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The Hatbox Ghost Materializes in Disney’s Magic Kingdom: What Fans Need to Know

Published on September 9th, 2023 | Updated on September 9th, 2023 | By FanFest

The Hatbox Ghost Materializes in Disney’s Magic Kingdom: What Fans Need to Know

The Hatbox Ghost Materializes in Disney's Magic Kingdom: What Fans Need to Know

Infamous Disney Villain Finally Reaches Florida’s Magic Kingdom

In an exhilarating development that has Disney aficionados buzzing, the notorious Hatbox Ghost is making his grand entrance at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. This intriguing announcement came amid a flurry of updates from Destination 23, which has Disney World and Disneyland enthusiasts eagerly anticipating forthcoming transformations.

A Thrilling Update to Disney’s Haunted Mansion Attraction

The debut of the Hatbox Ghost is particularly timely, coinciding with the release of the latest Disney film, ‘Haunted Mansion,’ inspired by the iconic amusement park ride. For those unfamiliar with the character, the Hatbox Ghost is an animatronic spook originally designed for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in 1969. Despite being pulled from the ride soon after its inauguration, the ghostly figure made a comeback in Anaheim in 2015. This time, he’s geared up to haunt the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

During Destination 23, Disney Imagineer Daniel Joseph and Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared this electrifying news. According to Joseph, the enigmatic Hatbox Ghost will manifest itself in the Haunted Mansion’s infamous ‘Endless Hallway,’ right as park visitors pass through.

The Evolution of the Hatbox Ghost

When initially created in the late 1960s, the Hatbox Ghost was envisioned holding a hatbox, with the ultimate aim of his head magically appearing inside the box. Unfortunately, technological constraints of that era hindered the full realization of this feature. But the ghost didn’t just disappear; it gained a legendary status among Disney diehards. In 2015, the Hatbox Ghost reappeared in the Haunted Mansion ride, complete with state-of-the-art enhancements.

Haunted Mansion’s Director Talks Jared Leto’s Ghostly Role

Justin Simien, the director of ‘Haunted Mansion,’ shed some light on Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Hatbox Ghost in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He explained, “The character is a blend of digital and physical performance. We aimed for something scary, something that could exist in the real world and intensify the fright factor beyond what the ride offers. Jared Leto delivered a spine-chilling performance that is both menacing and terrifying.”

The ‘Haunted Mansion’ Film – More Than Just A Spooky House

In the ‘Haunted Mansion’ movie, Rosario Dawson plays a doctor, who along with her 9-year-old son (Chase Dillon), moves into a suspiciously low-cost mansion in New Orleans. Soon enough, they realize the house offers more thrills and chills than they signed up for. In a desperate attempt to seek help, they consult a priest (Owen Wilson). The priest brings in a team comprising a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (LaKeith Stanfield), a psychic from the French Quarter (Tiffany Haddish), and a grumpy historian (Danny DeVito).

Magic Kingdom Welcomes A Time-Honored Spook

Disney fans, brace yourselves for a magical yet eerie experience as the Hatbox Ghost comes to Orlando’s Magic Kingdom. Not only is this an exciting development in the world of Disney theme parks, but it also beautifully intersects with the release of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ film. Clearly, the arrival of the Hatbox Ghost promises to add an extra layer of spine-tingling excitement to the already bewitching Haunted Mansion attraction. Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you—this is one Disney update you won’t want to miss.

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