Disney Fans Agree: Something’s Going on With Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion Attraction…

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There’s no doubt that Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is the hug of Disney magic on the East Coast. The theme park hosts all classic Disney attractions and experiences fans associate with ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth.’

From parades to fireworks shows above Cinderella Castle to the quaint aesthetic of Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom has it all! Including the most classic, quintessential Disney attractions, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain, to name a few.

But none is more popular or beloved than Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction.

Although Magic Kingdom Hosts Dozens of Rides, One Is More Beloved Than the Rest…

Hatbox Ghost at Haunted Mansion

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This classic dark ride is so beloved that it’s been replicated in Disneyland Paris (Mystic Manor), Hong Kong Disneyland (Mystic Manor), and Tokyo Disneyland (Phantom Manor). That makes for a total of five different Haunted Mansion attractions in the world.

But Magic Kingdom’s version has been looking different recently, and fans are starting to notice…

Does the Haunted Mansion seem darker than usual?
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One anonymous guest took to social media, asking other fans of Walt Disney World if they noticed that the Haunted Mansion attraction’s been looking…off recently.

Immediately, replies came pouring in, with many guests agreeing: the Haunted Mansion looks darker than usual. And that’s saying something!

The Haunted Mansion Is Supposed to Be Dark, but Is It Supposed to Be THIS Dark?

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The slow-moving attraction is literally categorized as a ‘dark ride:’ an indoor theme park and amusement park ride, where guests board ride vehicles on a guided, moving track.

Then, guests travel through the attraction, which often utilizes a combination of special lighting, special effects, animations, and audio-animatronics to bring the story of the attraction to life.

haunted mansion Ballroom scene

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In the Haunted Mansion’s case, guests board a ‘Doom Buggy,’ as the narrator, the ‘Ghost Host,’ guides them throughout the events of the ride.

But despite the attraction’s scenes taking place in such a spooky environment, some light is still needed to convey the scenes themselves.

There are very few reasons for a Disney attraction to lower the lights like this…unless it’s to hide a deteriorating ride.

Could Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion Attraction Be Falling Apart?

Haunted Mansion's Hitchhiking Ghosts

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While the Haunted Mansion remains one of Walt Disney World’s most popular attractions, that doesn’t mean it’s being properly taken care of.

It’s no secret that Disney doesn’t rush to fix attractions or give them the TLC they deserve, especially when they’re one of the theme park’s most popular attractions.

Captain Culpepper Clyne, haunted mansion queue

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Could that be what’s going on with the Haunted Mansion? We hope not. It’s never good news to hear that a beloved Disney ride is falling apart, and it’s even worse to hear that the Walt Disney Company isn’t doing anything about it! Hopefully, this classic Liberty Square attraction will be fixed soon.

Have you experienced more than one version of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction? Which version is your personal favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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.


  1. It appears to be darker than in the past. Its almost a hazard as the lighting so faint now in the walking areas.

  2. Phantom Manor is in Paris, Mystic Manor is only Hong Kong. Tokyo’s Haunted Mansion is essentially the same as Walt Disney World’s, not considered a different version.