|Original Hatbox Ghost Animatronic|
The Hatbox Ghost is returning to the ride, this May!
Let's just let that sink in for a few there. Okay, we good? How about now? Alright, moving forward then! Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big deal, it's just another in the cast of hundreds within the confines of the Haunted Mansion ride and that's true.
However, the Hatbox Ghost was originally a failure. To put it simply, the effect just didn't work and after months of tinkering, they finally removed him from the ride.
Now, it's been hinted that he never actually left the ride at all, just somewhere else where you couldn't see him. Certainly possible with all the dark nooks and corners within the ride itself and there is the matter that one of the heads that pop up in the cemetery scene being identical to the legendary Hatbox Ghost's as well. So, maybe...just maybe, he's been there all along.
There's no word on when the official date for his reappearance will be or where he'll be implimented within the ride. It would be fitting if he were to return to the attic that he once occupied, but only time will tell on how Disney decides to do this one. We also don't know if he'll be making an appearance at Disney World in Orlando, FL but one can hope, right? For now, here's a little concept art!
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