The Haunted Mansion – Liberty Square – Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom | Liberty Square

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Description Ride Information Restrictions Location Fun Facts Top 5 Tips


Hop aboard a “Doom Buggy” and mingle with “999 happy haunts” in this classic Disney attraction.

Ride Information

Opening Day: October 1, 1971

Type of Ride: Haunted House

Age Recommendation: Ages 5 and up

Duration of Ride: About 10 minutes

Typical Queue Time: Moderate; usually peaks at around one hour

Single Rider Line: No

FastPass+: Yes, visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.

Chicken Exit Available: No

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: Doom Buggies; essentially cars that transport you slowly through the Mansion

Type of Restraint: Lap bar

Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; evening. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No

Ride Restrictions

Height Requirements: None

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No


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Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:

This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Shopping: Located across from The Haunted Mansion, “Memento Mori” sells a wide variety of Haunted Mansion-inspired merchandise, ranging from t-shirts to candy to upscale kitchenware.

Dining/Refreshment: Three counter service restaurants in Liberty Square, Columbia Harbour HouseSleepy Hollow, and Liberty Square Market, specialize in seafood; creative waffle sandwiches; and hearty sandwiches, sides, and fruit, respectively. Table service dining is offered for lunch and dinner at the Colonial Williamsburg-inspired Liberty Tree Tavern.

Restroom: The closest restrooms, themed after Tangled, are located in Fantasyland just past the border with Liberty Square.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Magic Kingdom smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.

The Haunted Mansion Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • The Haunted Mansion is one of 14 attractions remaining in some form from the Magic Kingdom’s opening day, October 1, 1971. The others are “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel” (now Prince Charming Regal Carrousel), Country Bear Jamboree, “Dumbo the Flying Elephant,” “Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade,” “Hall of Presidents,” It’s a Small World, “Jungle Cruise,” “Mad Tea Party,” “Peter Pan’s Flight,” “Swiss Family Treehouse,” “Tropical Serenade” (now Enchanted Tiki Room), “Grand Prix Raceway” (now Tomorrowland Speedway), and “Walt Disney World Railroad.”
  • The original Haunted Mansion debuted at Disneyland Park in California on August 9, 1969. The façade was completed in 1963, but the official opening was delayed for six years due to numerous factors, including Disney’s participation in the 1964 New York World’s Fair and Walt Disney’s sudden death. The exterior of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion does not resemble that of a rundown haunted house because Walt Disney wanted the action to take place inside the building, not outside.
  • The Haunted Mansion commences in the “stretching room,” where the “Ghost Host” introduces the upcoming adventure. Unlike Disneyland’s stretching rooms, which double as elevators, the Magic Kingdom’s two stretching rooms are effectively stationary.
  • The mansion structure is a façade. The bulk of The Haunted Mansion occurs in a show building hidden from guests through landscaping.
  • The ride vehicles utilized in The Haunted Mansion are called “Doom Buggies.”
  • Riders are treated to a plethora of amazing effects throughout The Haunted Mansion, including dancing ghosts, an endless hallway, hovering staircases, and the floating head of a Madame Leota.
  • The names on the tombstones outside The Haunted Mansion are those of the actual Imagineers who developed the attraction.
  • The Haunted Mansion’s theme song is “Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song).” The lyrics to this tune were written by X Atencio (Francis Xavier Atencio), who is honored through one the tombstones outside the attraction. Atencio also wrote the lyrics to “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” from Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Hands-on elements were added to The Haunted Mansion’s queue in 2011. These features include interactive tombstones and musical activities.
  • A tribute to Mr. Toad, the protagonist of “The Wind in the Willows” segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950), is made in the pet cemetery outside The Haunted Mansion. “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” a popular attraction in Fantasyland, closed in 1999 and was replaced by “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”
  • The Haunted Mansion inspired the 2003 movie of the same name starring Eddie Murphy.
  • The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction that exists at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Park Paris (as “Phantom Manor”), and Disneyland Park Tokyo but in different lands at each resort. The Haunted Mansion is located in “Liberty Square” in Orlando, “New Orleans Square” in Anaheim, “Frontierland” in Paris (as “Phantom Manor”), and “Fantasyland” in Tokyo.

Hidden Mickeys: A Hidden Mickey can be found during the graveyard scene.

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Top 5 Tips for The Haunted Mansion

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  • The Haunted Mansion is more fun than scary, but the dark atmosphere may frighten young children.
  • The Haunted Mansion is a solid option for FastPass Plus, though Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are better first choices. The Haunted Mansion loads quickly, but the waits can be long during busy times.
  • If you encounter a long line, consider experimenting with the interactive elements in the queue.
  • Take a look at the tombstones honoring the Imagineers. They may heighten your appreciation of the attraction.
  • Prepare for “Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song)” to linger in your head for a while. It is a catchy tune.

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