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Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:11:28 PM »
Anyone heard anything yet about Phantom Manor's refurbishment? I hope they keep the storyline the same and just update the effects and maybe add in Vincent Price's original spiel in the stretching room! Would love to know if anyone's hear any rumours!   ;D
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 01:24:38 PM »
Nobody knows whats going to happen.
Nothing has been released about it.
We'll see in Autumn.
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 01:31:23 PM »
There are often rumours and tidbits of information about these things even before official releases - here's hoping we get some sort of clue(s) before it reopens in Autumn.
I also really hope the storyline stays the same, but my hope would be that something is added to make it a bit clearer for guests who are not familiar with the backstory. It always strikes me that this is a ride that is super popular with fans who really *get it* but can be confusing or underwhelming for some other visitors (based on feedback from friends and family of mine, I can't say how widespread that is).
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 01:35:41 PM »
^ Actually the whole point of it is that people can interpret it in different ways.
I'd advise you to do some research into Phantom Manor, and the whole theming of Frontierland.
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 11:12:37 AM »
^ Actually the whole point of it is that people can interpret it in different ways.
I'd advise you to do some research into Phantom Manor, and the whole theming of Frontierland.

I'm sorry but I am getting really sick of your patronising posts - I have been a member of this forum for almost ten years but your posts recently are putting me off even visiting the forum. Even as I was posting my comment above I was worried about what snide response you were going to give, and you proved me right.

I am fully aware of the theme and back story of Frontierland and Phantom Manor - and even though that should have been obvious from the content of my post above, it would generally be good practice not to assume that people know nothing when responding to them. What I was trying, in a balanced and honest way, to say was that several people I know who have visited the parks for the first time have not "got" the story and point to Phantom Manor and even though the story is there for those who do research, I think it is unlikely that all guests will do this. My personal opinion is that it would be nice to bring this brilliant story out a bit more clearly for all visitors.

It's now gotten to the stage where you've put me off visiting a forum I've enjoyed for a long time. I don't actually understand why you want to spend time tearing people down and creating negativity on a forum that should be about a happy place.
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 11:51:06 AM »
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 12:24:27 PM »
I believe what Tony Baxter was saying previously about the attraction isn't that it can be interpreted differently by design but that it's designed to be language independent. This in turn will lead to different people having slightly different views on what's going on.

I think the biggest help with understanding it is Madame Leota's room if you hear the 'vanishing groom' speech but obviously you don't always get that depending on how you travel through it.

It'll be interesting to see if they make any efforts to make the story clearer - it's a balancing act between wanting to get it across and not having to rely too much on language or too much exposition.
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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 12:31:09 PM »
I believe what Tony Baxter was saying previously about the attraction isn't that it can be interpreted differently by design but that it's designed to be language independent. This in turn will lead to different people having slightly different views on what's going on.

I think the biggest help with understanding it is Madame Leota's room if you hear the 'vanishing groom' speech but obviously you don't always get that depending on how you travel through it.

It'll be interesting to see if they make any efforts to make the story clearer - it's a balancing act between wanting to get it across and not having to rely too much on language or too much exposition.

Totally agree. It's how people see it and I personally like not having to rely on language as it can often detract from the ride/show etc and can make people feel like they are missing something.
I just want it a little bit lighter as I'm getting 'older' now and taking my eyes longer to adjust haha


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Re: Phantom Manor refurb
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 02:45:02 PM »
^ Actually the whole point of it is that people can interpret it in different ways.
I'd advise you to do some research into Phantom Manor, and the whole theming of Frontierland.

I'm sorry but I am getting really sick of your patronising posts - I have been a member of this forum for almost ten years but your posts recently are putting me off even visiting the forum. Even as I was posting my comment above I was worried about what snide response you were going to give, and you proved me right.

It's now gotten to the stage where you've put me off visiting a forum I've enjoyed for a long time. I don't actually understand why you want to spend time tearing people down and creating negativity on a forum that should be about a happy place.

Im really sorry to read this loladelorean, but please be assured we wont let this continue any further and I hope youll continue posting. DLPWonders has been contacted twice very politely about the tone of her posts and if she chooses to continue posting without improve this I will be left with no option but to close the account. Were lucky enough that the forum usually almost moderates itself these days, so theres no formal warnings system, and we would only ever remove an account as a very last resort, but I think more than enough chance has been given now.

Now back to topic...

I am fully aware of the theme and back story of Frontierland and Phantom Manor - and even though that should have been obvious from the content of my post above, it would generally be good practice not to assume that people know nothing when responding to them. What I was trying, in a balanced and honest way, to say was that several people I know who have visited the parks for the first time have not "got" the story and point to Phantom Manor and even though the story is there for those who do research, I think it is unlikely that all guests will do this. My personal opinion is that it would be nice to bring this brilliant story out a bit more clearly for all visitors.

I totally agree with this and what Im really hoping for with this refurbishment is the same story, the same atmosphere, but told using the best new technology possible. I think even just a few extra hints would be enough to put across the story to more people, and have more visitors appreciate the whole attraction more. The stretching rooms have always been a poor point for me - how many people actually spot the Phantom hanging the groom? Its a fairly crucial story point but its a difficult angle (and dark) to see whats actually happening up there.

Ps: this is now the official topic for refurb. Ask and discuss away... dont just wait till Autumn to see what happens!  ;)
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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 08:52:25 PM »
The lighting is DEFINITELY a big area for improvement. Obviously they need it dark for the atmosphere and it's great not to be able to see the show building ceiling but at the same time I think there's loads of details in the house parts that you're missing out on because it's too dark - even the 'breathing' door was barely visible in December. The stretching room is another obvious one too - I'm sure it used to be clearer a few years back and since I don't see them changing that room at all I'm certain they'll be able to do something with the lighting of it. The Haunted Mansion version of the same thing is crystal clear.

As for new effects - which we know are coming - I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a version of the Hatbox ghost. They might as well now they have it perfected! Similarly the floating version of Leota. I'd love to see the incorporate some of the 'tricks' from the incredible Mystic Manor too but how much of that is feasible in the PM show building isn't certain.
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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 01:00:01 AM »
I imagine that no one will agree with what I'm going to say here (eek!), BUT! I actually think the lighting is pretty spot on in Phantom Manor -- there are a few lights (especially in the wallpaper) that don't work, so I guess once those are fixed, it will be pretty spot on.

For me, I would get rid of most of the second half of the ride as is. Going through Thunder Mesa is cool and all, but it completely takes you out of the immersion of the ride. I'd have longer in the house and then a tour of the graveyard. Keep it dark. They can add some light relief through things like the card playing ghosts, singing busts, etc etc.

Also hoping they'll make it so it can have the Xmas overlay during the xmas period (I reckon they will). Imagine how amazing outside of the Manor would look with dying holly and garlands?! It would be epic!
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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 03:17:19 PM »
I imagine that no one will agree with what I'm going to say here (eek!), BUT! I actually think the lighting is pretty spot on in Phantom Manor -- there are a few lights (especially in the wallpaper) that don't work, so I guess once those are fixed, it will be pretty spot on.

For me, I would get rid of most of the second half of the ride as is. Going through Thunder Mesa is cool and all, but it completely takes you out of the immersion of the ride. I'd have longer in the house and then a tour of the graveyard. Keep it dark. They can add some light relief through things like the card playing ghosts, singing busts, etc etc.

Also hoping they'll make it so it can have the Xmas overlay during the xmas period (I reckon they will). Imagine how amazing outside of the Manor would look with dying holly and garlands?! It would be epic!

I will agree with you on both points. For the most part the lighting is fine although there are some places were a bit more illumination would be nice. And I always found the Thunder Mesa part quite jarring. It makes sense in the grand park scheme of things; maybe a better transition is required from being inside a house to being outside.

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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2018, 11:02:17 AM »
Reading this with interest.  While I am no expert, I thought I was fairly "familiar" with the story behind Phantom Manor / Frontierland etc but what I'm picking up here is there are various bits I am unaware of and certainly things on the ride which may have escaped my attention.

Would anyone care to point me in the direction of further reading for the background of both?  I'd be very interested and grateful.

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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2018, 11:28:41 AM »
I'm no expert and didn't knew there was a story to the ride before reading the Marvel comic Haunted Mansion. The main character is a kid who goes into the mansion because his grandfather ghost is trapped inside. He has to navigate the mansion in more ways than we do in the ride. It was a good way to know the background story of some of the more famous ghosts (Leota, the bride, the pirate captain, etc.) but probably not the most accurate one. The experts may know more :)

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Re: Phantom Manor 2018 refurbishment (Reopens Autumn)
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 11:45:44 AM »
Alright, for people who would like to read up on the Ravenswood Family and the settlement of Thunder Mesa: http://www.ravenswood-manor.com/legend.html

 

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