More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Behind the Scenes: Waltzing Through ‘Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade’

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing for the fall season, which means the popular “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” is stepping down Main Street, U.S.A., several times a week.

This parade, which is a highlight of the park’s Halloween party, showcases Disney characters in Halloween costumes, entire parade units devoted to Disney Villains, candy and sweets – and of course, the Haunted Mansion.

The Haunted Mansion unit in the parade is inspired by some guest-favorites found inside the attraction: the mansion’s creepy Butlers have turned into Gravediggers, the Hitchhiking Ghosts have finally found a ride, and the couples waltzing in the Haunted Mansion’s Ballroom Scene have taken their act on the road, literally, as the Dead Waltzers.

I recently went backstage with Choreographer Larry Kornfehl to learn what it takes to become a Dead Waltzer in the parade.

According to Larry, a Dead Waltzer is a coveted position that requires a lot of skill and even a little creativity, as each waltzing couple is asked to come up with a haunting storyline on who their character was in life and how they met their tragic end.

“As a couple, we ask them to create something of a story – did one of them fall off a cliff? Did one of them get electrocuted?” Larry said. “We like to have a lot of fun with it and some of the stories they come up with – oh my gosh – they’re very creative.”

For our storyline, we chose to be rival siblings who met an unfortunate fate after fighting over our family’s sizeable inheritance.

Check out the video above for a look inside the Dead Waltzer experience.

As a reminder, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket (a party specific ticket) that can be purchased here and is available for Sept. 26 & 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1.


  • Wow! I love the Dead Waltzers and you did a great job. Will we see you dancing down Main St? Nice to get to see Larry. I always wondered about who choreagraphed these dances. At MNSSHP we had a photopass shot taken with the dancers dancing around us and they provided a still as well. One of our favorites.

    • Thank you! He was a WONDERFUL teacher!

  • Jennifer, you did great! ….a little angry in makeup but GREAT! LOL

  • I cannot WAIT to go to the party! The parade is always the highlight for me and the dancers are the best!! Great choreography!!! Thanks for showing the video!!

Comments are closed.