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Spooky season may look at a little different at theme parks in 2021. Unlike last year, guests at Walt Disney World will be able to attend a Halloween season event in the Magic Kingdom. Disney After Hours Boo Bash has replaced Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Is this change permanent? What is different at this event? Is it even worth attending? Find answers to all this and more right here on TravelingMom.com.
What is Disney World Boo Bash?
Let’s start right off the bat by explaining what exactly Disney After Hours Boo Bash is. Boo Bash is a new Disney Parks event that takes place on select nights in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It is similar to past After Hours events that were held in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom respectively.
It is not the same Disney Halloween event that occurs at Disneyland in California. That event is called the Oogie Boogie Bash. However, it can be confusing as both special events call themselves a bash, take place on select nights and are specially ticketed After Hours events.
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TravelingMom Tip: Get to the Magic Kingdom early to scan in with your ticket and get your party wristband. Cast Members will be checking for wristbands starting at park close (9pm or 9:30pm depending on the party date and time), and they will politely escort you out if you haven’t paid to attend the party!
How Is It Different from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Next, let’s discuss how Boo Bash is different from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. One of the major differences is the timing of the party. Some nights the party is from 9pm-12am, and on other nights the party is from 9:30pm-12:30am.
Guests with tickets to this event may enter the park as early as 7pm, but the party in its entirety is still only 5 hours long. In years past, guests could enter as early as 4pm, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party lasted from 7pm-12 or 1am.
TravelingMom Tip: Decide what your priority is before you enter the park. Do you want to ride rides with virtually no wait? Do you want to see all of the cavalcades? The shortened hours of this event make it difficult to do and see everything you might want to do!
Character Meets & Cavalcades
Another aspect of Boo Bash that is different is the special character meets and parades. After Hours events and parties have been famous for their special character meetings. Disney villains, such as Jack Skellington and Maleficent, are rare sightings outside of these events.
These meets are now socially distanced “Disney character sightings.” Additionally, there is no longer a “Boo to You” parade. Instead, there are Halloween themed cavalcades similar to the ones that happen during the day at Magic Kingdom Park.
TravelingMom Tip: There are 4 cavalcades in total. All of the cavalcades run twice each night. I prefer to watch the cavalcades in Frontierland or Liberty Square as those areas are less crowded than Main Street, U.S.A.
Halloween Merchandise and Food
One aspect of Boo Bash that will be similar in nature to past parties is the Halloween treats. There are free treats included in this After Hours event such as ice cream, popcorn and bottled drinks, but there are also unique items available for purchase too.
Some of the specialty food and beverage offerings include:
- Mocha Chocolate Chip Frozen Drink-frozen mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips and a sugar acorn (available at Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland)
- Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink-frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale and topped with whipped cream and TWIX Cookie Bars chopped (available at Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland)
- Prince John Sucker Frozen Drink-tart green apple lemonade slush topped with a Ring Pop (available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland)
- Maleficent Churro-churro covered in chocolate cookie crumbles, drizzled with purple icing topped with green and purple sprinkles (available on Main Street USA in the Snack Cart)
So far, no specialty cupcakes have been announced for the event. I love a specialty cupcake, but I guess I’ll have to get my fix elsewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort this Halloween season. Worried about your child’s food allergies? You don’t have to – here’s out to have an allergy-friendly Boo Bash experience.
Unfortunately, there is also no unique merchandise at Boo Bash. What you see in the theme parks and at Disney Springs is the same merchandise available during the event. I’m hopeful that means this event will be short lived, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party may return to us in the future.
TravelingMom Tip: Eat a meal before the event begins. No restaurants are open, so if you get hungry, your only choices will be the included food and beverages or the specialty items available for purchase.
Disney World Halloween Tips
What should you know before you go to Boo Bash? These helpful tips will help you navigate this new event, especially if you’ve been to one of the Halloween parties before.
- Don’t feel the need to bring a trick-or-treat bag. Trick-or-treating is still happening around Magic Kingdom, but Cast Members will give you as many free bags as you like.
- Do dress in costume! Yes, adults can dress in Halloween costumes too. Make sure to follow Disney Parks guidelines for costumes for those over 14 as they are pretty specific. Make sure to consider how hot Florida can be, even in the fall!
- Don’t use a park ticket to visit Magic Kingdom on event day. Getting in as early as 7pm will give you plenty of time to accomplish everything you will want to do. Use the hours before the event to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot or simply have a rest day at your hotel.
- Do stop for a unique PhotoPass opportunity. There are exclusive photo opportunities during Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash that you won’t be able to find anywhere else!
Is Boo Bash Too Scary for Little Ones?
Disney’s Boo Bash will probably be the least scary Halloween season event your little one could attend. Even the Disney villains come across more friendly during these events, especially considering the socially distanced aspect of character sightings.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and all of their friends will be dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, which typically have a more friendly look than those of the Disney villains. Even “pirate” Goofy looks less menacing than most pirates typically do.
Like most aspects of Walt Disney World Resort, this event is geared toward families. If you have concerns, like the Haunted Mansion looking scarier at night or the Villains Cavalcade frightening your child, just avoid those areas of the park when you can.
How Much Are Boo Bash Tickets?
Ticket prices for this event vary based on date. Weekend prices are going to be more expensive than weekday prices. Also, August and September dates will be less than October dates. Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders can receive a $10 discount on Boo Bash tickets in August and September.
The cost for tickets start at $129 to $139, plus tax, for August and September 2021 party nights. Prices rise to $159 to $169, plus tax, for October 2021 nights.
Halloween night is the most expensive ticket at $199 plus tax.
TravelingMom Tip: This event is not inexpensive. It is a very short party, but there are included extras and virtually no waits for rides. Decide if those things are important to you before purchasing your ticket.
Boo Bash Dates for 2021
When does Boo Bash take place? It seems like we’re saying “Happy Halloween” and seeing Mickey pumpkins and other Halloween decorations earlier and earlier every year. These are the dates for this year’s event:
- 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
- Sunday, 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
TravelingMom Tip: Though most tickets appear to be sold out online, there are still cancellations happening regularly. It is very possible that you might be able to purchase a ticket for Disney After Hours Boo Bash at the gate. Of course, there is no guarantee, but it doesn’t hurt to see for yourself on your next trip to the Magic Kingdom!