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New enhancements coming to WDW's Haunted Mansion for the 50th anniversary?

Imagineer999

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According to several sources I know, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is likely to get some enhancements for WDW's 50th anniversary celebration. It won't be as significant as the 2007 Re-Haunting, but some new magic could materialize. No details have been provided to me, but they've all hinted at the addition of the Hatbox Ghost.
 

Imagineer999

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I would imagine the Hatbox Ghost is a sure thing. Imagineers have explicitly said in public forums that they intend on installing him at WDW’s Mansion. It does need a quality refresh. Nothing major, just a return to form. Especially for a flagship attraction.
Yes. Being an annual passholder who visits the Mansion all the time, I guarantee you that the attraction is not in good shape right now. It's in need of a good and lengthy refurbishment.
 

Kamikaze

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According to several sources I know, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is likely to get some enhancements for WDW's 50th anniversary celebration. It won't be as significant as the 2007 Re-Haunting, but some new magic could materialize. No details have been provided to me, but they've all hinted at the addition of the Hatbox Ghost.
I would say sprucing up the HM is a certainty. Same with most of the 'classic' attractions at MK.
 

Imagineer999

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Having the Hatbox ghost, but not her, is dumb. The whole gag is that the heart beat is synced with the head switch.
Exactly, but I doubt Constance will get the boot anytime soon. Many diehard mansion fans including myself can't stand her, but she is beloved by a lot of other people. She's become an iconic character of the attraction at this point. I see her on soooooo much merchandise.
 

Dragonman

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As some people on here know WDW had a Hatbox Ghost situation in itself, the infamous web man (removed very early on due to being “too scary” and was stored under the graveyard by the omnimover motors for a while. Not sure what happened to him after that). I’d like to see him finally see the light of day but I doubt that will ever happen. WDW was to originally receive a Hatbox Ghost in 1971 but we all know how that went.
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Also here is the original WDW bride. I’d love to see her return and kick chatty Connie out.
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Magicart87

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My hope is that the enhancements to the mansion include more removals than additions. The current attic scene is an "Imagineered dumpster fire" - a disharmonious spectacle of over-stimuli presented like a special effect demo reel. I think less is more, especially for an attic. Conny's removal would be such a boon to the mansion. Understated, IMO is more creepy.
 

Imagineer999

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My WDW Haunted Mansion wish list:

- make the interactive queue more creepy and less silly. The entire first half of the attraction is supposed to be foreboding. You're not supposed to know that these are good-natured ghosts until you get to the ballroom.
- adjust the timing of Master Gracey's portrait transformation so everyone can see it
- restore the "moving eyes" effect to the Sinister 11 portraits in the Load Area. I doubt they will ever restore the original Portrait Corridor, but getting those stares back would make up for it
- restore the deep red lighting to the Corridor of Doors and the pair of hands prying the last door open
- restore the original attic
- restore the original hitchhiking ghost effect

If they could make those changes, I would be so happy.
 
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