When Hong Kong Disneyland officially opens Mystic Point this week, guests will witness the debut of an all-new attraction that feels oddly familiar. Though the story and characters of Mystic Manor are fresh creations for this new ride, longtime fans of Disney’s spookier side will notice some similarities to a few classic theme park experiences, but may be surprised at its high-tech differences.
There is a version of The Haunted Mansion attraction in every Disney theme park resort worldwide – except Hong Kong Disneyland. At Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, it’s Disney’s ever-popular dark experience filled with 999 happy haunts. At Disneyland Paris in France, the same basic idea became Phantom Manor, giving The Haunted Mansion a Frontierland twist. And now in Hong Kong, Imagineers have been inspired once again to create Mystic Manor, offering a similar trip through an unusual mansion, but replacing the supernatural with mystery and intrigue blended with worldly culture.
The two videos below explore offer an extensive overview of the entire Mystic Point area and a closer look inside Mystic Manor, guided by Imagineers and executives responsible for the creations.
We’ve already shared a few ride-throughs of Mystic Manor, but these videos offer a more in-depth look at what these experiences are all about – without giving too much away – followed by an extensive interview that further explores the inspiration behind it all.
Video: Closer Look at Mystic Point experiences – Characters, store, restaurant
Video: Making of Mystic Manor with Imagineers
The Story Behind the Story
Walt Disney Imagineer Mark Schirmer is the Executive Creative Director of Mystic Manor along with Mystic Point, the new land that’s home to the groundbreaking new ride. He recently has worked on popular attractions like Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tokyo Disneyland.
For Hong Kong Disneyland, Schirmer and his Imagineering team crafted an elaborate story inspired by some of the most widely-enjoyed Disney attractions of all time, knowing that what they were creating would immediately be compared to The Haunted Mansion.
“We actually embraced that,” Schirmer admitted. “That was one of the things we took on as a challenge from a design point of view. On one hand we wanted to go back to classic Disney roots and figure out what is it that was done in the days that Walt developed The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, or some of the great dark rides, and we wanted to go back to that, which was obviously core storytelling.”