‘Foolish mortals’ can now pick up on the Haunted Mansion Ghosts’ sympathetic vibrations… via their smartphones.
The hearts of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion fans were all aflutter on March 15th when it was announced that Disney would be offering subscriptions to a Haunted Mansion-themed subscription box, the Ghost Post. Offered through Disney’s “Ghost Relations Department,” the limited-edition subscription boxes offered fans three monthly mystery boxes filled with “ghoulish objects” that tied in to a scavenger hunt of sorts.
Tragically, only 999 Ghost Post subscriptions were available – and they sold out within a day.
Luckily, us foolish mortals who missed out on the subscription boxes can still take part in some of Disney’s ghostly fun – for free!
In conjunction with the mystery box subscription, Disney has launched a “Phantom Radio” app, also available through the “Ghost Relations Department.”
Billed as “the latest in spectral communication,” the new app promises to connect us with the Haunted Mansion Ghosts:
“The Haunted Mansion: Phantom Radio gives you the power to tune in to the ghosts of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Separate their spectral mutterings from the static as you wander across the radio dial.”
While only those lucky 999 Ghost Post subscribers will be able to use the app as part of their mystery boxes’ unique interactive experience – the Phantom Radio app offers ghoulish delights for non-subscribers as well, as it “harnesses the latest technology to bridge the mortal and spirit worlds.”
There is a catch however – the app is only available via iOS and requires either an iPhone5s, iPhone6 or iPhone6 Plus.
For those who do download the app, here’s what you can expect, per Disney Interactive‘s website:
“When visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, California – the ghosts will enlist your help with a ‘dire’ problem. Use your Phantom Radio to help the Lost Ghosts return to the Haunted Mansion.
For subscribers to the Ghost Post artifact boxes, the Phantom Radio may be used to further explore these haunted objects. This app collects location information and (for Ghost Post subscribers) a self-portrait of you. It includes the option to receive push notiﬁcations. The Phantom Radio app may also collect your precise location information through beacons placed in Disneyland Resort Theme Park in order to provide certain features in the app.”
Needless to say, we wasted no time and have already downloaded the Phantom Radio app – and we can say that it offers a delightfully spooky way to get in touch with the spirit and spirits of the Haunted Mansion. We have yet to test out the Phantom Radio while at Disneyland, however, to see what interactive elements, if any, will materialize.
Will you be downloading Disney’s “Phantom Radio” app?