Questions We STILL Have About Halloween at Disney World

Disney World recently shared the news that a new after hours event called Disney After Hours Boo Bash will replace Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for 2021.

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Boo Bash will include many of the same features we know and love from the Halloween parties, including candy treat stops, special character interactions (from a safe distance), and the opportunity to dress up and wait in shorter lines for our favorite Magic Kingdom rides!

While there was a lot of information shared by Disney, there are a few questions that we need answered!

How much will Boo Bash cost?

Perhaps the biggest question on our minds (and we’re sure everyone else’s) is exactly how much tickets for Boo Bash will cost. Despite Boo Bash having a lot of similarities to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, there are still several key differences that on paper at least could make Boo Bash a “lesser value.”

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After all, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party typically lasts five hours long, and Boo Bash will only last three hours long (9PM-12AM). Coming in at almost half of the length, you’re also looking at less entertainment (more on that in a moment). Will Disney charge guests less to reflect these changes? Or will the cost of admission to Boo Bash be comprable to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Boo-To-You Parade

Tickets go on sale next month, so we may have to wait until then before we know exactly how much tickets will cost. And we might not know until we’re checking out Boo Bash ourselves to report back what the value of that ticket actually is!

What’s up with the late hours?

Not only is Boo Bash shorter in length than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (three hours as opposed to five hours), it doesn’t even start until 9PM, and on select nights not until 9:30PM! Guests with tickets to Boo Bash can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 7PM, but the official festivities won’t kick off until the park closes to daytime guests.

Halloween Time in Disney World

That can be a challenge for kids, especially after an already super long day in the parks. We’re sure there are also some adults that might not be able to hang until 9PM to get the party started! We aren’t sure if Disney World has a clear cut answer for why the party starts so late in the evening, but we can totally see how this might be challenging for some families.

Will there be any Halloween festivities in the daytime?

Last year when there was no after hours even whatsoever for Halloween, daytime guests got a rare opportunity to experience many of the things typically reserved for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Halloween Decor

This included spooky character cavalcades (with rare character sightings like Jack Skellington and Sally; characters you usually only see at the Halloween parties), plus the opportunity for kids AND adults to dress up in Halloween costumes during the day.

Jack Skellington

Will daytime guests in Magic Kingdom who don’t purchase a ticket to Boo Bash see any sort of special offerings, with the exception of decorations? This is likely something we won’t know until we get closer to the start of the events in August.

What exactly will we see for entertainment?

Halloween costumes? Check! Candy treat stops? Check! Festive decorations? Check! Spooky entertainment…? We aren’t entirely sure!

Mickey and Friends Boo-to-You Character Cavalcade

What we know so far is that Boo Bash guests can see “Halloween-themed cavalcades,” “special performances by the Cadaver Dans,” and “special décor, lighting, music and more!” Those who have attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past, however, know that there is much more to a Halloween after-hours event than those items listed above!

Cadaver Dans

Full-fledged fireworks likely won’t return in time for Halloween, but will we at least get to see those low-level, single-burst fireworks like what we saw during the Christmas season last year?

Cinderella Castle during the 2020 holiday season

We need a few more details about those “Halloween-themed cavalcades,” too! Note the word “cavalcades” is plural — how many can we expect to see? Will the Headless Horseman be in any of them? We need answers, Disney!

Headless Horseman in Boo-To-You

If and when we get answers to any of these questions above, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we learn more!

Click here to read about the major differences between Boo Bash and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Are you planning on attending this year’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Replies to “Questions We STILL Have About Halloween at Disney World”

  1. The rate at which things are opening up and COVID cases are droping will change everything by mid summer.
    Disney was all about safety for a year they need to get back to making money.
    Big changes on the horizon, more shows, fireworks, nighttime shows and concerts.
    COVID data from Israel today is us in 6 weeks. It’s gone there. Look at the numbers.

  2. Definitely going to try to get tickets! We love MNSSHP, so we at least want a taste of it with this Boo Bash. A little sad to hear masks will still be required. But we will just make them work like we do now.

  3. Boo Bash sounds interesting. It may be one of the few occasions guests are happy to wear masks! Disney is reinventing itself, entertainment is creeping back. Get ready for the Merry Christmas Mixer