The Hatbox Ghost Has Arrived at Disney World

by | Nov 30, 2023 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

The Hatbox Ghost is finally here! The highly anticipated addition to the Haunted Mansion has officially materialized at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 happy haunts…but there’s always room for one more! Since 2015, the Hatbox Ghost has been materializing at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Resort, making a highly anticipated reappearance after his original debut (and disappearance) in 1969. But, the famed ghost had yet to make his debut at Disney World’s version of the iconic ride. Until now, that is.

The Hatbox Ghost Has Materialized

Back at the 2022 D23 Expo, it was revealed that the Hatbox Ghost would be coming to the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. And starting today, guests will have the chance to see the newest haunt for themselves.

The Hatbox Ghost’s history can be traced back to 1969 when he appeared in the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Resort. The ghost’s head would disappear and reappear in the hatbox he was holding. However, the technology of the time hadn’t quite caught up to the ghost’s needs, which led to his quick disappearance from the ride. But, in 2015, the famed spirit came back to the ride, nearly 50 years after his original exit.

 

While the Hatbox Ghost at Disneyland’s version can be found right after the attic scene, you’ll see him in a different location at Magic Kingdom. In Disney World’s version of the attraction, he can be found as you pass the Endless Hallway.

Until now, the Hatbox Ghost had never been featured in Magic Kingdom’s version of the attraction. For that reason, we expect the ride to become a popular one over the coming weeks as guests get their first glimpse at the highly anticipated arrival! So make sure to grab the ride for your Genie+ selection if you’ll be visiting the Haunted Mansion soon.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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