YMMV / The Haunted Mansion
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:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Attic, in all of its forms. The Bride (both versions) and the Hatbox Ghost don't have anything to do with the "ghosts coming out to party" story. The tone suddenly darkens for the Attic scene as well, and it's between two light-hearted gatherings of happy haunts.
- Broken Base: Not every member of the surprisingly large Haunted Mansion fanbase agrees with early 21st century 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.
- The change most people complain about is the bride. Many comment that her current incarnation isn't scary, while the original bride just stood silently, staring at the riders with glowing eyes, and a bright beating heart, or on the contrary complain about the fact that the current Bride is much too scary for a globally lighthearted ride that ends with all the ghost partying together and singing silly songs. There are also those who complain that she is openly evil while they preferred the ambiguous predecessor, who could have been melancholic or evil from one fanon to another. They also complain that the new Bride was given an official backstory, while they enjoyed imagining one for her predecessor whose story wasn't solid.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Especially Phantom Manor
- Ear Worm: "Grim Grinning Ghosts," the ride's theme.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The Hitchhiking Ghosts and the 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.
- Misaimed Marketing: Constance Hatchaway, a Black Widow who's killed at least five people for money, has been turned into a cuddly plush doll, complete with ax hidden in a bouquet.
- Older Than They Think: There's evidence that the "black widow bride" concept was there in the earliest days of the attraction, as there were hatboxes in the attic with pop-up heads in them, which built up to the Bride and Hatbox Ghost. However, since the HBG, the implied victim, failed to work, he was removed and the story of the attic was changed, as there was no longer a victim to hint at the Bride's darker nature. In 2015, the current murderous Bride was joined by the HBG, although their connection is now unclear.
- 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. For decades, this trope virtually defined the character and kept him "undead" in the minds of fans.
- Sometimes there's a little too much lighting in the Séance Circle, so the wires holding up Leota and the other floating objects are visible.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Virtually any recent update to the attraction has met with disapproval from various fans. For instance:
- Most people dislike Constance the bride, as mentioned in the Broken Base entry.
- The new Hatbox Ghost has actually been viewed negatively by a minority for making Constance and the ballroom dancers look like cheap effects in comparison.
- The removal of the April-December portrait was not recieved well, especially since she fit into the Portrait Hall paintings (there's a motif of "beauty doesn't last/beauty hides evil") and there was no apparent reason to get rid of her.
- While the effect of Madame Leota flying in the Séance Room is impressive, some argue that it fitted better, thematically speaking, when she was steady in the center of the room while everything else was flying. The Haunted Mansion Holiday, which turns her ball into a spired ornament, offers an interesting compromise: Floating up and down, but remaining in the center.
- Visual Effects of Awesome:
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.
- Ham and Cheese: Terence Stamp constantly speaks in an extremely over-the-top tone throughout the movie, and is clearly enjoying every minute of it. Whether you find it entertaining or not is debatable, but you can't deny that it's memorable.
- 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.
- So Okay, It's Average: Those who like the film (or, at least, don't think it's as bad as others make it out to be) generally consider it to be this.