In a move assumed to be in the name of “inclusivity,” Walt Disney Imagineers have removed items from one of the Haunted Mansion variants that ironically allude to the whole theme of the attraction family–death.
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Originally opening at New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park, a version of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion can be found a Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. While the Hong Kong variant, Mystic Manor, is more mystical than terrifying, the older three emulate the classic westernized version of a haunted house and include direct references to death that have been argued, in recent years, to be too triggering to tolerate. I am referring, of course, to the hangman’s noose.
Shown with a dangling occupant at the end of the Stretching Room sequence just as in the Disneyland and Disney World versions, Disneyland Paris’ Phantom Manor had several nooses on display throughout the attraction hanging empty as a creepy invitation. Seen for centuries as the universal symbol for death by execution, its direct references to suicide and race-based lynchings have reigned dominant in the minds of pop culture and have been used to justify its complete removal from all attractions. And it appears that Disneyland Paris’ version has decided to act upon those requests.
Disneyland Paris fans are noticing that several of the nooses have been removed,
“In what might be another inclusion move, most of the nooses in Phantom Manor have been permanently removed with the exception of the ones being held by the Phantom in the Stretching Rooms, according to Phantom Manor Legends. So no more nooses in the Thunder Mesa scene.”
In what might be another inclusion move, most of the nooses in Phantom Manor have been permanently removed with the exception of the ones being held by the Phantom in the Stretching Rooms, according to Phantom Manor Legends. So no more nooses in the Thunder Mesa scene. pic.twitter.com/K8kBZlcBXo
— Ever Flowing Matt 🦖 (@JPAdventurer) March 25, 2023
Disneyland Paris’ Frontierland combines its Big Thunder Mountain Railroad–Thunder Mesa–with Phantom Manor into one story, tieing the owners of the island mine to the haunted house.
According to the Disneyland Paris website,
“The owner of the manor, Henry Ravenswood, cherished his only daughter, Melanie, who attracted the attentions of four different men… each of whom came to a mysterious and untimely end. Rumour has it that her father didn’t think any of them were good enough for his darling girl. In fact, some say he had a hand in the young men’s disappearances, but nothing has ever been proven. One thing is certain, the bride-to-be has been waiting many long years for her wedding day… and will likely wait for hundreds more!”
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Supplementary noose scenes make sense for this version of Disney’s iconic dark ride considering America’s Wild West was known for executing bandits, outlaws, and other criminals by hanging. However, modern sentiments appear to win out against tolerance of the trope. Noticing Disney Park Guests also report that only background references to hanging have been removed, and those integral to the story–like in the stretching room–remain in place.
It should be noted at this time, there is no official statement from the Disneyland Paris Resort on the matter, and only time will tell if these changes remain in place.