Phantom Manor preview event happened yesterday evening at Disneyland Paris and it has been a great evening with between 3000 to 4000 guests awaiting to discover the new version of their beloved attraction. D&M has the best 4K video of the new version of the ride, as well as great pictures and to avoid spoilers, i suggest that you see the ride videos first before reading my review about it.
So, below the video of Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster and because Max filmed the video using a 21mm wide angle lens you’ll be able to see more than on any others videos. This is a 4K video and if you want to watch it in the highest definition you need to watch it using the Chrome browser as Safari or Firefox will play it in Full HD only.
If you wish to see the ride filmed with a less wider angle this video filmed by Loopings is also pretty good, though Full HD only.
As you’ve seen – and hear – in the above videos some important changes were done in the ride. According to Max, visually the new version is superb, whether it is the lighting or the Audio-Animatronics who have never looked so smooth, some of them have even been re-programmed and their moves look better then before. However, always according to Max, the new audio is less an improvement, specially because the original score of John Debney is no longer played from start to the end, being replaced by sounds and music from The Haunted Mansion. From others fans comments it seems to be “the” major mistake in the new version, especially during the ballroom scene. The new voices are good however and the voice of the great Vincent Price is back at last! The mix of his voice with the other one speaking French is okay and the new spiel when the Doom Buggies need to stop momentarily is good, too.
正如您在上面的視頻中所看到的那樣，並且聽到了一些重要的變化。根據Max的說法，新版本在視覺上非常出色，無論是照明還是Audio-Animatronics從未如此流暢，其中一些甚至已經重新編程，他們的動作看起來比之前更好。然而，總是根據Max的說法，新音頻不是一個改進，特別是因為John Debney的原始樂譜從頭到尾不再播放，被The Haunted Mansion的聲音和音樂所取代。來自其他粉絲的評論似乎是新版本中的“重大錯誤”，尤其是在舞廳場景中。然而，新的聲音很好，偉大的Vincent Price的聲音終於回來了！他的聲音和另一個說法語的混合在一起是好的，當Doom Buggies需要暫時停止的時候，新的間諜也很好。
Now, let’s talk about the visual changes which happened in some scenes. What you need to know first is that from the moment you enter Phantom Manor foyer a flashbach happen. The portrait of Mélanie and her father – as well as the lighting – is changing and shows what life was before. From that point it will be a flashback until guests board in the Doom Buggies.
現在，我們來談談在某些場景中發生的視覺變化。您首先需要知道的是，從您進入幻影莊園的那一刻起，就會發生一場閃電戰。 Mélanie和她父親的肖像 – 以及照明 – 正在改變，並展示了以前的生活。從那時起，它將成為閃回，直到客人登上Doom Buggies。
In the streching room Mélanie, the bride, has now four lovers who, each, will have a fateful destiny. This doesn’t fit really with the original story line and the supposed personality of Mélanie, but that’s how it goes. Imagineer Julie Svendsen was the one who did the original paintings for the stretching room, and here it is a different artist. I’m not a big fan of the art style of the new paintings but there is a very good visual effect that i like a lot with Mélanie disappearing from the paintings before the elevator starts to go down, leaving her boy friends alone facing their fate. Meaning that Mélanie who in each painting looked to be really painted was in fact a projection effect. But it’s so well done that you can’t notice it. Note that, according to Max, in one of the paintings there is also a subtle effect of smoke coming out of chimneys.
新娘Mélanie的拉伸室現在有四個戀人，每個人都有命運的命運。 這與Mélanie的原始故事情節和假想的個性並不完全吻合，但事實就是如此。 想像者Julie Svendsen是為拉伸室做原畫的人，這裡是一位不同的藝術家。 我不是新繪畫藝術風格的忠實粉絲，但是有一種非常好的視覺效果，我很喜歡Mélanie在電梯開始下降之前從畫作中消失，讓她的男朋友獨自面對他們的命運。 這意味著每幅畫中的Mélanie看起來都是真正的繪畫，實際上是投影效果。 但它做得很好，你無法注意到它。 請注意，根據Max的說法，在其中一幅畫作中，煙囪中的煙霧也會產生微妙的影響。
Exiting the stretching room guests enter the portraits room, where they’ll discover three new portraits, including the one of Henry Ravenswood, Mélanie’s father, who magically transform in the Phantom.
All others portraits also change with a clap of thunder, and the effect is very well done. At the start, excepting the new portrait of Henry Ravenswood, i was less enthusiastic with the two others new ones, but Max explained me their meaning and finally i think it’s okay. The other two new portraits show in fact the fate of Mélanie’s previous boyfriends, on one where the character seems to be struck by lightning we can see Big Thunder mountain in the background, and on the other – a duel in front of the manor the lover is shot by the father.
所有其他人物肖像也隨著雷聲的鼓掌而改變，效果非常好。 一開始，除了亨利拉文斯伍德的新肖像外，我對其他兩個新肖像不太熱情，但馬克斯向我解釋了他們的意思，最後我覺得沒關係。 另外兩幅新肖像實際上顯示了Mélanie之前的男朋友的命運，其中一個角色似乎被閃電擊中，我們可以看到背景中的大雷霆山，另一方面 – 在莊園前面的一場決鬥情人 是由父親拍攝的。
The painting with the boat has changed too. Previously its sails were torned because of the storm, and now the boat catch fire. In the same room, note that the original bride portrait by Imagineer Julie Svendsen is still there, thanks god.
船上的畫也改變了。 以前它的風帆因暴風雨而被折磨，現在這艘船起火了。 在同一個房間，請注意Imagineer Julie Svendsen的原始新娘肖像仍在那裡，感謝上帝。
The next new scene is the presence of the bride at the top of the stairs in the boarding room. That scene works very well, but as they took the bride Audio-Animatronic – which was at the start of the ride – to put it on the stairs, the bride is of course not visible anymore when the doom buggy enter the manor and has been replaced by …a slightly moving armor, which was probably one of those who were there five meters further on the left or right of the endless hallway scene. Note that the bride at the top of the stairs is strangely not moving, even a bit. She just looks outside.
下一個新場景是新娘出現在登機室的樓梯頂部。 那個場景效果非常好，但是當他們帶著新娘Audio-Animatronic – 這是在騎行的開始 – 將它放在樓梯上時，當厄運越野車進入莊園時，新娘當然不再可見 取而代之的是……一個略微移動的盔甲，這可能是那些在無盡的走廊場景左側或右側5米處的人之一。 請注意，樓梯頂部的新娘奇怪地不動，甚至有點。 她只是看著外面。
Moving deeper inside the house, we arrive in front of the endless hallway scen in which Mélanie always appears holding a candelabrum but now the Phantom also appear behind her.
The piano scene now has four portraits of Mélanie’s lovers on the piano and it’s also more or less from that point that the change of music happen, and the one we can hear for the piano sequence is bad, really. Taht said, there is a very good new small effect with the shadows of the fingers of the Phantom when he touch the piano keys.
Not a lot of changes in the Leota spirit seance, except the lighting and, good news, according to Max the cloud/smoke effect on the walls between the gargoyles is back again. Apparently the crystal ball is not floating in the air like it does at WDW, so fans who were expecting it might be disappointed. The face and hair of Leota has changed, i think for the better, she looks more “mystic” than before.
除了照明和好消息之外，Leota精神集會沒有太多變化，根據Max的說法，石像鬼之間的牆壁上的雲/煙霧效應又回來了。 顯然，水晶球並沒有像在WDW那樣漂浮在空中，所以期待它的球迷可能會感到失望。 Leota的臉和頭髮發生了變化，我認為好轉，她看起來比以前更“神秘”。
In the ballroom scene, the Phantom is now placed in a new location close to the bride, i’m still not sure it’s the best idea. All the music you hear is the one from the Haunted Mansion and bot the audio recording and the score itself don’t match well with Phantom Manor original score which will be back in a few seconds. The rest of the ballroom scene is unchanged.
在舞廳場景中，幻影現在被放置在靠近新娘的新位置，我仍然不確定這是最好的主意。 您聽到的所有音樂都是來自鬼屋的音樂錄音機和錄音機，而得分本身與幻影莊園的原始分數不匹配，這將在幾秒鐘內回歸。 舞廳的其餘部分沒有變化。
The boudoir scene with the effect of the Phantom appearing behind Mélanie in the mirror is fine.
In the next scene supposedly outdoor with the Phantom AA, seems to now have red eyes and the dog has green eyes.
The rest of the ride when the Doom Buggies go underground is quite the same with a very different lighting, including the Thunder Mesa ghost town where all Audio-Animatronics have been restored to their original glory. I have also the feeling that the last Phantom Manor Audio-Animatronic have been reprogrammed, for the better. According to Max, the new lighting is much better and int the room with the ghost town some star and lighting effects on the ceiling succeed to cancel the sight of a square box room. But why all unhabitants of the ghost town have a green face? May be to make sure that guests understand that they’re a kind of zombies?
當Doom Buggies進入地下時，剩下的車程與完全不同的燈光完全相同，包括Thunder Mesa鬼城，所有的Audio-Animatronics都恢復了原有的光彩。 我還覺得最後一個Phantom Manor Audio-Animatronic已被重新編程，為了更好。 根據馬克斯的說法，新的照明效果要好得多，並且在幽靈城的房間裡有一些星星，天花板上的燈光效果成功取消了方形盒子的視線。 但為什麼鬼城的所有居民都有綠臉？ 可能是為了確保客人明白他們是一種殭屍？
The short scene of the bride skeleton placed on big crystals has been changed with a different decor showing a mausoleum from where escape the skeleton hand of one of Melanie’s lovers, holding a wedding ring, always hopeful that Mélanie will finally marry him.
But just two meters after, in the scene facing the mirrors before unload, Mélanie appears in the middle of the guests with a demented voice, asking guests to marry her. The effect works perfectly though it don’t match at all with whom Melanie is supposed to be – but guests will love it most probably. Also note that the small bride on the way to the exit has disappeared.
但就在兩米之後，在卸載前面對鏡子的場景中，Mélanie以一種瘋狂的聲音出現在客人中間，要求客人嫁給她。 儘管Melanie應該與之完全不匹配，但效果仍然很完美 – 但客人最有可能會喜歡它。 另請注意，前往出口的小新娘已經消失。
Phantom Manor has been, if i can say, HauntedMansionized, and of course the mix with the poetic macabre atmosphere of the original Phantom Manor don’t totally work. That said, the story of the bride and the Phantom is more clear now but it’s a bit at the cost of Phantom Manor original story integrity. So, at least for me and apparently also for others from what i can read here and there the opinion about this new version is a bit mixed. Visually, as i’ve said, there seems to be definitely improvements but the audio part is more a disappointment. John Debney original score for Phantom Manor could eventually be put back easily – the change of music during half of the ride is by far the biggest mistake here – but all the others “physical” changes will stay. Most of the fans, though, will probably like this new version because fans are fans, they need their shoot of Disney magic at regular times, so generally they’re over enthusiastic at the start – except the purists – and then, when the excitement goes down, they start to think twice and adjust their opinion, so we’ll see what will be their final ones. As for regular guests who’ve never seen the original ride they surely will love it.
如果可以的話，幻影莊園已經成為了鬼屋的擴張，當然，與原始幽靈莊園的詩意恐怖氛圍混合在一起並不完全有效。也就是說，新娘和幽靈的故事現在更加清晰，但它有點以幻影莊園原始故事的完整性為代價。所以，至少對我而言，顯然對於其他人來說，我可以在這里和那裡閱讀關於這個新版本的意見有點混雜。在視覺上，正如我所說，似乎肯定有改進，但音頻部分更令人失望。幻影莊園的John Debney原創分數最終可以輕鬆放回 – 半程中音樂的變化是迄今為止最大的錯誤 – 但其他所有“物理”變化都會留下來。然而，大多數粉絲可能會喜歡這個新版本，因為粉絲是粉絲，他們需要定期拍攝迪士尼魔術，所以一般來說他們在開始時都過於熱情 – 除了純粹主義者 – 然後，當興奮時他們開始思考並調整他們的意見，所以我們會看到他們的最終結果。對於從未見過原始騎行的普通客人，他們肯定會喜歡它。
For those wishing to see the differences with the original version – and the original music – Max had the good idea to post a video including side-by-side the two versions. Watch it full screen mode …but, warning! If you’ve not watched yet the video of the new version, it’s better you watch it first above.
對於那些希望看到與原版本和原始音樂存在差異的人來說，Max最好發布包含兩個版本並排的視頻。 觀看全屏模式……但是，警告！ 如果您還沒有看過新版本的視頻，那麼最好先看一下。
Here is also Max fill video of the original version.
The Phantom Manor reopening event last night was pretty well done, with several characters greeting the guests on the porch of the manor, including Mélanie and Phantom Manor gatekeeper!
A short projection show with mapping on the manor also happened and here is the video filmed by Max.