Disney After Hours Boo Bash is the Halloween party at Magic Kingdom in August, September & October 2021. This info guide covers Walt Disney World’s new fall event, with dates, hours, ticket prices & discounts, entertainment. Plus, comparisons to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Villains After Hours. (Updated August 10, 2021.)
Next, here are the “frightfully fun details” on what you will experience during Disney After Hours Boo Bash. First, this is a limited-capacity separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom. This means its main benefit will be significantly lower crowds and wait times at popular attractions than a normal day in the park. Walt Disney World hasn’t announced the attendance limit, but our experience with past After Hours events was positive–usually a small fraction of normal attendance.
In addition to lower wait times, there will be some entertainment. Halloween-themed cavalcades will pop up throughout the night featuring Mickey Mouse and friends, Disney Villains, characters from Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Maleficent fire-breathing dragon float from Festival of Fantasy parade. There will also be character greetings, atmospheric enhancements, decor, and special entertainment.
Disney After Hours Boo Bash tickets will grant event ticket holders admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 7 pm, 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.
For those already inside Magic Kingdom, wristband distribution will be available at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland and Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland starting at 7 pm. For guests arriving after 7 pm, wristbands will be available at the main entrance of Magic Kingdom.
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.
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. Please note that Walt Disney World’s face mask rules apply during Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
Now let’s turn to the attractions and entertainment schedule for Disney After Hours Boo Bash…
DISNEY AFTER HOURS BOO BASH ATTRACTIONS:
Once Magic Kingdom closes to day guests, Disney After Hours Boo Bash attendees will enjoy less time waiting in line for more than 20 of Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions including the following:
- Astro Orbiter
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Goofy’s Barnstormer
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
DISNEY AFTER HOURS BOO BASH ENTERTAINMENT
Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade (9:55 pm, 11:25 pm): Delight as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and pals dress in hauntingly boo-tiful Halloween costumes and parade through the park in this musical procession.
Disney Villain Halloween Cavalcade (10:30 pm, 11:45 pm): Behold a legion of villains unleashed to revel in this sinister season. Look out for fiends like Dr. Facilier, Queen of Hearts, and Jafar as they celebrate just how wonderful it is to be wicked.
Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade (10:40 pm, 11:55 pm): Prepare for a procession worthy of the Pumpkin King! Jack Skellington—along with Sally and Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—take to the streets to share thrilling, chilling tricks and treats!
Maleficent’s Fiery Prowl (10:50 pm, 12:05 am): Maleficent will make an appearance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon!
Cadaver Dans in Frontierland (9:40 pm, 10:20 pm, 11:05 pm, 12:10 am): The Cadaver Dans perform haunting melodies from beyond the grave.
Tomorrowland DJ Dance Party (9:30 pm to 12:30 am): Dance the night away at the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
Note: these times apply to the 9:30 pm to 12:30 am Disney After Hours Boo Bash nights. We’ll update with the schedule for the 9 pm to midnight parties once those start.
On the atmospheric entertainment front, you can stop and listen to Miss Carlotta, who will be appearing throughout the night outside Haunted Mansion to greet guests.
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.
Disney After Hours Boo Bash August 2021 Dates:
- 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
Tickets have now been on sale for Disney After Hours Boo Bash for a couple of months, and many dates are already sold out (see above). As you can see, the first 4 parties in August 2021 are gone, with the final two nights of the month having availability. Then, all dates in early to mid-September 2021 have tickets available (plus the 19th), before sellouts from mid to late September and the entirety of October 2021.
This is pretty consistent with crowd forecasts for Walt Disney World. We’re anticipating summer vacation season fizzles out in mid to late August, there’s a lull in the normal off-season month of September, before crowds get crazy towards the end of that month and the entirety of October (as well as November and December, for that matter) as the 50th Anniversary kicks off.
While not so great for those who are being shut out, tickets being sold out is good news from our perspective. While it’s very difficult to gauge actual demand, so many dates being 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, but we are cautiously optimistic about the event as of right now. Either way, we’ll report back after attending the first night on August 10!
If past Disney After Hours events are any indication, the late August through mid-September dates are the least likely to sell out. 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 be among the first dates to sell out.
News Source: Disneytouristblog.