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I started a new job and a few of my coworkers are Disney fanatical, just like me! We were chatting one day and one of the girls told me that she took her daughter on Haunted Mansion but she didn't want her to go into the "room with no exits" because it can be a little scary, and the CM's happily directed her through a hallway that put her right on the ride. Avoiding the first part of the HM entirely. This is definitely something I wish I knew while we were there, because my father in law has an extreme fear of elevators and because of that, will not go on HM.

I should have known that there was a way to the ride without going through that room, but I didn't even think to ask. Just another way that CM's keep the magic alive for you while you're on vacation. They literally go above and beyond to keep guests happy.

So if you want to take your youngin's on HM or you have a fear of elevators and want to avoid the room with no windows and no doors.. Never fear! There is a way around it! Just tell the CM at the door and they'll bring you through a hallway directly to the ride. (I may try this, just to check out the hallway!) biggrin

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I knew about the hallway from the front hall to the exit hall, but I didn't what all it could be used for.
I've had many less than magical experiences in the HM cast training when it comes to disability services. I'm glad to hear that your co-worker has had great luck with them being helpful there.

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The HM at WDW is different than the HM in DLR. The WDW HM Stretching Rooms are not elevators, like those in Anaheim.

Of course, this may have no bearing on someone with a fear of enclosed places, elevator or not.

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Great tip, Karli! We got to ride through the hallway when we took Benn's aunt and she was using a wheelchair, but I wouldn't have thought to use it for little kids to avoid the stretching room.

Also jrice now that I think about it, you're absolutely right. I was totally tricked into thinking that we were moving down in the stretching room, but it's not possible because the offloading area/ alternate loading area is definitely on the same level as the traditional loading area and once you offload, it's a level walkout.

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Hubby used to ask if the stretching room at WDW's Haunted Mansion was an elevator. I always said that no, it was not. If it were, I would've known it, being more sensitive to motion (and motion sickness) than most people are. Wasn't till I read somewhere about the difference between WDW HM and DL HM that I could give him evidence, though.

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Interesting, I always thought it was an elevator! My FIL won't go on it because he went on the one in DL and said he realized it was an elevator when he was on it... So he assumed the one in WDW was the same. I'm excited to find out that it's not, so that I can tell him... However, he is extremely claustrophobic as well... So I guess he's still not going into the stretching room.

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If it will help, Karli, I'm very claustrophobic as well and I've never had an issue in the stretching room. It kind of depends what triggers the anxiety for him. For me, it's usually triggered by being confined in an area that I can't control--elevators, airplanes, inflexible safety harnesses--and it's worse in the dark or when it's super hot/humid because that makes everything feel closer. I think what makes the stretching room ok for me personally is that the ceiling is very high and they keep that area cool. If your father-in-law's attacks are triggered by crowds, he might still have a problem depending on what time of day you visit. He might also have an issue if he feels a need to know where the exits are located at all times. So that's my take on the stretching room--hopefully it helps your case to share Haunted Mansion with him! mickey

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Thank you so much for the tips! The day after mark and I met up with you guys... I think we were telling you about how he freaked out on the people mover and then wouldn't go on the COP... After that day, he refused to go on any ride at all. He was completely done. I felt so bad. We traumatized him with the people mover! We still had 3 park days left after that. And because he was unsure of all the rides he was nervous for my mother in law and sister in law to go on them and would literally follow us through the lines as closely as possible. You know how Winnie the Pooh if you are in the gift shop you can stand near the line? Yeah, that's where he was.

I need to do my TR ::rolling eyes at myself for being a slacker:: waiting

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Karlipants wrote:
Thank you so much for the tips! The day after mark and I met up with you guys... I think we were telling you about how he freaked out on the people mover and then wouldn't go on the COP... After that day, he refused to go on any ride at all. He was completely done. I felt so bad. We traumatized him with the people mover! We still had 3 park days left after that. And because he was unsure of all the rides he was nervous for my mother in law and sister in law to go on them and would literally follow us through the lines as closely as possible. You know how Winnie the Pooh if you are in the gift shop you can stand near the line? Yeah, that's where he was.

I need to do my TR ::rolling eyes at myself for being a slacker:: waiting

Oh no!! It does sound like it affects him worse than it affects me. The only Disney ride I've ever had a panic attack on was Mission Space and it was because of the restraint system. Unfortunately I also had a residual attack on Spaceship Earth (which always freaks me out a little bit--I feel like I can't breath in there) right after the Mission Space incident and now I'm a little bit apprehensive about that ride. I got a little bit freaked on Stitch's Great Escape, but once we were out I was ok and I won't even entertain RnR or ToT!

Since your next trip is still awhile from now, we'll give you an extension on your TR from last December! wink

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