Lake Buena Vista, FL – Today marks a thrilling moment for Disney enthusiasts and ghost-story aficionados as the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort in Liberty Square welcomes a new, yet iconic, inhabitant – the Hatbox Ghost. Known for its eerie presence and mysterious backstory, the Hatbox Ghost is now ready to ‘socialize’ with guests in a spine-tingling addition to this beloved attraction.
A Ghostly History Comes Alive
The Haunted Mansion, a classic staple of Magic Kingdom Park, is renowned for its chilling charm and supernatural inhabitants. But none have sparked as much intrigue and anticipation as the legendary Hatbox Ghost. Originally part of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, this spectral figure quickly became a fan favorite due to its unique disappearing head trick, only to vanish from the attraction shortly after its opening in 1969. Decades later, it reappeared in Disneyland and has now finally found its way to the Florida counterpart.
An Eerie Encounter
As visitors glide through the mansion in their Doom Buggies, they will encounter the Hatbox Ghost in the vicinity of the Endless Hallway. With its glowing eyes and ominous aura, the ghost adds a new level of eerie excitement to the ride. The specter’s unique feature – its head vanishing from atop its shoulders and reappearing in the hatbox it holds – is a technological marvel, combining classic Disney storytelling with modern special effects.
A Star Beyond the Mansion
The Hatbox Ghost’s popularity transcends the theme park realm. It was recently featured in the 2023 Disney Studios’ film, “Haunted Mansion,” bringing its chilling charisma to the silver screen. This cinematic exposure has only heightened the excitement and mystery surrounding this character, making its addition to the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World even more momentous.
A Timeless Attraction Reinvented
As night falls and the moon casts its ghostly glow over Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion, with its newest inhabitant, stands ready to welcome brave souls seeking a spine-tingling adventure. The Hatbox Ghost, a legendary figure shrouded in mystery, awaits to make your acquaintance. So, gather your courage and prepare to be ‘haunted’ by this spectral marvel at the Magic Kingdom Park.
Gray is a lifelong Disney fan! From Disney+ to the parks, he loves it all. His favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast, and his favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion.