The legendary Hatbox Ghost has materialized at Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. This iconic character recently appeared in the Endless Hallway scene of the Magic Kingdom attraction. Disney first announced his arrival last September. Fans eagerly awaited the ghost’s debut for over a year. The Hatbox Ghost emerges through a blue glass-paned door. Muddy footprints mark his path. He carries a cart of hatboxes and luggage. A dim lantern lights him. He grins at guests passing by in Doom Buggies. His appearance adds to the Haunted Mansion’s spooky environment.
The ghost originally debuted at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in 1969. But he vanished shortly after opening day. The illusion of his disappearing head did not work well. Advancements in technology brought him back in 2015. He returned just in time for the ride’s 60th anniversary. The Hatbox Ghost has become a fixture at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion since then.
His Walt Disney World arrival coincides with the new Haunted Mansion movie release. Actor Jared Leto plays the Hatbox Ghost in the film. The movie hit theaters in July 2023. Disney World’s first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party also takes place in August. The timing of his debut builds excitement for the Halloween season. The ghost appears much earlier at Walt Disney World. He is the first spirit guests see there. But in Disneyland, he is located after the attic scene.
The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom underwent preparations starting in August 2023. Disney installed curtains and made other enhancements. But they saved the Hatbox Ghost reveal for opening day. Fans are thrilled to finally see this beloved spirit on both coasts. The Hatbox Ghost’s arrival completes recent upgrades to Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. It adds another memorable character to the classic dark ride. His appearance in time for Halloween will delight guests this spooky season.