Frontierland - Disneyland Paris Park
Phantom Manor Description
Phantom Manor is a dark ride located in Frontierland at the Disneyland Paris Park. The attraction was based on the Haunted Mansion in the American theme parks. It has however a story that is very diffrent and much darker than that of it's American sisters.
The attraction combines a walk-through portion with Omnimover vehicles. A major influence for the story of the ride was Gaston Leroux's novel, The Phantom of the Opera.
It opened together with the park in 1992. The attraction is currently closed for refurbishment. It is set to reopen in the Halloween season of 2018.
The story of Phantom Manor
Henry Ravenswood was a Western settler who struck gold in Big Thunder Mountain. Soon after, he founded the Thunder Mesa Mining Company. This made merchants and miners settle around the mountain, creating the city of Thunder Mesa. Ravenswood became a rich man and so he built himself a big mansion on the hillside overlooking Big Thunder Mountain and Thunder Mesa. He raised a family and had a daughter called Melanie Ravenswood.
Melanie became a beautiful young woman en got engaged to a miner that worked in the mine of her father. He however wanted to take her away from Thunder Mesa. Her father Henry didn't like the idea of his daughter leaving the city. He did everything he could to stop the wedding but his attempts were useless.
Until on the day of the wedding a terrible earthquake killed Henry and Martha. That same day a mysterious phantom appeard in the mansion. While Melanie was preparing in her room, the Phantom lured her groom up to the attic where he hanged him by the neck from the rafters. Some say it was the ghost of her father that was killed.
Inside and outside, the house was decaying with age. Dusty cobwebs covered every inch, the disheartened staff not caring, for it was rumored that Melanie had lost her mind. She wandered the house for years and years, singing softly to her groom. Her beautiful voice still carries over the town at night, through the walls of the house and night air. And sometimes, people still see lights in the house.
Phantom Manor is definitely one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris. I love how it is based on the Haunted Mansion rides over in the US but still diffrent. I also love how the storyline is dark but it still remains child friendly. It could use some refurbishments here and there and that's exactly what they are doing at the moment. Also, if you don't speak French you won't understand anything that is being said. But then again, you don't really need to understand what they're saying because you kind of get what's happening. The place just gives you this special vibe, specially at night.