The Most Surprising Parts of Disney World’s BOO Bash

It’s officially Halloween season at Disney World, and we kicked it off by visiting the Disney After Hours Boo Bash!

Let’s Boogie!

We were there on opening night and it was a lot of fun — filled with cavalcades, candy, free snacks, and spooky decor. But, we encountered some big surprises throughout the evening and we’re here to share that list with you!

No Fireworks During the Event

When Disney first announced the entertainment options for Boo Bash, fireworks were not on the list, but when fireworks returned to Magic Kingdom on July 1st, we held out hope that they might come to the Halloween event as well.

We got to see Happily Ever After!

However, instead of offering Halloween fireworks, Magic Kingdom is showing Happily Ever After each night before the park closes (until that show ends and is replaced by Disney Enchantment on October 1st). Guests with Boo Bash tickets are able to enter the park at 7PM, so they’re welcome to watch the fireworks show, which for us was at 8:45PM before the park closed at 9.

©Disney | We’ll hopefully get to see Disney Enchantment later on in the season!

Only a Few Exclusive Treats

Another thing that surprised us about the Boo Bash is that there weren’t very many exclusive treats. When Disney originally announced the exclusive treats for the party, there were only two (and four others that were available during the daytime). However, when we arrived at Magic Kingdom that day, it turned out that all six snacks were exclusive to Boo Bash!

Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink

But unfortunately, those six snacks weren’t anything over-the-top. Four of them were slushes/drinks, then the other two were a churro and a funnel cake. We’re used to getting a wide variety of special treats with unique twists (remember the Poor Unfortunate Souls Float from last year? Now THAT was unique!).

Maleficent Churro

It’s especially strange when you compare the basic list of Magic Kingdom snacks to the more than a dozen options at Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios has everything from cannolis to milkshakes to cookies — it would be great to have some more options like those at the actual Halloween event! (Or even during the day at Magic Kingdom!)

Five Dozen Egg Slushy

No Castle Stage Show

Another entertainment loss this year was the Hocus Pocus-themed stage show that usually performs in front of Cinderella Castle at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Like the fireworks, it wasn’t mentioned in the list of entertainment, but we still held out hope that Disney would surprise us at Boo Bash.

Nothing was happening on the castle stage!

But sadly, there were no performances besides the Cadaver Dans and the dance party in Tomorrowland. We’re not sure why the show wasn’t available either — if guests are allowed to gather in the castle hub area to watch fireworks, it doesn’t seem like a stretch for a limited number of them to do the same to watch a stage show.

The Boo Bash DJ Dance Party

No Exclusive Merchandise

Even though we’ve spotted plenty of Halloween merchandise, Disney didn’t release any items made specifically for the Boo Bash event! Every new item for the fall season was just generically Halloween, so if you go shopping during your time at Boo Bash, you’ll be buying the same things that were available during the day. We usually get a whole line of products for each year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Halloween merchandise in the Emporium!

Tickets Were Sold at the Gate

Leading up to the opening night of Boo Bash, tickets were completely sold out for the event according to the online calendar. In fact, when we visited Magic Kingdom that day, there was a sign outside saying the same thing.

What happened to this?

However, when our reporters showed up to cover Boo Bash, there was a different sign posted — one noting that tickets were now available at the gate for that night’s event! We spoke with Guest Relations to verify that this was true, meaning that Disney raised capacity for that particular night at the last minute.

It was later changed to this sign!

After Hours events are supposed to have very limited capacity, so we were pretty surprised that Disney even offered this option. However, even with the extra ticket sales, the night was still quite empty and many rides were walk-ons!

©Disney | The wait times were still REALLY low throughout the night!

Maleficent Didn’t Breathe Fire

One of the things we were most looking forward to was watching the Maleficent dragon float strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. in all her terrifying glory. We haven’t seen this particular float since its days in the Festival of Fantasy parade before the parks closed!

Maleficent was a highlight of the evening!

When she arrived, she was just as intimidating as we remember, but one thing was missing — the fire! Typically, the giant dragon breathes fire as she walks, and considering that this cavalcade was called Maleficent’s Fiery Prowl, we were definitely expecting to see that effect.

She did have some really cool stiltwalkers though!

Dining Locations Were Closed

And finally, let’s talk about food. If you’re heading to Boo Bash and not planning on completely gorging yourself on candy, slushes, and free snacks, then you may want to eat ahead of time! Throughout the night, most of the dining locations were closed, so you’re likely not going to be able to eat a regular meal.

Lots and lots of sweets.

Your options for sustenance are pretty limited — you get free candy at trick-or-treat locations, you can buy the exclusive party treats, or you can get some free items at snack carts around the park. That last item is probably your best bet, but your options are limited to ice cream novelties, some bottled beverages, and popcorn (which is pretty much the only non-sugary food item at the event).

How could we say no to free popcorn?

Well, there you have it — some of the biggest surprises we encountered at the Disney After Hours Boo Bash! Stay tuned to AllEars for all the Halloween coverage throughout the season and all the tips you need to know before your next Disney World vacation.

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2 Replies to “The Most Surprising Parts of Disney World’s BOO Bash”

  1. True, but let’s focus on what Boo Bash DOES have. It has everything that our family LOVES about Disney After Dark events. Very limited attendance makes all rides except for the Haunted Mansion basically walk on. You have 3 hours to gorge yourself on riding any ride you like as many times as you like without waiting. We love MNSSHP but it is crowded, and the popular rides have lines. Boo Bash is MUCH more relaxed. Boo Bash does not have MNSSHP’s cool Boo To You parade, but it does have cavalcades that you can just stroll up and watch without having to stand in line for hours (as I am short, I have to be in front or I don’t see much). Unlike MNSSHP, at Boo Bash, your family can have unlimited cokes/bottled water, popcorn and Mickey bars/ice cream sandwiches/fruit pop things; we saved some $$ and called it “dinner!” Several events are added from MNSSHP to this more or less Disney After Dark event. For instance, I love the Cadaver Dans’ schtick of songs and baaad Halloween jokes. WE also enjoyed the Halloween dance party, all the free candy trick-or-treating, and the Monsters, Inc. trick-or-treat station where the monster interacted with the audience Turtle-Talk-With-Crush style. Also like MNSSHP, the participants are all in a happy holiday mood with about 1/2 dressed in costume. Fun and festive! Finally, we absolutely loved lazing by the pool during the heat of the day (high of 88 degrees) and strolling into MK in the cooler evening.

  2. Disappointed with Boo Bash ? Get use to it as Disney presents bobble head Bob Chapek’s version of the the Merriest Christmas After Hours event basically turning a once festive Christmas holiday event to slush… sliding on down the drain…along with the insane amount of dollars you paid to attend these watered down festivities…Merry Christmas Bob