Disneyland’s classic Haunted Mansion attraction is getting some additions next year! The plan is to expand on the ride’s lore, while further immersing guests in the experience.
According to local legend, the manor that is now known as the Haunted Mansion was built by a prosperous sea captain. All these decades later, the staff has faithfully maintained its haunted grounds. The planned expansion will expand the outdoor queue, and build upon the gardens, giving guests a more interactive experience.
The new gardens are inspired by Master Gracey, Madame Leota, and the one-eyed cat. Each one will feature unique elements ranging from a water fountain and gazebo to themed statuary and landscaping. There will even be a new greenhouse where the groundskeepers for the Haunted Mansion grow their plants.
A new retail shop area will focus on getting Madame Leota’s presence beyond the walls of the mansion itself. It will be a carriage house, belonging to Leota, that will stand alone adjacent to the attraction’s exit.
If all that wasn’t enough, Disneyland will also be making enhancements to the plaza adjacent to the new Tiana’s Palace. This area holds a lot of history for the park and they would like to honor that with a new, elegant park-like setting. The goal is to make this an area for guests to relax and enjoy the ambiance and live entertainment under the shade of new and historic trees.
Disneyland will also be taking all of this construction as an opportunity to help improve accessibility in these areas. Including a new elevator exit from the Haunted Mansion for guests with disabilities.
Construction on all of this won’t begin until 2024. So for right now the park is teasing us with “consider this dismaying observation: the objects found in Leota’s garden will be inspired by her incantation!”
We’ll keep you posted on these Haunted Mansion projects, along with other Disneyland news as it develops.