Edit 9/10/14: Well, it’s the day after this was supposed to have launched and nary a peep from Disney. In fact, the special website that I was previously able to access that included a video of how the game worked has been re-linked to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page. Not sure what caused Disney to pull this game, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a part of this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween parties now.
Edit 9/3/14 4:30 p.m.: Odd…while I have the game app from the Apple Store, which I downloaded onto my iPad a few days ago, I cannot find it anymore in the Apple App Store. Also, more curious is that it seems that the Disney Parks Blog post about this is missing now too. Not sure if a re-launch is going to take place on September 9, the first party the app was slated to be active or if it has been pulled all-together. The experience was noted on the map for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The app is called Mayhem at the Mansion. The story behind the app is that The Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts have escaped and are causing mayhem at the Magic Kingdom during the party. Your goal is to use the “Specter Collector,” found inside the app, to take photos of the ghosts, and return them to The Haunted Mansion. Guests can find the location of the ghosts by aiming the “Specter Collector” at a park map.
Once all three ghosts have been collected and returned, you will be able to unlock exclusive Mayhem rewards.
I recently downloaded it and started playing with it. The app is very simple. There is an introduction video, an link to purchase Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party via Disney’s website, a video explaining how the process of collecting works, and the “Specter Collector” camera. I am not sure if more will be updated once the app officially is unveiled for park use on September 9, but the basics are already there.
From 11 am – 3 pm, guests are invited to join hostess Miss Betty Blue, as she presents some hauntingly good entertainment including the barbershop quartet, The Cadaver Dans, the piano playing Dearly Departed Stan, and magician Abner Cadaver. Guests will be able to grab a Halloween inspired treat, including a special cupcake.
A minor but impressive updated: The singing busts in the graveyard of the haunted Mansion have had their projections altered to improve the effect. Attractions Magazine brings us this videos via Youtube.
First reports coming back from the refurbished Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom park are all positive. The wait time has been relatively bearable, somewhat in part to a newly installed awning that actually covers the width of the queue.
Other improvements include fully renewed sound systems (who knew Haunted Mansion had bass?) new lighting and some great new special FX. A warning for the folks with little ones: The new stretching room has loud thunder and the hanging body is blatantly clear. It scared some of the small fries on our recent visits, more then the old version did.
The Haunted Mansion ride at the Magic Kingdom is getting its final touches to reopen later this week at the Magic Kingdom.
A fresh coat of paint gives the Mansion a umm.. freshly worn look? Regardless, it looks the way it’s supposed to.
The canopy for the exterior queue should be reinstalled soon and the final signing-off of the attraction for occupancy should go as scheduled. We’re looking forward to riding the refurbished Haunted Mansion and bringing you all the ghastly details ASAP.
Details are beginning to emerge about the Haunted Mansion’s refurbishment at the Magic Kingdom.
When the ride reopens in September, guests will be able to experience a whole new scene based on the idea of endless staircases sort of like the artwork of M.C. Escher. Additionally, the floating head of Madame Leota as well as the new bride from California’s Disneyland Resort will debut but in technologically updated forms. The whole ride system audio is being overhauled in this bi-coastal effort involving Imagineers from both Florida and California. As always, a thorough dusting of the attraction will occur prior to reopening.