Sunday, 26 October 2008

The Phantom Awaits

To coincide with Halloween, I thought it would be interesting to have a little look at the Phantom Manor - the Haunted Mansion of Disneyland Paris. Over the next few days, I'd like to introduce you to some of the interesting aspects of the Phantom Manor, inside and outside the building. Hopefully it won't get too scary for all of us!

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The Phantom Manor opened with the park back in 1992, and is situated high up on a hill in Frontierland, overlooking the Rivers of the West. Of course, similar to its brothers in the other Disney parks, the Manor is home to 999 happy haunts - with room for a thousand, of course.

Here is what the Berlitz Guide to Euro Disney tells you about the story of Phantom Manor:
Home of one of Thunder Mesa's founding families during the gold rush, it fell into decay after the patriarch's daughter was jilted on her wedding day and never seen alive again. [p50]
As you travel throughout the manor, you are introduced to the woes of the bride-to-be and the wicked Phantom that torments her (who, interestingly enough, is played by Vincent Price).

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The Ghost Host and the commentary are all in French, which can make it a little hard to follow for all non-French speakers. But, in a way, that can make it all the spookier...

Of course - the perfect time to visit the Phantom Manor is at night. Enter, if you dare. The Phantom awaits.

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4 comments:

Artwork by Christi Bunn said...

Hello Fee, looks like you enjoyed your recent trip to WDW as much as I and my family enjoyed ours. In your first picture, this building reminds me of Norman Bates' house in Psycho. I wonder if this was intentional... having never been to DP, I wouldn't know. Looking forward to seeing more pics and reading more of your posts.

Christi

Biblioadonis aka George said...

Yay!

I can't wait to see more shots of the Manor!!!

-- Ryan P. Wilson said...

Frontierland in DLP is one of those places that I cannot wait to see, and the Manor is tops on that list!

Princess Fee said...

Thanks for all the comments, guys. I'm glad that you're enjoying looking around the Phantom Manor - more to come! :)