Haunted Mansion Theory Says Guests Become Ghosts When Riding the Attraction

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Filled with grim grinning ghosts, singing busts, wall-to-wall creeps, hot and cold running chills, and of course, the Ghost Host, the Haunted Mansion attraction draws in Guest after Guest as they cannot wait to visit the 999 happy haunts.

But did you know that while riding Haunted Mansion, you actually “die” and become a ghost?

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This fan theory has been going around for years, and it is one that many actually believe to be true — because it makes sense!

Guests start off in the stretching room where the Ghost Host famously explains that there are no windows and no doors, and you have to find your way out. He then proceeds to show you how he “got out”, which is when the room goes dark and you see a body hanging from the ceiling.

Once this pre-show comes to an end, Guests leave the stretching room and board their own personal Doom Buggy to begin their tour of the mansion. Throughout the entire ride, the ghosts are trying to scare you out as the Ghost Host is practically trying to convince you to become the 1,000th happy haunt.

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As the tour continues, Guests are met with Constance Hatchaway in the attic scene. As you ride through, hearing about Constance and all of her “axed husbands”, you eventually leave the attic as your Doom Buggey turns around and you fall backwards into the graveyard scene. Many say that this is symbolizing Guests falling or jumping out of the attic, backwards, to their “death” and the ghosts that are seen flying up is basically the Guests’ transportation into the ghost world.

You are then greeted with what looks like a party in the graveyard and all the ghosts are happy to appear before you in close proximity, which is completely different from other aspects of the ride such as while in the ballroom scene where the ghosts are still trying to scare you away.

Finally, as the tour comes to an end, Guests then exit — but they do not leave out the front door and instead leave through the crypt.

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Though this is just a myth or fan theory and nothing has been confirmed that this was built into the storyline of Haunted Mansion (it’s not even in Disney’s official descriptions of the ride!), it truly is interesting and could actually make sense.

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The spirited Haunted Mansion adventure is guided by the “disembodied voice of the Ghost Host” as he is your private tour guide “through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises.” Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Disney World describes this attraction as:

The disembodied voice of the Ghost Host is your private guide through the cadaverous realm of an eerie haunted estate, home to ghosts, ghouls and supernatural surprises.

Glide past a casket-filled conservatory, Madame Leota’s chilling séance room and a ghostly graveyard of singing specters as you attempt to find your way out. Beware of hitchhikers—these phantom pranksters may follow you home.

Happy haunting!

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Related: Disney Comments on Possible Changes to Haunted Mansion Scene

What do you think about this fan theory? Do you think that part of the story is that Guests “die” while on Haunted Mansion? Let us know in the comments below.

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