New character announcements have been ongoing around Walt Disney World so far this year, and the latest update is sure to make this fall more magical than ever.
Earlier this year, Disney confirmed that Mirabel Madrigal from Encanto (2021) would be a new addition to the Magic Kingdom’s character lineup. (Fans of Encanto with little ones will also be thrilled to learn that costumes inspired by Mirabel and Isabela have been added to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Magic Kingdom.)
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this year has already brought with it several characters from Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004), along with Max as Powerline from A Goofy Movie (1995). And at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the debut of a new meet and greet with Moana.
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Some of the best character sightings at Walt Disney World will come later this fall when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the Magic Kingdom. Disney just confirmed the dates for this annual event, and this year Guests will have more opportunities than ever before to attend.
In addition to the entertainment by Cinderella Castle with the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks, and trick-or-treating, characters are a major part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This event is a great way to see characters around the Park who are rarely featured, including Disney villains.
One of the best places to spot some of those rarely-seen characters (outside of their official meet and greet locations) is during Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This parade includes iconic characters from Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction like the gravediggers and ballroom dancers, plus classic Disney animated characters in their Halloween costumes, and a full float devoted to villains, to name a few.
In this year’s announcement for the event, Disney noted that Guests will see “new faces,” in Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade as it makes its way through the Magic Kingdom. Here’s what we know so far.
Which characters are featured in Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade?
Some of the characters in Disney World’s popular “spooky season” parade have varied slightly over the years, but many remain the same so Guests can expect to see their favorites.
Last year’s parade included the following characters:
- Max as Powerline from A Goofy Movie (1995) (preshow)
- Tigger and Pooh
- Snow White and Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Aladdin and Jasmine from Aladdin (1992)
- Donald and Daisy
- Mickey and Minnie
- Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Lost Boys, Tinker Bell and Pirates from Peter Pan (1953)
- Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbosa, and Angelica from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Constance Hatchaway, ballroom dancers, hitchhiking ghosts and gravediggers from the Haunted Mansion
- Clarabelle Cow
- Chip ‘n’ Dale
- Big Al, Wendell, and Tennessee from the Country Bear Jamboree
- Buzz Lightyear and the Green Aliens from
- Edna Mode and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles (2004)
- Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
- Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, the hyenas from The Lion King (1994)
- Pain and Panic from Hercules (1997)
- Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
- The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
- Bowler Hat Guy from Meet the Robinsons (2007)
- Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians (1961)
- Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog (2009)
- Jafar from Aladdin
- The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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Who are the new faces?
One section of the parade that tends to change the most over the years is the “pre-show,” or the characters who entertain Guests along the parade route before the parade officially begins. Last year, this character was Max as Powerline, however, with Max now being a regular meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is possible we will see the “new faces” just ahead of the rest of the parade.
Wherever the new characters debut, it is always possible that we will see characters return from years past as several earlier versions included characters from Pinocchio (1940), and Cinderella (1950), specifically Lady Tremaine and the Ugly Stepsisters, several more Disney Princesses, and more familiar faces from Alice in Wonderland, like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We would think that if these characters were coming back, Disney’s announcement would have noted “returning” faces not new ones, but so far we cannot know for sure.
Another option for the new faces would be characters that are new to the Parks altogether. Late last year Disney Auditions posted a listing for character performers to portray Ariel from the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid (2023). We know this character is coming to the Parks, but we do not yet know when or where, so Ariel could be one of the new faces in the parade.
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Our most optimistic guess? Even more rare characters, perhaps some of the ones recently seen at media events or last year’s Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. Dumbo has been showing up more and more at Disney media events, so it would not be too surprising to see this character featured in the parade.
The 2022 Oogie Boogie Bash featured several never-before-seen characters, like Ernesto de la Cruz from Coco (2017), Sid from Toy Story (1995), Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone (1963), and Bruno from Encanto (2021), just to name a few. While all of these characters would be incredible to see during the parade, the recent addition of Mirabel to the Magic Kingdom’s character lineup could make Encanto characters in the parade a likely possibility. And, Ernesto de la Cruz might be a likely inclusion as well given that Miguel from Coco is already featured in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade during the day.
We would also be remiss to leave out the possibility of Nick and Judy from Zootopia (2016) or Moana as these characters have continued to be featured more and more in Disney Parks so another inclusion of these animated films would not be surprising.
Whoever the new characters might be, we will be sure to continue monitoring updates from Disney and will share new information as we have it here on Disney Tips.