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Haunted Mansion: Thrilling Experience Walking Out With Lights On

Haunted Mansion: Thrilling Experience Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: KtP writer Susan

On a recent Haunted Mansion ride, we walked off the attraction with the lights on! Check out my photos tour and cool details here.

One of my (Susan) very favorite Disney World rides, the Haunted Mansion experienced technical difficulties while we were on. The longer we sat in our Doom Buggies, the more giddy I became.

When the announcement came that a Cast Member would walk us out, I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

Ride Stopped

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

I’ve been stopped briefly for several occasions while riding the Haunted Mansion attraction. Each time, I predict the reason. Does someone need help loading, or is the ride experiencing a technical glitch?

But this time seemed different. The longer we sat in the dark, the more excited I became. I’ve always dreamed of walking out and seeing the Haunted Mansion with the lights on. The longer we waited, the more hopeful I became about the possibility of walking off the ride!

Location We Were Stopped At

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

What is your favorite Haunted Mansion scene? Well, imagine getting stuck at your very favorite spot! For me, it’s the dancing ballroom scene. We stopped right in the middle!

I felt my jaw drop watching each detail unfold over and over. There are way too many details to take it all in.

The Announcement

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

Whether the ghosts are flowing upward from the organ, dueling, or hanging out on the chandelier, I adore them all! I could have sat here all day and been entertained.

After several minutes, Cast Members announced due to technical difficulties, they would escort us off the ride.

Cast Members also said they appreciated our patience, but I thanked them. Then, poof, lights came on and my jaw officially happily dropped. I MAY have even started clapping quietly in my excitement.

Walking Out Instruction

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

A few minutes after hearing the shut down announcement, a friendly Ghost Host Cast Member opened our Doom Buggy in a manner similar to the Peter Pan ride vehicles (except the Doom Buggies had to be unlocked from the outside).

The Cast Member who helped us leave the Doom Buggy instructed us to not step on the metal plates on the moving track in between the Doom Buggies.

Doom Buggies

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

Disney chose the “Omnimover,” developed by WED Enterprises from Disneyland’s “Adventure Thru Inner Space” Attraction. The Doom Buggy’s unique form was initially designed by WED transportation designer Bob Gurr.

Doom Buggies give a continuous chain of ride vehicles that move through the attraction as one unit. Each individual vehicle can turn in any direction. It was so interesting seeing guests sitting everywhere waiting in their Doom Buggy.

Hall of Portraits

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Photo credit: Disney

Disney changed PhotoPass photos to the third painting on the right. Look for the lady that transforms into a cat, and give your best scared impression.

Although this is a memorable photo, I miss the previous ride photo with the hitchhiking ghost in your Doom Buggy.

Endless Hallway

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Credit: Disney

Then, guests pass through the endless hallway, filled with moving doors, and a ghostly piano player. This room doesn’t actually show any ghosts, except the hands trying to escape from a coffin.

It gives a foreshadowing of ghoulish ghosts and goblins to come. Halfway down the hallway is a candelabra, floating eerily, seemingly going on an eternity.


Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

After the endless hallway, guests travel past a glass Conservatory filled with withered dead plants and flowers displayed everywhere. The focus of this area is the coffin right in the middle of the room.

And, there’s a ghoul creepily trying to escape his fate. Adding to the doom, a black raven with glowing red eyes sits nearby, seemingly watching each guest.

Corridor of Walls

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan A true friend carries your bag so you can take ALL the photos.

Next, Doom Buggies transport guest into a terrifying sound of screams, lunatic laughing, desperate pleas for help, and knocking coming from behind each ominous door.

To add to the ghoulish feel, door knockers move by invisible hands, while other doors move in a breathing-like fashion. One of the most iconic symbols of the Haunted Mansion is the glowing purple wallpaper adorned with black creepy ghost figures. And don’t forget the “floating glowing eyes.”

I was blown away seeing rather individual primitive black light boxes at different heights to give the glowing eyes effect.

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan I had to take this photo so fast, but wanted to share how the eye effect is made.

Here, guests also encounter a large painting of the Ghost Host with a noose around his neck and holding a hatchet. For the first time, I noticed the creepy 13 grandfather clock appears to have a demonic face with its ominous eyes and large teeth.

Sèance Room

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

As guests wind around to the the sèance room, there are floating objects overhead, all while hearing the famous medium Madame Leota spouting out a creepy spell calling ghosts and spirits.

I loved walking out and taking in the details of this elaborately set scene.

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan Does anyone else want this chair?

She mysteriously levitates above a table filled with her glowing hair. While we walked out however, it was so cool to see the Madame with the lights on. Her hair is actually white, which glows more brightly with black lighting effects.

We also spotted the same raven from the coffin scene here, giving an eerie effect.

Grand Hall

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

As earlier stated, this is my absolute favorite scene in the Haunted Mansion. The large ballroom and dining room hold so many grim grinning ghosts! And when we got stuck, we hit the jackpot!

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

We were stopped right in the middle of this glorious scene. I could have literally sat there for hours taking in all the intricate details and effects, and listening to the creepy, yet charming tunes.

As the song says, “Shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize. Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.”

Are you singing yet? There’s an elderly ghost rocking gently back and forth holding a book. Ghosts materialize and disappear from the large dining table, where you can see a ghost blowing out her birthday candles.

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

The huge chandelier hosts a couple and a “third-wheel.”

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan

If you focus on the two large paintings near the top of the walls, you’ll see materializing “dueling ghosts.” I learned from our very own Kenny the Pirate these ghosts are based on the real life historical duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

The Rest of the Ride

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Photo credit: Disney

We stopped at the Grand Hall and missed the attic, the graveyard scene, and all the menacing murderous bride portraits. One of the most creepy spots of the ride is the ghost hologram repeatedly calling guests to “Hurry back…hurry back, and don’t forget your death certificate.”

Final Thoughts

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Credit: Susan Last view of Doom Buggies before we left! We’ll be back…

The Cast Members methodically stepped into action as we proceeded out of the ride. Although they had many guests to unload in small groups, they were patient with me taking pictures and shooting a video on my phone.

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Created this photo in black and white to add dramatic effect

Cast Members kept apologizing for the inconvenience, but I immediately thanked them for the best attraction experience of my trip! I’m hoping it lifted their spirits seeing how giddy I was over walking out. This was truly a bucket list experience.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and my journey as much as I loved sharing it.

Haunted Mansion Walking Out With Lights On
Credit: Susan Does anyone else see the menacing face in the railing? Creepy!

Have you ever walked off a ride? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience. Also, which Haunted Mansion scene or room is your favorite? Please share your thoughts with us on the KtP Facebook Page or on in the KtP Crew.


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  1. We didn’t get to walk off, but we were on the people over passing through space mountain, it was stopped and it was so cool to see it with the lights on! Too bad getting a picture was an after thought.

  2. In past decades i have been walked off Horizons, Universe of Energy, World of Motion, Spaceship Earth. Also, PeopleMover, Thunder Mountain, and sure others that i am not remembering.

  3. On our Honeymoon, 26 years ago, we got to walk off a ride. We were riding Tower of Terror and got to where the doors open, you get the great view of the park, the doors closed and usually that few seconds of anticipation before you drop. We never dropped!! The recording came on to please remain seated the ride would restart in a minute. So we sat and waited with growing anticipation for that drop that would happen now without warning. Needless to say, we heard the announcement several time over about a 10 minute period. During this time, the other shaft was dropping its elevator, so that made it even worse. I had tears coming out my eyes, not because I was scared, but we were all laughing so much about having no warning to when we would actually drop! Next thing I know, 2 cast members came in through the back door and told us we were stuck and we were going to get a magical experience few people get to enjoy. We were then unloaded and followed the cast member through the back parts of the ride and back down to where the eleveators were loaded. We were put on the very next elevator and sent back up. That ride went off without a hitch. Will never forget the extra special experience we had on our honeymoon!

  4. Haunted mansion is one of my absolute favorite rides. What an amazingly cool experience! Thank you so much for sharing it. I love the ballroom scene too and every time I’ve gone I see something new. Seeing it with the lights on,only makes me love( and miss it i havent been to DW since 03) it even more.

  5. We were riding Big Thinder Mountain and the ride stopped on the third lift. I’ve never had that happen before on my favorite ride! The TNT kept exploding up ahead of us for 3 mins before the light turned on. We were walked out through a door connecting us to the first lift. We could see down into the space below the track and everything. Best moment ever!

  6. Going to the Magic Kingdom on Thursday. The Haunted Mansion is first on the list. Its been my favorite for lots of years. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I rode Space Mountain with the lights on once. Really interesting to see how the track made use of the entire space and how close it came to itself as it wound around.

  8. We got walked off Splash Mountain a few years ago. We had to climb out of our seats while stuck going up the first hill, so we walked through the entire ride practically.

  9. I have always wanted to see the haunted mansion with the lights on so bad!! It’s my absolute favorite ride ever. I love to see behind the scenes, and the inner workings of things. Thanks for sharing. I am surprised they let you take photos, usually that’s a no- no. Lucky for us!

  10. This was a great post!! We didn’t walk off, but were on Space Mountain when it shut down. We were going top speed (noticeably faster than normal) and two “trians” got to close so the safety measures kicked in. We had to be push started and rode the remainder of the ride with the lights on…best time ever!

  11. You NEED to sign up for the tour at WDW called “Marceline to the Magic Kingdom”. Great tour that includes seeing how the ballroom scene works!!! It was the best tour ever!

    • I didn’t realize it went under HM. Whoa! I’m glad I experienced this random walk through first, but will definitely sign up for tour once its available again.

  12. I feel better that other people also like being evacuated off rides. I got to walk through splash mountain once. HM would be awesome.

  13. We were evacuated from Pirates of the Caribbean. They had to lead us underground / backstage seeing the employee lockers, breakroom, etc. I thought that was very cool. This was before the time of smartphones. I managed to take one picture with my camera before we were warned that all cameras had to be put away or they would be confiscated.

  14. We were stopped at the old movie ride at Hollywood Studios. But there were many announcements saying no photos. And when I tried to take one,(before they said not to) a CM yelled at me. Actually yelled! I was shocked. So not Magical..and it was disappointing too.

  15. Thank you. We always joke that the granny in the rocking chair is my mom, my children’s granny who passed away. We usually wave and say hi . Thanks for these pics. Blessings

  16. What a great experience. If you love this ride I highly recommend the Marceline to magic kingdom tour if they are offering them. It was a fantastic experience!

  17. My husband never understands my wish to be evacuated from a WDW attraction! I would be insanely excited!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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