May 21, 2013 - Phantom Manor

When we met up with the group, we watched the Disney Magic on Parade! on Main Street.  Since we got there a little late, I ended up in the back and didn't take any pictures.  But, no worries.  We watch it again on another date and I got pictures then.

After the parade, we headed over to Frontierland and the fictional town of Thunder Mesa...


Since I knew Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was closed, I crossed my fingers that we were headed to one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland Paris - Phantom Manor!  And, as soon as we made the left turn and headed toward the manor, I got giddy like a little kid!

I love how the Manor looks...it's so wonderfully spooky sitting up on the hill like that.  It looks a lot like the house looming over the Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho.  Yet, at the same time, maintains its own personality.



The ride is much darker than any of the other versions.  Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Phantom Manor takes a departure from the whimsical Marc Davis designed characters in lieu of a scarier, more haunted tone.  While "Grim Grinning Ghosts" does make an appearance in the ride, it is not the overall theme song.  Instead, there is a gothic, operatic sound to the score.

The storyline also ties Phantom Manor to Frontierland in a way that the other versions don't to their respective lands.  The manor is owned by Henry Ravenswood who founded Thunder Mesa.  He struck it rich at Big Thunder Mountain and founded the Thunder Mesa Mining Company.  His daughter, Melanie, fell in love with a Railroad Engineer and he did everything in his power to stop the wedding...some say he might even have done so after his death during an Earthquake that rippled through Thunder Mesa.  Shortly after Ravenswood's death, a mysterious phantom was said to have killed Melanie's husband to be right before their wedding.  Melanie, heartbroken to be left at the alter, pledged to wait until he came for her.  And, so, the bride to be haunts the Phantom Manor.















Honestly, I had heard a lot about the attraction before I actually rode it and had pretty much set in my mind that I was going to hate it.  But, the exact opposite happened.  I ended up loving it.  I think a big part of it is that, while there are some scenes from the Haunted Mansion, the ride is different enough that it just becomes its own attraction instead of a Haunted Mansion clone.  And, given that, I also like the fact that it also has a different name from its inspiration.  This is the Phantom Manor.  It stands alone.  And, I love it for that.

Whenever I'm at Disneyland Paris, it is simply a must to go ride!

And, riding Phantom Manor was the perfect ending for a great first full day at Disneyland Paris!

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  1. I remember my agitation and huge warnings that I gave you about Phantom Manor the first time you ever came to DLP! LOL!

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  2. LOL! I know. I remember this was the only attraction you said you'd give me a pass on if I didn't like. And, I really was expecting not to like it. Who knew it would turn out to be one of my faves?

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