Disney Debuts New Haunted Mansion Mystery For Park Guests to Solve

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It seems like Disney is implementing something new in the Parks, and it’s bringing something spooky to the fan-favorite Haunted Mansion.

Disney Story Beyond Haunted Mansion Starts in January 23
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For years, the Walt Disney Company has been a leader in theme parks around the world. Ever since Walt Disney himself started the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California, “The Happiest Place On Earth”, the Disney Resort umbrella has grown to span the globe, with the Walt Disney World Resort and the Magic Kingdom, as well as international Parks like the Disneyland Paris Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, and the Tokyo Disney Resort.

There are also several beloved franchises that have begun in the Disney Parks themselves and also turned into big properties in their own right — namely the Pirates of the Caribbean (especially with Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrowalthough now it seems Margot Robbie may take his place?), the Haunted Mansion, the Jungle Cruise and the related Disney Parks creation, the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (SEA). Now, the Haunted Mansion ride and franchise will receive a brand spanking new update coming to a Disney Park this January.

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This new Haunted Mansion event is titled Disney Story Beyond, and is a new style of event that has not been attempted before. It was revealed by Disney slowly and mysteriously throughout the entire month of November. The Haunted Mansion mystery-solving event was teased to debut in January 2023, and is a first of probably several new events that hope to combine new augmented reality technology with features within the Parks themselves. It will debut in the Tokyo Disneyland Park’s Haunted Mansion first, in the Tokyo Disney Resort — but this does not rule out the same or similar event coming to the other Disney Parks, should this endeavor prove successful. Now, the Tokyo Disney Resort has released more information — with regards to the limited edition Haunted Mansion merchandise, and importantly — how to take part in solving the mystery within the theme parks themselves.

Disney Story Beyond Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Ghost Registry
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Alongside the augmented reality features coming to the Haunted Mansion ride, the mystery-solving element called “The 13 Hidden Mysteries of the Ghost Registry”, will let Guests put on their proverbial Sherlock hats to figure out the truth behind the Haunted Mansion’s mystery!

The official Disney Story Beyond website details the event beginning on January 26, and lays out the steps that Guests need to take in order to participate in the event while at the Tokyo Disneyland Park, including where to purchase the official Disney Story Beyond “Ghost Registry” guidebook:

STEP ONE

Purchase a guide at Grand Emporium, Kingdom Treasure, and Disney & Company.

  • A standby pass may be required to enter some stores in the park.
    (Depending on the situation, it may be extended or changed without notice)
    Click here for details

STEP TWO

Read the story and How To Play written in the guide, accessed from the QR code.

STEP THREE

A riddle will be displayed on the screen. Solve the mystery while finding hints on the Disney Story Beyond special site and inside the Parks.

Disney Story Beyond Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Ballroom
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The Walt Disney Company (and whoever is spearheading this over at Imagineering) have decided to keep quiet about any further details. It seems like a large part of the event is meant to be shrouded in mystery somewhat, only to be revealed as time goes on.

Either way, we’re definitely keeping an eye out — if this proves to be a popular sort of event, it could prove a fantastic method of spicing up a trip to Disney for out-of-towners, but locals especially!

What do you think about this new Haunted Mansion mystery-solving event? Do you hope to participate in this (or something like it)? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture exists as the Walt Disney Company’s first-ever international Disney Park and is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company. Located just beside the JR Maihama Station, and linked to the international Narita Airport and Haneda Airport by convenient transport networks, Tokyo Disney Resort comprises two theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, all connected by the Disney Resort Line monorail. Nearby are affiliate hotels and those in the official Disney Hotel line, the Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel and Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel. Attached to the Tokyo DisneySea Park is the Hotel MiraCosta located right in Mediterranean Harbor.

Tokyo Disneyland resides just a short distance from the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, and features a similar castle to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with its own Cinderella Castle — though a World Bazaar instead of Main Street USA. Tokyo Disneyland offers more than one unique attraction, including the Tokyo-exclusive, trackless Winnie the Pooh ride, Pooh’s Honey Hunt, plus Monsters, Inc. “Ride & Go Seek!”. Familiar favorites from other parks include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, it’s a small world, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster. Themed lands include the quaint Critter Country, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and of course — the soon-to-be-revamped Tomorrowland.

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