Disney World Changing Its Haunted Mansion Attraction to Create a More Family-Friendly Experience? Here’s What We Know

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are home to the most classic, quintessential attractions.

Between Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom, rides like “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Space Mountain have delighted Guests for decades.

But one attraction stands out amongst all other Disney rides: the Haunted Mansion.

Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts

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The Haunted Mansion stands out because of the vast difference in theme and tone from other attractions. The only one that could come close is Pirates of the Caribbean, which also showcases topics like death. However, one of the most significant differences is that the tone of Pirates of the Caribbean is silly, jaunty, and lighthearted despite the darker scenes in the attraction.

The Haunted Mansion, however, is dark, eerie, and spooky from start to finish. Even once the more lighthearted scene begins in the graveyard, with the ‘Swingin’ Wake,’ there are puppets and animatronics that look scarier than others.

phantom manor

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Over in Disneyland Paris, the Phantom Manor has become infamous for being one of the scariest iterations of the Haunted Mansion attraction. However, Disneyland Paris has just made some significant updates, removing nooses and references to death by hanging.


Disneyland Paris had a few more of the “scary” scenes, but did not touch the Stretching Room yet. We’ll keep our eyes peeled on any changes at Walt Disney World! #hauntedmansion #disneynews #disneyrides

♬ Grim Grinning Ghosts – From “The Haunted Mansion” – The Melomen & Paul Frees & Betty Taylor & Bill Lee & Thurl Ravenscroft

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This begs the question: could it happen here? The Haunted Mansion is one of the most beloved rides in all of Walt Disney World, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from critical changes. Look at Splash Mountain, for example! If something is deemed offensive enough, it will be changed, no matter how classic.

Captain Culpepper Clyne

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That being said, Walt Disney World has made no indication that the Haunted Mansion will be updated or changed in any way.

So if you’re a big fan of the Haunted Mansion, there’s no need to fret! The Ghost Host, Attic Bride, Hatbox Ghost, Hitch-Hiking Ghosts, and all the rest of the 999 haunts are still happy to welcome Foolish Mortals into their not-so-humble abode.

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.