New Changes at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Revealed

by | Apr 19, 2021 | WDW Blog

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On April 12, the Disney Parks Blog gave readers a sneak peek at the new changes coming to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

After a wait that feels like an eternity (now we know how the Mansion’s resident ghouls must feel), the newly-improved Haunted Mansion will soon open its doors to us dear mortals once again.

Here are the devilish details on the new magic at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion:

  • Imagineers have made new changes to both the interior and grounds of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. 
  • Fans will squeal with delight when they witness the return of one of the Mansion’s original portraits, “April to December.”
  • California residents will be the first guests to see the changes in person when the park reopens on April 30th.

Bone-Chilling Changes

Additions have been made to the pet cemetery as a way of better “representing [the pets’] stories from beyond the grave.” 

One example? The society garlic planted in honour of a dearly-departed skunk.

Speaking of pets, don’t be frightened by the sudden appearance of a one-eyed feline. In a sneak peek posted by @disneyparks on TikTok, we’re reassured that this new statue is “a tale for another time.”

The spirits have also been hard at work in Madame Leota’s séance room. Keep your eyes peeled for a floating symphony of musical instruments and … a wicker chair?

The LA Times notes that Mansion superfans will likely link the chair to the work of Rolly Crump, “one of the first Imagineers to work on the mansion in the late 1950s, a full decade before it would open.”

Guests will also notice that the drapes, carpets, and wallpaper have all been refurbished as part of this latest update. 

As for whether the attraction’s controversial hanging scene will be removed, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Michele Hobbs says, “It’s been discussed,” but will remain unchanged at this time.


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The Return of an Old Friend

Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Luke Skywalker once said that, “no one’s ever really gone.” It seems the same can be said about “April to December,” an original Mansion painting that has been missing from the portrait hallway since the mid-2000s. 

Originally designed by legendary Disney animator, Marc Davis, a recreation of this raven-haired, rapidly-aging beauty is gracing the walls of the Mansion once again. 

How Soon Can You Hurry Baaack…?

Inside the new line queue for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland

Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

In keeping with current state guidelines, California residents (in groups no larger than 3 households) will be the only guests welcomed back when Disneyland Resort theme parks reopen on April 30th. 

As previously reported, entry into the park will require both valid theme park admission and a park reservation. 


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Written by Natasha Szostak

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Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
Natasha Szostak

Written by Natasha Szostak

Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.