A Spirited Transformation Awaits
Disneyland Resort has always been a place where magic comes to life, and in 2024, one of its most iconic attractions, the Haunted Mansion, will undergo a spirited metamorphosis. Kelsey Lynch, Public Relations Manager at Disneyland Resort, recently announced that the Haunted Mansion’s stately grounds will expand to include an enhanced outdoor queue and a brand-new retail shop adjacent to the attraction’s exit.
A Haunting History, Haunted Mansion
Before diving into the details of this exciting expansion, let’s take a spectral journey back in time. The Haunted Mansion first opened its creaking doors at Disneyland in 1969, becoming an instant classic. Local legend suggests that the mansion was first built by a prosperous sea captain, a tale that has been part of the attraction’s rich lore. Over the years, characters like Master Gracey, Madame Leota, and the infamous one-eyed cat have become integral to the Haunted Mansion’s story.
Expanding the Queue and Lore
The new expansion aims to build on these stories by introducing an expanded queue that will feature gardens inspired by Master Gracey, Madame Leota, and the one-eyed cat. Each garden will have unique elements, ranging from a water fountain and gazebo to themed statuary and landscaping. Imagine standing in line, surrounded by the eerie beauty of these gardens, each telling a tale of its own.
In a delightful twist, guests will also get a glimpse of a new greenhouse where the Haunted Mansion’s groundskeepers grow their plants. Fear not, the pet cemetery and horse-drawn funeral hearse will continue to reside on the attraction’s grounds, adding to the spooky charm we’ve all come to love.
Retail Therapy, the Madame Leota Way
If you’ve ever wanted to take a piece of the Haunted Mansion home with you, your wish is about to come true. An all-new retail shop, designed as Madame Leota’s carriage house, will open adjacent to the attraction. While details are still under wraps, one can only imagine the ghostly goodies that will be available. From limited-edition merchandise inspired by the mansion’s 999 happy haunts to mystical artifacts that echo Madame Leota’s incantations, this shop promises to be a treasure trove for fans.
Enhancements to Adjacent Areas
The expansion isn’t limited to the Haunted Mansion alone. The plaza next to Tiana’s Palace will also receive a facelift. This area, rich in history and memories, will transform into an elegant park-like setting where guests can relax and enjoy live entertainment under the shade of new and historic trees.
Accessibility Improvements for thHaunted Mansion
In line with Disneyland’s commitment to inclusivity, the expansion will also include a new elevator exit from the Haunted Mansion for guests with disabilities, making the attraction more accessible than ever.
Final Arrangements and Anticipation
Construction is set to begin in January 2024, and while we await more details, one thing is certain: the objects found in Leota’s garden will be inspired by her incantation, adding another layer of mystique to this beloved attraction.
So, as we eagerly anticipate these “dismaying” yet delightful changes, one thing is clear: the Haunted Mansion is not just a ride; it’s an ever-evolving experience that continues to capture our imaginations. And come 2024, it promises to be more enchanting and eerie than ever. Reach out today for a free vacation planning consultation to start planning your dreadful trip!