Dates, Pricing and More for Disney After Hours Boo Bash

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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?

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19 thoughts on “Dates, Pricing and More for Disney After Hours Boo Bash

  • June 2, 2021 at 6:11 pm
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    I just told my teenage and preteen grandkids that we wont be doing Boo Bash in August given the high price – $516 this year as opposed to $316 for the longer and fuller event in 2019 – and they definitely agreed. Fewer and later hours, no fireworks or shows, while only an addition of additional snacks (ice cream, popcorn and drinks).
    As far as making money for their stockholders, I’ve been a shareholder for 37 years and exorbitant pricing isn’t good business sense. It will ultimately hurt both the public as well as the company.

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    • June 2, 2021 at 9:38 pm
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      Keep in mind that this is an After Hours event, NOT a party. The main draw of the parties is special entertainment and attraction overlays/enhancements, with the possibility of lower crowds/shorter lines that during the day.

      The main draw of After Hours events (which have always been priced higher than the Halloween/xmas parties) is nonexistent crowds/walk-on rides, with the unlimited sodas/popcorn/ice cream as a cute extra, and sometimes a “theme” to the event. Boo Bash will be just like Villains After Hours, which was also a spooooooky after hours event.

      I agree the pricing is ridiculous for what you’re getting, but the apples-to-apples comparison here would be between Boo Bash and other ‘special’ After Hours events like the villains one, not between Boo Bash and MNSSHP. You’re paying the crazy price to be in a nearly empty park, not for the Halloween fun.

      Given today’s internet-wide reaction today, it’s clear that Disney has not done a good job explaining this. They have marketed this like a temporary replacement for MNSSHP without actually mentioning MNSSHP, which leads to reactions/comments like yours. I think they would have been better served to clearly explain “We can’t do MNSSHP this year for many reasons, but plan to bring it back next year. In the meantime we are bringing back our guest-favorite After Hours events, which offers you 3 hours to ride whatever you want without waiting in any lines. Also, it will have a spooky Halloween vibe.”

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      • June 2, 2021 at 9:55 pm
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        Two points: Firstly, the Villians After Hours event had a full parade and special fireworks while Boo Bash has a smaller cavalcade and no fireworks. Secondly, except for the extra snacks (ice cream, popcorn and drinks), the Boo Bash is too similar to MNSSHP in what it includes but with fewer hours, no shows and no fireworks. So even if you compare it to a Villains After Hours event, it still would be a much lesser version to that event as well.
        I’m not so much angry at Disney as I am disappointed at their pricing. I’ve been to MNSSHP and it was the best. At the very least with covid numbers down, Disney should add value to this event by staging a full parade and fireworks show.

  • June 2, 2021 at 7:50 pm
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    Is there any indication which “select resort guests” will be able to book on June 8th? We will be staying at the Contemporary in October and would like to go if possible. Any info or tips as to where I may check are greatly appreciated. Thanks! Katie

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    • June 2, 2021 at 8:42 pm
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      We are going in late August and just got an email today about “early booking” for Boo Bash.

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    • June 2, 2021 at 9:40 pm
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      If you’re staying at the Contemporary in October, you’ll definitely be able to buy tickets for the after hours events that take place during your stay starting on June 8.

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      • June 3, 2021 at 12:26 pm
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        Do you think Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas guests will be able to purchase tickets on June 8?

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:50 pm
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    We were originally planning on being at MK on august 24th, but now I’m wondering if we should switch park days to avoid a bigger crowd. How do you think the event will affect daytime attendance at the park, if at all?

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  • June 2, 2021 at 10:06 pm
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    Very minimal impact on park attendance, Boo Bash tickets don’t admit people until 7pm and won’t have THAT many people attending.

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  • June 3, 2021 at 7:35 am
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    We were planning on booking this but not at that price – we don’t even know if we will be allowed to travel from the U.K. to the USA and, as far as I can see, it’s non refundable so we would have to rely on our travel insurance to reimburse us if we can’t go. We’ve just had our holiday to WDW at the end of June cancelled due to Covid restrictions. So I’m guessing there are no Brits at WDW at the moment.

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  • June 3, 2021 at 6:20 pm
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    Sorry but I left out one more thing: besides no fireworks and no full parade, this After Hours Event wont have any character meet-and-greets. Once again, this After Hours Event offers much less for the same price as previous After Hours Events. Of course, each person has to decide if any event is worth while, but Disney might consider what impression many of us have on their current pricing philosophy.

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  • June 5, 2021 at 3:18 am
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    I I already have reservations to attend MK on oct 26th, if we were to stay for the bash that same night; would we have to buy additional tickets or could we just stay in the park all day and attend the bash at night with our regular park ticket?

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    • June 5, 2021 at 9:38 am
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      You need an additional ticket. Anyone that has paid for the after hour event will get a band to wear to show that they can stay for the event. Before the event, anyone without a band will be asked to leave and cast members will nicely escort you out of the MK. Without the band, you wouldn’t be able to get any snacks or go on any rides.

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  • June 6, 2021 at 5:35 pm
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    Is it only deluxe resorts that get the option to buy tickets early? Staying at Pop Century.

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    • June 7, 2021 at 6:25 pm
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      I’m staying at Pop and my travel agent is purchasing my ticket on Tuesday. I am working with a Touring Plans TA and she has been awesome!

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  • June 11, 2021 at 8:59 am
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    I’m really disappointed in the pricing. We planned our trip around Halloween to go to the Not so scary Halloween party. Not only am I disappointed that is cancelled but the price for the Boo Bash is ridiculous and includes less. $170 pp for 3 hours is outrageous.

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  • June 17, 2021 at 8:48 pm
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    My family has been going to MNSSHP for years – except COVID years. We always plan our trip around that party and MVMCP, which means we go for the last week of October and the first week of November to catch both. We booked our trip a 6 months ago, gambling that by Oct 2021 COVID would be under control, etc. I have to say that I AM HEARTBROKEN that the Boo Bash for the only 2 dates we will be there sold out in ONE DAY. I tried and tried, but by the time I got through the next morning, it was sold out! I think that it is great that they have added additional dates in Sept and early Oct, but what about all of the people who booked their vacation around specific dates and those are all sold out? I can’t just change my whole vacation or add that many more days to our trip to encompass another date that isn’t sold out. I haven’t even had the heart to tell my family yet. We have been planning our costumes and reliving how much MNSSHP is our very favorite event at Disney. Again…. heartbroken and not sure what to do about it.

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  • August 31, 2021 at 7:18 pm
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    I understand where all these not-positive (aka negative) comments are coming from; however, I find it interesting as I type this at the end of August that tickets are currently not available. I am presuming this means this event is sold out or is there something else at play here?

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  • August 31, 2021 at 7:57 pm
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    Answering my own question from above, all the dates are sold out. I’ll go back to the purchase tickets website weekly to see if they release any more; however, I’m a’feared that my hesitancy has cost me in this case. Shame…this would be been a nice way to start our trip.

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