Hatbox Ghost Unveiled At Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion

Hatbox Ghost - Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion now hosts a new spectral resident, the Hatbox Ghost. The announcement of this spectral figure’s arrival was made more than a year ago, and he has finally materialized in the Endless Hallway scene.

As visitors journey through the Haunted Mansion in their Doom Buggies, the Hatbox Ghost greets them with a grin beside the never-ending passage. This makes him the first apparition that guests encounter on the ride, appearing even before the narration declares the “beginning to materialize” of happy haunts.

The Setting of the Hatbox Ghost

Endless corridor in the Haunted Mansion

Despite not being included in the Hatbox Ghost concept art and causing concerns, the floating candelabra is still present in the Endless Hallway scene. The “Donald Duck chair” did not reappear with the ghost, but a similar chair can be found in the library scene just before this. Instead, behind the Hatbox Ghost is a door and next to him is a cart filled with hatboxes and topped with a lantern. A few suitcases have also been added outside the doors in the Endless Hallway.

Preparations for the Hatbox Ghost’s Arrival

Initial preparations for the Hatbox Ghost’s arrival started in August, with curtains being put up in the Endless Hallway. The Haunted Mansion was then closed for refurbishment from August 7th through the 10th. While the Hatbox Ghost was not present when the attraction reopened, minor changes were visible, such as an updated Madame Leota and Prince Amenmose, the tea-sipping mummy, returning to the graveyard scene. Rolly Crump’s Candleman was also added to the attic scene a week ago.

The Lore of the Hatbox Ghost

d23-hatbox ghost

There have been speculations about whether the placement of the Hatbox Ghost in this particular location will disrupt the lore of the Haunted Mansion. However, Disney Imagineer Daniel Joseph clarified at Destination D23 2023 that since the Hatbox Ghost is an “unhappy haunt,” he can come and go as he pleases.

The History of the Hatbox Ghost

The Hatbox Ghost was present in the original Disneyland Haunted Mansion on its opening day. However, due to technology not being advanced enough to handle the ghost’s disappearing and reappearing head, the ghost only lasted a few weeks before vanishing for nearly 50 years. The Hatbox Ghost made a comeback to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in 2015. He appears at the end of the attic scene, after the Bride.

Hatbox Ghost in Popular Culture

haunted mansion movie 2023

The Hatbox Ghost is also the antagonist of Disney’s 2023 “Haunted Mansion” film, which is currently available on Disney+. Now that he has materialized in Magic Kingdom, visitors get the chance to experience this enigmatic character in person.

As always, stay tuned to the DVC Shop blog for all the latest developments for Disney theme parks and all the information you could ever need about the Disney Vacation Club resorts.

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

Got Something On Your Mind?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.