Disney has announced a new way to celebrate Halloween at Disney World. For the 2021 Halloween season guests can attend Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash! This will be a night at the Magic Kingdom for guests to enjoy special Disney Halloween themed experiences.
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In previous years Magic Kingdom has offered a ticketed Halloween event called Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. Due to the pandemic it was canceled in 2020.
This year they have announced plans for a new Halloween celebration at the Disney Parks. Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be the new Halloween event at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
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Disney After Hours Boo Bash at Magic Kingdom
Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash will be on select nights starting August 10th-October 31st from 9:00pm to midnight!
Activities will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, characters in the park dressed in costumes, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, and special treat stops throughout the park.
One big thing missing is the entertainment people have grown to love as part of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Disney has mentioned there will be “much more” at the parties, so I am waiting to see if more entertainment options will be announced.
At this point no one can predict what the theme parks will look like in August with the pandemic. I’m optimistic we are moving in the right direction, but Disney is being cautious with removing safety precautions like social distancing and face coverings.
I expect to learn more about what to expect at the Disney After Hours Boo Bash as we get closer.
2021 Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash Dates
Boo Bash After will be the following dates:
- Tuesday, August 10, 2021
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021
- Friday, August 20, 2021
- Tuesday, August 24, 2021
- Friday, August 27, 2021
- Tuesday, August 31, 2021
- Friday, September 3, 2021
- Saturday, September 5, 2021
- Tuesday, September 7, 2021
- Friday, September 10, 2021
- Sunday, September 12, 2021
- Tuesday, September 14, 2021
- Friday, September 17, 2021
- Sunday, September 19, 2021
- Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Friday, September 24, 2021
- Tuesday, October 5, 2021
- Friday, October 8, 2021
- Sunday, October 10, 2021
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021
- Friday, October 15, 2021
- Sunday, October 17, 2021
- Tuesday, October 19, 2021
- Friday, October 22, 2021
- Sunday, October 24, 2021
- Tuesday, October 26, 2021
- Friday, October 29, 2021
- Sunday, October 31, 2021
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2021 Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash Ticket Information
Ticket prices for Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash will go on sale June 15 to the general public and June 8 for Walt Disney World hotel guests. have not been announced yet. Tickets will be $129.00 to $199.00 and guests do not need a general park admission tickets.
This event is held after regular hours of Magic Kingdom. Annual Pass Holders and DVC members will receive a $10.00 discount on August and September events.
What’s New at Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash
Everything!!! Because this is a brand new offering at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Guests can expect new entertainment options.
- Halloween themed Cavalcades. This is when a small number of characters will be on a float going around the park. Times are not announced to discourage crowds.
- Performance by Cadaver Dans.
- Special Decor, Lighting, and Music
- Candy treat stops throughout the park.
- Disney has not announced any attraction specific offerings but below is what they offered in 2019 to give you an idea of what MIGHT be available. This is only speculation at this point and will be updated as more information is released.
- Space Mountain in the dark and with a spooky new soundtrack.
- Pirates of the Caribbean with live pirates. I can’t wait to see what this is all about!
- Mad Tea Party will have new lighting and music.
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will have an interactive treat trail.
Costumes for Halloween at Disney World
When you visit Disney World for the Halloween Party you will see people in full on costumes, Disney bounding(inspired by Disney), and not dressed up at all.
It is really up to you and your family to decide what works best. I think more people dress up for the party as it gets closer to Halloween.
Disney does have rules when dressing up. All ages can dress up but costume masks are only allowed for children younger than 14.
We’ve attended Halloween at Disney World twice in August and had a good mix of people dressed up and not dressed up.
On our first visit we didn’t dress up much. I was concerned about the heat during our late summer visit and decided to wear some Disney t-shirts. Everyone, except me, wore a Disney villain top.
There were a few reasons we decided against costumes during our first visit. 1- it was August and my kids had no idea what they wanted to be for Halloween, 2-I was concerned about the August heat and their costumes, 3-we were packing for a 10 day vacation and I couldn’t get it together.
In 2019 we went simple again but did a more Disney bounding inspiration. Disney Bounding is when you find inspiration from your favorite Disney characters and use that to create your outfit.
My daughter and I Disney bounded as Minnie and Daisy, and the boys were Huey, Duey, and Luey.
Most of our costumes were purchased through Amazon. I also recommend searching your local craft store for plain shirts. The hats didn’t arrive on time so we decided to not have them during the party.
Overall I enjoyed dressing up and still staying cool at the park. Being inspired by the characters was super fun and we would totally do it again.
Trick or Treating at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
This information is from 2019 Halloween Party but I expect the Boo Bash to have a similar set up for trick or treating.
In 2019, there were 14 trick or treating stops throughout the Magic Kingdom. We even found some surprise candy stops at the exits of Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.
They give out a lot of candy and even though you are provided with a small trick or treat bag upon arrival I would bring another bag to carry it.
2019 Halloween Map: There are pumpkins on all the stops along the Halloween route.
Typically we use the party to see the Halloween entertainment and ride the attractions with short wait times. If you are planning on doing all 14 trick or treat locations you may have to wait in long lines. We often skipped the treat lines that looked longer than 5 minutes.
If you have food allergies in your family you will be offered a turquoise coin to turn in at a specific location to collect your own special treat.
Entertainment at Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Expect the park to be decorated with fall and Halloween décor. There will be special lighting and music throughout the park. Expect characters to be dressed up in costumes too. There will also be themed food and beverages available.
I will update the entertainment as they are released.
Attractions at Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash
Most attractions are open during the event but a few do close. We were able to ride everything in the park with little wait times. We went on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train twice with a wait of under 20 minutes.
Magic Kingdom has great rides for all ages and some of our favorite are Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan. Check out our Top Rides at Magic Kingdom.
Characters at Magic Kingdom during Halloween
It is not only the guests that have fun dressing up at the parties! The characters do too! There are also special character meet and greets you can only do during the Halloween Party. This is one activity that we always miss because there is never enough time.
Character meet and greets are changing often because of pandemic safety rules. Guests can expect to see characters at the Cavalcades but official meet and greets have not been announced yet.
Tips for Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash
Guests can arrive at 7:00pm for the event.
Take advantage of Mobile Ordering for dinner. Read our Step by Step directions on my post about Mobile Ordering at Disney World.
You CAN’T Do Everything At the Party in One Night. There is so much to do between shows, parades, trick or treating, meeting characters and riding attractions. I suggest deciding what is a priority for everyone in your family before you arrive at the park.
The party ends at 12:00am. We didn’t arrive home until after 1:00am. You may want to rest during the day so you can fully enjoy the party. If you have small children this may not be a good option.
On our first visit we left around 9:00pm because everyone was tired from an early morning flight. This time we slept in, enjoyed our resort pool, and then headed to the party.
Check at the Main Street Bakery and other food and beverage locations for special sweat and savory treats.
Video from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019
Is Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash Worth It
This is a brand new event and the honest answer is I don’t know yet. The ticket prices have not been released and we don’t know what the entertainment options will be.
If the ticket prices stay the same but they don’t offer the same amount of entertainment options this might not be a great option.
If you want to visit at night with low crowds, the cost of the ticket is typically lower than the cost of daily admission, this might be a good choice for your family.
Below I share my review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and if I thought it was worth it. This will give you an idea of what to expect on your visit. Please understand the 2021 Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be different than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Visit (2019)
The event is an amazing Halloween party and I would say a “must-do” for every Walt Disney World loving family. There are a few pros and cons to the party, but we were really happy we did it.
The party can be an added cost for those on a budget, but if you can make it work I think it is fun to experience at least once. To make it more affordable we attended the party during our Orlando vacation where we were only doing Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we were not visiting the other parks.
If you have a week of park tickets purchased there is no discount and it will be an added cost. You will pay full price for the special event. If you plan to spend the day at Magic Kingdom and attend the party you will have to purchase a general admission ticket and a ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
With that being said if you can make it work I think it is worth it. We really enjoyed seeing Magic Kingdom decorated for the holidays and I loved all the special attention to details during the event. Magic Kingdom is decorated during the day as well but you don’t have the same entertainment as during the event.
There are pumpkins everywhere!! Mickey Pumpkins line the streets of Main Street and the entire parks has a different feel to it. Although we visited in August the Halloween spirit was all around us. It was exciting and Disney made it fun to go trick or treating through the park.
I also loved the BOO to You parade. It is one of the best parades and can only be viewed during the Halloween party. There are a few clips from the parade in our video. We watched the parade from Frontierland and enjoyed less crowds and great views.
A few minutes before the start of the parade the Headless Horseman rides down the street. This can’t be missed!! We arrived about 30 minutes before the start of the parade to get a spot. Once we have a spot my husband usually picks up a snack but this time we snacked on our trick or treating candy!
We also made it a priority this year to see the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. It was incredible and I would love to see it again! We arrived a bit late to get a close view but still thought it was a great addition to the party.
Would I Do it again?
This was our second time attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and I would say it was worth it. I would not plan it during a full day at the parks, but rather use it as an add on to a non-park day. The party is a special way to celebrate the Halloween season and enjoy the magic of the Disney parks.
Only time will tell if the Disney After Hours Boo Bash is as good as Mickey’s Not So Scary but Disney always does above and beyond in their guest offerings so I expect this to be a hit!
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