland on an upside down staircase, one of the vampires naturally hanging upside down in the typical vampire stereotype, the Harlequin Demon looking about the stairs with a lantern, the clown riding his unicycle up and down an upside down banister, Mr. Hyde and the several smaller Hyde’s each scratching their heads in confusion, and Dr. Finklestein can be seen riding his wheelchair up and down the stairs, scratching his brain. The stairs themselves haven’t been decorated, but their banisters have, with glowing garland to be exact. As our sleigh pulls out from the stairs we approach the corridor of eyes which has been altered with a new feature, all the eyes glow green and red, the typical colors of Christmas. But all is not as it seems, as we progress through the corridor the eyes morph from green and red to just orange, pumpkin orange. During the duration of the eye corridor the music suddenly changes to an eerie holiday tune which is more depressing than uplifting. The ghost host returns as we prepare to enter the endless hallway.

    Ghost Host: More rapid than vultures, the mansion was changed. All was soon covered, adorned, and deranged. And what should your wondering eyes disappear? Its Jack’s little friend Zero, the ghost dog reindeer!

    Panning towards the endless hallway which is now wrapped from head to toe in garland composed of doggy bones, we see Zero floating down at the end of the hall, barking cheerfully at a pile of doggy bones at its entrance, presumably left to him by Sandy Claws. The nearby possessed suit of armor has been wrapped in garland and given a pumpkin mask to wear. Turning backwards we come upon the mansion’s infamous conservatory. Sandy Claws has left behind a nasty choir of man-eating poinsettias, each flower given a set of fangs and eyes. The normal conservatory coffin bares a “Do Not Open Till Christmas” tag and Scary Teddy who sits a top the coffin hammering nails into it. The skeletal occupant of the coffin continues to cry out for freedom.

    Ghost Host: Nothing here was forgotten, it all looked so pleasant. A coffin Jack says makes a fine Christmas present (Evil laugh)!

    Continuing backwards into the corridor of doors, we find that several thorny tendrils have begun to grow around the walls. Some vines even grow over the various doors, keeping restless bones behind them. A nearby vase of singing poinsettias signals us to look up towards the ceiling, giving us the image of a humongous man-eating wreath, complete with eyes, teeth, and a bushel of poinsettias. The giant wreath swings all the light fixtures in the corridor to and fro, while somehow being connected to all the poinsettias. The man-eating poinsettias all sing a demented version of “Deck the Halls,” which comes out more as a few groans and mumbles than words and voices.

    Ghost Host: A man-eating plant makes a wonderful wreath, as long as you don’t get caught in its teeth.

    All of the black and white portraits of the mansion’s residents continue to hang along the walls, the only difference being that they too have been encircled by the killer wreath’s thorny tendrils. Another vase of poinsettias bid us farewell as we pass by the demonic grandfather clock and prepare to enter the séance circle. The clock has been given a large Christmas tag and a piece of holly, the tag reading, “Leota: Thirteen Special Gifts for You!”

    Ghost Host: Jack’s holiday vision was unlike no other, so ring out the bells, there’s more cheer to uncover!

    Madame Leota’s séance circle has been given a few new decorations, including silver garland wrapped around her center of séance, gigantic floating tarot cards baring her incantations, floating jack-o-lanterns and candelabras, a Christmas tree made of fortune cards, a mountain of glowing candles, and Scary Teddy who once again in the place of the Raven sits a top Madame Leota’s empty chair, ringing two tiny bells. Madame Leota continues to float about the table as she chants her new séance.

    Leota: On the 13th day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me.
    Thirteen rings of power, embracing strength that never ends…
    12 signs of the Zodiac that rule the future and transcend…
    11 candles floating, their scent of mystery in the air…
    10 telling tealeaves that swirl with secrets yet to share…

    On the 9th day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me.
    9 magic crystals, that sparkled with a force that is pure…
    8 balls of knowledge, that answers with a truth that is sure…
    7 pearls of wisdom, to keep my love bewitched to me…
    6 mystic mirrors, reflecting futures yet to be…

    On the 5th day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me.
    5 lucky charms, to understand the right from wrong…
    4 wheels of fortune, to spin their rich and golden song…
    3 lifelines, extending help to those in need…
    2 passion potions, so that love and romance may succeed…

    On the first day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me: A star! A brilliant star for my fortune card tree!
    Card 13: A coiled candy cane-striped creature emerging from a sack and holding thirteen golden rings…
    Card 12: Dr. Finklestein working in his lab with several experiments and scratching his brain…
    Card 11: Ghosts emerging from Christmas packages reaching out towards several floating candles…
    Card 10: The oldest witch of Halloween Town throwing tealeaves into a bowl…
    Card 9: A spider holding nine magic crystals…
    Card 8: The Harlequin Demon holding eight magic eight balls…
    Card 7: The Undersea Gal holding seven gigantic pearls underwater…
    Card 6: The vampire brothers lurking around six different sized mirrors…
    Card 5: The clown riding his unicycle across a lake…
    Card 4: Oogie Boogie with four wheels of fortune…
    Card 3: Halloween Town’s street band with three lifelines…
    Card 2: Sally holding two passion potions blissfully…
    Card 1: Sandy Claws placing a star a top a fortune card tree…

    Turning away from the séance circle we prepare to take a spin past the grand hall.

    Ghost Host: With some treats and some games you can make a scene merry…why even a gingerbread house could seem scary! All at once happy haunts did materialize, like a nightmarish painting by Currier and Ives!

    A horrifying organ arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” fills the air as our sleigh takes us along the side of the grand hall, where it seems as if an undead Christmas party is taking place. The first thing we notice is Jack’s coffin sleigh parked into the entrance of the grand hall, spilling out a mountain of snow and presents. From within the sleigh fly an endless stream of gifts, each one happily ready to be issued to a good little ghoul or boy. The humongous broken window placed above the entrance now serves not only as an entryway for flying wraiths but for flying bone-deer as well. Stockings have been hung by the grand hall’s chimney with care, while the traditional ghost grandmother in a rocking chair holds a present rather than a book. Moving right along we find that a festive poltergeist has wrapped all of the banisters in the hall with a combination of orange Christmas lights and garland, little cartoon skulls placed every so often along the coil. Much of the ghostly Christmas party is held at a large table that usually plays host to ghostly birthday parties. Now we find that a humongous, almost carnivorous gingerbread house has taken the lieu of the usual birthday cake and taken over the table for its own. The dessert itself resembles a gingerbread carnation of the mansion itself, only it has been given sugar-frosted fangs, swirling peppermint eyes, and two massive gingerbread trees for claws. Surrounding the mansion are little skeletal gingerbread men that run about the table in fear, many of which are swung through the air within the grasp of the gingerbread mansion. Surrounding the gingerbread men are other traditional Christmas dishes, including bubbling cranberry sauce, a fruitcake with several eyeballs sticking out of it, a pumpkin pie (Which is the only thing normal at this table), the bones of a turkey, a glowing cauldron of stew (Could this be Oogie’s famous snake and spider stew?), a fresh selection of vegetables (All of which have jack-o-lantern faces carved into them), a jar of Frog’s Breath, and a ham with gnashing teeth. Further along we find that a giant decaying Christmas tree has been placed directly in the center of the grand hall’s dance floor, the ghostly dancers continuing to dance through it. The tree has been decorated with glowing skull and jack-o-lantern ornaments while, black widows hang from the branches and droop down, each one holding a different ornament. At the top of the tree rests a gnarled claw-like branch holding a glowing star. At the base of the tree rests yet another mountain of presents, all of which seem to be waiting for Christmas morning…unless their occupants get hungry and escape. Other minor details added to the grand hall include the addition of bows to the dueling portraits, the silhouettes of Jack and Sally exchanging presents from behind a current on the balcony, jack-o-lanterns seamlessly added a top the hall’s massive pipe organ, and Scary Teddy who overlooks the entire celebration from the corresponding balcony, holding a small violin. Before we leave the grand hall we pass a pile of presents that pay a few respects to some of the mansion’s original residents, including a skeleton doll hanging from a noose, a shiny hatchet topped by a bow, and a windup alligator toy. The ghost host returns as we prepare to enter the attic.

    Ghost Host: The bag full of toys Jack had slung on his back…they were strange and bizarre…and on the attack!

    Turning into the attic we find that Jack has hidden some of his Christmas presents in the mansion’s usually dusty attic, the perfect place for such an eerie apparel of toys. The first thing to greet us as we enter the attic? A small army of undead toy soldiers pointing their cannons at us, seeming to protect Jack’s naughty and nice list which droops over a package nearby. Nearby a green ventriloquist dummy wielding an axe glares at us with its glowing green eyes, while a pale-blue baby doll with swirling eyes and fangs rips out from within a pink box lined with skulls. Across the attic on the left side we find a wide-eyed bewitched rocking horse rocking back and forth, a toy car completely smashed up by a nearby mallet, and a bone-adorned box that opens up and sends a skull blasting out, a spin on the classic jack-in-the-box. Nearby the skull-in-the-box rests a large Christmas tree that appears to have been made out of the tail of a large snake, the snake in which wraps itself around the entire room. Further down the package-filled attic we find a basketful of magic eight balls, a barrel of maces and swords, a windup hatbox ghost doll that sits a top a wrapped-up hatbox, a jack-o-lantern in the box that also pops out, a pumpkin-faced doll with a cape and body made out of several scraps of cloth, a humongous package shaped like a coffin that shakes from the inside (Some nasty groans coming from within), a bright yellow duck on wheels ridden with bloodied bullet holes, a monstrous train on tentacle tracks, several beaten dolls and teddy bears in birdcages, and a humongous zombie nutcracker that opens and closes its mouth while shifting its eyes about. Across the way on the right side of the attic we see a box full of bugs, a red-eyed and fanged monkey crashing cymbals while letting out a demonic laugh, a cat-in-the-box, several sticks of dynamite that have been lit by an undead soldier that blow up into orange and green fireworks (Similar to the effect in Pinocchio’s Daring Journey), two nasty claws that open the lid of a tiny package, a cage with an actual griffin in it that gnaws away at the bars, a three-headed mouse king doll armed with several swords, a Rudolph plush foaming from the mouth, and of course the giant snake seen earlier that chews upon Jack’s naughty and nice list. The remainder of the snake’s body coils around the exit of the attic and back towards the Christmas tree it made on the left side of the attic. Accompanying all of the mayhem in the attic is a childish orchestration of “What’s This” and “Jingle Bells” mixed in with the demonic laughter of the various toys (Two tracks of laughter used elsewhere in the Disney universe make a special appearance in the attic, those laughs belonging to the hyenas of it’s a small world, and the Phantom of Phantom Manor, alluding to Tim Burton’s hero Vincent Price). Every other toy in the attic is either a package or an old piece of junk from the attic given a bow.

    Escaping from the relative danger of the attic we “break” through a window and onto a snow-capped hill overlooking the mansion’s graveyard. The entire graveyard has been covered in a blanket of white snow, the final touches of Sandy Claws’ winter terror-land.

    Ghost Host: Sandy Claws worked his magic both outside and in, but one final touch made his bony face grin. Now what better gift on my friends to bestow than a graveyard that’s covered in ghostly white snow?

    Giant snowflakes fall from the sky while orange Christmas lights encompass the entire perimeter of the graveyard, from the trees to the tombs. The giant curled hill from the film now makes its home in the center of the graveyard, covered in snow and jack-o-lanterns, the jack-o-lanterns in which perform a stunning light show in time with the graveyard’s new song, a combination of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “Deck the Halls.” Our sleigh turns around and begins to slowly fall down a hill, swooping underneath several dead trees covered in snow and lights with little paper skeletons and candy canes hanging from seldom branches. The original mascot of the Haunted Mansion, the raven, makes his one appearance here, perched from a top a branch and holding a candy cane in his beak. Scary Teddy hasn’t been replaced though; it can be found perched on the same exact tree off to the side of the raven’s branch, chewing violently on a strand of Christmas lights and laughing demonically, threatening to send the whole celebration into chaos! At the base of the hill we find Jack Skellington and Zero, Jack in his signature Sandy Claws suit and hoisting a bag full of toys over his back. Jack, more excited than ever, greets us as we prepare to enter the remainder of the graveyard.

    Jack: It’s Christmas! Have you been good this year? Ho, ho, ho! What’s this? Can you believe your eyes? I like this Christmas thing! See Zero, I told you they would like my Christmas! Fruitcake anyone? Ho, ho, ho! I’ve really outdid myself this time! Look at all the happy faces! Seasons greetings everyone! Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, hee, hee, hee…It’s Christmastime!

    Making a sharp turn we turn around and face the graveyard’s house band, all of its members wearing Santa hats. As we can see all of the graves and crypts have been dusted with snow and draped with icicles, big bright bows and ribbons wrapped around them, the ultimate Christmas gifts. Even the banshees that pop out from behind the graves have gotten into the spirit, each one baring a Santa hat a top their head. Moving on we find that the king and queen balancing on the teeter totter remain, only they balance a present between each other as they go up and down on the teeter totter. The princess continues to swing from the tree behind them, the tree itself covered in Christmas lights; the usual hellhound seen in this area can be found playing tug-o-war with a nearby floating bone-deer over a bone presumably belonging to the deer. Every now and then the king utters a series of graveled “Ho, ho, ho’s.” Turning around we face the usual spot where the singing busts can be found, only this time Sandy Claws has jabbed a jack-o-lantern a top each of their heads, the jack-o-lanterns themselves wishing us a scary Christmas through song. Turning back around we enter the main portion of the jazzy graveyard jamboree where we find the usual British tea party, only the tea party has been changed to a gift exchange. A nearby floating bone-deer with a package in its mouth welcomes us as we witness two British ghosts exchanging presents over a small table and singing the updated version of “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” two ghosts on bicycles chasing a bone-deer around in circles, a crashed hearse full of presents and surrounded by several singing ghosts, and an Egyptian mummy trying to sing to an old man wearing a Santa hat whom tries to understand what the mummy is saying through an ear horn. Above us tower two monstrous angels composed completely of ice, the only twist being their heads are gigantic jack-o-lanterns. Each icicle angel blows into a gigantic trumpet, the trumpets in which blast streams of cold air out into the graveyard. Turning around yet again we face a swirling wraith in an opened crypt, two opera singing ghosts, a headless knight, an executioner, and his dwarf prisoner, all three joining in on the song. Preparing to exit the graveyard jamboree through a crypt, we look up to find that it is snowing! Sandy Claws has fulfilled his promise to all the good little ghouls and boys of the Haunted Mansion and has brought a fresh flurry of snow upon the graveyard! At the top of the crypt we see a pumpkin angel blowing into its horn, icicles draping down from the entrance to the crypt, and Scary Teddy who makes its last appearance blowing into a tiny trumpet, two zombie gingerbread men on each side of the vampire bear, waving goodbye to us as we enter the crypt. (The snow effect is actually quite simple; the pumpkin angel lurking above the crypt features a fake snow machine within its trumpet. A fan in the very back of the trumpet causing a flurry of tiny soap bubbles to manipulate above our heads)

    Green and red lights flash around us as we enter the crypt, greeted by a light-up sign reading, “Oogie’s Scare-Ousel!” In place of the normal hitchhiking ghosts we find Oogie Boogie himself wearing a twisted Santa hat and beard, at the reigns of his scare-ousel, his own take on the classic carousel. His evil henchmen Lock, Shock, and Barrel ride the carousel in circles aboard a demented creature, a bathtub with legs, a petrified horse, and a bone-deer. Oogie taunts us as he prepares us for the unknown.

    Oogie: Welcome to Oogie’s holiday tricks and treats! Round and round the scare-ousel goes, what’s your gift? Oogie knows (Evil laugh)! Here come my henchmen Lock, Shock, and Barrel, three little demons in ghoulish apparel! Have you been naughty or nice? Isn’t this fun? I can’t wait to see what little demon you take home with you! They’re yours’ for the taking folks! Well, well, well, what have we here? Step right up and ride Oogie’s scare-ousel! Fun for the whole family and a ride you soon won’t forget! Sugar and spice, naughty and nice! I’ve got a special holiday something, just for you…hang onto your holiday hats! Oogie’s gifts are really neat, maybe something good to eat! Step right up and win yourself a monster, a trick or a treat! It’s gift giving time! You get what you get! It’s Oogie’s turn to boogie now! Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! Well, look who we got here! It’s time to get YOUR Christmas present! Oogie Claws is coming at you (Evil laugh)!

    Turning around and facing three gift-wrapped mirrors topped by skulls and crossbones we find that Lock, Shock, or Barrel has hitched a ride with us in the center of our sleigh, in lieu of the usual hitchhiking ghost. A small scroll resides across the bottom of each mirror reading a different holiday phrase relating to the attraction.

    1: And I heard him explain as he drove out of sight…
    2: Scary Christmas to all…
    3: And to all a good fright!

    With Lock, Shock, or Barrel presumably following us home we turn away from the mirrors and pass underneath an arch topped by a miniature Sally looking out towards the nearby full moon. Every so often Jack and his sleigh fly across the moon cheering out gleefully. The music suddenly fades into a depressing melody of “We Wish You a Scary Christmas.”

    Jack: Merry Christmas one and all!

    Sally: Thank you Sandy Claws for bringing your cheer. Please hurry back, we can’t wait till next year! And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight!

    Jack: This world will not forget my Christmas night (Maniacal laugh)!

    Sally: Hurry back…hurry back…be sure to bring your Sandy Claws sack! I’ll be waiting to open my Christmas present! Hurry back…hurry back…

    The usual dead end sign following Sally has been adorned with a single wreath. As we pass beneath it the ghost host returns for one last statement.

    Ghost Host: May Jack’s ghostly Christmas now follow you home, and stay in your heart, where’er you may roam. For now you know what happens when holidays meet…you might get a trick…or a holiday treat (Evil laugh)!

    Stepping out from our sleigh we exit the mansion through the usual exit crypt which has been adorned with jack-o-lanterns and dusted with snow. A few strands of dead garland and a few arrangements of dead wreathes have been placed seamlessly throughout the crypt as we exit, the laugh of Vincent Price following us…an eerie reminder of what happens when two holidays collide. Leaving the crypt we pass the pet cemetery and empty out into Liberty Square as if nothing ever happened. Madame Leota’s Gypsy Wagon can be found outside of the mansion’s gates, entangled in skull garland and loaded with gifts related to the Haunted Mansion and the Nightmare Before Christmas. Items include Jack, Sally, Zero, Oogie, and Scary Teddy plush toys, the soundtrack to the attraction, copies of the Nightmare Before Christmas on DVD and blue-ray, a plastic roll-along duck (Complete with bloodied bullet holes), changing postcards of portraits from the mansion, plenty o’ pins, a stretchy snake toy, Christmas ornaments and decorations themed to Nightmare, and books relating to the Haunted Mansion and Nightmare. The area around the wagon is rather peaceful and plays frightening piano renditions of several classic Christmas carols such as “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Our adventure has ended and now it is time to journey on to somewhere else in the Magic Kingdom, perhaps the Hall of Presidents or the Country Bear Jamboree…or maybe a second spin on the Haunted Mansion. After all they’re just dying to have you over for the holidays!

    Bonus Features

    Music Played in the Queue

    • Phantom Manor Music Box
    • God Rest You Merry Grinning Ghosts
    • Phantom Manor Theme
    • Old Mansion Tree
    • Doctor Finklestein/In the Forest
    • Over the Graveyard
    • Jack and Sally Montage
    • Nightmare Before Christmas Medley
    • Nabbed
    • Scary Bells
    • Christmas Eve Montage
    • Up on the Housetop
    • To the Rescue
    • The 13 Days of Christmas
    • This is Halloween (Instrumental)
    • Oogie Boogie’s Song (Instrumental)
    • Sally’s Song (Instrumental)

    18. Grim Grinning Ghosts

    Now here is a list of the lyrics to be placed with these songs. As mentioned before, scrolls with the lyrics to the songs will be hung along the covered portion of the queue, a monster from Nightmare or the mansion presenting each song in the form of an illustration a top the scroll.

    • God Rest You Merry Grinning Ghosts (Presented by the Behemoth from NBC and the British ghosts of the HM)


    Ghost Host: Ring out through your ribcage, yes let your voice moan! When you sing at the mansion, you’re never alone (Laugh)!

    Hag: God rest you merry grinning ghosts, there’s no need for dismay!
    It’s time to rise out of your crypts, to see Jack’s holiday!
    A frightening world of Christmas dreams to lead our hearts astray.
    Oh spirits, you won’t believe your eyes, cold dead eyes!
    Oh, when grinning ghosts come out and socialize!

    Chorus: Within the mansion you will find a holiday of fright!
    Jack’s Christmas yuletide wonder a devilish delight!
    A wicked mix of mold and mirth, oh spirits take your flight!

    Hag: Oh spirits, you won’t believe your eyes!
    Cold dead eyes!
    Oh when grinning ghosts come out and socialize!
    Oh when grinning ghosts come out and socialize!

    • Old Mansion Tree (Presented by the bat boy, mummy, corpse kid, corpse mom, and corpse dad that seem to be dancing around a dead Christmas tree)

    Ghost Host: This next song’s a twist on a tune from the past, a real old and moldy. Let’s serve it up fast.

    Zombie: Old mansion tree, old mansion tree, your leaves are sharp and prickly.
    Old mansion tree, old mansion tree, you bring a gloom that’s sickly.

    Chorus: Your branches droop with moldy care; your smell of mildew fills the air.
    Old mansion tree, old mansion tree, you clear the room so quickly.
    Old mansion tree, old mansion tree…

    Zombie: Oh how we decorate you!

    Chorus: Old mansion tree, old mansion tree…

    Zombie: With ornaments we weight you.

    Chorus: Your limbs are limp with bats and bows;
    Your tinsel tarnished years ago.
    Old mansion tree, old mansion tree, a fireplace awaits you! (Zombie laughs evilly)

    • Over the Graveyard (Presented by the mansion’s opera singers, mummy, and old man in a horse-drawn sleigh; yes the horse is a skeleton like in the Haunted Mansion movie)

    Ghost Host: A family filled visit is never complete without a good scarol, so sing it up sweet!

    Chorus: Over the graveyard and through the tombs to the Haunted Mansion we go!
    It’s dark on the way to our doom buggy sleigh, ‘neath eerie candles glow!
    Over the graveyard and through the tombs a happy haunt’s delight!
    Oh feel the chill of ghosts’ goodwill; come scream on Christmas night!

    Over the graveyard and through the tombs oh see the spirits play!
    The doors do creak as ghoulies shriek, “A Grim Grinning Holiday!”

    Over the graveyard and through the tombs a happy haunt’s delight!

    (Repeat two times)

    Oh feel the chill of ghosts’ goodwill; come scream on Christmas night!

    • Nightmare Before Christmas Medley (Presented by the Mayor, the real Santa Claus in a bag, and the killer duck)

    Ghost Host: For this holiday we’ll be having a ball. Yes Christmas is ours, sing out one and all! (Evil laugh)

    Chorus: Making Christmas, making Christmas
    is so fine!
    It's ours this time
    and won't the children be surprised
    it’s ours this time

    Time to give them something fun
    They'll talk about for years to come
    'Cause when the full moon starts to climb
    We'll all sing out!
    We’ll all sing out!
    It’s Christmastime!

    Ghost Host: This next song is Jack’s now let’s sing it all round, yes sing of the day Jack saw Christmas Town!

    Chorus: What's this? What's this?
    There's color everywhere
    what’s this?
    There's white things in the air
    what’s this?
    I can't believe my eyes
    I must be dreaming
    Wake up, jack, this isn't fair
    what’s this?
    What's this?
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

    What's this?
    The streets are lined with
    little creatures laughing
    everybody seems so happy
    Have I possibly gone daffy?
    What is this?
    What's this?

    Ghost Host: With this song you can sing just like Lock, Shock, and Barrel. Those three are quite strange but they do love a scarol!

    Chorus: Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight
    Throw away the key and then
    Turn off all the lights
    Kidnap the Sandy Claws
    throw him in a box
    Bury him for ninety years
    then see if he talks
    Kidnap the Sandy Claws
    Tie him in a bag
    Throw him in the ocean
    Then, see if he is sad
    Because Mr. Oogie Boogie is the meanest guy around
    if I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town!
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
    Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight
    Throw away the key and then

    Zombie: Turn off all the lights!

    • Scary Bells (Presented by Scary Teddy holding two little bells, a jack-o-lantern-in-the-box nearby)

    Ghost Host: Let’s all sing together and make the mood merry, with a scarol of bells that are frightfully scary!

    Zombie: Crashing through the night, with a horrid mangling sound.
    Clang each heart with fright, terrorize the town.
    Bells from belfries ring, making spirits rise!
    The freaky tones like voices moan, throughout the midnight skies!

    Chorus: Oh…scary bells, scary bells, ring your ghostly call!
    Oh what fun it is to scream and terrorize us all.
    Ah, scary bells, scary bells, with your manic sound,
    When you toll, the spirits roll from six feet underground!

    Zombie: A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride.
    To see the mansion’s sights, to see what was inside.
    My horse began to rear, the scary bells did clang.
    I fell into an open grave to cheer myself I sang:

    Chorus: Oh…scary bells, scary bells, ring your ghostly call!
    Oh what fun it is to scream and terrorize us all.
    Ah, scary bells, scary bells, with your manic sound,
    When you toll, the spirits roll from six feet underground!
    When you toll, the spirits roll from six feet underground!

    • Up on the Housetop (Presented by Sandy Claws Jack about to make his way down a chimney with Zero)

    Ghost Host: See that coffin-like sleigh? That sack full of toys? Let’s sing out for Sandy Claws good ghouls and boys!

    Chorus: Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing
    Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing

    Hag: Up on the housetop bone-deer pause.
    Look its Jack as Sandy Claws!
    Down through the chimney with lots of toys,
    All for the buried ones’ Christmas joys!

    Chorus: No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    All through the mansion there goes Jack!
    Down through the graveyard with his sack!

    Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing
    Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing

    Hag: First comes the stocking for the headless knight,
    Oh just look what a horrible sight!
    Jack left a dolly with a zombie head!
    Well at least it’s good and dead.

    Chorus: No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    All through the mansion there goes Jack!
    Down through the graveyard with his sack!

    Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing
    Jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing, jing

    Hag: Next there’s a stocking for a grinning ghost,
    My oh my, what a kindly host!
    Jack left a train with squid-like tracks!

    Chorus: And a crazy puppet with a great big ax.

    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    All through the mansion there goes Jack!
    Down through the graveyard with his sack!

    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    No, no, no, you shouldn’t go!
    All through the mansion there goes Jack!
    Down through the graveyard with his sack!

    • The 13 Days of Christmas (Presented by the Undersea Gal and the stretching portrait alligator from the normal HM)

    Ghost: When Christmas comes around, how I love a surprise! This next lovely scarol brings tears to my eyes.

    Hag: On the first day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    A spider in a hangman’s tree!

    Demon: On the second day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    Two candied brains!

    Hag: And a spider in a hangman’s tree!

    On the third day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    Three bat bows!

    Demon: Two candied brains!

    Hag: And a spider in a hangman’s tree!

    Vampire: On the fourth day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    Four biting wreathes!

    Hag: Three bat bows!

    Demon: Two candied brains!

    Hag: And a spider in a hangman’s tree!

    Chorus: On the fifth day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    Five twisted toys!

    Vampire: Four biting wreathes!

    Hag: Three bat bows!

    Demon: Two candied brains!

    Hag: And a spider in a hangman’s tree!

    Wait! Wait just a minute, how many days are there?

    Werewolf: Thirteen don’t you know?

    Hag: Ah! Thirteen? Let’s just jump to the end!

    Distressed Woman: On the thirteenth day of Christmas, my ghoul love gave to me:

    Thirteen ghosts a grinning!

    Werewolf: Twelve creepy cookies!

    Hag: Eleven dolls a dangling!

    Demon: Ten frightening fruitcakes!

    Hag: Nine shocking stockings!

    Vampire: Eight frothing reindeer!

    Hag: Seven ghouls a goring!

    Werewolf: Six corpses caroling!

    Chorus: Five twisted toys!

    Vampire: Four biting wreathes!

    Hag: Three bat bows!

    Demon: Two candied brains!

    Chorus: And a spider in a hangman’s tree!

    • Grim Grinning Ghosts (Presented by the mansion’s hanging hatchet man, whom instead of holding a hatchet is holding a wreath)

    Ghost Host: Welcome foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion…I am your host, your ghost host.

    Chorus: when the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake
    spooks come out for a swinging wake
    happy haunts materialize, and begin to vocalize,
    grim grinning' ghosts come out to socialize

    now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide
    or a silly spook may sit by your side
    shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize,
    grim grinning' ghosts come out to socialize

    as the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree
    spooks come out for the midnight spree
    creepy creeps with eerie eyes, start to shriek and harmonize
    grim grinning' ghosts come out to socialize!

    When you hear the knell of a requiem bell
    weird glows gleam where spirits dwell
    restless bones etherealize, rise as spooks of every size
    (Maniacal laughter)

    Well now that the scarols are over with, let’s move on to other little details.

    So here is how the music in the attraction itself will sound. The soundtrack will be a combination of both the original 2001 soundtrack and the current HMH soundtrack which started in 2002. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, compare a 2001 video of the HMH and a 2002 video of the HMH.

    The Foyer- 2002
    The Stretching Room- 2001
    The Loading Area through the Grand Staircase- 2002
    The Corridor of Eyes through the Corridor of Doors- 2001
    The Séance Circle- 2002
    The Grand Hall- 2001
    The Attic- 2002
    The Graveyard- 2001
    The Crypt- 2001

    And that’s about all I have to say. Any questions, comments, or concerns at hand?
    One Quick Note: I forgot to mention this in the ride through, but the mansion’s trademark wolf will continue to howl throughout the attraction. He is not absent for the holiday overlay.
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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Wow.. before I read this.. I want to congratulate on what appears to be a tremendous work of effort into this. This is going to be an exciting read!

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    I have to get my glasses before reading this post. Gimme a second to find them.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    synopsis? Anyone?
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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    It's basically the Haunted Mansion Holiday set at Disney World's mansion. Basically a combo of Disneyland and Tokyo with a whole bunch of twists like:

    1. New stretching portraits
    2. Life-sized monsters from Halloween Town
    3. New music
    4. New twisted toys not even seen in the movie
    5. Falling snow in the graveyard
    6. And much more

    I understand it's very lengthy, but I assure that you'll probably like it...I hope. It took me about a week to pull the whole thing together.
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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    As much as I'd love to see it... never gonna happen.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    As much as I'd love to see it... never gonna happen.
    what ever happen to positive thinking!! wishes do come true!
    i like it even though i dont go to WDW i would like to alot!!

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Sadly, its true that this Mansion will not be seeing the Holiday overlay anytime soon. First off, they did away with any holiday overlays of attractions because of the time to install and remove them. Secondly, the Mansion just recently had a few million dollars spent on it to bring people back. Disneylands answer was HMH, WDW's answer was awesome new stuff.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Well if thats the case WDW had the right answer.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by GRD999 View Post
    Secondly, the Mansion just recently had a few million dollars spent on it to bring people back. Disneylands answer was HMH, WDW's answer was awesome new stuff.
    Not quite.
    Disneyland started Haunted Mansion Holiday back in 2001. In Spring 2006, Disneyland added the ghost bride, the five changing husband portraits and a number of smaller changes which were rolled into the Walt Disney World updates of Summer 2007.

    WDW got awesome new stuff; DL got awesome new stuff in addition to HMH which they already developed.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyboii View Post
    what ever happen to positive thinking!
    Ok...

    I'm POSITIVE it'll never happen.


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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    I'm going to say this just once...
    Disney please please please NO HMH overlay at WDW, never ever never DONT DO IT! NOOOOOOOOO!

    OK, thanks. I'm done.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by GRD999 View Post
    Disneylands answer was HMH, WDW's answer was awesome new stuff.
    How quickly people forget and then rewrite history.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    I personally would LOVE to see a Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay at WDW. I'm a big fan of Nightmare Before Christmas. Sure out Mansion got some nice upgrades along with the SERIOUS TLC it needed badly recently, but they're missing a HUGE opportunity with this.

    When they got rid of the Country Bears Christmas show, LOTS of people complained. I even received a callback from a CM who was obviously reading a script, trying to encourage me to come out for Christmas there anyway. Yeah, take away a show I like and still want me to come out? No thanks.

    Once again, WDW management doesn't get it at all.

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    Re: The Haunted Mansion: A Nightmare Before Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfann121 View Post
    I'm going to say this just once...
    Disney please please please NO HMH overlay at WDW, never ever never DONT DO IT! NOOOOOOOOO!

    OK, thanks. I'm done.
    Why? It's actually a really cool overlay. I rode DL's a couple years ago and I loved it!

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    I personally would LOVE to see a Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay at WDW. I'm a big fan of Nightmare Before Christmas. Sure out Mansion got some nice upgrades along with the SERIOUS TLC it needed badly recently, but they're missing a HUGE opportunity with this.

    When they got rid of the Country Bears Christmas show, LOTS of people complained. I even received a callback from a CM who was obviously reading a script, trying to encourage me to come out for Christmas there anyway. Yeah, take away a show I like and still want me to come out? No thanks.

    Once again, WDW management doesn't get it at all.
    I tihnk that the holiday overlays to the Country Bears was cool. IaSW Holiday Cruise, although I've never seen it, sounds like a cool idea as well. Seriously? Why not? I won't completely buy the money argument. When I was a mechanic for Maverick Helicopters in Las Vegas our salaries where paid by the sales of expensive tourist photos and videos of the trips. Does anyone think that Disney is any different? I think that the lack of holiday overlays are somewhere between lack of imagination and foresight by the management.
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