Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Closing for Extensive Refurbishment in January 2020


Haunted Mansion

999 ghosts…and always room for 1 more!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion will close and undergo extensive refurbishment in early 2020.

Haunted Mansion

January 16, 2020: We got to ride on it 3x…no wait!

Haunted Mansion

You’ll never see the standby time set at 5 minutes like other rides. When the HM standby time is set to 13 minutes, it means it’s walk on!!!  Welcome!

The last day to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday will be on January 20, 2020, with the ride closing for several months for refurbishment on January 21, 2020.

The refurbishment is expected to last into late March or April 2020, reopening before the Easter crowds arrive.

This closing period is considerably longer than one week it typically takes to transform the Haunted Mansion Holiday back into normal appearance.

Work on the attraction will include paint and trim work on the interior and exterior, lighting work on the interior, and mechanical work on the interior. No story or visual changes are expected after this downtime.


Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019


Long, long wait lines for this attraction…always get a FastPass!

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019 is open through January 20, 2020!


The Haunted Mansion Holiday at night.  Lots of pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns everywhere.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

Are you ready for a tour of the eerie estate’s merry macabre makeover – and to meet some real holidays spirits – from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020?

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this decorated house of happy haunts.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion at Christmas 2019


The Haunted Mansion Holiday premiered at Disneyland in Fall 2001, merging Halloween and Christmas with “Nightmare Before Christmas,” with ride décor that would start Labor Day weekend, last through Halloween, and beyond the Holiday season into the new year at Disneyland.


The wait line was super long…over 60 minutes when we were there last October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.


There’s tons of “snow” and jack o’lanterns all over the ride.

Decked Out for the Horror-Days

Explore the estate at its eeriest with tons of frightfully festive touches—courtesy of Jack Skellington!

This fall, the Haunted Mansion is transformed with jack o’ lanterns and wreaths, terrifying toys and kooky characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a creep-tastic classic you won’t want to miss!

Experience all your favorite frights plus scary seasonal surprises—all thanks to Jack himself. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will also be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”


Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House

The 2019 Gingerbread House proudly sitting on the dining room table.  

The Gingerbread House in the Dining Room

One of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring features of the holiday attraction is the handmade gingerbread house in the dining room.

The gingerbread house has been a prominent feature of the Haunted Mansion Holiday since the attraction overlay’s debut in 2001. Multiple pastry chefs work together every year to construct the gingerbread house, many of whom have been a part of the tradition since its conception in 2001. Each house takes an average of two weeks to complete and includes a combination of gingerbread, powdered sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, fondant, and glitter.

Every year, pastry chefs create a fresh Gingerbread House version with a new theme.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

You can see it for yourself when riding your doom buggy through the grand ballroom scene. The gingerbread house is always the centerpiece of the ballroom’s long table. Be sure to take a deep breath so you can smell the delicious sweet scent of gingerbread as you pass through the room!



Holding some Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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One thought on “Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Closing for Extensive Refurbishment in January 2020

  1. the Haunted Mansion is my favorite


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