While I'm a pretty substantial Haunted Mansion enthusiast, I had a bit of a nicely weird experience the other day while at the attraction that left me a little puzzled.
I was with my family, a group of four in total, and we were ushered into a stretching room by ourselves. Everything else about it was normal, except that we were the only ones that they put in there (and that the attending cast member took the blackout as an opportunity to appear behind my mother and scare the pants off her).
This was really exciting because I could recite the Ghost Host's spiel as dramatically Paul-Freesy as I wanted the whole time without being judged by anyone except the rest of my family. However, it did leave us puzzled as to what the reasoning behind putting a single group into the room.
Does anyone know if this is something that cast members do occasionally simply to give a random party an especially spooky experience/ a chance to act like idiots in the stretching room as an extra-magical bonus, or if there is some kind of technical reasoning involving crowd management behind this?
As someone who likes to know everything about The Haunted Mansion and about Disney's stage management in general, this has got my brains wracked.