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News Fix the Haunted Mansion Intro Timer

tirian

Well-Known Member
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I’m at the Magic Kingdom, and the Haunted Mansion’s intro audio is completely off-sync. This has been true for three rides since Sunday. The “When hinges creak...” audio is barely audible, the “Welcome, foolish mortals” cue plays almost directly on top of it, and the room begins stretching BEFORE guests have loaded into it.

This was not a one-off mistake by a new cast member. I’ve seen this happen three times since Sunday, and it’s probably happening for every single cycle. If the CMs are causing the problem, management needs to step in and fix this ASAP.
 

Magicart87

Premium Member
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I’m at the Magic Kingdom, and the Haunted Mansion’s intro audio is completely off-sync. This has been true for three rides since Sunday. The “When hinges creak...” audio is barely audible, the “Welcome, foolish mortals” cue plays almost directly on top of it, and the room begins stretching BEFORE guests have loaded into it.

This was not a one-off mistake by a new cast member. I’ve seen this happen three times since Sunday, and it’s probably happening for every single cycle. If the CMs are causing the problem, management needs to step in and fix this ASAP.
They're the problem!
 

yensidtlaw1969

Well-Known Member
A few years back the Stretch Room animation was automated, and as a result frequently starts before the door has slid shut. For several years now I've had to make an effort to be first to go in the doors to the foyer if I want to her "When Hinges Creak . . ." from the beginning - and similarly attentive to which Stretch Room would be opening to get to hear its full spiel. Everything is right on top of each other -- and not only that, but they shortened the hangman and blackout sequence too.

I'm sure it manages to keep the Load Hall a little more readily filled, but the negative impact on the show is palpable and the ride doesn't actually load any faster than it always has, so it seems like this is ultimately for naught. Maybe the margin is up slightly from the removal of potential cast member error, but I wouldn't call it worth it when it basically ensures that guests will never get the complete show.
 
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HMFan999

Well-Known Member
Everything I wanted to say has already been said, but I want to join in expressing my displeasure. I've also noticed that the cast seem to be less... "into" their role than they were in the past. I've always felt that the HM is a role that should be earned through audition. It takes a certain talent to pull it off well and a good CM in that position can really make or break the experience.
 

rodserling27

Well-Known Member
Yep, it's been bad for a few years. Almost every time I go on HM, they definitely cram everyone into the stretching room long after the narration has started. Like some said up top, I also cannot ever hear the "When hinges creak" narration unless I'm the first person to walk in. The changing portrait effect is completely lost on everyone. I can't stand how the crowd bottlenecks immediately after the stretching room as well.

By the way....Two other attractions that suffer this sort of stuff are Dinosaur and RRC..except it's the opposite! They don't get enough people into the pre-shows fast enough, especially with Dinosaur. By the time both are over, there are people still coming in sometimes! Bad show!!
 

iHeartDisneylandCats

Proud Member Since 2016
What a disgrace. I knew that they have been starting "when hinges creak" before everybody is inside the foyer for a while now, but the stretching room effect starting while the door is open is an abomination. I guess this is what happens when most people don't even care about experiencing the attractions anymore and would rather be posting pictures of it on Instagram. :rolleyes:
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
Yep, it's been bad for a few years. Almost every time I go on HM, they definitely cram everyone into the stretching room long after the narration has started. Like some said up top, I also cannot ever hear the "When hinges creak" narration unless I'm the first person to walk in. The changing portrait effect is completely lost on everyone. I can't stand how the crowd bottlenecks immediately after the stretching room as well.

By the way....Two other attractions that suffer this sort of stuff are Dinosaur and RRC..except it's the opposite! They don't get enough people into the pre-shows fast enough, especially with Dinosaur. By the time both are over, there are people still coming in sometimes! Bad show!!
Indeed. And it's silly. WDI planned pre-show rooms to hold the correct number of guests to maintain a steady flow onto ride vehicles. Is this simply an issue that the average guest is now larger so they need to cut the pre-show time to ensure steady guest flow?
 
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