Disneyland is expanding the grounds of the Haunted Mansion adding handicap accessibility. Renovation plans include a new garden, a new gift shop near the attraction's exit and an upgraded plaza for live entertainment.
According to the Disney Parks Blog:
“In 2024, the additions will build on the story and lore of the Haunted Mansion and include an expanded outdoor queue to immerse guests in enhanced theming, as well as a new retail shop adjacent to the attraction’s exit. Local legend suggests the manor known today as the Haunted Mansion was first built by a prosperous sea captain. To this day, the mansion’s staff faithfully maintains the happy haunting grounds. The expanded queue will tie into these stories and more, including new gardens inspired by Master Gracey, Madame Leota and the one-eyed cat.”
"Each of the gardens will feature unique elements ranging from a water fountain and gazebo to themed statuary and landscaping,” Disney said. “In fact, guests will be able to see a new greenhouse where the groundskeepers for the Haunted Mansion grow their plants. The pet cemetery and horse-drawn funeral hearse will continue to reside on the attraction’s grounds.”
"And about Madame Leota, we felt it was time to continue her presence beyond the walls of the Haunted Mansion with an all-new retail shop. This carriage house of the mansion, belonging to Leota, will be a standalone shop that we are just ‘dying’ to tell you more about in the future.”
Walt Disney Imagineers will make “enhancements” to the plaza adjacent to the all-new Tiana’s Palace restaurant, further expanding New Orleans Square.
Bu what does this mean for the beautiful Magnolia Park? Well it will change drastically as half of it will be used for the queue line of the Haunted Mansion. It simply will not look the same and this is very sad.
Madame Leota's Wagon has been outside the exit of the attraction for quite some time and you can read about it in a PREVIOUS POST.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".