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Ghosts In Haunted Mansion

Discussion in 'How do they do that?' started by Mickey92, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Mickey92

    Mickey92 Member

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    Hi All,

    This is another quick post that Im sure everyone has answered lots of times so I do apologise if this has already been answered. But, How do they do it? The ghosts in the haunted mansion... Projectors?

    Regards,

    Tristan :)
     
  2. karlbeau

    karlbeau New Member

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    Have you ever taken a ride in your car at night with the dome light on? (Or have you tried to drive when your kids turned the dome light on and you told them to shut if off because of the reflection in the window?) You can look out your car window and see yourself or others as a reflection in the dark space outside the car. Of course, these reflections are transparent as well.

    While projectors are certainly involved, the ghosts in the mansion are a result of this simple trick with sophisticated lighting and glass angles. I've often thought it would be great to see what is directly under the "doom buggy" when it is gliding by the ballroom!
     
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  3. bingie

    bingie Active Member

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    Nope. No projections.

    They are life size dummies, that move on a track beneith the ride path.

    The reflection of the figures are the "ghosts". The figures are reflected in large panes of glass, between the pillars of the ballroom. These panes of glass run from the floor to the ceiling.

    http://www.doombuggies.com/secrets_ballroom.php
     
  4. Theosus

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    The same trick is used to put the Nemo characters in the real aquarium in "the seas with Nemo and friends". The characters are projected against a black background, on the wall above your shell car. The glass aquarium wall is angled. Since you are sitting in the dark anyway, you see the reflected characters, which appear the same distance inside the aquarium as they are from the wall, about six or eight feet into the water. If you lean out from your shell and look up, you can see the projected characters.
     
  5. bingie

    bingie Active Member

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    They are not actually a projection in nemo, but a large flat panel TV with crisp colored characters on a black background.

    TVs are also used in certain parts of the nemo ride. For instance, when nemo is hiding from marlin in the shark scene.
     
  6. Rob562

    Rob562 Well-Known Member

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    Also, the images aren't reflected in the actual plexiglass wall of the tank (which are perpendicular to the floor, curved and would be next-to-impossible to reflect any kind of a clean image), but rather there's a pane of glass mounted between the ride track and the tank window, angled slightly upward.

    The "coral" sections hide the edges of the glass, but if you look closely at the far edge of the window ahead or behind you, you can see the sharp line that marks the edge of the glass.

    -Rob
     
  7. graphite1326

    graphite1326 Well-Known Member

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    Been there
     
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    It is an old magician's trick called Pepper's Ghost and is what people have already explained as the same thing that makes you see your reflection in a pane of glass. The reason you are so high up above the scene in the ballroom scene is because the actual figures that are making the pepper's ghost reaction work are below (and above) you. The glass that is directly beneath you is what is making the effect.
     
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  10. El-Fuego

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    Real ghosts!
     
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    it's why the ballroom dancing women appear to lead the men .... because it's a reflection!
    and why your doom buggy is on the balcony. they need somewhere to house the original animatronics.

    that doombuggy website is brilliant though. will tell you everthing you ever wanted to know about the haunted mansion and it's 999 happy haunts!
     
  12. StupidJudy

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    How about the recent update to the hitch hiking ghosts? I want to know how on Earth they can switch the heads of the people riding in the doom buggies!
     
  13. cba

    cba Well-Known Member

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    The same trick is used in The Tower of Terror, known as Pepper's ghost.
     
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    ifuhadwings Well-Known Member

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    I sort of don't want to know. Ya know?
     
  15. Alley7728

    Alley7728 Well-Known Member

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    Yup same here howdotheydothat????o_O
     
  16. HatboxGhost

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    EXACTLY!!!!! What is this animatronic, Pepper's ghost, mirror stuff? Thats all nonsense. Its really haunted. EVERYBODY knows that. ;)
     
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