View Full Version : Dancing Ghost at Haunted Mansion

Dr. Haunt Chamber of Fear
06-26-2008, 09:07 AM
Can anyone tell me how they make the ghost dance at the Disney World Haunted Mansion? Is it by projector? If so how do they get deminsions to it.


06-26-2008, 09:09 AM
Do you have a video of this? Having NEVER been to a Disney park, but seeing ALOT of documenteries about it, I may be able to help. I'm instantly thinking its a "peppers ghost" illusion... but I could be wrong. -Tyler

06-26-2008, 12:08 PM

Pepper's Ghost explained...with secrets from HM...


Dr. Haunt Chamber of Fear
06-26-2008, 05:08 PM
It was too structure to be peppers ghost - it had to be something else.

06-26-2008, 05:15 PM
Which dancing ghost are you referring to? The Ballroom, Attic???

06-26-2008, 11:10 PM
it is infact peppers ghost. The actual ghosts reside below the track system, while the ballroom remains an empty room.

damon carson
06-27-2008, 10:00 AM
What about the floating candleabra? Is it like a peppers ghost with it on a string or something else? Its in a long hallway I was just wondering. The candleabra isnt transparent so is it on fishing string or on an arm with a motor say behind it?
I always thought that was cool looking.

06-27-2008, 10:36 AM
The foating candelabra is attached via wires to a patented FCG style of mechanism.


06-27-2008, 01:35 PM
Yes it is pepper's ghost illusion...the Pepper's Ghost illusion is simply that - an illusion developed by the Magician Pepper (I forget his full name)...the HM ghosts are mannequins (which is why they are rigid), and they are on rotating platforms (i.e. making them dance), with a variable brightness light shining on them causing a reflection in glass (which is what you see ultimately from your doombuggy)..They are UNDER and ABOVE the track you ride on out of direct sight...the floating candles are simply attached to monofilament line suspended from a flying crank ghost mechanism in front of large mirrors to provide the illusion that the hall is longer than it actually is. Really cool concepts brought to life, yet so very simple.

Spoiler Warning....watch this vid : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2Pbag7bac

06-28-2008, 10:09 AM
Spoiler Warning....watch this vid : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2Pbag7bac

Cool vid, thanks for posting

Dr. Haunt Chamber of Fear
06-29-2008, 07:04 AM
Thanks for the info. I thought it had to be a projector but peppers ghost is really impressive. Do a lot of haunted houses use peppers ghost?

06-29-2008, 07:33 AM
The best use of Pepper's Ghost effects that I have ever seen at a haunted attraction was at Turbitidite Manor. Amazing work!!!


damon carson
08-11-2008, 03:04 PM
The Beast in K.C has some nice ones too! But I love that Turbidite Manor vid! Thats really scary without any actors its like its really haunted the way they video taped it.

08-11-2008, 11:27 PM
my cousin and his father in law both work for disney - florida, the above is correct....a simple peppers ghost with mannequins on a track just below the ride tracks. Its unbelievabley simple....

08-12-2008, 01:05 AM
Thanks for sharing that..

Jim Warfield
08-12-2008, 06:55 PM
The guys working in a Haunted Forrest in Cedar Rapids, Iowa showed me the video of their Pepper's ghost done in the middle of the woods, it looked very impressive, having someone completely dissappear and how did they hide the edges of the reflective material? It seemed seamless and flawless.
I use one here to set people up for the scare coming next and there are some other oddittys and unusual things to this effect of mine that sure seem to work very well scaring most people most of the time. (It has to do with getting a certain image of idea into their heads then it comes alive! "But it can't be alive!"

Greg Chrise
08-12-2008, 08:20 PM
Having a polished mirror belt buckle does not count.

Jim Warfield
08-12-2008, 10:01 PM
Gregg, You might have attained the distinction of telling the first polish joke on this forum.

damon carson
08-13-2008, 01:54 PM
Jim also has a pair of mirrors on his shoes. He has a special ghost illusion he uses with them and mini skirts. Pm him he can give you more details.

08-14-2008, 11:58 AM
Based on Jim's other posts, I feel reasonably sure that he wouldn't mind sharing the details with all of us. LOL!