“Hey Dear Dear I wana go to The Haunted Mansion now!!! Come on let’s go!!!” Directing at Dear as I notice the majestic Haunted Mansion located atop a Hill overlooking Liberty Square, at the end of Fantasyland, in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World :
“No la Dear we can’t enter from here cos this’s the back of The Haunted Mansion.” – Dear explains upon discovery…………..
“WOW Dear isn’t this place beautiful & it looks like we’re in a German or Swiss village ha?!?!” telling each other as Dear & I enter Liberty Square of Magic Kingdom in search of The Haunted Mansion entry, & remembering the times of our sweet Honeymoon in Europe…………….
Dear’s now standing infront of pretty Columbia Harbour House restaurant in Liberty Square :
We next enter a Disney Souvenir Store called The Yankee Trader for some shopping, & here below are Micky & MInnie Salt & Pepper Shakers – the same ones that I’ve got from Hong Kong Disneyland last May :
Me handling large Minnie & Mickey Kitchen Gloves – Hmm……..these Kitchen Gloves look really beautiful in these 2 pics that I am really regretting that I stop Dear from buying for me (
I was so happy upon seeing these Kitchen Gloves & I put them on happily asking Dear to snap the pics, & Dear actually said “My Dear Dear like ha, I buy for you la!!” But silly Me say “No la, I don wan them cos they’re not very nice upon closer look!!” - & such is the real truth cos they really don look nice at all upon close look, besides I already just saw the “Made in China” Tags underneath them…………Guess since I’m in America, I just wish to buy things American!!
In fact, Dear even asked if I’d like to have one of the Lime Green colored Kitchen Apron – which is of Tinker Bell – Neverland Recipes prints & I also say “Nope, NOT nice!” Hahaha cos actually I’ve already got MANY tens of very pretty Kitchen Aprons (from Europe, Australia, China, Chiang Mai & Singapore) back home!! Let me show you my Collection one free day ))
But somehow so strangely & funnily, these Minnie & Mickey Kitchen Gloves look so beautiful in these 2 pics posted here!! Guess it must be either my Camera’s very good or Dear’s photography is simply superb!!!
Dear’s paying for my Disney Souvenir Magnet :
Here’s my Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Head-shaped with Tinker Bell above Cinderella Castle Souvenir Magnet from The Yankee Trader :
And here’s The Yankee Trader – a replica construction of the Colonial Era of America in the Liberty Square :
Dear & I are feeling really happy in the very cool weather of today as we stop to watch the Liberty Square Riverboat - the Liberty Belle – cruising by infront of us in the Rivers of America - & Dear wishes he’s onboard the huge authentic replica of a Steam-powered Riverboat :
Unfortunately, there’s a pretty long queue to the Riverboat cruise & Dear & I decide to give it a miss since we’ve already spent about 5 hours in Magic Kingdom, yet we’ve not even seen half of its theme parks!!
“Hey Dear Dear that’s The Haunted Mansion alright!! We’ve found it!!” as Dear & I run towards its lining Queue extending behind its wrought-iron gates on its left :
Here’s an Old-fashioned Black Hearse drawn by an Invisible Horse that stands at the Entrance of the Haunted Mansion, & if you walk closer to the “Invisible Horse” on its right, you can actually see its Horseshoes embedded in the pavement :
After about 15 mins of waiting, Dear & I are standing outside the Main Door to the gothic style of 18th Century Hudson River Valley Haunted Mansion, by the side of these following Tombstones in the Graveyard (with names of some of the Attraction’s original Designers & Developers), & they also come with punny epitahs such as “At Peaceful Rest, he’s BROTHER CLAUDE HERE BENEATH HIS SOD” & “Rest in Peace, BROTHER Huet. WE ALL KNOW YOU DIDN’T DO IT” :
Below’s the newest Tombstone at the Haunted Mansion – in honor of the late Walt Disney Imagineer Leota Thomas (whose Maiden name was Toombs) – And for a SPOOKY effect, Leota’s Sculpted Head leans forward, opens its bright Green Eyes, then closes again - for every few minutes – in times when you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to see them!!
I am serious & not joking, but it’s just that my Camera’s not fast enough to capture her blink blink!!
Soon the Main Door to the Haunted Mansion opens for us to enter, & we’re led by the Mansion’s darkly attired with thick makeup Maid, who looks just like a VAMPIRE, into the Foyer where we’re greeted by our invisible “Ghost Host” – voiced by American Legendary Voice & Character Artist Paul Frees :
We’re then directed into an Octagonal Room with Green Bat Sculptures surrounding unusual Paintings encircling the upper Walls above its Fireplace………& soon the Paintings change………..going longer……………& longer – before our very eyes……………& one of the Portraits even ages……………..
Dear & I next exit the above Room into the following Dark Passageway where SPIDER-webbed chandeliers hang low from the ceiling……….Errr errie errie if not for the many people queuing infront & around us…………….but actually at this point we only wish there aren’t so many people here with us so that we’ll feel more scary cos afterall we’re supposed to be in a Haunted Mansion………….
Soon it’s Dear & My turn to be seated in one of these BLACK “Doom Buggies” to begin our CREEPY Journey through the Dark in the Haunted Mansion :
Err………..it’s so scary Dear Dear as we tell each other – & haha if you know me well enough, I’m a pretty timid girl, & I’m actually very afraid of the DARK!!! Seriously, I remember as a young girl till 12 years old, I’d SCREAM all the way whenever I ran down from the upstairs of my HUGE Kampong Villa House (well at least to me it is a VILLA)………..And I used to switch on all the lights in all rooms whenever I was alone at home, or unless I closed their doors………….
But actually, here’s where all the fun & excitements begin in The Haunted Mansion as Dear & I settle down comfortably & cosily inside our “Doom Buggy“…………..& soon our invisible ”Ghost Host” joins us continuing to explain the supernatural scenes that start unfolding around us in the Mansion as our “Doom Buggy” glides silently through the dark Library, Conservatory, Hallways…………
Then into the Ballroom with arrangements of Plates & adjoining Saucers on the Banquet Table, & where Holographic Images (known as “Pepper Ghosts” caused by a variation on an illusion) dance & play around the Room………..
Then we see Madame Leota’s disembodied Head projecting from a Crystal Ball………..& our “Doom Buggy” turns sideways……….dipping & turning at specific moments, directing our attentions to specific important elements in the Mansion that come alive with spooky noises & voices from the unknowns…………
We even move on to the Attic where Bats & Spiders appear……………then to our astonishment, our “Doom Buggy” travels backwards when going downhill making it a little frightening & Dear & I screaming slightly…………..but actually, we’re more excited than scared finding it rather humurous & very much of an enjoyment heheh…………
And then we glide past Graveyards where Skeletons suddenly pop out………..with Howls of the Wolves & lots of Ghosts & Ghouls…………….
And towards the end, our “Doom Buggy” suddenly turns sideways…………passing infront of a Mirror where we can see our own reflections like an “Hitchhiking” Ghost appearing inside our Buggy right in our laps…………making both Dear & I jump with laughter………….& that’s when I wish there’s a hidden Camera right infront of us in The Haunted Mansion that snaps photos of us cos I wish to have a momento of our Darkest Journey as keepsake!
Too bad there isn’t any such facility but only just my imagination…………& luckily I manage to capture a quick snapshot of Dear & Myself inside our “Doom Buggy” just before our Journey through the Dark comes to a halt :
Dear & I soon walk out of our 8 mins Dark Journey along the 960-foot track inside The Haunted Mansion – wishing our Dark Journey would last much much longer…………& we’re both very impressed & absolutely love this Attraction deeming it the BEST & most FUN so far we’ve seen since arriving in the Magic Kingdom this morning………….
Its Animatronics, superb Special Effects & the attention to every details make The Haunted Mansion Attraction extremely charming, & Dear & I would love to ride it again & again if only we can afford the time – which is of course not possible since there’re constantly long queues & we’ve got only a day in here!!
For those visiting the Magic Kingdom soon, this is a MUST-DO Attraction that you’ve got to remember okie Trust Me!!! Trust me!!!
We’ve now stepped out of The Haunted Mansion where the Old-fashioned Black Hearse drawn by the Invisible Horse stands at the Entrance/Exit :
Dear & I continue exploring Liberty Square on foot & he’s extremely excited when he sees this Wooden Pillory & immediately steps on top & sticks his Head & Hands through it :
Noticing that Dear only hangs “freely” from the Wooden Pillory, I suggest that he does some hand signs & here’s “PEACEs” from him………….
Then again I request that he does something else & here’s the best SHOT :
Below shows Big SMILES Dear standing by the side of the gigantic Liberty Bell replica, which was cast from the mould of the exact Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Hey I’ve been to Philadelphia & Pennsylvania before but I don’t think I’ve seen the Liberty Bell there -So it’s really a good thing I get to see it here in Magic Kingkom :))
Well, being one of the most prominent Symbols of the American Revolutionary War, as well as a Symbol of Independence within the United States of America, the Liberty bell is an Icon of Liberty & Justice :
And across the Liberty Bell here at Liberty Square stands The Hall of Presidents, which I’d very much wanted to see since before flying here. But too bad we can’t visit it cos it’s currently undergoing renovation - guess Walt Disney World’s adding America’s newly elected President – “Barack Obama” into its list of Presidents in the Hall right now before it reopens!
Now, let me show you a pic of Myself with Sis, Mom & Dad visiting Pennsylvania Welcome Centre at Delaware County back in 1992 :
And here’s another pic of Us at Philadelphia - the largest City in Pennsylvania USA :
Dear & I window shop for a while before getting out of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at its other door exit :
And located directly opposite Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, we see a most lovely Umbrella Silhouette Cart displaying different colored & sized shades for little girls :
Further walking in the Liberty Square, we soon come to the Rivers of America where we watch the Liberty Belle Riverboat cruising by leisurely :
What beautiful beautiful views :
And we feel completely relaxed……………..
Now, come watch my following Slideshow containing all my photos taken at the Liberty Square here at Magic Kingdom, adorned with my priced Statue of Liberty - New York Souvenir Magnets taken from my large World Souvenir Magnets Collection, & inclusive of a beautiful Song Video titled “America’s Song“.
Heheh, before that, I thought I show you my pics taken at the Liberty Island in New York Harbour, USA during my month-long Vacation with my Family back in 1992 – still remember we bought food & had a great picinc sitting on the green grounds on Liberty Island, before going up to the Staute of Liberty Crown level…………..
Here’s Me standing infront of the Statue of Liberty :
Me wearing Staute of Liberty Crown onboard Cruise from Liberty Island - feeling a sence of freedom & so proud that I’ve just been to one of the most famous National Monuments of the United States of America :