Update on the new Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghosts scene

Mar 12, 2011 in "Haunted Mansion"

Posted: Saturday March 12, 2011 6:19pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff
We have a small update today on the changes taking place in the hitchhiking ghosts scene at the Haunted Mansion. The black curtain that has covered the mirrors has now been slightly lowered, exposing some interesting imaging electronics. First up are pairs of cameras located along the top of the mirrors, and secondly, a row of what appears to be infra-red illuminators are lining the top of each mirror.

We know that the new scene will use animated characters instead of the physical props, but it was still expected that glass and mirrors would be used to combine the animation with the reflection of the guests. The amount of imaging electronics now in this scene begs the question as to whether the new hitchhiking ghost scene will use the animated ghosts along with guest images captured by camera, rather than the previous mirror effect. If so, this opens up a whole new level of creative effects that could be included in this scene. Hopefully we'll find out soon, as progress appears to be taking place rapidly at the Mansion.

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