Spooky Season has returned to Walt Disney World in the form of a brand-new event at Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
Of course, we are sad to see the popular Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party be put on hold for yet another year. But, we are very excited to see some of the best pieces (like trick-or-treating!) return for this 2021 stand-in.
Here’s everything you need to know including dates, prices, and our tips for making the most of your event ticket.
What is Disney After Hours Boo Bash?
Disney After Hours events are not new. In fact, 3 of the 4 parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, & Hollywood Studios) have hosted this type of specially ticketed event in recent years.
Before Boo Bash, Magic Kingdom had 2 different After Hours versions: a “regular” version which just granted guests access to nearly all attractions in the park with little to no wait, and a villains-themed version which included special entertainment and food offerings, too.
And now, Disney has added a 3rd After Hours option at Magic Kingdom: Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
Disney After Hours Boo Bash is a family-friendly Halloween-themed specially ticketed event.
It is important to note, that while this new option draws a lot of inspiration from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it definitely feels more like a traditional After Hours event than a “party”.
Much like the After Hours events from the past, the new Disney After Hours Boo Bash at Magic Kingdom gives guests access to attractions and “free” food.
You’ll also find decorations, chances to see a few characters (no meet & greets, though), and even some fun Halloween-themed cavalcades.
And the best part?
These events have a reduced capacity which means the lines for all your favorite attractions are typically extremely short. More on all of that below.
Interested in the holidays? Take a look at our Complete Guide to Disney Very Merriest After Hours.
Dates, cost, and times for Disney After Hours BOO BASH
Are you visiting Walt Disney World between August and October? If so, you’ll have lots of chances to check out one of the events.
Boo Bash will be held on 28 select nights for three hours each beginning Aug. 10 through Oct. 31.
Note: dates marked with an “*” are additional dates added by Disney after the initial release.
The event takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021(Sold Out) Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021(Sold Out)
riday, Aug. 20, 2021(Sold Out) Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021(Sold Out) Friday, Aug. 27, 2021(Sold Out) Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021(Sold Out) Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 (Sold Out)
The event takes place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on the following dates:
Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021* (Sold out) Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Sept. 10, 2021(Sold out)
- Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021*
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Sept. 17, 2021(Sold out) Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021* (Sold out) Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Sept. 24, 2021(Sold out) Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Oct. 8, 2021(Sold out) Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021* (Sold out) Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Oct. 15, 2021(Sold out) Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021*(Sold out) Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Oct. 22, 2021(Sold out) Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021(Sold out) Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021(Sold out) Friday, Oct. 29, 2021(Sold out) Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021(Sold out)
Boo Bash Ticket prices are as follows:
- $129-$139 (plus tax) for August and September nights
- $159-$169 (plus tax) for October nights
- $199 (plus tax) for Oct. 31 event
You can purchase tickets online or by calling 407-939-4240. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.
There is no way around it, the tickets aren’t cheap. But, August and September prices are comparable to what we saw in the original events, which ranged from $129 up to $149.
Important note: Boo Bash does not require guests to have an additional day theme park ticket or a Disney Park Pass reservation. Also, those with Boo Bash tickets can get into Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. on the night of the event they’re attending.
Are there discounts available?
Yes, although not as big as in previous years, Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a $10.00 discount per ticket for select nights in August and September.
What takes place during Disney After Hours BOO Bash
While you won’t find everything you’d typically see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there’s still a lot of fun to be had. Here’s how it works:
Checking-in and Wristbands
Because the park is open to non-party guests until after Happily Ever After, when the park closes, Disney Cast Members will set up checkpoints throughout Magic Kingdom where they will confirm that people have Boo Bash wristbands.
Then, after the park closes, people with wristbands will be allowed to move freely throughout the park, but those without will be directed towards the exit.
Wristband distribution begins around 7 pm.
If you are already in the park, you’ll be able to get your wristbands at 2 different locations:
- Tortuga Tavern
- Across from Monster’s, Inc.
If you are arriving to Magic Kingdom around 7 pm, you’ll be able to check in and get your wristband as you enter.
Trick-or-treat stations are scattered throughout the park, and both adults and kids are invited to join in on the fun.
Bags are typically available when you get your wristband, but if you don’t get one then, they have them at all the trick-or-treat stops (or you can bring your own).
Here’s where you can find the trick-or-treat locations:
- Ariel’s Grotto (inside where Ariel used to meet)
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (outside between Cosmic Ray’s and the Tomorrowland Speedway)
- Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (You’ll collect candy in 2 spots: as you walk into the seating area and as you exit it. You can walk-through or sit down and watch the show.)
- Pecos Bill (inside the restaurant)
- Fantasyland Train Station area
- Splash Mountain
- Enchanted Tiki Room (inside the attraction)
People with food allergies: you can grab a teal bag from a Cast Member at any treat location and/or head to the Liberty Square Ticket Center for an allergy-friendly selection.
You can collect teal tokens at the trick-or-treat stations which can later be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats.
At the end of the night, although it isn’t indicated on the map, you can also often find an Allergy Center at the front of the park inside the Chamber of Commerce, which is great for a last-minute stop as you exit for the evening.
Of course, you’ll be able to see some decorations during the day, but in honor of Disney World’s 50th anniversary, the park is decked out in “a fall look with the enchanting story of Cinderella by creating special pumpkin coach decorations that add to the park’s sparkling EARidescence during this magical time.”
Be on the lookout for fun music, projections, and for the castle to be awash in fun colors:
Who doesn’t love playing dressup?
Everybody that attends Boo Bash is welcome to dress up, as long as they follow Disney’s current costume policy:
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For guests ages 13 and under:
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For guests ages 14 and over:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Want more costume tips? Take a look at our Costume FAQ.
We love the Boo to You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but we don’t enjoy having to give up so much of our party time to secure a good viewing spot.
Cavalcades make it easier to see some of the best parade components without having to wait around.
Is it the same experience? No. But, having the option to see at least some floats is better than no parade at all.
For the Boo Bash, you’ll have several Halloween Cavalcades to see including:
Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade (Mickey & friends in their Halloween attire)
Times: 9:55 pm & 11:25 pm
Route: 9:55 pm begins and ends in Frontierland; 11:25 pm begins in Frontierland, ends on Main Street U.S.A
Disney’s Villains Halloween Cavalcade (Disney villains including Jafar, Evil Queen, Dr. Facilier, Queen of Hearts, & the Bowler Hat Guy)
Times: 10:30 pm and 11:45 pm
Route: Begins in Frontierland, ends on Main Street U.S.A
Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade (Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie)
Times: 10:40 pm and 11:55 pm
Route: Begins in Frontierland, ends on Main Street U.S.A
Maleficent (fire-breathing dragon float from the Festival of Fantasy parade)
Times: 10:50 pm and 12:05 am
Route: Begins in Frontierland, ends on Main Street U.S.A
You can catch the Cadaver Dans performing Halloween favorites on the balcony near Country Bear Jamboree.
You won’t be able to meet or hug your favorite characters, but a few will be out and about in the park for you to see and take socially-distanced photos with.
Crystal Palace (patio area along the front): Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, & Eeyore
Frontierland Balcony (near Country Bears Jamboree): Chip & Dale and the Cadaver Dans
Pirates of the Caribbean (stage across from the entrance): Pirate Goofy
Haunted Mansion (lawn at the front of the attraction): Madame Carlotta, Madame Renatta, Butler Broome
Pinocchio Village House (balcony as you walk into the restaurant): Foulfellow and Gideon
In addition to those spots, at the end of the evening you are also likely to see characters from the Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade waving you goodbye from the Train Station.
DJ Dance Party
You can dance along with all your friends over at the Tomorrowland Stage.
Complimentary Snacks & Drinks
In addition to Halloween candy, like the other After Hours events you’ll also have access to complimentary popcorn, ice cream bars (including Mickey bars) and bottled beverages.
These are generally found in carts stationed throughout the park.
Prefer something fancier than a Mickey Bar or bag of popcorn?
It will cost you extra, but you’ll have several specialty treats to choose from:
Prince John Sucker Frozen Drink
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
Tart green apple lemonade topped off with a Ring Pop
Mocha Chocolate Chip Frozen Drink
Golden Oak Outpost
Frozen mocha with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a sugar acorn
Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink
Golden Oak Outpost
Frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale and topped with whipped cream)
Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake
Funnel cake topped with chocolate cookie crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and M&M’s Chocolate Ghoul’s Mix.
Five dozen Egg Slush
Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream & served with a cinnamon stick
Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts
Churro covered in chocolate cookie crumble and drizzled with purple icing, topped with green & purple sugar.
PhotoPass photographers will be out and about taking both regular photos and Halloween-themed magic shots.
Boo Bash Magic Shot PhotoPass locations:
- Town Square (at the flag pole)
- Main Street U.S.A (near Casey’s Corner)
- Near Columbia Harbor House (across from Haunted Mansion)
- Near Hall of Presidents (to the right of the entrance)
- Fantasyland (near Pinocchio Village House and the restroom)
One of the main selling points to this event is the fact that the reduced capacity means you can knock out a bunch of attractions with little to no waits.
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Barnstormer
- “it’s a small world”
- Mad Tea Party
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
And Here’s What’s NOT Available:
While many things will be open for the event, there are some things that are not.
That includes all the attractions and character meet & greets that are already temporarily closed (marked with an * below) as well as a couple of others:
- Enchanted Tiki Room (being used as a trick-or-treat stop)
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater*
- Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater*
- Enchanted Tales with Belle*
- Princess Fairytale Hall*
- The Hall of Presidents*
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor* (being used as a trick-or-treat stop; there is no full performance, but the monsters do interact with people trick-or-treating and you can stay as long as you like)
- Carousel of Progress
Of course you’ll be able to purchase Halloween merchandise. You can find everything from t-shirts to spirit jerseys to mugs at the Emporium (on Main Street USA) and at Star Traders (in Tomorrowland).
Tips for Boo Bash
- Don’t go into the evening tired. In fact, we recommend you either take a nice long break or skip a park all together on the day you’re scheduled to attend.
- Boo Bash tickets are expensive, but you can save a bit of money on your trip by skipping purchasing a regular park ticket the day you plan to go. Use the day to rest up for the late night and since you’ll be able to enter Magic Kingdom at 7 pm you’ll have about 5 hours to explore the park with minimal waits.
- Even though there aren’t fireworks during Boo Bash, your ticket gets you into the park in time to see the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks before park closes to non-Boo Bash guests.
- The carts with the free treats and drinks at the front of the park can develop long lines so if you can, try a cart away from the Hub area for shorter waits.
- Boo Bash almost over? Grab a bottle or two of beverages to take back to your hotel.
- Have a PhotoPass photographer snap your pic on Main Street on the way out. Gotta take advantage of having almost nobody in the park to clutter up your photo!
Putting it all together and trying to fit it into a 3 hour event is a challenge, but here’s how we’d suggest dividing your time to be able to sample several of the best options available during Boo Bash.
Before party begins (can enter at 7:00)
- Pick up wristband
- Visit attractions not open during event (Hall of Presidents, Riverboat, Laugh Floor, Carousel of Progress, Enchanted Tiki Room)
- Watch fireworks
- Candy/rides in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland
- Characters at Haunted Mansion
- Snag a bottled drink and snack at a snack cart
- Find a spot across from Country Bear Jamboree to watch Cadaver Dans, Chip & Dale, and 3 cavalcades
- Rides, characters, and/or Magic Shot
- Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade
- Snag a bottled drink and snack to take on your way out
Boo Bash Guide Map
To make it easy, we’ve put all of the important stuff on a map so you’ll know where to find what during Boo Bash. Save to your phone for quick reference later.