The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom recently received several major updates. However, despite being open for over 4 months since the refurbishment, tweaks are still being made inside. The latest update is a significant improvement to the singing busts in the graveyard scene.
No longer do their faces glow, clearly revealing the secret behind the effect. Now, the busts are wonderfully evenly lit, full of detail, and are quite realistic:
As you can see from these before and after video stills, the “old” busts had bright faces with dark stone surroundings, while the “new” busts don’t obviously separate the moving face from the non-moving stone parts. In order to make the busts more evenly lit, the area surrounding them is not as bright as it once was. However, it is a bit lighter than what you can see in the above “after” still image.
While they look their best when viewed from the front, the update also holds up fairly well from the side:
Check out our Videos page for a high-resolution video of the busts in action.
Or watch them in this low-resolution streaming version:
Of course, while these videos depict the busts decently (albeit a bit shaky), you really need to head to the Haunted Mansion to see them for yourselves in person. They really look outstanding.