A swarm of guests in the haunted mansion creates a nightmarish situation

Guests line up for a haunted mansion vacation.  The waiting list extends far beyond its normal range.

Credit: u/Jimmy_Joe727 via Reddit

Disneyland Resort fans were saddened Tuesday when a long line at Haunted Mansion Holiday revealed the impact of Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane on Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Paid FastPass debuts in 2021.

Haunted Mansion Vacation

The Haunted Mansion is a fan-favorite attraction at Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. But only Disneyland Resort gets this annual Halloween/Christmas overlay!

Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claus in animated form in Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Credit: Disney

The official description for the Disneyland Resort ride says: “Tour the delightfully macabre makeover of the exotic property and meet some true holiday spirits.” “The Pumpkin King Jack Skellington has been busy decorating the Haunted Mansion with spooky festive touches inspired by… Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas“.

Long waiting list

Unfortunately, the final wait for the Haunted Mansion Holiday was anything but merry and bright. Reddit user u/Jimmy_Joe727 shared this photo of hundreds of guests waiting in temporary rope lines created by Disney cast members, waiting to get into the actual attraction line:

The line is for the haunted mansion now 😒
byu/Jimmy_Joe727 At Disneyland

“The line dedicated to the haunted mansion now 😒,” the guest wrote. “I think everyone wants to ride this right now.”

Guests were shocked to see such a long line at the Haunted Mansion Holiday on a weekday.

“How come the more Disneyland costs, the more crowded it gets?” Requested by u/nksnoss. “I understand the seasonal changes in some rides and parks, but even with talk of us being in a recession, the parks seem to be getting more and more crowded. The change is so drastic even compared to what it was like less than 10 years ago. It makes me sad and confused. I miss tickets Old and ticket prices.

The Haunted Mansion holiday exterior, displayed at night.  The historic white mansion is decorated with Christmas ornaments and pumpkins, inspired by the movie
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Many fans blamed Personal Lightning Lane and Disney Genie+ for ruining the experience for stand-up guests.

“The path of lightning is the main reason no one talks about this,” u/noexitsign said. “People are asking why it’s so crowded compared to previous days… It’s because of the lightning line.”

“When they first opened after being closed during the pandemic, they did not have any active lanes or express lanes at the time,” u/mdt56 agreed. “The lines looked the same as before, even if the wait was closer to 30 minutes, it wasn’t that bad because you kept moving.”

Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House 2021
Credit: Disney

Disney Genie+ starts at $30 per guest per day at the Disneyland Resort. Individual Lightning Lane tickets for the most popular attractions cost an additional $10-$25 per guest. Standby guests can use the Disney Genie app to predict wait times for attractions throughout the day.

What’s the longest line you’re willing to wait in at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort? Share your thoughts with Inside the Magic in the comments.

Please note that the story described in this article is based on the personal experience of a Disney Parks guest. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal opinions about Disney Park operations.

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