Hatbox Ghost coming to Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion

Sep 11, 2022 in "Haunted Mansion"

Posted: Sunday September 11, 2022 2:38pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Announced today at D23 Expo, the Hatbox Ghost character will be added to the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion with a debut set for 2023.

The addition of the Hatbox Ghost to Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion comes after years of speculation, and its return to the Disneyland Haunted Mansion in 2015.

Disney did not say if the Haunted Mansion will be closing to add the new Hatbox Ghost scene.

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Touchdown26 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

Kittlesona26 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!

yensidtlaw196926 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:

TeriofTerror26 days ago

I'll leave those to the Country Bears. 😉

MisterPenguin26 days ago

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

RainbowFigmentum26 days ago

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

Mireille26 days ago

Is this a Liberace joke?

VicariousCorpse26 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.

yensidtlaw196927 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.

MisterPenguin27 days ago

The effect is positional. If you stayed still, there would be no transformations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenticular_printing

VicariousCorpse27 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.

HMF27 days ago

Most likely, No.

Kittlesona27 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.

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗9727 days ago

Constance has got to go someday, right?