Guests are carried backward down an ominous corridor, a series of doors on either side of the car. Growls, screams and pleading voices emanate from behind them, as if something is trying to get out. Doors bend, as if they are breathing, knockers clack and rattle, and the walls are adorned with some "family potraits" of corpses.
At the end of the hall lies a grandfather clock, with its arms spinning wildly backwards and the clock striking 13. A shadow of a clawed hand passes over the face of the clock, marking the end of the corridor and the start of the Séance Circle.
As guests float backwards down the hall, the doors on either side, just like the normal ride, make strange groans and shrieks, like someone on the other side wants to get out. The halls are covered in garlands and each door has a wreath and skull at the top. In the middle of the hall lies a vicious, man-eating wreath, with garland tentacles reaching out to the walls and two arms outstretched at passing guests. Small flowers sprout from it, singing Kidnap the Sandy Claws.
The corridor of doors along with its demon-face wallpapers as well as the grandfather clock appear in the 2003 video game adoption as part of Downstairs Hallway. Some doors in the hallway are boarded up and have sentient clawed hands that try to harm the player character.
A direct reference to the Corridor of Doors in the 2003 film is the presence of the bulging/breathing door. The door-filled hallway (with hidden Mickeys) which Jim Evers runs through to escape Madame Leota's chamber is a slight reference to this portion of the ride.
- Imagineers have cited Robert Wise's 1963 film The Haunting as a key inspiration for various parts of the Haunted Mansion, particularly in the Corridor of Doors. Elements like the faces in the wallpaper and the breathing door were taken from the movie.
- In Tokyo Disneyland, family portraits were replaced with the portrait of a man in a top hat. As guests passed the portrait, the face of the man would become three-dimensional and grow out of the painting.