Dates & Prices for After Hours Boo Bash Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World has revealed dates and ticket prices for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” the Halloween party coming to Magic Kingdom in August, September, and October 2021. This post will share new details about the entertainment lineup, dates for the special event, ticket prices and discounts, plus commentary on why it’s so expensive, based on comparisons to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Villains After Hours, the two past parties on which Boo Bash is based.
Let’s start with the new “frightfully fun details” on what you will experience during this limited-capacity separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom. First, Special cavalcades will pop up throughout the night including “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade,” with Mickey Mouse and friends dressed up for the occasion.
“Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade” will showcase those characters taking to the street and celebrating their favorite time of the year. “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” will feature Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie riding down the parade path to “This is Halloween.” Finally, the Maleficent fire-breathing dragon float from Festival of Fantasy parade will also make an appearance.
Additionally, favorite character friends will appear throughout Magic Kingdom, including Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their Halloween costumes. Other surprise characters will pop up across the park, too.
On the atmospheric entertainment front, you can stop and listen to the Cadaver Dans during their special comeback (from the dead) performance. Miss Carlotta will be appearing outside Haunted Mansion to greet guests.
Select snacks like ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select sodas and other beverages, are included in the cost of the event. In addition to those, A variety of specialty food and drinks will be available for purchase, including an Apple Ginger Dale frozen drink and a Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake.
Disney PhotoPass will also be available to take your magical and spooky shots throughout the night.
“Disney After Hours Boo Bash” tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m., giving you time to enjoy even more of your favorite Magic Kingdom Park haunts before the event begins. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.
After the park closes to day guests, enjoy less time waiting in line for more than 20 attractions including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, and more.
All guests can dress in costume for Disney After Hours Boo Bash, and you can get your fill of Halloween candy while trick-or-treating around the park. Costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children under 14.
Before you arrive for the “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” event, please check out Walt Disney World’s Know Before You Go page and Costume Policy for the most up-to-date information. Please note that health and safety measures, policies and operational guidelines are subject to change. (Notably, the face mask policy that was previously announced for Boo Bash is no longer applicable since Walt Disney World has since made masks optional outdoors.)
Tickets for Disney After Hours Boo Bash will go on sale June 15, 2021 and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240. Guests of select Walt Disney World hotels can book their tickets as early as June 8, 2021. (Presumably if their travel dates coincide with the event.)
Tickets start at $129 to $139, plus tax for August and September 2021 party nights and $159 to $169, plus tax for October 2021 nights. Attending on Halloween night will set you back a cool $199 plus tax! Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount for Boo Bash in August and September.
Here are the dates for Disney After Hours Boo Bash:
- 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
- Tuesday, September 7, 2021
- Friday, September 10, 2021
- Tuesday, September 14, 2021
- Friday, September 17, 2021
- Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Friday, September 24, 2021
- Tuesday, October 5, 2021
- Friday, October 8, 2021
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021
- Friday, October 15, 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
In terms of our commentary, it’s pretty easy to foresee that pricing is going to be a huge source of complaints. We saw this coming a mile away, and even warned about it in response to several comments to our Disney After Hours Boo Bash Announcement post.
Many Walt Disney World fans are understandably expecting price points on par with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party since this is the indirect replacement for that. However, this is a Disney After Hours event (hence the name), so it’s price structure unsurprisingly follows that.
Here’s the pricing for Villains After Hours, which sounds strikingly similar to Disney After Hours Boo Bash:
“Disney Villains After Hours tickets can be purchased in advance for $145 per adult or child (plus tax) or day-of for $155 per adult or child (plus tax). Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can buy discounted advance purchase tickets for $30 off.”
I’m not going to do contortions to defend Walt Disney World’s pricing for Disney After Hours Boo Bash. It’s astronomical. That’s true even when compared to Villains After Hours, but doubly so if you’re using the last year of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as your benchmark.
I can barely comprehend dropping a few hundred dollars for the two of us to do this–let alone the price for a family with small children who may not last the whole night.
My point is simply that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the wrong comparison, as this is a fundamentally different event. Again, as we discussed at length in the above announcement post, the heart of the After Hours events is low crowds and short lines at attractions, with the entertainment being the icing on the cake.
By contrast, the heart of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the entertainment, and short lines for rides are the icing. In recent years, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been anything but a “low crowds” event.)
Ultimately, it’s premature to assess whether Disney After Hours Boo Bash will be worth the money. In large part, that depends upon your personal expectations. Are you considering it because you’ve enjoyed Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past, and are expecting something on par with that? If so, it almost certainly will not be worth it for you.
Are you considering Disney After Hours Boo Bash because you want a low crowds opportunity to enjoy Magic Kingdom, with a Halloween twist? Then this event might be for you. Even then, this is a lot of money to spend. It’s also occurring over the course of two months–August and September–that have historically low crowds during normal operating hours. Between that and a potential lull in the lead-up to Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary (see our updated Best & Worst Months to Visit Walt Disney World in 2021-2022), Disney After Hours Boo Bash may not be a tremendous ‘value-add’ for its first couple months. October is another story entirely, though.
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What are your thoughts on these ticket prices? Will your family be buying or sitting this Halloween event out? Are you excited for Disney After Hours Boo Bash? Do you agree or disagree with our perspective on this? Are you disappointed that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party won’t be happening, or is Boo Bash a superior (or at least sufficient) alternative for you? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
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