Disney Channel is in early stages of development on a Hocus Pocus TV movie, a reimagining of the 1993 cult classic Walt Disney feature, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
The new take is being written by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals), with David Kirschner, producer on the original movie, on board to executive produce.
The 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, based on a story by Garris and Kirschner, and directed by zKenny Ortega. Garris hinted at a possibleHocus Pocus TV project in a recent interview.
The new Hocus Pocus iteration will have a new cast and a new director. Ortega, who has directed Disney Channel’s two biggest TV movie franchises, High School Musicaland Descendants, is not involved.
Hocus Pocus chronicles what happens when three villainous witches, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts. The film has become a cult hit and a staple on Disney Channel and Freeform with annual airings.
Kirschner’s producing credits also include Curious George, An American Tail and The Addams Family.
From Deadline – Hollywood
The first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2016 will be held this Friday (September 2nd) at the Magic Kingdom. Here is a look at the entertainment schedule, dining, attractions, and trick or treat locations to help you plan your night.
The event begins at 7:00 PM and ends at midnight. Party ticket holders can enter the park as early as 4 PM.
The hugely popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show at Cinderella Castle that debuted last year will be performed three times during each party at 9:15 PM, 10:40 PM and 12:00 AM. Starting on September 16th there will be an additional show at either 8 PM or 7:45 PM.
The Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade is held at 8:30 PM and 11:15 PM nightly. Happy Hallowishes fireworks are held at 10:15 PM.
Special merchandise and treats are back, with a special edition MagicBand, a special edition Trading Pin, and of course the event T-Shirt. Guests can get these at the Emporium. The Trading pin can also be found at Big Top Souvenirs.
Gaston’s Tavern will be selling a special Pumpkin Spiced cupcake. Storybook Treats will have Candy Corn soft serve ice cream. The Main Street Bakery will be offering two special cupcakes, a spider cupcake and worms and dirt. The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will have a special Creepy Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich.
Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade – 8:30 PM and 11:15 PM, starts in Frontierland
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – 10 PM
Celebrate the Magic – 10 PM
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 9:15 PM, 10:40 PM, 12 AM.
Trick or Treat Locations
- Jungle Cruise
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Pirates of the Caribbean queue
- Heritage House (Allergy Friendly)
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Stitch’s Great Escape!
- Carousel of Progress
- Space Mountain
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
No FastPass+ will be available
Main Street U.S.A.
- Town Square Theater
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Splash Mountain
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Space Mountain
- Astro Orbiter
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority: PeopleMover
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (Final show at 11pm)
Dining at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Main Street U.S.A.
- Main Street Bakery
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- Casey’s Corner
- Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn
- Westward Ho
- Sleepy Hollow
- Liberty Square market (until 9pm)
- Columbia Harbor House (until 8pm)
- Pinocchio Village Hause (until 10pm)
- The Friars Nook (until 10pm)
- Storybook Treats
- Gastons Tavern
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Cinderella’s Royal table
- Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe
- Cool Ship
- The Lunching Pad
Summer may just be getting started, but I’m already looking forward to fall and the return of my favorite event at Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. And this year’s party will be extra fun with the introduction of an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage.
In “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!
With the help of the Disney villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah gather together sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the power of their frightful friends to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other great Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects that combine to make this new show a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat.
“Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held select nights at Magic Kingdom Park from September 15 – November 1, 2015.