Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host, your ghost host. Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone.
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has been a hot topic lately as it not only received a haunted refurbishment, but Disneyland Park just reopened to Guests after being closed for over 400 days. Once again, Guests are able to set foot into the Happiest Place on Earth and hop aboard a Doom Buggy for a haunted tour of the mansion.
But Guests were in for a real fright as select parties were chosen to enter Haunted Mansion through a secret entrance!
The weekend of April 30 was a historic one for Disneyland as both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure reopened to Guests after being closed for over a year due to restrictions in place for theme parks during the ongoing pandemic. Along with the reopening of the theme parks also came some new experiences, including new elements within Haunted Mansion.
First, upon arrival, Guests will notice fresh landscaping as the site for dearly departed pets has been enhanced. Additionally, Guests should keep an eye out for new embellishments in the portrait hallway, including an old, but familiar face!
But some were surprised to find out that select Guests were chosen to take a secret entrance into the mansion upon arrival!
The “secret” entrance is something that most Disneyland Guests have never experienced. As many know, the stretching room at the Haunted Mansion is actually an elevator that brings theme park Guests down to a lower level before they board their Doom Buggies. The lesser-used alternative entrance to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland allows Guests to skip the stretching room/elevator and instead walk through a passageway that takes Guests under the mansion and drops them off just before they board a Doom Buggy.
If you are in the outdoor queue of the Haunted Mansion and you are all the way on the left, you can take a peek through the fence and see the “secret entrance” door on the lower level of the cemetery area.
Voice actress and Disney fan Shelby Young took to Twitter to share a video of the secret Haunted Mansion entrance, writing:
Dude there’s a new “secret” entrance (I think new??) at Haunted Mansion so here’s @AJLoCascio and I geeking out #Disneyland
— Shelby Young (@shelby_young) May 1, 2021
Attractions 360 also took to Twitter to share their experience with the secret Haunted Mansion entrance, writing:
If you are given the option to take the stair for Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, take it! It’s an unique experience. Takes you straight to the ride. Waited 5 mins instead of 30 mins. #Disneyland
If you are given the option to take the stair for Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, take it! It's an unique experience. Takes you straight to the ride. Waited 5 mins instead of 30 mins. #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/b2S2CQV3bU
— Attractions 360° (@SoCal360) April 30, 2021
Attractions 360 then Tweeted a follow-up explaining that if you are a lucky Guest who gets selected, you enter through the backside of the cemetery:
If you get selected, you enter through here.
If you get selected, you enter through here. ? pic.twitter.com/eWVrbqtKr4
— Attractions 360° (@SoCal360) May 1, 2021
And Stevie B. sent Inside the Magic these videos showcasing the secret entrance. Check it out!
Disney Parks themselves even posted a video to their TikTok account to share this exciting secret entrance, calling it the Haunted Mansion service quarters!
At this time, it seems as though Cast Members are randomly choosing Guests to enter through this secret entrance depending on the length of the Haunted Mansion attraction queue and what is needed to control crowd levels, but it looks absolutely incredible and is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many Guests!
More on Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is a popular theme park attraction located in both Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park in Disneyland Resort. The popular dark ride takes Guests through a mansion of haunted characters while riding aboard a Doom Buggy.
The fan-favorite attraction in Disneyland Park attracts Guests each and every day — From the graveyard to the stretching room to, of course, the famous ballroom scene, the details, and illusions within this attraction are just incredible.
The spirited Haunted Mansion adventure is guided by the “disembodied voice of the Ghost Host” as he is your private tour guide “through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises.” Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!
The official description of the Disneyland ride reads:
Dearly depart into a foreboding estate, drag your body to the dead center of the Portrait Chamber and watch as the walls begin to stretch before your eyes. Climb into your waiting Doom Buggy and embark on a shivering journey into an unearthly realm.
The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous dwelling—home to grinning ghosts and other spectral surprises.
Glide past a rattling casket in the conservatory. Head off to Madame Leota’s spooky séance room. Float by the Grand Ballroom and its waltzing apparitions. Take a spin through a cemetery where the spirited residents regale you with song.
Beware of lurking hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may try to follow you home!
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