Photo Report: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Does Not Disappoint with NEW Hocus Pocus Show
A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. An event I enjoy every year, especially since I LOVE Halloween. Unlike many of the seasonal events out there (not knocking any), this Disney event is perfect for people of all ages, assuming they like Disney even the slightest of course. It comes every year on select nights in September and October, and is one of the most popular events Disney does.
Not-So-Scary is pretty standard each year. Basically, we know what we are going to get with our purchased ticket. There is the famous, and in my opinion best, parade Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade. The parade, although almost always the same with a few tweaks here and there, never disappoints. The song will be stuck in your head for weeks. It allows Guests the chance to see characters they can’t see any other times of the year. And who can forget the best part of the parade: the grave diggers, representing the Haunted Mansion with their shovels! It’s a relatively long parade, probably second to the Christmas parade, and is preceded with the running of the Headless Horseman! Unfortunately, we didn’t see him this year due to weather problems. But it doesn’t hurt the parade in any way. Along with Boo to You, there are HalloWishes; the fireworks show set to villain music. It tends to be a bit heavy on Nightmare on Christmas and Ursula, but all is forgiven when we see the half-perimeter fireworks at the end! A sight that is worth see multiple times in multiple locations! Also, there is the Celebrate the Magic castle projection show, which is 80% the regular show, but has an added on portion for Halloween; similar to the Christmas season version. And let’s not forget CANDY! Yes, if you weren’t aware, Disney hands out bags to go trick-or-treating with throughout the park. This is for everyone, not just kids, and not just for people who are in costume. Even better is the fact that you can go through the lines as many times as you want. One year, I took a pillow case as my bag and got loads of candy. And lastly, the one thing Guests can expect is a lack of lines on the attractions. These events are hard ticket events, which means they only sell so many tickets per night. Yes, they do sell out! So, unless for some reason Disney oversells the night, most of the rides have a 20 minute wait or less during the night, with Haunted Mansion being the exception of course.
This year added something new though. A new show based on an older Halloween Disney movie that has consistently grown in popularity over time: Hocus Pocus. The new castle stage show titled Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular replaced the Villains Dance Mix & Mingle show, which was never really all that great of a show. It introduced Disney villains quickly on stage, they would then dance for only a few minutes or so, and then come down in front of the stage for short meet and greets once the show was over. But they never stayed out long enough for Guests to meet more than one of them. I’ll just say I was never a big fan of the show. This years Hocus Pocus show is everything the previous lacked! First and foremost, the show has an actual plot. The Sanderson Sisters have returned and they are looking to hold the most villainous Halloween Party the world has ever seen. In order to do that, they need to conjure up a Hocus Pocus spell which involves many different villains. The show is really very fun. Disney pretty much nails the character acting of the three sisters and it’s impressive how much they look like the real ones. The show does a really great job referencing the movie while mixing in classic Disney villains throughout the story. The ends with a great finale a dancing, music, and fireworks, of course. The audience goes crazy for this show and I have no doubt it will become a favorite for years to come.
Elsewhere throughout the park, Guests can meet Disney villains and specialty characters located sporadically around the park. They are listed on the event map, but not by name, so you never know who you’ll run into. One favorite among Guests is Jack Skellington and Sally. The used to meet in Town Square, but now are located back in Storybook Circus. He is one I have always wanted to meet so I asked when he comes out as we were walking into the park at 4:30. A Cast Member told me 7, which is when the event begins officially. We went to him at 6:30 to find out he had been meeting since 5 and had a 2 1/2 hour wait. I was largely disappointed in this because we could have easily come straight over and waited to meet him, but I was not willing to use up at least 2 hours of my event time to meet him. If he is this popular of a character, then he should be made a permanent meet at one of the parks. I doubt we’ll ever see that though.
Overall, the event is always incredibly fun. It is well worth the hard ticket pricing and fun for the whole family. We got to go on the Haunted Mansion which goes above and beyond for the event with extra lighting, effects and music. Plus the Cast Members get to dress extra spooky for it! Even though the ride is the same, these little details really add something extra to the attraction, something I wish they’d do a little bit more of throughout the year, instead of just this event. We did get the shirt of course, since the show was so great. And we left with two bags of candy. I definitely plan to return next year. Hopefully we’ll see even more improvements and additions to the event. Check out the rest of our photos from the night below!
Posted on October 13, 2015, in Walt Disney World and tagged Hard Ticket Events, Magic Kingdom, Not So Scary Halloween Party, Photo Report, Seasonal Events, Walt Disney World. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.