VIDEO: Lightning Strike Changing Portrait Scene Gets An Upgrade in The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

Changing Portraits Scene Upgraded in The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (2019)
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Going under the radar for some time, there has been work happening quietly in one of the earliest scenes of The Haunted Mansion attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Eagle-eyed guests may have noticed tarps hanging behind the existing changing portraits along the Doombuggy path, while the average tourist crept by not knowing that Imagineers were working their magic. So, what was done? Well, the portraits that change every time the lightning strikes are now much more vibrant than ever before. Take a look:

While the effect was more subtle before, chances are more guests will notice the art created by legendary Disney Imagineer Marc Davis now. This scene was added to Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion in 2007 as part of a major overhaul of the attraction.

The change comes on the heels of other upgrades that took place last year, most notably the switch of the “Constance the Black Widow Bride” wedding portraits to screens rather than a projection effect.

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Interesting. I was there a few weeks ago and noticed they weren’t working at all. Obviously now I know why.