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Today in Disney History: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Casts a Spell in Theaters

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

On July 16, 1993, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” opened in theaters, and the world was introduced to those wacky and wicked Sanderson sisters: Mary (Kathy Najimy), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Winifred (Bette Midler). After wreaking havoc on Salem, Massachusetts, the sisters returned to the great beyond, only to be heard from during annual Halloween showings of the movie on Disney Channel.

Now, 22 years later, the Sanderson sisters are set to return during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, in the all-new show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.” Winifred, Mary and Sarah will have only a few hours to run amuck, using their magic and the power of some fiendish Disney villains to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!


The show will feature memorable songs from the film, like “Come Little Children” and “I Put a Spell on You,” along with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and more.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park, beginning September 15. Tickets are still available, but will go quickly, so be sure to get yours soon.

My family likes to go the party early in the run and stretch out the Halloween fun as long as possible. Plus, this year I just don’t think I can wait until October to see “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” In fact, I might even have to fire up my Disney Movies Anywhere app and watch “Hocus Pocus” tonight! Who’s with me?


  • Odd enough, I have a pet black cat named Binx. I wonder if there’s going to be something Descendants related during the event though.

  • OMG!! i just fell out my chair..this is happeningggggg

  • I have to get my tickets for me and my kids

  • Will the Halloween Carnival be back this year at Big Thunder Ranch?

  • Disappointed that there will not be a Villains Unleashed this year at Studios

  • We are so excited to be going in October! BIG party of 17 coming all the way from Hawaii just for the MNSSHP! Cannot wait to see if there will be any extra “add on’s” for the party.. hopefully soon.

  • I have always wanted a costume like the Sanderson Sisters for halloween. I need to get on that…

  • Has there been any word on add-on events like last year’s Sinister Soiree being offered this year? I am stalking like a hawk looking for this to be announced so I can get tickets! 🙂

    • Christy – No word yet, but if the Food & Beverage team is planning anything, you’ll hear about here on Disney Parks Blog.

  • My family is so excited for this! We have tickets for the second party and Halloween!

  • Is this show going to be at Disneyland as well?

    • Danyeal – At this time, “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” is only planned for Magic Kingdom Park.

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