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Disney Fans Oppose What They Call the ‘New Jack Sparrow’

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Disney fans are pretty intense and will gladly admit to trying to bully the company into some of its entertainment decisions, especially when it comes to classic Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World ride characters. Recent decisions have fans worried that Disney has lost its storytelling touch. The Pirates of the Caribbean fandom is so passionate about Johnny Depp that they’d rather see him abandon his iconic Jack Sparrow role than forgive Disney for turning its back on him during his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

Theme Park Guests are equally appalled at who they’re calling ‘the new Jack Sparrow.’ Enter Haunted Mansion’s 2023 live-action film adaption, starring Jared Leto as the fan-favorite Hatbox Ghost.

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Fans Call Jared Leto’s Hatbox Ghost the New Jack Sparrow

Walt Disney World just announced that a wildly popular ride character from the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction will FINALLY be coming to the Magic Kingdom version! Fans of the Florida Disney Park have been begging Disney to bring this character to the East Coast for years and are finally getting what they wanted…well, mostly.

The Hatbox Ghost is a ghostly figure that adds to the spooky immersion of the Haunted Mansion ride. The character gained a cult following after being removed for technical difficulties and never returning. After decades of anticipation, the Hatbox Ghost returned to Disneyland in 2015 with improved technology and special effects. The haunted Hatbox Ghost now seamlessly transitions from holding an empty hatbox to having his head magically disappear from his body, only to reappear inside the hatbox.

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With the release of the new Haunted Mansion film, Disney World is finally getting its own version! While the fans are glad it won’t actually resemble Jared Leto, die-hards are wildly unhappy about the ghost’s placement in the attraction and liken it to when the Pirates of the Caribbean ride threw Johnny Depp’s movie character in various scenes because of big screen success.

Why are People So Mad About the Hatbox Ghost’s Placement?

According to the storytelling of the ride, which Disney used to hold in the highest regard, ghosts in the Haunted Mansion don’t materialize until Madame Leota calls to them, which happens during the attraction itself. However, Disney World announced that its Hatbox Ghost will appear during the endless hallway scene, which is one of the first spooky scenes after loading into the doom buggy – AKA way before meeting Leota.

And Guests are NOT here for the plot line inconsistency. Here are just a FEW examples:

Disney Fans have spoken, they want the Hatbox Ghost in the attic! What would Jack Sparrow have to say??

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!