|Photo taken at the 2013 D23 Expo by myself|
The Hatbox Ghost did appear in The Haunted Mansion when it first opened back in 1969. The effect of his head disappearing and appearing in a hatbox he held in his right hand was never convincing and the Hatbox Ghost disappeared into legend. But he appeared on several pieces of merchandise and then the rumors of his return materialized when this audio animatronic figure appeared at the 2013 D23 Expo. But finally, the Disney Parks Blog made the official announcement that the Hatbox Ghost would make his long-awaited return in May!