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Strategy & Tips for Watching Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade

Strategy & Tips for Watching Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade

We don’t just like the Boo-to-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we absolutely love it.

Not only is it packed with some of our favorite characters, amazing floats, and catchy tunes, there are also a couple of fun surprises in there, too!

If you are attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you definitely need to make watching the Boo-to-You Parade a top priority, and we have the tips and strategies to help ensure you get a great spot for seeing it.

Let’s go!

Boo-To-You and the Halloween Party

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade is one of the must-see entertainment offerings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

This is an iconic parade, but the *only* way to see it is by attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).

If you are new to MNSSP, we recommend checking out our Complete Guide. It will walk you through everything you need to know about the party, including how to get tickets, dates, maps, and more.

What time is the Boo-to-You Parade?

The Boo-to-You parade is shown twice nightly at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.

Tip: The first parade is typically busier than the 2nd parade. If the weather looks clear for the entire evening, watch the 2nd one for slightly fewer crowds.

How long is the Boo-to-You Parade?

The Boo-To-You parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is about 23 minutes long.

What is the parade route?

Like the daytime Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom, the parade route for Boo-to-You goes from the back of the park in Frontierland, to the Hub in front of Cinderella Castle, and then down Main Street, U.S.A. before exiting near the Fire Station.

boo to you halloween parade sign at mickey's not so scary halloween party

You can see the route on the map below.

MAP: Best Places To Watch the Boo-to-You Parade

Boo to You parade map

The best place to watch the Boo-to-You Parade kind of depends on your goal:

  • Best for photos: At the end of Main Street, U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle in the background
  • Best for catching both Boo-to-You and the fireworks: In the Hub area (just make sure you have a clear view of the castle without being too close)
  • Best for lower crowds: Frontierland

Boo-to-You Parade Units (sections)

Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade is divided up into several different sections or units. Each unit has a theme and the characters, floats, and even music of that section match the theme.

Here are the units in the 2023 version of the Boo-to-You Parade:

Pre-Parade

Headless Horseman

Music: Flight of the Valkyries

headless horseman during the boo to you parade

Not to be missed, The Headless Horseman kicks off the parade in a creepy style. Because he is riding at a slow trot, by the time he gets to Main Street U.S.A. and the Town Square area, he will be several minutes ahead of the rest of the parade. Because of that, Disney fills in the gap in time while those guests wait for the rest of the parade with a little dance party.

Max Goof (Main Street U.S.A and Town Square areas only)

Music: Stand Out

Max Goof dressed as Powerline keeps the guests about midway down Main Street U.S.A. and in the Town Square entertained while they wait for the parade to make its way towards them.

This isn’t a full performance, but rather a little dance party with nearby kids being allowed to join in on the dancing.

Max Goof

Opening

Music: Boo-to-You Parade Theme

The opening unit of Mickey’s Boo-to-You parade includes a combination of the iconic sign being pushed by spooky Cast Members, a gazebo float, and lots of character pairs on foot.

Boo-to-You Sign

boo to you sign

Walking

  • Pooh & Tigger
  • Snow White & Dopey
  • Pluto
  • Aladdin & Jasmine
  • Alice & the Mad Hatter
  • Rapunzel & Flynn Rider
winnie the pooh in boo to you parade

Float

  • Sanderson Sisters (Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Clarabelle Cow)
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Chip ‘n Dale
clarabelle, minnie, and daisy as sanderson sister on float with mickey and donald - boo to you parade - mickey's not so scary halloween party

Pirates

Music: Yo Ho Pirate’s Palooza (a medley of the main Boo-to-You Parade Theme, A Pirates Life (Is a Wonderful Life) and Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me))

The Pirates Unit is a combination of pirates from Peter Pan and those from Pirates of the Caribbean. Kind of like a fever dream of swashbucklers.

Walking

  • Captain Hook
  • Mr. Smee
  • Wendy
  • Peter Pan
  • Lost Boys
  • Misc. pirates
boo to you

Treasure Chest Float

  • Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell float

Pirate Ship Float

  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Angelica
  • Captain Barbossa
  • Misc. pirates
boo to you pirate ship

Haunted Mansion

Music: Haunted Mansion Soirée (a medley of the main Boo-to-You Parade theme and Grim Grinning Ghosts)

The Haunted Mansion unit is definitely one of the favorites of the entire parade. This is where you’ll find the famous gravediggers sparking the ground with their shovels, the waltzing ballroom dancers, and the newest addition – Constance Hatchaway “floating” down the path.

Walking

  • Gravediggers (dressed in the Haunted Mansion butler uniform) with shovels
gravediggers boo to you

Graveyard / Gravestone float

  • Small float with the same gravestones you see outside of Haunted Mansion
gravestone float during boo to you parade

Walking

  • Ballroom dancers / waltzing ghosts

Spectral Bride

  • Constance Hatchaway (not really a “float” – but she glides down the parade route while the ghost ballroom dances dance behind her)
constance hatchaway boo to you

Haunted Mansion float

  • Hitchhiking ghosts (Phineas, Ezra, and Gus)
hitchhiking ghosts boo to you

Halloween Hoedown

Music: Halloween Hootenanny Hoedown (a medley of the main Boo-To-You Parade theme, Ghost Riders in the Sky, and Aaron Copeland’s “Hoedown” from Rodeo)

The Halloween Hoedown unit is about as different from the Haunted Mansion unit as you can get. This section draws its inspiration from Frontierland and includes hoedown dancers, a silo, and a couple of very fun characters.

Walking

  • Misc. scarecrow dancers
dancing scarecrows during boo to you parade

Halloween Hoedown silo float

  • Goofy
goofy on halloween hoedown float during boo to you parade

Walking

  • Horace Horsecollar
  • Country Bears
horace and the country bears during boo to you parade

Barn float

  • Clara Cluck
clara cluck boo to you

Trick or Treat / Sugar Rush

Music: Goofy’s Candy Hop (a medley of the main Boo-to-You Parade theme and Candy)

This section is what Halloween is all about: candy. Ok, maybe Halloween is about other things too (like the warm feeling you get when you scare your friends), but this unit, at least, is about candy and all things sweet.

Sugar Rush delivery truck

  • Fun Cast Member driving (Wreck-it Ralph used to drive, but not in 2023)
sugar rush truck in boo to you parade

Walking

  • Baton twirling Sugar Rush dancers
sugar rush dancers during boo to you parade

Candy making machine float

  • Vanellope von Schweetz
vanellope von schweetz - boo to you parade - mickey's not so scary halloween party

Villains-a-Go-Go

Yes, the villains can be a little scary, but the Villains-a-Go-Go unit is peppered with fun music that helps keep the “scary” away.

Music: A medley of Villains Ball and the main Boo-to-You Parade theme

Ursula

  • Ursula from The Little Mermaid (not really a “float” – but she glides down the parade route)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam puppets
ursula - boo to you parade- mickey's not so scary halloween party

Cruella DeVil car

  • Cruella DeVil
  • Jasper & Horace
cruella in her car during boo to you parade

Walking

  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Hearts Card Army
queen of hearts during boo to you parade

Skeleton Band float

  • Skeleton band
  • Pain and Panic
pain and panic - boo to you - mickey's not so scary halloween party

Walking

  • Bowler Hat Guy
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Oogie Boogie
  • Dr. Facilier
  • Anastasia & Drizella Tremaine
  • Gaston
  • Honest John (Foulfellow)
  • Gideon
honest john and gideon in boo to you parade

Villain float

  • Maleficent
  • Jafar
  • Evil Queen
villains a go go boo to you

Boo-To-You Parade FAQs

What happens if it rains?

Unfortunately, rain is pretty common in Florida – even at night. If it is a light rain that looks to pass quickly, the parade may just be delayed.

The parade can also be edited to only have the floats (without the Headless Horseman or anyone walking on the wet/slick ground).

And, sadly, if the rain is relentless, the parade may also be cancelled.

Can you save spots?

While we don’t advocate for 1 group to save half of Main Street, we do think it is okay to save a spot or 2. Just don’t take up more space than you need, and be sure to clearly indicate the area you are reserving (a towel can work well for that).

Can I see the fireworks and the parade from the same spot?

Yes, you can. We’ve indicated on the map above our favorite place for that. But, there are several other spaces around the Hub that will give you a decent view. Just make sure you have a clear line of sight to Cinderella Castle – without being too close. If you are right up next to the castle, you won’t be able to see all the fireworks (but you will have a great view of the projections!).

Can I see the parade outside of MNSSHP?

Unfortunately, no. Unlike the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which runs during normal park hours after the final Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the year, the same doesn’t happen for Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade. The only way to see it is to attend one of the parties.

Will the song ever leave my brain?

We are so very happy to report that NO, it will not. You will be shouting, “Boo. To. You! Happy Halloween!” for the rest of the year (at least) – and we aren’t sorry even one little bit about it.

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