In both Disneyland and WDW Haunted Mansion, the first room you enter is the famous Stretching Room, where the portraits of the HM stretch to reveal the portraits unfortunate fait.

The Ghost Host asks “Is this room actually stretching?” obviously the room is actually stretching BUT the real question is are you going up or down? This is the fun part, because it all depends on what park you are in.

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Disneyland:

For the majority of the ride in Disneyland guests are actually below ground level, which means the Stretching Room acts as an elevator and lowers guests down to the ride.

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Walt Disney World:

The HM in WDW actually has a hidden building behind the facade guests see in the queue area, so since there is no need for an elevator in the Stretching room the ceiling just rises up.

There are so many differences and similarities to these rides but a two more differences i’d like to point out.

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The HM in Disneyland gets taken over by Jack Skelington every Halloween and Christmas making the HM a bit cooler, while the HM in WDW stays the same year around.

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Walt Disney World:

Both DL and WDW have a cemetery, BUT if you look closely as you leave the HM in WDW to the left you will see a newer addition to the gravestones, in 1998 WDW replaced Mr. Toads Wild Ride with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opening in 1999, the repurposed Mr. Toad is a tribute to the ride.

 

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Personally i enjoy the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland during the holidays because The Nightmare Before Christmas takeover is amazing, BUT what is your favorite? Disneyland or WDW? Let me know in the comments.

-Dezi

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