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Disneyland Paris releases interview with Imagineer on Phantom Manor refurbishment

by Brittani Tuttle

Fans around the world are waiting for the reopening of the cult-favorite Disneyland Paris attraction, Phantom Manor.

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We only have but just a little while longer left to wait for the reopening of Phantom Manor.

While there’s no set reopening date just yet, the doors of the manor are expected to open once again sometime in spring 2019.

To help hold all of us over during the wait, Disneyland Paris has released an interview with Tom Fitzgerald, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, who is overseeing the large refurbishment.

Check out the full interview below:


Phantom Manor is a beloved attraction for many, can you tell us about what it means personally to you?

As a child, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. I’d build haunted walk-throughs in my basement of my house (I had very tolerant parents) to scare friends and neighbors each year! So, you can imagine my excitement when Walt Disney announced on television plans to build ‘The Haunted Mansion’ at Disneyland!

The year the attraction opened, my family flew out to California to visit Disneyland. My first “tour” of Haunted Mansion exceeded all expectations, and the attraction instantly became my favorite. I’ve loved every iteration of this attraction around the world, including Phantom Manor here at Disneyland Paris.

What excites you the most about the upcoming reopening?

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As we began the process of renovations for the major attractions of Disneyland Paris, we couldn’t wait to get started on Phantom Manor. With all of the “Illusioneering” we’d done for the domestic Haunted Mansion attractions, and the magical technologies we’ve invented since Disneyland Paris began, we had lots of options to explore!

As you teased early this summer, some new magic is coming to this attraction in addition to a global refurbishment. Can you give us a glimpse of what we can expect?

Phantom Manor’s story has always been shrouded in mystery. This renovation gave us a chance to revisit the storytelling of the attraction, and to answer some of the questions that guests have been asking over the years: Who is the Phantom? Who is the bride? What happened years ago that led to all of this?

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When Phantom Manor re-opens its doors soon, many of the mysteries will at last be revealed. And not just revealed… these mysteries will actually unfold before your eyes through some of our new illusions!

Now you’ve really got us teased! Any last words?

We know fans have been anxious for Phantom Manor to return, and “we’ve been dying” for everyone to see what we’ve been up to inside this beloved attraction.


Stay tuned for more updates on the refurbishment and re-imagining of Phantom Manor. In the meantime, check out our ride-through POV of the original version of the attraction, as well as an update on the iconic Vincent Price narration, below:

POV Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris (Haunted Mansion)
Vincent Price narration returning to Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

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