Phantom Manor is positioned in Frontierland within the main Disneyland Park, it shares a similar theme to the Haunted Mansion at Florida’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. It opened back on the 12th April 1992.
As you climb the hill to Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, don’t be spooked by the appearance, if you’ve watched Alfred Hitchcocks film ‘Psycho’, it bears a huge resemblance to Bates Manor in the film. The House is the same as the other Haunted Mansion rides, only theopeningscene takes place in the mansion structure itself, the remainder of the ride takes place in a buildinghiddenfrom park visitors. The story of the origins of this attraction go back to the early 1800’s, Henry Ravenswood was born 1795 he was a Western settler who struck gold in Big Thunder Mountain and founded the Thunder Mesa Mining Company, that produced the city of Thunder Mesa which is at present known as Frontierland.
Henry Ravenswood evolved into a exceptionally wealthy man and constructed himself a Victorian manorproudly locatedhigh on Boot Hill overlooking Big Thunder Mountain, he and his relatives lived there very happily for a lot of years , his wife Martha gave birth to a little girl in 1842, they named her Melanie. According to local legend, Big Thunder Mountain wasbelievedby the locals to be home to the thunder bird, a powerful spirit possessing a treasure, its wrath could be materialized into a terrifying earthquake. Henry Ravenswood did not believe the locals tales and as time passed and the gold in Big Thunder Mountain started to run out, the miners had to dig a lot deeper into the Mountain. Henry’s only daughter Melanie, grew from a young girl into a beautiful young woman, and became engaged to a local train engineer who plannedto take her far away from her family at Thunder Mesa, much to the dismay of her father. Henry did everything he could to stop the wedding, but his useless efforts were put to a stop after a terrible earthquake killed him and his wife Martha.
The Thunder Bird had been awakened, and the family was never heard of again, several years followed and the tale of what truly happened came out from beneath the rubble. On Melanie’s wedding day, a mysterious, obsessive Phantom unknown to anybody appeared at the manor. Whilst Melanie was preparing herself for her big day, the jealous Phantom who was in love with Melanie, lured her fiancee up to the attic where he hanged himself by the neck from the rafters of the victorian mansion. Down in the ballroom, Melanie sat all on your own, hours went by with no sign of her groom. Her friends slowly started to leave, leaving Melanie all alone in the manor with only the staff of the house. “Some day”, she told herself, “he will come to me”. Having never taken off her wedding dress or dropped her bouquet, in the hope of her loved one returning, she wandered the house aimlessly, singing songs of lost love. Unknown to Melanie, the Phantom was still in the manor, laughing at her loyalty to her proposed husband, one after the other the Phantom invited his dead, demonic friends from the afterlife to fill the manor in an never-ending party.
Get the kids over to Euro-Disney…they’ll love this ride! This is a great story to tell the kids…just before they dare to enter The Phantom manor..!