A Major Change Has Reportedly Been Made to Disney’s Haunted Mansion Attraction

Since its opening day, Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion has been one of the crown jewels of Walt Disney World.

The creative setting, the original storytelling, and the special effects have been dazzling Guests for decades.

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Whether discussing Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, the Haunted Mansion is a staple to the Disney Parks its graced with its presence.

So, it comes as a surprise to Disney fans to hear that a change has been made to the Haunted Mansion ride, but that’s exactly what has happened recently.

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A YouTube channel by the name of ‘WDW POV’ (as in, ‘Walt Disney World Point of View’) recently posted a full video of the Haunted Mansion ride. The video takes viewers through the outdoor queue, inside the mansion, and ultimately through the ride.

However, upon watching it, we noticed something that wasn’t always there before…

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During the ride, Guests are taken on a tour through the Haunted Mansion by a Ghost Host. This tour takes them through a few eerie hallways, a seance, a ghostly ballroom, and finally, down to the cemetery for a “swingin’ wake.” This ‘swingin’ wake’ is attended by all 999 Happy Haunts.


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It’s easily the biggest scene in the attraction with the most puppets and animatronics being displayed at once. But in this scene lies a hearse, and that hearse was recently lit up with eerie, red lights.

Although it’s a subtle addition to the special effects used in this ride, it’s very noticeable to hardcore fans, and will definitely add to the tone of the ride going forward.

Be sure to look out for this new special effect the next time you ride Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion ride.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.