Work begins on the Hatbox Ghost installation at Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion

Aug 02, 2023 in "Haunted Mansion"

Posted: Wednesday August 2, 2023 9:36am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

At Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion, work is underway to install the new Hatbox Ghost audio-animatronic figure.


A curtain is now in place on the left side of the Endless Hallway, where the Hatbox Ghost will be positioned.

Disney remains tight-lipped on when we see the Hatbox Ghost materialize at the Haunted Mansion, but has confirmed that it will be later in 2023.

The Haunted Mansion is scheduled for a brief refurbishment from August 7 - 9, reopening to guests on August 10, 2023, just before the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party season on August 11. It remains to be seen if the Htabox Ghost will be unveiled then, or later in the year.

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Touchdown16 days ago

Do you want to know how it works? Because I’ve seen it not work properly at DL The head screen is very quickly lowered into the body and back up. I also believe the screen may constrict a little as well but I’m not sure on that. It’s hidden by the puff of smoke animation. The animation was not working properly one time I rode. Doesn’t really spoil the effect for me, just makes me appreciate it more

Kittlesona17 days ago

I very much assumed this was how the heads work. Now I’m wondering why the effect isn’t more timed with the positioning of the doom buggies. The different practical effects of the mansion are fascinating!

yensidtlaw196917 days ago

The only lenticular I can think of that featured inside one of the Mansions was this one from the wall that hid Disneyland's Hatbox Ghost install. Bats like the ones from the stanchions appeared to fly around inside the window as you rode by. Never quite understood what they were going for there, but it was a lenticular:

TeriofTerror17 days ago

I'll leave those to the Country Bears. 😉

MisterPenguin17 days ago

Well, then, I stand corrected! Maybe it's the pearls....

RainbowFigmentum17 days ago

In each of the photos with the husband, she gains a pearl to her necklace, as his head disappears.

Mireille17 days ago

Is this a Liberace joke?

VicariousCorpse17 days ago

It's actually a two layer scrim with lighting in front and behind. At 8:35 you can see the doom buggy stopped and the transformations continue looping. While Disney loves their lenticulars for promos and merchandise, they're even on the construction walls for the mansion at Disneyland, I don't think they've ever been used inside any mansion.

yensidtlaw196917 days ago

The portraits aren't lenticular - if your Doombuggy gets stopped in the Attic the portraits will still continue changing. They're a modified version of the Changing Portrait Hall portraits.

MisterPenguin18 days ago

The effect is positional. If you stayed still, there would be no transformations.

VicariousCorpse18 days ago

The timing is independent of the doombuggies. They just switch back and forth between the two with equal amount of time. It's just coincidence and timing of your riding.

HMF18 days ago

Most likely, No.

Kittlesona18 days ago

Slightly off topic, but am I the only person who seeing the headless portraits in reverse? By that I mean, EVERY one of them I see the man headless first and then he “regains” his head as I continue to view it. Surely it’s meant to be seen the other way right? So that we know they all lost their heads? My fixation on that each time I ride takes me out of the malevolence of the attic each time.

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗9718 days ago

Constance has got to go someday, right?