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‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on September 16th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

The “sistahs” have returned!

Last night, we debuted our new show, “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” during the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the season at Magic Kingdom Park. It’s been 22 years since the wicked Sanderson Sisters last appeared, in Disney’s 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” Now they’re back and fabulous as ever!


Winifred, Mary and Sarah visit the mortal world for an all-new adventure, with a plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard. To cast their spell on the kingdom, they proceed to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion, requiring sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the powers of frightful friends. And who would be friends with such mischievous witches? The Disney villains, of course! The sisters soon find themselves in the company of everyone from Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie to Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Lady Tremaine and more!

We had a chance to chat with Show Director Denise Case, who gave us a first look at the Sanderson Sisters’ return.

“Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” is presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held on special evenings through November 1 at Magic Kingdom Park. Tickets to the party are going fast, so get yours soon. You won’t want to miss a moment of the fun!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Magic Kingdom Park Tonight

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

The Halloween season officially begins tonight at Walt Disney World Resort, when the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off at Magic Kingdom Park.


This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will feature the new stage show, “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” as well as returning favorites, like Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Parade and “Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks. Disney characters will be dressed in their Halloween best, and guests at the event can look for photo opps with all Seven Dwarfs, appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Lotso from “Toy Story 3” in Tomorrowland. Guests are also welcome to dress in costume and go trick-or-treating throughout the park.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event, separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are still available for most event nights through November 1. Be sure to get yours early!

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Celebrate Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’s Return With Our New Wallpaper

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group

Boo to You! It’s fall at Magic Kingdom Park, one of my favorite times of year, and that means it’s time for one of my family’s favorite events — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. So to celebrate the kick off of the party today we are giving you some not so scary desktop and mobile art I created inspired by my favorite mouse on Halloween. (And if the “Boo To You” song is stuck in your head now, you’re welcome!) Happy Halloween!


Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it!

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9 Reasons to Love Fall Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and experiencing this season at Walt Disney World Resort is simply amazing.

Here are just a handful of reasons you should consider planning a fall visit this year.


  1. Magic Kingdom Park Gets Dressed for Fall – Main Street, U.S.A. is already alive with fall colors and new decor.
  2. Night of Joy Returns September 11-12Disney’s Night of Joy 2015 will return to Magic Kingdom Park in September. This year’s lineup includes performances by TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon and many more. We just shared that you can watch a live feed of the sold-out shows. Check out Charles’ post for more details.

"Happy HalloWishes" Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

  1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 15 – Halloween fun will return to Magic Kingdom Park on September 15, and will run select nights through November 1. The Halloween party is a blast and this year will feature a brand-new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” Other party highlights include trick-or-treating, Mickey’s “Boo To You” Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Disney attractions and much more.


  1. Sweet Fall Treats – Our candy shops will soon be stocking fall-inspired treats that guests can only find this time of year, such as candy corn-shaped rice krispie treats, fall-themed candy apples, and more. (Although you can get it year-round, one of my all-time favorite fall treats is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Ghirardelli’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney. It’s a must try!).
  2. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins September 25 – This fan-favorite event will run September 25-November 16, 2015 at Epcot. In honor of it’s 20th year, the festival will expand into Future World area of the park for the very first time and include new offerings, such as booths inspired by the cast members of “The Chew,” and a brand-new Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and much more.
  3. Eat to the Beat Concerts – This year’s concert lineup features a bevy of new acts Tiffany, Chaka Khan, Everclear and Maxi Priest. Returning favorites include Rick Springfield, Sugar Ray and many more. Check out the full list here. (Concerts are included in Epcot admission).


  1. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open at Downtown Disney this fall – Themed around Jock Lindsey, a the pilot from the “Indiana Jones” films, the aviation-themed lounge will feature unique drinks and small plates. Check out Pam Brandon’s sneak peek at the menu here.
  2. Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – This exciting race weekend will take place November 6-7. Guests are welcome to come out and cheer racers on – get more info on that here.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Get an early dose of holiday cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which returns in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
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Join Us for a ‘Not-So-Scary’ Blog Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE: The sweepstakes entry window has closed. Please stay tuned.

There’s a new show coming to this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Walt Disney World Resort and we’re celebrating with a special Disney Parks Blog experience to kick off the very first night of the event. On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, we’re hosting another Halloween costume party for 150 winners of the “Not-So-Scary” Blog Party at Magic Kingdom Park sweepstakes.


The “Not-So-Scary” Blog Party at Magic Kingdom Park begins at 5:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 15 but we’re asking winners to begin arriving at 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll kick off the night with some Halloween-themed treats before experiencing the first-ever “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” show on the Castle Forecourt Stage.

In “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” movie return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!

Winners are encouraged to wear costumes (no masks) to the event, subject to the costume guidelines below.

You can enter for a chance to win by clicking here and following the entry instructions to complete an official entry form. Your entry must state your valid email address and full name. (The entry period is now closed.)

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All winners who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older (or the age of majority in their state of primary residence, whichever is older) at time of entry, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older (as long as the guest is the child of the winner).
  • Limit one guest per winner.
  • We will send a notice, via email, to the winning entrants.
  • It will be necessary for the winner and guest to check in at the front of Magic Kingdom Park for access to the event. The notice will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Masks will not be permitted.
  • Winning prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value.

Hope to see you in your best costume on September 15.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons who are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or DC, and who are 18 years of age or older (or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older) at time of entry. Starts 12:00:01 P.M. ET on September 9, 2015, and ends 3:00:00 P.M. ET on September 9, 2015. To enter, follow the instructions at Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and the Event taking place on September 15, 2015. Limit one (1) entry per person per email address. For full details including eligibility requirements and prize limitations, see Official Rules.

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Magic Kingdom Park Transforms for Fall

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Fall has officially arrived at Magic Kingdom Park here at Walt Disney World Resort. Over the past few nights, teams of cast members have readied the park for the season, dressing it up with fall foliage, wreaths, town scarecrows, pumpkins and more.

Check out the video above for guided tour with Art Director David Hartmann & Holiday Services Planner Doug Benedict.

Of course, this area really comes alive during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, which returns to the park less than a week from today! Click here to read our list of 13 reasons why you should add the party to your fall plans this year!

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First Look: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treats

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Even though it’s still hot in Central Florida, autumn is in the air! I’ve been looking forward to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party since Shawn Slater announced the new “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” on the Disney Parks Blog in May.

With the first party just around the corner on September 15, I wanted to share a sneak peek of the creepy confections available exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:


Monster Cupcake, Main Street Bakery
Don’t worry, this vanilla treat won’t give you nightmares. He’s actually quite sweet.


Spider Cupcake, Main Street Bakery
Give this creepy, chocolate cupcake a try before it crawls away.

Halloween Cookie, Main Street Bakery
Freshly-baked and festively decorated, you’ll want to sink your teeth into this sugar cookie.


Halloween Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Do you scream for Ice Cream? Sandwich your favorite flavor of ice cream between two cookies for a cool treat.


Candy Corn Soft Serve Ice Cream, Storybook Treats
This isn’t a trick, the cone is filled with candy corn!


Ghost Cupcake, Gaston’s Tavern
This chocolate cupcake is topped with buttercream icing, chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, and a marshmallow ghost – spooky sweet!

Candy Corn Cotton Candy, outdoor vending throughout the park
Orange, pina colada and original sugar-flavored cotton candy will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Which treat are you looking forward to trying at this year’s Halloween Party?

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13 Reasons to Add Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party To Your List For Fall

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

For many guests, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight of the fall season here at Walt Disney World Resort. The event, which is back for its 20th season, offers up a ton of Halloween fun – from special entertainment to treats and fun photo opps.

That said, here are 13 reasons why you should consider adding Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to your list this fall.

"Happy HalloWishes" Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

  1. “Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks – The sky will light up with ghoulish delight during this Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular.

Mickey's Boo-to You Halloween Parade

  1. “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” – This parade is a must-see for Halloween fans and features a plethora of Disney characters in costumes, special themed floats for The Haunted Mansion and Captain Jack Sparrow, and much more.


  1. New “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” Show – In this new show, the Disney villains create the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion that will cast a spell on everyone in Magic Kingdom Park. Villains you can expect to see in the show include the Sanderson Sisters, Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent, among others.


  1. Ghoulish Goodies – Magic Kingdom Park will stock its candy counter with Halloween themed cupcakes and more.
See Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party See Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  1. Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes – Disney’s finest will attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dressed in their Halloween best. Don’t miss spying them in the parade or at their character greeting locations.

Jack & Sally Return to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. Disney Character Greetings – Speaking of character greetings, this is the only time of year you can meet Jack Skellington and his beloved, Sally.

Trick Or Treat?

  1. Trick-Or-Treating for All Ages – Guests of all ages are welcome to trick-or-treat at candy stations located throughout the park. See your special event park map for treat locations.


  1. Halloween Decor – Main Street, U.S.A. comes alive for Halloween with special lighting, sound effects, decor and more!


  1. Event-Exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards – This year’s card is themed to “Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos” and features Minnie, and friends Clarabelle Cow and Daisy Duck, dressed as witches. (For info on where and how to pick one up, see the original post here).


  1. Experience Disney Attractions – Many Magic Kingdom Park attractions will be open to guests for guests to enjoy at the party. A trip through The Haunted Mansion is a must, of course!

Not So Frightful

  1. Wear Halloween Costumes – Guests are welcome to wear Halloween costumes of their choosing, which make for some fun photo opps. Check out tips/guidelines here.


  1. Disney Halloween Merchandise – Shelves are already stocked with special Disney Halloween merchandise. Check out Steven’s full blog post for a look at this year’s selection.


  1. Try the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package – For the ultimate in “treats” consider adding a Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party, which includes viewing of both the parade and fireworks, plus delicious desserts like candy corn panna cotta, peanut butter-chocolate pretzel “witch fingers,” spiced pumpkin cheesecake brownies, peanut butter “spider” whoopie pies and more. For more details and info on how to book, visit Pam’s original post here.
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New Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise Debuts Oct. 5 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Cast your sights on the new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise—the perfect way to take in a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time spectacular fireworks from an exclusive spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with dazzling desserts and drinks.


Imagine sailing off from the Ticket & Transportation Ferryboat Dock promptly one hour prior to “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular, offered select nights weekly, on the iconic, double-stack ferryboat. Set a course for decks laden with delectable sweets such as “The Grand” key lime tart; pineapple upside down cake from the chefs at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; spiced flourless chocolate cake from the pastry kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts; mini “fireworks” cupcakes with a pop; Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier; no-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta; and a fabulous fruit and cheese spread. Toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses.


Enjoy this sweet ending to your day, before watching the dazzling “Wishes” overhead, the largest fireworks spectacular ever at Walt Disney World Resort. The medley of famous Disney songs and the voices of Disney characters are piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. And you can bet there will be some special “magical moments” Disney style.

With limited guests per sailing, this is a very special ticket. Cost is $99, $69 ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE. Anchors Away!

Please note on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very-Merry-Christmas Party nights, the fireworks display will be Happy HalloWishes or Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, not “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular.

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Top Ten Favorite Items for Halloween 2015 at Disney Parks

posted on September 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

As Halloween returns to Disney Parks, here are my top ten items to celebrate the season.


Figaro in Mickey Mouse Jack O’Lantern Plush
This 11-inch Figaro plush may be my favorite Halloween item this year (maybe it’s because my black cat looks almost like him).


Light-Up Pumpkin Necklace
This LED light-up pumpkin necklace is a simple-yet-festive Halloween accent, especially if you want something easy to wear when attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Look carefully to see a new Haunted Mansion-inspired shirt for this year.


Halloween Apparel
I like this logo t-shirt with the new Halloween 2015 artwork for Disney Parks. The shirt also glows in the dark.


Halloween Candy Bags
The consumables team introduced adorable mini-Halloween candy bags. Each bag contains new Halloween 2015 artwork and contains a variety of pre-packaged candy options.


Halloween Lanterns
Each side of these Halloween lanterns picture Mickey and his friends having a frightfully fun time, whether it’s “Terror in Tomorrowland,” or “A Night of Horror in Adventureland.” Each lantern measures approximately 12-inches tall and are intended for battery candles (which are not included).


Halloween Headware
I like the two new Halloween headware items this year including a fun Minnie Mouse headband and an ear hat that contains flocked inserts on the ears and a embroidered, padded topper.


Mickey Mouse and Friends Halloween Mug
I plan on using this decorative Halloween mug to lift my spirits each morning. The mug contains new Halloween 2015 artwork with characters enjoying a night at Disney Parks.


Trick-Or-Trade with Halloween Pins
The pin trading team introduced several new open edition pins and accessories for Halloween. There will be additional limited edition pins coming to Disney Parks. Check for the latest release dates. New pins are typically introduced each Thursday in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.


Lounging Around
I may trade in my costume this year for these comfy cotton cobwebbed lounge pants with spooky “Boo” print.


Minnie Mouse as a Witch Antennae Topper
This antennae topper features Minnie Mouse dressed as a witch. We are also offering a matching kids costume and hat this year.

Guests can find many of these items using the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. See this Disney Parks Blog article for details on how to download and use the app. You may also be able to find select Halloween items on our Disney Parks online store.

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