Published On: Mon, Aug 8th, 2011

WATCH: VIDEO of The Hatbox Ghost in the Haunted Mansion 1969

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This video is of actual footage of the Hatbox Ghost in the Haunted Mansion in 1969.

The Hatbox Ghost is a character that appeared originally in The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland but was removed shortly after the attraction’s debut. Located formerly in the ride’s attic scene, the figure is described as “an elderly ghost in a cloak and top hat, leaning on a cane with a wavering hand and clutching a hatbox in the other.”

The idea behind The Hatbox Ghost was for his head to vanish from atop his shoulders and reappear alternately inside his hatbox, in time with an adjacent bride figure’s beating heart. According to Imagineer Chris Merritt in an interview with DoomBuggies.com, the effect was never completely successful due to the illusion’s close proximity to the ride vehicles:

“The gag was based purely on lighting. The ghost’s head was illuminated by black lighting. A light inside the hatbox he held would rhythmically illuminate and hide the head in the hatbox, while, in tandem, the actual head on the ghost’s shoulders would be hidden by extinguishing the black lighting.”

Source: Wikipedia and

http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/07/09/video-of-the-hatbox-ghost-in-the-haunted-mansion-finally-discovered/

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