Bette Midler has often stated that her role in Hocus Pocus was her favorite of all time. Ms. Midler had one film remaining on her Disney/Touchstone contract and it was initially supposed to be Sister Act. Ms. Midler backed out at the last minute and Whoopi Goldberg replaced her. It is quite possible that had Bette made Sister Act, she never would have appeared in Hocus Pocus. Kathy Najimy, upset that she lost the chance to work with Midler on Sister Act, was overjoyed to get a second chance.