Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion! When Walt Disney World parks began phased reopenings in July 2020, it was easy to see a few things were missing, including pre-shows. Disney was hard at work ensuring physical distancing wherever possible which meant gathering a bunch of people in a room was a no-go. While we recently saw the return of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, another popular pre-show has made a come back. That’s right, Haunted Mansions’ Stretching Room has returned at Magic Kingdom!
Previously, the Stretching Room was used as a portion of the queue as shown in the picture below. The doors were left open and guests would simply walk right through the Stretching Room to load their doom buggy.
Now, the Stretching Room and Ghost Host narration has returned! “Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination? And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows and no doors which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course, there’s always my way.”
Not too long ago, Disney said they are reportedly considering removing the hanging scene from Haunted Mansion which would mean a change for the Stretching Room. With this reopening we’re not sure if/when that may still be considered. We’ll keep you posted!