Saturday, November 09, 2013
Trip Report Pt. 4: Walk, Don't Run to the Haunted Mansion
I was smart enough to walk very briskly to the Haunted Mansion to get my first (and only) look at this year's Holiday overlay. I say only because by the time I exited the attraction, the line wrapped around outside the gate back towards the French Market. No thanks!
Things started pretty much the same as before, with the faux stained glass overlays in the elevator:
The guests stuffed inside got to see them morph into another vision as the elevator descended:
This year, the static Jack Skellington head at the top of the elevator was replaced by some elaborate animated tableaus:
Ah, the hanging skeleton. Not sure if I like the animation, even though it was definitely more lively. Technology has still not progressed enough to make the animation look real. It is still obviously a projection effect. One day though...
In the changing portrait hallway, the pictures on the hall had all flipped horizontally. I knew this because I compared them with the photos I shot last year.
Here's Sally. You can just watch mesmerized at this little animated gif all day long.
Sure it's 2 dimensional. Sure it's probably just a cardboard cutout. I still love these "Nightmare Before Christmas" characters at the loading queue.
Until I saw this photo, I'm not sure I ever really noticed the purple spider before!
Zero floats in the endless hallway:
Madame Leota is back to floating around, just in time for the holidays:
The ballroom had something new to look at with this cake centerpiece that continues to display a new Jack Skellington face.
That darn railing sure makes photos difficult in this scene!
Once again, it appears that I missed the list. I guess Santa knows more than I give him credit for.
The graveyard scene is so dimly lit, I wonder how many guests are able to catch all of the witty little vignettes that happen behind the scrim?
Oogie Boogie, one of the few Holiday overlay additions that actually shows some animatronic movement:
I do like these little Lock, Shock, and Barrel popups.
Despite the fact that the Holiday overlay mainly consists of static props placed over the regular ones, this little Sally figure bothers me. Compared to the ethereal Little Leota, Sally just looks positively cheap.
Thanks, Jack - see you next year!
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