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Disney World Halloween Party: Disney After Hours BOO BASH

lamp on main street with a fall leaf wreath and mickey mouse pumpkin

Disney World has announced a Halloween party for 2021 after a year off!

This year’s event is called Disney After Hours BOO BASH.

It is similar to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of years past but with modifications. 

Get all of the details in this post!

Disney World Halloween Party Hours

Before I get to the highlights  here’s a rundown of the Halloween Party hours:
  • You can enter the park as early as 7 pm with your party ticket. After you scan your ticket you will be given a special party wristband.
  • You will not need admission to magic Kingdom that day OR a park pass reservation. 
  • The party begins at 9 pm! This is when all of the special events of the party will start. Official party hours are 9 pm – 12 am. (9:30-12:30 on select nights)

Disney Boo Bash Dates

Here are this year’s Disney Halloween party dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021

Disney World Halloween Party 2021 Tickets

Cinderella's castle in magic kingdom lit up at night

Tickets for the 2021 Boo Bash go on sale June 8th for those with a Disney World resort reservation during the party dates. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 15th. They can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240.

Tickets are $129-$139 for August and September dates and $159-$169 for October dates. Halloween night party tickets cost $199 each. 

Disney World Boo Bash Highlights

magic kingrom entrance at night decorated for halloween

Here’s what to expect at the 2021 Disney After Hours BOO BASH: 

  • Halloween-themed cavalcades with characters
  • Candy stops, with plenty of sweet surprises
  • Character sightings throughout the park
  • Special performances by the Cadaver Dans
  • Attractions, including favorites like Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase
  • Special décor, lighting, music and more!
 

Here are some of the reasons we LOVE the Magic Kingdom Halloween party:

1) Ride Attractions With Little Wait

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster

Here’s the first of my tips: The best time to ride attractions with little wait will be between 8 and 9 pm!

Many people with party tickets haven’t arrived yet and most day guests have left meaning super short waits. 

We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad three times in a row and rode Splash Mountain in this hour. 

There aren’t any Fastpasses available during the party but you shouldn’t need them since many guests are taking part in the other elements of the party.

If you want to ride popular attractions such as Seven Dwarves Mine Train, the other best times are during the first parade, fireworks, and during the last hour of the party.

2) Candy Candy Candy

M&M trick or treat blow up sign

I was pleased to see that Trick or Treating will be party of the Disney World Halloween party this year!

It was one of our favorite parts of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. 

pile of candy

Once more details are available on how the candy stations will work, I will update this.
 
If anyone in your party has a food allergy, let the cast members know when you pick up your bag.

 
You will be given special colored bags that indicate you need allergy-friendly candy.

Cast members at the candy stations will give you tokens you can redeem for safe treats at Liberty Square Ticket Office and Town Square Theater.

3) Character Sightings

This Halloween season, something special is brewing for Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “Disney After Hours BOO BASH” will be a three-hour event that begins when the park closes on select nights from Aug. 10 through Oct. 31. More details will be announced soon. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Characters will be a big part of the party. They will be making appearances on character cavalcades (essentially parade floats that move around the park) and wandering around. 

Some rare character will appear (such as Dr. Facilier and Captain Barbosa) as well as characters in special Halloween costumes. 

Though you won’t be able to get autographs or get within 6 feet, I expect you will be able to get distanced photographs. 

4) People Watching (Costumes Allowed!)

One of the highlights of the party is checking out all of the other guests’ costumes! This was probably my favorite aspect of the party.

Normally adults can not wear costumes in the theme parks, but the Halloween party is the exception.

If you want to dress up, check out the regulations from Disney regarding costumes during the party here. 

5) Special Halloween Food & Beverage

Malificent themed ice cream cone with chocolate horns and purple sprinkles

Take time to enjoy a special Halloween-themed treat while you do some people-watching.

We got this Maleficent ice cream cone (she’s our favorite villain) at Storybook Treats for $5. It was lime soft serve in a chocolate cone and we really liked it!

You can check out all of the special food items available at the Halloween party in this post over at AllEars.net

6) Special Attraction Overlays & Effects

teacup ride at night with lantern lights
Some attractions at Magic Kingdom has special features during the party. Among these are:

  • Special lighting and music for the Mad Tea Party (we loved this)
  • Special interactive pirates in a search for “Gunpowder Pete” on Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Special soundtrack and effects on Space Mountain

I hope this post helps you make plans for the Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021. 

Any questions? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in The Budget Mouse free private Facebook group!

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Susie

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Wow, that is quite steep for just trick or treating and a couple of extra effects. Was hoping on catching this, but that is sure above my budget after already paying steep prices.

Leah

Monday 21st of June 2021

I agree Susie. I'll be passing this year.

Mandy

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Great article, thank you for the info! Any insider news or whispers of fireworks, Boo to you parade, Sanderson Spectacular possibly being added to the party? Is there a chance?

Leah

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi Mandy! There may be a chance for some fireworks! I wouldn't think there will be any stage shows due to crowding. And the character cavalcades has essentially replaced the parade.

Lynette Browne

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Do the resort buses run as late as the party?

Leah

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Yes! I believe they run for an hour after the party officially ends.

Rita Rogers

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi, great article. We are hoping to visit Sept 2020, do you have to gave a park ticket AS WELL as the event ticket please.

Leah

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi Rita! No, you just need an event ticket and not admission to Magic Kingdom. With your party ticket you can enter as early as 4 pm.

Marzypan

Friday 12th of April 2019

Do you know if there is rider switch during MNSSHP? I am planning to go in Aug 2019 with my 6 year old who loves fast rides and a 2 year old. Even though the lines are expected to be 15-20 mins, it would be even better if we don't have to get on the queue every time when we swap adults.

Leah

Sunday 14th of April 2019

That's a great question, Marzypan! I would imagine that rider switch would be in effect at MNNSHP. I haven't used it myself during the party, but I expect you will be able to.

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