Halloween is a go at Disney World this year with an after-hours Boo Bash

Jun 2, 2021

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published on May 7, 2021.

Disney has released more details about its brand-new celebration coming to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this Halloween: Disney After Hours Boo Bash.

For those of you unfamiliar with Disney After Hours, it’s a way for guests to enjoy Disney after normal park hours end. And this Halloween, Disney is transforming Disney After Hours into a Halloween celebration on select nights from Aug. 10 through Oct. 30, 2021. Disney After Hours Boo Bash is a three-hour event that will begin when the park closes — ticketholders will be allowed entry to the park as early as 7 p.m. On Boo Bash nights, Magic Kingdom Park will transform for Disney-goers to experience a spooktacular Halloween bash from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets for this new event go on sale June 15 (though some guests can book tickets as early as June 8), and based on what we know so far, you won’t want to miss this year’s celebration.

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What we know so far

The announcement of this new event came during the Halfway To Halloween event on May 7 and 8, where Disney released information on how you can celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year at the most magical place on Earth. Now, Disney has released even more details about what’s to come this fall.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash dates and ticket prices

Like past Halloween celebrations and the regular Disney After Hours event, you’ll need to purchase separate tickets for Disney After Hours Boo Bash. The Halloween celebration will take place on select nights from Aug. 10 through Oct. 31. Here’s the full list of dates released by Disney:

  • 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

You can buy tickets starting June 15. August and September tickets start at $129 to $139, plus tax. October tickets start at $159 to $169, plus tax, and Halloween nights start at $199, plus tax. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members will get a $10 discount for event nights in August and September.

(Image courtesy of Disney Parks)

Remember that this year is also Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. This is great news for anyone who already has day park tickets and park pass reservations for early October — you can potentially grab Boo Bash tickets to level up your trip even more.

But for those who haven’t already snagged tickets for October, celebrating Halloween at Disney in August or September may be better if you want to book Boo Bash tickets as part of a larger Disney vacation. Park pass reservations for October especially will be harder to score than normal.

Expect themed music, decorations, attractions and more

According to a press release from Disney, highlights for the event will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, plenty of candy spots for trick-or-treaters, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, themed food and — of course — special decorations, lighting and music throughout the park. This year, Main Street U.S.A. will transform for the fall with Cinderella-inspired pumpkin coach decorations.

Planned cavalcades include “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade” featuring Mickey Mouse and friends, the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade” filled with your favorite villains and “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” with Jack Skellington himself, Sally and Oogie Boogie riding to the tune of “This Is Halloween.” And this year’s Disney Halloween celebration wouldn’t complete without an appearance from Maleficent on her fire-breathing dragon.

More than 20 attractions will be open for guests to enjoy — favorites such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise (which will reopen soon), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight and Space Mountain all included.

Some drinks and snacks, including ice cream novelties and popcorn, come complimentary with your ticket to the event. But you’ll also be able to grab a variety of specialty food and drinks at extra cost — fancy an Apple Ginger Dale frozen drink or Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake, anyone?

And is any Halloween celebration at Disney complete without some character spottings? You’ll be able to see some of Disney friends (and a few fiends) throughout the park, including Dr. Facilier from “The Princess and the Frog,” Captain Barbossa from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and favorites such as Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale. Disney PhotoPass will be available so you can take home any spooky shots taken throughout your family’s time at the event.

(Image courtesy of Charlene Maria/Disney)

It’s replacing Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a similar event that ran on select nights from mid-August through November each year. The new After Hours Boo Bash event is taking its place this year, but never fear — it looks like a lot of the elements people loved about MNSCHP will remain as part of this new event.

You’ll still need to wear an approved face covering indoors

Halloween is a time for dressing up in fantastic costumes, and all guests are invited to continue that tradition by donning a costume for the occasion. However, COVID-19 precautions will still be in effect for the event, so you’ll need to make sure any costumes worn meet facial covering requirements. Disney no longer requires you to wear facemasks outdoors, but you will still need a face mask while indoors and while on attractions. Think of it as a creative challenge as your design your family’s costumes this year.

You can check out Disney’s dress code and costume guidelines for more information on what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to dressing up for Disney After Hours Boo Bash.

Related: 5 just-announced ways Disney and Universal are inching back closer to normal

Bottom line

Based on what Disney has released so far, the new Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be a great addition to the Halloween festivities and operate similarly to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past.

Planning may take a little extra care this year between COVID-19 precautions and tight park availability with Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. But between both celebrations overlapping this year, those who work some bippity boppity boo (bash) magic to score tickets to the Halloween event in October while 50th Anniversary Celebration is going on will be sure to have a memorable experience.

Tickets do go on sale June 15 (or June 8 for some Disney World Resort hotel guests), and we imagine they’ll go quickly. Make sure to mark your calendars so you can score tickets to the Halloween celebration of the year.

Related: Ultimate guide to visiting Walt Disney World

Featured image courtesy of Disney. 

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