Mystic Manor

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Mystic Manor
Mystic Manor.jpg
Hong Kong Disneyland
Area Mystic Point
Coordinates 22°18′35″N 114°02′28″E / 22.309758°N 114.041175°E / 22.309758; 114.041175
Status Operating
Opening date May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17)
General statistics
Attraction type Trackless dark ride
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Vehicle type Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage
Riders per vehicle Maximum 6
Rows 2
Riders per row Maximum 3
Duration 5:30

Mystic Manor (Traditional Chinese: 迷離大宅) is a dark ride attraction in the Mystic Point section of Hong Kong Disneyland. Unlike Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attraction and its counterpart in other Disney parks, this attraction utilises a "trackless" ride system, similar to the system used on Pooh's Hunny Hunt attraction. The attraction features a musical score by Danny Elfman. Continuing the Society of Explorers and Adventurers theme of Tokyo DisneySea, the attraction tells the story of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey Albert. Having recently acquired an enchanted music box, Albert opens the box and brings everything inside the house to life.

In April 2013, Mystic Manor began soft openings. On May 17, 2013, the ride was officially opened to the public.

Experience[edit]

Queue and pre-show[edit]

The queue starts at the gate of the manor - a large Victorian mansion in an elaborate Queen Anne architectural style. Guests enter into the front garden and continue into the building. Inside, guests will notice a portrait of Lord Henry Mystic and Albert, Henry's adorable pet, posted on the wall. Other pictures throughout the queue show how Henry met Albert, rescuing him from a large spider, as well as the ribbon cutting of Mystic Point in 1896 and an 1899 group portrait of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (including Harrison Hightower and Shiriki Utundu of Tokyo DisneySea's Tower of Terror). Then, guests are arranged to move into the pre-show and watch a slide show narrated by Lord Mystic. He gives a short speech about the exhibition rooms and his latest collections and emphasizes an enchanted music box full of rare magic, which must be opened with caution. From time to time, Albert appears in different corners of the pre-show. After the presentation, guests are allowed to enter the Load area and get on Henry's Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriages, vehicles he invented to take guests on a circle tour of the museum.

Ride experience[edit]

The first room, the Acquisitions and Cataloguing Room, is where Lord Mystic's collections are temporarily stored and await placement on shelves. The music box Lord Mystic mentioned is now in front of guests. Lord Mystic appears from a door in the middle of the room, looking for Albert. He greets the guests and acknowledges the music box before leaving to continue his search. Albert suddenly pops out and unlocks the box. The escaping magic dust floats in the air and brings life to all the artifacts.

In the Music Room, many exotic musical instruments are displayed. A harpsichord is placed in the center of the room. The magic dust gives life to instruments and music begins to play. The music follows the carriage and plays in the background for the remainder of the journey. Albert watches in fascination from atop a large pipe organ, curious to visit the rest of the manor.

In the room for Mediterranean Antiquities, paintings, ceramics, and Audio-Animatronic statues start to move under the influence of the magic. The carriages first pass a painting portraying four people outside with a volcano visible in the background. As the magic affects the painting, the volcano erupts, submerging the people in lava, who then clink their glasses. The lava falls off of the scene to restart the animation for the next viewer. An amphora with Hercules actually fighting the Nemean lion spins and rocks when the carriage passes, and Hercules jumps above the lion and fights; the painting on the amphora is animated. The carriages then pass a large painting of a beautiful Medusa who morphs into a frightening Gorgon, and her eyes flash before turning back to the beautiful woman. A brief snake rattle is heard to foreshadow her transformation into a monster a second before she does. This painting is a reference to the other Haunted Mansion attractions, which contain portraits of a beautiful Medusa changing to and from a hideous Gorgon. In the Mansions, however, the Gorgon Medusa is made of stone. In Mystic Manor, she is not.

In the Solarium Room, Albert curiously points his finger near the mouth of a Venus flytrap. A larger one faces the riders and roars loudly, lightning crashes and the room becomes pitch black. Soon afterward, the carriage enters the Slavic-Nordic Chamber, where there's is a painting of a Nordic God. He comes to life and blows freezing wind towards guests. The freezing wind actually leaves the painting and spreads ice throughout the entire room, finally gathering on a large mirror that shatters the guests' reflection.

The Arms & Armour room is full of weapons and armor that have come alive. First seen is a samurai armor wielding a katana that tries to hack Albert's head off, but he dodges each slash with success, then a cannon opens fire on the guests which knocks the carriage back and sends it spinning away. The carriage passes through a hallway containing three suits of armor, their helmets floating next to their bodies and singing along with the music. The carriage then moves in front of a large medieval catapult, which loads and takes aim at the guests, knocking them into the next room. On the other side of the room, a Mongolian suit of armor can be seen holding a few helmets aloft and laughing evilly.

In a swift move, guests enter the Egyptian Antiquities room, where a sarcophagus glows an unearthly green as swarms of scarabs emerge from it, to which the sarcophagus' face turns scared before being covered. The scarabs cover all the lights and guests are stuck riding through the darkness.

The guests reached the end of the darkness and reach Tribal Arts room, where a large tiki figure dominates the room, spewing lava from its mouth. Two tiki poles stand on either side, as well as multiple other tiki statues. The room is full of chanting and tribal drums, all in tune with the music. Three tiki statues rotate and aim arrows and blow dart guns, which reveals Albert pinned to the opposite wall, stuck but unharmed by their ammunition.

Then the Carriages goes into the Chinese Salon where a giant jade Monkey King statue is brought to life and uses its staff to create a tornado, making the room spin and causing all the paintings in the salon to break apart and fall down. The vehicles continuously circle the room during this scene. Albert appears on a wall and the statue tries to hit him with a lightning bolt. This only succeeds in blowing away a portion of the wall, which crumbles, showing the dusk sky. Albert is then blown away from the manor and manages to hold onto a large harp as the enchanted music box suddenly appears. Albert jumps onto the box as the carriages move back to the Acquisitions and Cataloguing Room.

The music climaxes as the magic flies back into the music box. Albert slams the lid shut and breathes a sigh of relief as the lights come back on, revealing a perfectly normal room. Lord Mystic then appears behind Albert, happy to have finally found him. He asks if Albert touched the music box, which Albert immediately denies. Wondering as to whether the legends regarding it are true, Lord Mystic thanks the guests for touring his home and bids them farewell as the vehicles move back into the station.

Ride system[edit]

The attraction's 37 Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriages are automated guided vehicle that can travel freely throughout the mansion, receiving directional instruction via radio-frequency identification technology in the floor and Wi-Fi. Thirty five of them are normal vehicles holding up to 6 guests. The 36th and 37th are specially modified to carry a wheelchair and an accompanying person. The carriages travel in groups of four, each group following a unique path influenced by its most recent loading position. Because the carriages are not restricted to a single path, the handicapped carriages can be easily rotated in and out of a group. Riders experience 40 ultra-high-definition images created by 36 projectors. The attraction is one of Hong Kong Disneyland's most complex.

Each Magneto-Electric Carriage operates at a speed of 4 km per hour. For safety reasons, if a guest stands while a carriage is in motion, it stops immediately.

Voice cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

In November 2013, Mystic Manor received the "Award for Outstanding Achievement – Attraction" from Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) .[3]

Trivia[edit]

  • Due to different views on death and spirits in Chinese culture, Mystic Manor has no ghosts like Disney's other "mansion" attractions. However, it features several references to the Haunted Mansion, such as a Medusa changing portrait, a conservatory, and the staring moving busts. References to other Disney attractions include several figures from The Enchanted Tiki Room in the Tribal Arts room.
  • The Manor's facade is inspired by the Carson Mansion in Eureka, California.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Voice of Lord Henry Mystic". 
  2. ^ "Danny Elfman on Scoring for a Disney Ride". 
  3. ^ Thomas Smith (19 November 2013). "Disney Parks Attractions Honored with Thea Awards". Disney Parks and Resorts Official Blog. 

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