Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Kicks Off This Year's Theme Park Halloween Events

September 16, 2015, 5:18 PM · Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party began its annual run at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom last night, kicking off the Halloween season at theme parks around the country.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
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This year's version of the after-hours, hard-ticket event at the Magic Kingdom features a new show, the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular." Drawing upon characters from the relatively obscure 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus, the show features three sisters who "plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard." Here's a preview:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the first of this year's Halloween events to start at major theme parks around the country. Moving from family-friendly trick-or-treating events to more adult-style horror, tonight is the team member preview for Halloween Horror Nights 25 at Universal Studios Florida. Theme Park Insider will be at the park for the official opening Friday night. We also will be at the opening of the Universal Studios Hollywood version of Halloween Horror Nights the same evening, and will bring coverage of both events to you this weekend.

One week from Friday, Mickey's Halloween Party kicks off at Disneyland, and we will be covering the west-coast version of Disney's family Halloween event for you then, too.

Are you planning to attend a theme park Halloween event this year? Tell us what you're looking forward to, in the comments.

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September 16, 2015 at 6:18 PM · I really got to disagree with you. Hocus Pocus is far from obscure. It has gained a incredible following via video, DVD, and ABCFamily showings. In fact the ABCFamily showings are typically the highest cable ratings for a television movie in the month of October. People my age grew up on this film (I'm 26) and we are the ones who have children in the age group for Mickey's Not so scary Halloween. Its a smart move by Disney. Bringing in the adults who grew up with the film and are now showing it to there children.
September 16, 2015 at 7:17 PM · We will be at WDW's Halloween party on Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st. I don't think I am brave enough to do Universal's. Just watching the YouTube videos of the mazes and scare zones makes me jump.
September 16, 2015 at 10:05 PM · Grandchildren now range in ages 13, down to 3 yrs old. Loved it last year and all want to do it again!
September 17, 2015 at 6:39 AM · Also have to disagree - Hocus Pocus is in no way obscure - it's played continually during October every year on various Disney channels, and is by far my favorite Halloween movie of all time. I've never met a person who hasn't seen it! Though I'm sure Disney's sudden attention on a 22 year old film is because they announced they're making a Hocus Pocus 2...

Regardless, the show looks incredible!

September 17, 2015 at 10:52 AM · The Halloween Party represents one of the few lapses in customer service for Disney. In short, the Disney Travel team does not alert guests to the existence of the Halloween party at the time they book their travel. So while they'll gladly sell you a four-day park hopper pass, there's no mention that they're really only 3.5 day passes, and that you'll have to drop another $65 per person to stay in the park on the day of the party.

When I've raised this issue to Disney management, their response is "well, park hours are subject to change," but consider: this isn't park hours "changing," Disney knows full well that the party is going to occur, they just don't mention it to you when you book your trip.

And why not? I can only assume they realize that most people will be apoplectic to discover that they'll need to drop hundreds of MORE dollars to remain in the park after 6pm. So they stay quiet and let you find out the hard way.

And let me assure you: when you're thousands of dollars into a Disney vacation and someone tells you you have to pay hundreds more, or else leave the park? It feels like bare extortion.

September 17, 2015 at 12:19 PM · The movie is relatively obscure, I only watched it because the school did not allow us to watch The Shining. A sequel? Really?
September 17, 2015 at 2:04 PM · I'm 34 and going with relatively obscure as well. I know of the movie, might've seen it 15 years ago but it is by no means something I'd actively search out again.
We'll be at the party w our 4yo twins, I'm guessing trick or treating will take priority over the stage show anyhow! :)
September 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM · I wasn't planning on going to the Not so Scary Halloween Party this year until the announced the Hocus Pocus show. It is the main reason I am going this year and I know I am not the only one.
September 19, 2015 at 5:42 AM · We were at the MNSSHP on Tuesday, the first night. This was our first party but for is it was just a way to enjoy the rides. The trick or treat stations were good, although the Craisins station my kids thought was awful but I enjoyed their candy.
The fireworks and the soundtrack that goes with it were fantastic.
We did not see the Hocus Pocus show but I made my family stay to at least watch the Headless Horseman then left as my husband and kids were quite tired. Rookies.
In terms of people, I found it quite busy...but maybe that was just me.
September 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM · Just because some may not be familiar with Hocus Pocus does not make it obscure. And yes, I'm going to Mickey's Halloween Party at DL because I've never been, I want to see the Halloween fireworks and what better day than my birthday?

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