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on 20 August 2004
If you've ever visited a Disney Theme Park then chances are you've ridden one of the various versions of The Haunted Mansion. It's Disney's classic spin on a haunted-house/ghost train and whilst this attraction was originally designed and built decades ago it's still one of Disney's most-visited and best-loved rides. The reason is simple - it's a clever blend of scares & smiles which makes it appealing to 7 to 70 year olds.
This book is a highly detailed ride through the history of this Disney classic from Walt's first ideas as a spooky house on Main Street USA right upto the movie based around it. Featuring enough text and photographs to keep both die-hard Disney fans & kids happy it's the perfect compliment to a perfect ride. The writing of the book will make any Disney fan want to turn page after page and the rare pictures, drawings & diagrams will not fail to make them smile. This really is a brilliantly put-together product. The ride section is far more entertaining than the movie section but a big part of that is down to the simple fact that the attraction is a classic whereby the movie didn't exactly live upto the standards set by it's predecessor "The Pirates of the Carribean".
If you enjoy "Behind-the-Scenes" books of any nature and especially if you enjoy Theme Parks then this book should appeal to you. If your a fan of the ride or even just Disney in general then you'll LOVE this book. A Must-have for any Disney fan !!!
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on 16 November 2010
I purchased this book a little while ago, expecting information on the Haunted Mansion attractions around the world. I was a little skeptical at first, fearing that it would be more of a promotional item for the movie than anything else, since they were both released around the same time.

Luckily, I was very wrong. All four Haunted Mansions are covered here, including the one in Tokyo and Paris's Phantom Manor. The book begins with a detailed presentation of the rides' history (mainly the one in Disneyland, California, since that's where the concept originated). In the second part, the author proceeds to a step-by-step ride-through description of the attractions (complete with images) and points out the differences between them for each area. The final part is essentially a making-of for 2003's movie. There's some interesting information here, whether you liked the movie or not.

All in all, an excellent book. Informative, detailed, with great images and concept art, and some background Disneyland stories. If I were to find a flaw in it, I'd say I would like it a little longer, with a more even presentation of the secondary attractions' ride-throughs. Which is pretty minor complaint, since what's there is already detailed enough.

I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book to any Haunted Mansion fan (obviously) and anyone else interested in the rich history and content of one of the best dark rides out there.
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on 8 September 2004
If your a big Haunted mansion fan, then this book is for you! It contains just about everything you need to know about Haunted mansion. Also, it contains info on Phantom Manor, Paris' haunted mansion (I'm a VERY big fan of it!) And not to forget, info on the film. This book is very big and is worth it. It also contains pictures of the rides and concept art. So, after all, this book is very good, considering it's wrote by the guy who helped with the Haunted Mansion.
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on 9 September 2011
I am a big fan of the legends/mythology and creative decisions behind the constructions of all the Disney parks, and this book is a fantastic combination of visual and written looks into the inside world of the ride and movie!
A must read for all fans of Imagineering and anyone who loves the ride! theres even a lovely section dedicated to Phantom Manor in Paris.
I loved it!
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on 13 May 2015
This is wonderful, plenty of photos and narrative about all the different versions of the ride throughout the world, with a nice long section for Phantom Manor in Disneyland resort Paris. Then there's a thorough description and interesting facts, about the film. Worth every penny.
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on 8 September 2004
If your a big Haunted mansion fan, then this book is for you! It contains just about everything you need to know about Haunted mansion. Also, it contains info on Phantom Manor, Paris' haunted mansion (I'm a VERY big fan of it!) And not to forget, info on the film. This book is very big and is worth it. It also contains pictures of the rides and concept art. So, after all, this book is very good, considering it's wrote by the guy who helped with the Haunted Mansion, so that makes it even better.
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on 16 February 2014
A great book if you like attraction history,or are into how a haunted house is made. This is haunted house 101 !
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