Haunted Mansion Endless Hallway: A Spooky Special Effect Explained
One of the most iconic scenes in Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction is the Endless Hallway, where guests see a seemingly infinite corridor lined with doors and a floating candelabra. But how is this eerie effect achieved In this article, we will reveal the secrets behind the Endless Hallway and how it has changed over the years in different versions of the Haunted Mansion.
What is the Endless Hallway
The Endless Hallway is a scene that appears in every version of the Haunted Mansion, although its location and appearance may vary slightly. It is a second floor passageway that looks like it goes on forever, thanks to a clever use of mirrors and scrims. A scrim is a loosely woven fabric that can be painted on one side and transparent on the other, depending on the lighting. A mirror is placed at the end of the actual hallway, which reflects it endlessly. A scrim is placed halfway down the hall, which obscures the mirror and creates a misty effect. A small candelabra is suspended behind the scrim, which rotates back and forth to simulate floating.
How did the Endless Hallway come to be
The Endless Hallway was not originally part of the Haunted Mansion's design, but a last minute addition when another concept proved ineffective. The original idea was to have an invisible ghost walking towards the guests, using speakers and blasts of cold air to create the illusion. However, this was not enough time for guests to notice or appreciate the effect, so something more visible was needed. The candelabra was added as a simple but spooky solution.
How does the Endless Hallway differ in different versions of the Haunted Mansion
The Endless Hallway has some variations in different versions of the Haunted Mansion around the world. In Disneyland, it is the first scene on the second floor, after leaving the loading area. It is flanked by a moving suit of armor, a birdcage with a vampire bat, and an armchair with a face. In Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland, it appears after the Endless Staircase scene, which is exclusive to those versions. In Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, it features a ghostly vision of Melanie Ravenswood holding the candelabra, fading in and out of view while the candle remains. In 2019, Phantom Manor added another element: the Phantom peering over Melanie's shoulder, implying that she is warning guests from entering his domain. In Haunted Mansion Holiday, which overlays The Nightmare Before Christmas theme on Disneyland's Haunted Mansion from September to January, it features Zero, Jack Skellington's ghost dog, floating and barking in the hallway.
Why is the Endless Hallway so popular
The Endless Hallway is one of the most popular scenes in the Haunted Mansion because it creates a sense of mystery and suspense. It makes guests wonder what lies beyond the doors and what secrets are hidden in the depths of the mansion. It also showcases one of the simplest but most effective special effects in theme park history, using old school techniques to create a convincing illusion. The Endless Hallway is a testament to Disney's creativity and imagination. aa16f39245