Description And Comments

Only slightly scarier than a whoopee cushion, The Haunted Mansion serves up some of the Magic Kingdom’s best visual effects. “Doom Buggies” on a conveyor belt transport you through the house from parlor to attic, then through a graveyard. The ride’s effects change tone with the setting: those found in the house are generally more spooky, while the graveyard effects, such as a ghostly opera singer wearing a Viking helmet, are there for laughs. Quite a few kids get anxious about what they think they'll see, but very few are scared by the actual sights within the attraction.

The Haunted Mansion is one of veteran Unofficial Guide writer Eve Zibart's favorite attractions. She says:

This is one of the best attractions in the Magic Kingdom. It's jam-packed with visual puns, special effects, hidden Mickeys, and really lovely Victorian-spooky sets. It's not scary, except in the sweetest of ways, but it will remind you of the days before ghost stories gave way to slasher flicks.

A Temple, Texas, mom isn't convinced:

You say the actual sights are not really frightening. What isn't frightening about a hanging corpse, a coffin escapee, and an axe-welding skeleton bride?

A father of younger children has the following good advice for parents:

...for some reason some people (kids or teenagers I think) think that it is very funny to SCREAM AS LOUD AS THEY CAN in the confined space of the stretching room in the haunted mansion. It is HORRIBLE and upsets children. So not that you can stop it, but a warning in the guidebooks about what other (lame!) guests typically do at that part of the ride, maybe saying that children should plug their ears, well it might go a long way towards making the ride be "fun scary" instead of crying scary...

Interactive elements in the left side of The Haunted Mansion’s outdoor queue ensure that guests have something to occupy them when lines are long. Features include a music-playing monument, an old-fashioned pipe organ, and a ship captain’s tomb that squirts water. Disneyphiles will recognize the names on many of these elements as tributes to the mansion’s designers.

Touring Tips

Lines here ebb and flow more than those at most other Magic Kingdom hot spots because the Mansion is near The Hall of Presidents and the Liberty Belle Riverboat. These two attractions disgorge 700 and 450 people, respectively, when each show or ride ends, and many of these folks head straight for the Mansion. If you can't go before 11:30 a.m. or after 8 p.m., try to slip in between crowds.

If you're touring the Magic Kingdom in a single day, you'll find that FastPass+ saves more time at other attractions than it does here. On the other hand, you may find it useful if you're touring over two or more days.

The Haunted Mansion Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Haunted Mansion when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Haunted Mansion Wait Times.

Attraction Photos

Special Comments

Frightens some very young children.

Special Needs

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