The Haunted Mansion opens it’s doors for the first time on August 9th, six years after construction of the facade had been completed in 1963. The Haunted Mansions boasts 999 happy haunts, but were there 1,000 haunts when it first opened? If you were lucky enough to ride the Haunted Mansion in 1969, you may have seen a ghost whose stay in the mansion was brief: the infamous Hatbox Ghost. Ol’ Hatty would have lived in the attic, and was positioned just right of the exit of the attic (the Bride was originally where the phantom piano player is located today). The effect was that his head would disappear and then re-appear inside of the hatbox he was holding, while his cane holding hand trembled.