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Walt Disney World (WDW) News Discuss New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magic) in the News & Rumors forums; Originally Posted by MartianCrab That's the new Disney way: If it 'aint broke, break it. you hit the nail on the head....
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    Quote Originally Posted by MartianCrab View Post
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    That's a shame. I remember the looks on my little one's faces when the ghost was in the buggy.

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I read an article about this the other day that said it was entirely temporary... but they weren't sure whether the mirrors were coming back, or if it was a new effect altogether that was replacing it. But for sure what is there now with the mirrors being covered up is just temporary. I'm looking and looking but I can't for the life of me find the article... hm. Hopefully it's true though!

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW4Ever View Post
    I'm pretty sure CMs have said it's temporary.
    CM's of authority or bus driver credibility?

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    I'm just desperately clinging onto that little piece of hearsay, Gabe!
    As I am clinging also.

    Dunno if it's been on the NewsCast. I only bother with the podcasts.
    Still have not had a chance to listen to Lou's News Cast, since this happened days before his nightly newscast and was in other forums it is likely he added it in his breaking news I'd think and Lou seems to be able to confirm his stories.

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    I read an article about this the other day that said it was entirely temporary... but they weren't sure whether the mirrors were coming back, or if it was a new effect altogether that was replacing it. But for sure what is there now with the mirrors being covered up is just temporary. I'm looking and looking but I can't for the life of me find the article... hm. Hopefully it's true though!
    If it is Disney explaining the upgrade (or downgrade) I'd love to read it when you find it.
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I can't find it, but I did get this from inside the magic

    "Cast members working at the Mansion say that behind the black screens, the Audio-Animatronic figures are being worked on. With this scene being a vital and memorable one to the Mansion, it’s easy to imagine that these projections are essentially animated construction walls, if you will, temporarily blocking the work going on behind them. If that is indeed their use, then they offer a wonderful alternative to simply blacking out the scene or closing the attraction while work progresses. At least guests can still enjoy the attraction and get the basic idea of the finale scene while improvements are made.

    I’ve also been told, unofficially, that many interactive elements are making their way into the attraction, not only in the queue but potentially in this Hitchhiking Ghost area as well. Additional equipment may allow guests to interact with these ghosts -- or the ghosts may interact with guests! For the moment, this technology is either not fully installed or not functional.

    So while it may be easy to jump to conclusions, condemning Disney for “ruining” a classic attraction, I recommend holding off any opinions on this update until it is officially complete. In the meantime, don’t expect any Hitchhiking Ghosts to climb into your Doom Buggy with you, but rather look for them to sail merrily alongside, as only happy haunts can do"

    So according to that article it's temporary according to cast members, but nothing has been said "officially".

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I will say that the fact that the mirrors are just covered up by some black screens makes it seem more likely that it's temporary...

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    Yep, that is why many of us said way back up there in posts, we are holding out hope that the ghosts will return.

    When my kids when little they really enjoyed the ending. Now if they were little and the ghosts interacted, or zapped them in the tush like Bugs does, that might have scared them. Time will tell. Still holding out hope or someone from Disney actually makes a statement about the update, i.e. Disney Blog.
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    The original ending is a classic. It has to be one of the top 3 most memorable parts of the attraction for guests. My kids are real little now but I can't wait to see their faces in the mirror the first time I bring them on it if and when they restore it. Seems a waste of imagineer brain power that could be used elsewhere in the park.

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I wouldn't panic just yet. Pretty sure Lou said it's still not finished.
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    NO! NO! This is the one thing I couldn't stop talking about as a kid after riding it for the first time. My husband and I now always "play games" with the ghost. It's one of the best parts.

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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I'll reserve judgement, but I sincerely hope the Imagineers have somehting better in mind
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    In this push towards "interactivity" in the parks, I would hope that it has occurred to SOMEONE in authority that the concept of having a ghost sit beside you is about as interactive as you can get, with the additional imagination kick of only being able to see the ghosts in the mirror but not beside you.
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    Quote Originally Posted by 20K View Post
    I would hope that it has occurred to SOMEONE in authority that the concept of having a ghost sit beside you is about as interactive as you can get,
    I had this idea at the back of my mind but couldn't articulate it....well done! The HM was the first interactive ride they ever made.
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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I highlighted "concept" because, like nova, I think the actual mirror effect is in need of an update. But the important point is the word "update", not "outright replacement".

    But yes, how can any Disney attraction not be interactive? The very basic structure of the whole enterprise is that we are the characters in animation, with the Imagineers taking up the background art remit.


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    Re: New change at the end of Haunted Mansion (disney finds a new way to kill the magi

    I don't even remember seeing anything about there being a refurb? Anyone know when this is going to be completed? I am going to WDW in September and I hope they have all of this straight by then.
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