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Disney After Hours Boo Bash announced at Disney World

by Brooke Geiger McDonald

Mickey pumpkin wreath Magic Kingdom
Photo by Brooke Geiger McDonald

Walt Disney World will kick off another spooky season without Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but in its place comes a new frightfully fun special event at Magic Kingdom — Disney After Hours Boo Bash.

The three-hour ticketed event will run select nights from Aug. 10 through Oct. 31 from 9pm to midnight (with some nights in August running instead from 9:30pm to 12:30am), after Magic Kingdom closes and will bring back many of the modified experiences introduced during regular park hours as part of last year’s Halloween celebration. Expect festive fall decorations (is it even Halloween without Mickey pumpkins?), plenty of character cavalcades, and ghoulishly good seasonal treats. Kids and adults are also invited to dress up in costume.

Trick-or-treating was canceled with the party last year, but this year’s Boo Bash promises guests will get their fill of Halloween candy. Spooktacular entertainment is also back on the bill after a hiatus last year.

Guests at the ghoulish gathering will also be able to experience favorite attractions (did someone say grim, grinning ghosts?).

Pre-pandemic, Disney After Hours events usually gave ticketed guests three extra hours in one of the theme parks and included low attraction wait times, special entertainment, merchandise, and food and beverage offerings. As with all pandemic-era events, this After Hours event will likely be a modified affair, blending the previous After Hours model with some of the most safely enjoyed experiences from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Last year’s Halloween offerings softened the blow the pandemic dealt to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party by giving guests the opportunity to dress in costume and see their favorite spooky characters in cavalcades during regular park hours all season long. Halloween cavalcades featured beloved anthems from the Halloween parades of years past like “Boo to You” and “It’s Good to Be Bad,” and Jack Skellington, the host of “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular,” a new show unveiled in 2019 but also put on ice, was joined by Sallie and Oogie Boogie for “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” to the tune of “This Is Halloween.”

Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase window for guests staying at Walt Disney World resort hotels and will grant guests admission to the park as early as 7pm without requiring a day ticket. All guests will be required to wear a face covering during the event.

Today’s announcement kicks off Disney’s #HalfwaytoHalloween celebration, which also promises some “shriek peeks,” tasty treats, a @DisneyParks TikTok event, and more.

Stay tuned to Attractions Magazine for updates on all the Halloween fun in store from this halfway point to the big day Oct. 31.

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