As a general note, The Haunted Mansion has its own Nightmare Fuel
page for the ride, the film, and the video game.
The actual ride:
- Broken Base: Not every member of the surprisingly large Haunted Mansion fanbase agrees with recent updates to the ride, some even going as far as to disown it and the fandom. The WDW queue additions draw some of the most intense flame wars.
- Complete Monster: The Phantom in Phantom Manor - he kills Melanie's groom hanging him in the Stretching Room, condemns the Bride to haunt the mansion forever and now he taunts the guests (that's "us") with his sadistic tricks and humor.
- Perhaps taking a page from the Paris attraction, recent upgrades to the original ride included a notable break from the theme of spooky but harmless haunts with Constance Hatchaway, a murderous black widow bride who offed her various husbands for their personal wealth.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Especially Phantom Manor
- Ear Worm: "Grim Grinning Ghosts," the ride's theme.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The Hitchhiking Ghosts and the long-since removed Hatbox Ghost
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: French people love the American Old West, which is why Phantom Manor is in Frontierland and draws a lot of its plot from old Westerns.
- Special Effect Failure: The ballroom dancers are the result of the "Pepper's Ghost" effect, which uses a large mirror. One small problem: because mirrors, by definition, reverse, the women are leading the men. The Imagineers always regretted that, but the effect is too large-scale and elaborate (it's the largest "Pepper's Ghost" in the world) to fix.
- The Hatbox Ghost was removed because they could just never get the lighting trick to work right; his original head was always visible.
The video game:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: What happens when Ramsley curses the family. The Dragon comes right out of nowhere, attacks the 'wrong' enemy, and when it's all over is never spoken of again. bonus points for having no previous set up within the film. This was due to concerns that the original ending would be too similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean film already put out by Disney.
- Complete Monster: Ramsley
- Hilarious in Hindsight: This routine by Eddie Murphy (NSFW language). Now, what were you saying about leaving if the house was haunted, Mr. Murphy?
- Magnificent Bastard: Ramsley
- Narm: Eddie Murphy's "Oh, no!" after the poisoning of his wife comes across as incredibly contrived.
- As does his "I love you" which completely lacks emotion.