Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular is an exclusive show offered during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
Showtimes depend on which Halloween Party you attend, but you can expect to see the spectacular begin at 8:30pm, 10:45pm, and 12am for Parties from now through September 28th. Beginning with the September 29th Halloween Party, shows are scheduled at 7:40pm, 8:35pm, 10:45pm, and 12am. Click any of the pictures for a larger version.
In my opinion, the show is a must-see and is almost as quintessential a part of the Halloween Party as seeing the Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks or Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade. The Sanderson Sisters are perfectly cast.
And the show features an assortment of villains that are not typically seen around Walt Disney World.
As the story goes, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah rise from the dead after 26 years of slumber.
And what else would you do at that point, other than try to host the most villainous party of all time?
But when you are from Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1693, just like I am, you don’t always have the best connections when it comes to trying to put together an elite guest list.
Enter Dr. Facillier.
I won’t spoil the rest of the show, but it’s a hilarious blend of singing, dancing, and hijinx as the underworld comes alive three to four times per night for about 22 minutes.
The 12am show, scheduled all throughout Party season, is a gift and the best show to attend for those able to stay out that late.
Since the show starts right at the official end of the event, you’re taking very little time away from other Party-exclusive activities.
The second Boo-to-You Parade finishes passing through Main Street at about 11:50pm and after that happens, I head over to the stage in front of Cinderella Castle where the show takes place.
The show has become more popular every season since it debuted in 2015, but it’s still relatively easy to see, even on a sold out night.
I like to stand further back from the stage, closer to the Partners statue, where the ground is raised higher than the area immediately in front of the stage. Here I have a clear, straight-on view after arriving just a couple of minutes before the show. For a closer position, you’re going to need to arrive earlier, either by skipping the second Boo-to-You Parade, which I wouldn’t recommend doing, or seeing the Parade in Frontierland or closer to the Hub on Main Street. Seeing the Parade from Frontierland can be a smart decision, where the lighting is darker and more ominous, in addition to being less crowded, but there really is no replacement for a spot on Main Street with the Castle in the background.
You’ll also notice that the ground slopes down as you get closer to the Castle stage when you’re on that side of the street across from the Partners statue. Standing at that high point, instead of closer to the stage, also usually results in a better view as those ahead of you will be lower, not unlike stadium-style bleacher seating. I’m standing in that position when the above picture was taken and you can see that nobody’s head obscures my view.
Unfortunately, seeing one of the earlier shows may present its own set of difficulties. If you are attending a Party date after September 28th, then seeing the 7:40pm show is perfectly viable. It’s early enough that Parade crowds won’t be much of a concern and crowds/lines for a lot of other things, including characters and trick-or-treating, will be at their longest of the night. But seeing the 8:30pm or 10:45pm shows is tough. Boo-to-You steps off at 9:15pm and 11:15pm, which means one Spelltacular is scheduled 45 minutes before the first Parade and the next show is scheduled 30 minutes before the second. People arrive 60+ minutes early for both Parades and line the streets and curbs, making it difficult to move around Main Street and to get in and out of the Hub area before and after the Hocus Pocus show.
The projections have certainly brought the people to the hub pic.twitter.com/hbRZ1fkQeu
— josh (@easywdw) August 21, 2019
The Not So Spooky Fireworks show is also scheduled at 10:15pm, and the entire Hub area will be full at that point. Above is what the Hub looked like a couple of minutes before the fireworks started during the second Party of the year – on a Tuesday. If you’re trying to secure a spot from which you can see both the Parade (and potentially the Fireworks) and Hocus Pocus, then you’re going to need to secure a spot on the curb at least an hour before the Parade steps off and probably closer to 90 minutes. And your view of the Villains Spelltacular will probably be off-center. Then you’ll spend that time trying to secure those spots from thousands of people that are going to be pushing through trying to find their own spots and thousands more trying to move around the area to get somewhere else.
So the 12am show is your best bet, even if it means forgoing a short wait for one last priority attraction or one last walk through a trick-or-treat area. The 7:40pm show come September 29th is your second best bet.
Here’s a YouTube video of this year’s show in case you’re wondering what to expect in images that are a little less still. One other potential benefit of the 12am show is that you’ll see a lot fewer youngsters on shoulders. That’s probably due in part because there are fewer kids remaining in the Park that late and after eight hours running around Magic Kingdom in August/September/October, that dad probably isn’t looking to hoist any 12-year olds onto his shoulders to ruin everybody else’s view, anyway.
Speaking of the children, I don’t think there’s anything in the Spelltacular that will scare most kids, but the show is occasionally loud and there’s a couple of startling effects.
Seeing the show from further back may also help alleviate some of those fears.
You can also take in the projections on Cinderella Castle, which help set the stage for the eerie scenes that unfold, better from further back.
We’ll close things out with a few more pictures of my favorite Disney stage show:
Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular is a lot of fun and another great reason to stay through the end of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Take advantage of the last show if you can. It’s well worth your time.