Today, Disney as officially announced that a brand-new fireworks show will light up the skies of Cinderella Castle, exclusively for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year. Ever since the debut of Happily Ever After, the firework shows at both the Halloween and Christmas parties began to feel outdated. Happy HalloWishes has been performing at the special ticketed ever for 14 years, and it is long overdue for a makeover. Judging by the new concept art, it certainly looks as if Disney will be pulling out all the stops to make this fireworks show rival Happily Ever After, which is perhaps Disney World's best nighttime spectacular at the moment.
This new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.
In the past, the Halloween fireworks have taken place only once throughout the night. Disney hasn't officially released entertainment showtimes and schedules for this year's party, but I would expect the same to happen for 2019. Meaning for the first time in years, grabbing a good viewing spot could become a challenge once again. But since the event allows a significant lower number of guests compared to a normal day, we probably won't see jam-packed crowds all the way back to Main Street Station. For those wanting to not worry about getting a good spot, you can also participate in the Fireworks Dessert Party, which comes with an extra cost. These dessert parties include a buffet with all-you-can enjoy desserts and beverages at Tomorrowland Terrace and a reserved viewing location for the fireworks. 2019 may finally be the year where it is really worth it.
Along with the announcement of this new show, Disney has confirmed that the Villain Spelltacular featuring the Sanderson Sisters from the film Hocus Pocus will be returning with their usual lineup of bad guys. All the extra party offerings such as trick-or-treat trails, character meet and greets and the Disney Junior Dance Party are all coming back to the event this year. And once again, we can expect to see minor attraction upgrades and overlays like we saw at Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party and Pirates of the Caribbean back in 2019.
For more tips and a review of last year's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, check out my full playlist of videos on YouTube.