Get ready to get spooky! This fall, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort will be offering the Disney After Hours Boo Bash. (This event will replace Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for this year.) The Boo Bash will run for 23 select nights from August until October. The event will take place on most nights from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. (Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)
The Boo Bash will be a limited-capacity, hard ticket event. Tickets will go on sale June 15 and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can book their tickets as early as June 8.
Tickets will range in price from $129 – $139, plus tax for August/September nights and $159 – $169, plus tax for October nights. If you want to attend on Halloween, it will cost $199, plus tax. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount for event nights in August and September. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.
The event will include things like special cavalcades that will pop up throughout the night including “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade,” with Mickey Mouse and friends dressed up in their Halloween finest. There will also be the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade,” where the villains will celebrate their favorite time of the year. “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” will feature Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie to “This is Halloween.” Finally, Maleficent will also make an appearance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. (Oh! Haven’t seen her in a while in this form!)
Now, while you won’t be able to experience meet and greets with your favorite characters, you will find Miss Carlotta at the Haunted Mansion, Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their Halloween dress, as well as other surprise characters popping up across the park, too. You can even stop and listen to the Cadaver Dans perform.
Guests will be able to experience more than 20 attractions including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion attraction, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain and more.
Guests who attend this event will be able to enjoy complimentary snacks like ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select beverages, which are included in the cost of the event. There will also be a number of treats that will be available for purchase. And for those who want to go trick or treating, you’ll be able to do that throughout the evening, as well.
Disney PhotoPass will also be available to take your magical and spooky shots throughout the night.
Guests who attend this event will be able to dress in costume. Costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children under 14.
The dates for the Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be:
- Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
- Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
- Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
- Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
- Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
- Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
- Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
- Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
- Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
- Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
- Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
- Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021
Compare this to 2020, when ticket prices and dates were announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, prior to it being cancelled due to COVID.
Dates for 2020 were:
- August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28
- September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
- October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
Last year, it was announced that there would be 36 parties that would be occurring. The biggest “surprise” for 2021 is that there will be a good week and a half that will not be offering the Disney After Hours Boo Bash. That’s likely due to the fact that that week is the lead up to the 50th anniversary. (As well as a few days after.) It also appears that there will not be nearly as many parties in October of this year, as there were announced for last year.
As far as pricing is concerned, there’s also a HUGE jump. More so than I thought there would be (since the Disney After Hours event doesn’t include fireworks, a full parade, or stage shows.) Tickets for 2020’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets were supposed to start at $85 for adults in advance and children tickets start at $80 in advance. The advance purchase ticket discount was available for all dates (here the only discount is available for AP holder and DVC members and only through August and September). October 31, 2020 was supposed to cost $149 for adults and $144 for kids. (If you’ll notice for 2021, Halloween is now a full $50 more.) In addition, there is no child priced ticket available.
However, when comparing the pricing to the somewhat similar Disney Villains After Hours event that was announced for 2020, but barely occurred due to COVID, the pricing is closer. Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours cost $145 plus tax in advance or $155 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members were able to take advantage of a $30 discount.
The Disney After Hours Boo Bash does not last nearly as long as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, as the party technically doesn’t start until 9:00 p.m. (Though Guests can begin to enter as early as 7:00 p.m.) With Mickey’s Not-So-Scary, Guests could enter as early as 4:00 p.m. and the party would start at 7:00 p.m. Both events ended at midnight.
So, for a large jump in price, you’re getting a little bit less as far as entertainment, and an event that doesn’t last as long. (But you do get all the popcorn, ice cream, and bottled beverages you want.) However, with that said, it should be noted that almost every one that I’ve talked to that has attended a Disney After Hours event in the past has raved about them.
What do you think? Will you be getting tickets for this year’s event or will you pass?