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NEW: Disney Shares Timeline and Details for the Hatbox Ghost Addition on Haunted Mansion

NEW: Disney Shares Timeline and Details for the Hatbox Ghost Addition on Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion fans: it’s a good day! Not only is the film in theaters, but Disney has shared more details about the Hatbox Ghost addition on the classic attraction.

Haunted Mansion

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The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. It combines both “spooky” and “funny” elements to create a “haunted” experience that is uniquely Disney.

This attraction combines the work of some of the best Disney Imagineers in the company’s history to create illusions and tricks that bring guests back again and again. 

Some of the attraction’s best tricks, like those in the ballroom scene, rely upon fairly old “technology” to create memorable illusions that still entertain guests each and every day! Take a look at some of the spooky secrets found on The Haunted Mansion HERE.

Hatbox Ghost

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At the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, the Hatbox Ghost was located in the attic scene. This character had a special effect: his head would disappear and show up in his hatbox and then would pop back to the top of his head. 

Imagineer Yale Gracey designed this addition, but the original Hatbox Ghost only lasted but a few days. The effect wasn’t up to the standard that Gracey wanted for the attraction because at that time the technology  wasn’t able to make the trick correctly.

Since that time, however, the Hatbox Ghost has had a cult-like following. A year ago, much to fans delight, we announced HERE that the Hatbox Ghost would be coming to Disney World!

New Details

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Disney’s announcement reads:

Later this year at the Walt Disney World Resort, one of our most iconic specters will set up residence in the Haunted Mansion of Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park. The Hatbox Ghost will appear to guests as they pass the Endless Hallway, welcoming himself inside from the swinging wake in the cemetery and grinning at the Doom Buggies as they set off deeper into the mansion.

Guests will soon see temporary barriers materialize as we await his apparition.

Credit: KtP

This is not the same location as the Hatbox Ghost in Disneyland Park’s version of Haunted Mansion. If you can’t get enough Hatbox Ghost, be sure to head over HERE to see the new sipper Disney just released!

Are you excited for the addition of Hatbox Ghost? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with a friend.


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Disney Boy

Friday 28th of July 2023

From what it seems it sounds like we are going to not only see the Hatbox Ghost in the attic but also in other places on the ride. Probably inspired by his increased presence in the film. I think this should be added in as well.

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