After a months-long leak caused significant damage to the exit walkway of The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom, Disney is finally attending to the problem.
The Haunted Mansion Pavement
The broken cobblestones are on the pathway leading out of The Haunted Mansion. When we first spoke to Cast Members about the walkway last month, they noted the cobblestones were loose and they sometimes saw water spring up from the cracks, posing a threat to themselves and the guests who walked the area.
As of Thursday, some of the broken pavement has been torn up and replaced with a flat black board, apparently as a temporary solution.
The board is near the exit gate of Haunted Mansion property. The cobblestones around it still have bad cracks. Hopefully, this indicates crews are working on repairing the underground leak and fully replacing the sidewalk.
In bigger Haunted Mansion news, the Hatbox Ghost has finally materialized at the Florida version of the attraction. The ghost was an opening-day animatronic at the Disneyland Haunted Mansion but the technology of the day wasn’t quite up to standards, so he was removed within weeks. The Hatbox Ghost returned to Disneyland in 2015.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion has become one of Disney’s most iconic attractions since its opening at Disneyland in 1969 and on the opening day of Walt Disney World in 1971. A clone of the Walt Disney World attraction opened at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. The ride serves as inspiration for Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Disneyland revealed this year that they would be expanding the grounds of their Haunted Mansion to include a new gift shop and gardens inspired by various Haunted Mansion characters. The “spirited metamorphosis” will take place in 2024.