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Hatbox Ghost Materializes at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World

Julia Ohlrich

by , Internal Communications Specialist, Walt Disney Imagineering

Greetings, foolish mortals… We are delighted to inform you the Hatbox Ghost has come out to socialize at the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park! The iconic grim grinning ghost has decided to reveal himself to guests for the first time since his arrival was announced at Destination D23 earlier this year.

Hatbox Ghost at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World

For those unacquainted with this reclusive resident, the Hatbox Ghost first appeared in the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park in 1969. In 2015, he reappeared in the attraction but had yet to show himself at the Magic Kingdom attraction — until now!

Materializing next to the Endless Hallway, the Hatbox Ghost emerges through a cobalt blue glass-paned door under the cloak of night. Traces of muddy footprints mark his path as he arranges his cart of hatboxes and luggage. Lit by the moon and the warm glow of a dim lantern, guests come face-to-face with the Hatbox Ghost, grimly grinning as he takes fiendish delight in unnerving visitors with his heady parlor trick. 

Hatbox Ghost at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World

Our Disney Imagineers have been working hard to prepare the Mansion for his arrival — enhancing lighting and updating paint throughout the queue and attraction. 

But, they’re not the only ones who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Hatbox Ghost… The 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion are in high spirits, celebrating his appearance by being on their ghoulishly best behavior for this hauntingly grand affair.

Hatbox Ghost at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World

Come see the Hatbox Ghost for yourself now at the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park!

Comments

  • Does the narrator still say the happy haunts are beginning to materialize after Madame Leota, or has that been removed since the Hatbox Ghost appears early?

  • Does this mean the mansion is now at capacity, or did another ghost move out and we’re still at 999?