Hatbox Ghost Returns to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion After 46 Year Absence

Disneyland’s legendary Hatbox Ghost rematerialized at the Haunted Mansion this morning.

DL Haunted Mansion HBG

The Hatbox Ghost was one of the early residents of the Haunted Mansion and also one of the  shortest in longevity. The Hatbox Ghost featured an effect where the ghost’s head would disappear, then reappear in his hatbox. The effect relied on lighting and never worked particularly well, so Disney removed it from the Mansion within a few weeks of the attraction’s opening in 1969.

At the 2013 D23 Expo, Walt Disney Imagineering showed off a new Hatbox Ghost animatronic, reviving fans’ hopes that an improved version of the Hatbox Ghost would return to the Mansion. Earlier this year, Disney hinted at and the eventually announced the Ghost’s return.  This morning hundreds of Mansion fans to rushed to the attraction at rope drop to see its debut.

When some Haunted Mansion fans spotted a new window appearing at the end of the attic scene around the time of Disney’s announcement, this prompted fears that the Hatbox Ghost would be a screen effect. This morning, that window and the wall around it were gone, revealing an open space in which the Hatbox Ghost performs his new, and much more convincing, disappearing “hat trick.”

Here is a short video of the Hatbox Ghost –

 Hatbox Ghost Video

Author: Ray

I am a lifelong fan of everything Disney. My first trip to a a Disney park was to Disneyland as a child in 1970, but didn't make to Walt Disney World until I went with my wife and first child in 1990. A year doesn't go by with out at least one trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club members and also Charter Members of D23.

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