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Disneyland 'Haunted Mansion' celebrates 44th birthday at D23; foolish mortals rejoice

Disneyland Haunted Mansion (full Ride) 2013

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Disneyland's Haunted Mansion has been frightening foolish mortals since 1969; the SoCal attraction celebrates its 44th birthday on Aug. 9.

The Mansion's short-lived "Hatbox Ghost" made a rare appearance on Friday at the heavily-attended D23 Expo in Anaheim when he was reanimated by Disney imagineers as a "smoothly moving figure" during a demonstration of "Audio-Animatronics," reports Inside the Magic

The Hatbox Ghost is the most notorious resident of The Haunted Mansion, standing in the ride’s attic scene for merely a week or two when it first opened on August 9, 1969, showcasing a special effect that made his head disappear and reappear in the hatbox that he was holding. Unfortunately the effect was never convincing, so despite his iconic look, he was forever lost to the boundless realm of the supernatural.

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Climb into our digital doom buggy below for a flashback of Disney-level terror. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts, horrific(ally awesome) headstone puns, and human remains. Is this haunted room actually stretching? 

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