The Haunted Mansion at Funland
There are a lot of boardwalks up and down the Eastern Shore, from Myrtle Beach to Coney Island. And where there are boardwalks, there are rows of skee ball machines, buckets of fries and dark rides (also known as ghost trains if you live in the U.K. or Australia). I recently visited Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and discovered a quirky, unique dark ride that is worth checking out. And no, it's not that Haunted Mansion.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on a quiet Labor Day weekend.
Tucked in a corner of Funland, right off the boardwalk, sits The Haunted Mansion.
It opened in 1979, so 10 years after that other Haunted Mansion.
But like Disney's Haunted Mansion, this one also has a ride system that is interesting: the vehicles are suspended.
And it has a sense of humor.
For more, Laff in the Dark has a great feature from 1999 on Funland's The Haunted Mansion. It wasn't the most sophisticated dark ride, but it was a lot of fun and had some great gags. I would put it dead even with The Haunted Castle at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, which features a normal dark ride system but has some fantastic effects courtesy of Sally Corp. Now if only I can find some time to make it up to Knoebel's and check out their Haunted House.