This one is for fans of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and its most mysterious resident, the Hatbox Ghost.
The legend of the Hatbox Ghost goes like this: the character was created for the Mansion but reportedly removed prior to the attraction opening in 1969. It’s said that the effect of the Hatbox Ghost — the character’s head disappeared from his body and reappeared in the hatbox he carried at his side — didn’t work within the confined attic space in which he resided. Another theory for his removal was that he was just too frightening.
However, Disney continued to use the image of the ghost in promotional materials for the attraction for years to come. This, combined with vague accounts of guests claiming to have seen the figure in the attic shortly after the attraction opened, added to the mystique of the Hatbox Ghost. But it could never really be proved that the character was actually seen by guests — until now.
Check out this video posted last week by the Disney History Institute:
Pretty cool, huh?
No one could ever really say what became of the Hatbox Ghost itself — its whereabouts remain a mystery to this day. But his legend lives on on Disneyland fan forums and in the movies. Director Guillermo del Toro, who is writing and producing a movie based on the Haunted Mansion, has announced he will include the Hatbox Ghost in his film.