Since the Disney parks Blog officially announced the Hat Box ghost was returning to Haunted Mansion, I have been so excited!
The Hatbox ghost was originally used in advertising for the Haunted Mansion before it opened. He was briefly in the attraction in 1969 and then disappeared. It is rumored he was taken out because he never worked how Imagineering wanted him to. He has decided to make his appearance known again (as has been noted by Disney, there are still 999 happy haunts in the Haunted Mansion, he has just decided to reappear so he is counted in that number). He has a strong legacy out in So Cal and people freaked when his animatronic was at D23 2 years ago.
He officially returned on Saturday, May 9th. After the 10k, I hurried back to the hotel to shower, roll and go grab breakfast before heading off to DL at opening to walk right over and get in line. I needed to see him!
We waited about 30 minutes in line to see him and let me say, he DID NOT disappoint! He is such how quality and looks so great, I may have squealed a bit! His effects are so cool and the gif above (I borrowed it from hatboxghost.com does not do it justice).
I can't wait to see him again this weekend!
Has anyone else seen the Hatbox Ghost yet?