Sunday, April 01, 2007

No Strings Attached

Greetings Ghost Fans,

When the Haunted Mansion first opened at Disneyland, there were a few small enhancement props not there today.

One small enhancement to the attic were randomly placed black strings. In the shows low lighting conditions, the black strings were virtually invisible. As the doombuggies crept through the attic, the black strings would hit the guests giving the feeling of spiderwebs brushing against the skin.


According to X. Atencio, it was an impressive effect, but the more that guests would go through, they would soon figure out where the strings were and within hours, all of the strings would be gone.
NOTE: Thanks to the posters at MiceChat for giving a great idea for a topic!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Dan O said...

These blueprints are fascinating artifacts. I think it's interesting that the Bride is routinely labelled "Beating Heart" and nothing more on many of them.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous mikeswine said...

although the strings sounded pretty cool, I think it would be kind of gross that they'd be touching everyone's faces (germs!!)

6:29 PM  
Anonymous dan o said...

mikeswine, I hadn't thought of that. If the effect had lasted, how long do you suppose it would have been before 11-year old boys would be globbing boogers on them as they went past?

7:37 PM  
Anonymous dan o said...

Anyone notice the spelling error on the blueprint?

"Misc. Funiture Props"

10:12 AM  
Anonymous dan o said...

Actually, "Misc. Funiture & Props"

10:14 AM  
Blogger Major Pepperidge said...

I remember a similar string effect on one of the old dark rides, possibly Snow White at Disneyland.

6:04 PM  

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