Mom And Daughter Sailing Ship Columbia
  • On Jul 21, 2013
    Tanya Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our kids are 5 and 7 and really want to try Haunted Mansion but are not sure they are ready for the experience. If we give it a try, what will be the final point at which they can back out?

    Hi there Tanya,

    I love this question because I have been in your shoes.  Haunted Mansion has always been one of my favorite attractions and when I began visiting the parks with my daughter, I couldn't wait to introduce her to the 999 Happy Haunts.  While the Haunted Mansion is generally a happy, friendly attraction, there are dark spaces and loud noises that may make children uncomfortable and every child is different so the age at which your children are "ready" may vary.

    The good thing is that there will be plenty of time for them to back out with many elements along the way to prepare them.  The entry and queue line itself is kinda spooky, but once you actually enter the mansion, you will be led into a room with no windows or doors.  An eerie voice will narrate this scene and there will be a short moment of complete darkness and loud sounds.  This, in my opinion, is the most intense moment of the entire experience and this is the point where many children back out.  After this, guests will be escorted down a long corridor to the spot where the ride vehicle, The Doom Buggy, will pick them up.  If your daughters are unsure at this time, they will be able to exit the attraction but they need to do so before boarding the doom buggy.

    I urge you to ask a Cast Member at the attraction's entrance to explain the ride for your daughters before entering.  I have seen Cast Members do this countless times and it seems to help the children understand what to expect.  As I said, that very beginning scene is the most intimidating and after that, it's an attraction filled with fun music and silly ghosts, so please let your daughters know to expect this!  I think they will absolutely LOVE it as long as they know what to expect in the beginning!  It is not meant to be a scary attraction, but a fun and goofy one!

    Best Wishes,

    Amanda F.
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