Disney After Hours Boo Bash is the Halloween party at Magic Kingdom in August, September, and October 2021. This info guide covers Walt Disney World’s new fall event, including dates, hours, ticket prices & discounts, entertainment, why it’s so expensive, and comparisons to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Villains After Hours. (Updated June 16, 2021.)
Let’s start with the latest update. Last week, tickets went on sale for on-site guests during their travel dates. During that time, there was often a multi-hour wait on the phone lines. This was a result of both high demand (not just for these tickets but booking Walt Disney World travel as a whole) and because Disney’s call center is short staffed.
Now, tickets are being sold to everyone and are going quickly. Walt Disney World has already added several new dates to the event, and despite that, many of the event nights in October 2021 plus the opening night in August have sold out entirely (see updated Disney After Hours Boo Bash price/date/hours chart below). While not so great for those who are being shut out, this is good news from our perspective…
While it’s very difficult to gauge actual demand given the short staffing of Disney’s call centers (in other words, don’t read too much into those multi-hour hold times), how quickly many dates have sold out–despite incredibly high price points–suggests to us that Walt Disney World is capping attendance for Disney After Hours Boo Bash at a low level.
One of our fears is that Walt Disney World would increase the attendance cap, and thus negating the main advantage of the After Hours event, which is enjoying most attractions as near walk-ons and minimal crowds throughout Magic Kingdom. One thing we’ve loved so much about Villains After Hours events is that it felt like we had the parks to ourselves–it was like a private buyout of Magic Kingdom.
It’s always possible that the cap is higher than we suspect–or that Walt Disney World will quietly release more tickets once these sell out, but we are cautiously optimistic about the event as of right now.
Next, here are the “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.
Here are some highlights of Disney After Hours Boo Bash:
- Halloween-themed cavalcades
- Candy stops, with plenty of sweet surprises
- Character sightings throughout the park
- Special performances by the Cadaver Dans
- Low wait times at over 20 attractions, including Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain & Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Themed food and beverages available for purchase
- Special décor, lighting, music and more!
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. Your photos will be adorned with Halloween special effects and you can also take special Magic Shots, which add characters to your Disney PhotoPass photos after they’ve been taken. PhotoPass is not included in the cost of the event.
Disney After Hours Boo Bash tickets will grant event ticket holders admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m., giving you time to enjoy some of your favorite Magic Kingdom Park rides 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 Magic Kingdom closes to day guests, Boo Bash attendees will 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 special 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 are now on sale for all guests and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240. Note that many dates are already sold out, so please consult the chart below before calling.
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 in August 2021:
- Tuesday, August 10, 2021
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021
- Friday, August 20, 2021
- Tuesday, August 24, 2021
- Friday, August 27, 2021
- Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Disney After Hours Boo Bash September 2021 Dates:
- 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
Disney After Hours Boo Bash October 2021 Dates:
- 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
Here’s a handy chart that covers nightly event hours, pricing, and discounts:
If past Disney After Hours events are any indication, the August through early September dates are the least likely to sell out (aside from opening night, which typically sells out at any Walt Disney World event).
Demand and attendance are likely going to be much higher after the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2021 (which is also why there are no parties from September 25 to October 5, 2021–that week will be bonkers). Accordingly, expect the October dates to be much busier and more likely to sell out. Despite the $199 price tag, Halloween will almost certainly sell out. For more when to visit advice, see our Crowd Predictions for Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
In terms of our commentary, it’s pretty easy to foresee that pricing is going to be a huge source of complaints and consternation among guests. 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 its price structure unsurprisingly follows that.
Here’s the pricing for last year’s 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 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was held 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. It would be difficult to justify unless money were no object.
My point is simply that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the wrong comparison. 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. (The last year both were held, the attendance cap was significantly lower for After Hours than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party–probably less than half…which might explain why it’s almost double the price.)
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 the entertainment at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past, and are expecting something on par with that? If so, Boo Bash 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 typically have low crowds during normal operating hours. Between that historic precedent 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 for those wanting to avoid crowds. 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!