August 2007: No Grim Grinning Ghosts

I don’t remember too many life-altering closures when we used to visit Walt Disney World every August back in the day.

But in the summer of 2007, we were quite disappointed in the lack of Haunted Mansion time during our park visits. If you remember the Haunted Mansion was closed for just about 3 months than summer and reopened in mid-September of that year. Some of the changes included tweaks in audio but also featured a brand new attic scene that included the revolving husbands of Constance. (So tragic! So wonderful!)

Here was the grim sight of a shuttered Haunted Mansion:

It’s never fun to be on a vacation for 10 days and know that one of your must-stop attractions won’t be in operation. It means a whole other year to wait and see the changes. This really tests your patience, but at the same time, gives you a little time to check out a few other spots in the park. See? I’m looking for a bright side here!

One thing I love about these construction walls is the amount of detail put into them. Instead of those plaques with a Walt Disney quote, Master Gracey himself gives us the bad news. In such fancy handwriting too.

In 2007, my family and I were safe from being recruited to join those friendly spirits. So I guess that was a plus too.

4 thoughts on “August 2007: No Grim Grinning Ghosts

  1. That was a sad summer indeed. I wondered why they couldn’t wait until the off-season to do that work. Not that there is that much of an off-season at WDW any more. But still, couldn’t they have done it in February and March? Oh well, at least it all turned out well in the end.

  2. I will NEVER forget that summer. Because I was working merchandise in Liberty Square, and Yankee Trader was where everyone came to rage and buy candy! I apologized my head off that summer.

  3. It’s so frustrating to have a favorite ride go down during vacation — and losing Haunted Mansion makes a huge hole in any Magic Kingdom’s lineup! At DL, we’re currently Big-Thunderless until Fall! 😦

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