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Photos and videos from Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash; What to expect

by Matt Roseboom

The Disney After Hours Boo Bash has begun. The special event replacement for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year runs select nights through Halloween. With prices ranging from $119 to $199, you’ll want to know all about it before buying your tickets. We attended the first night to show you what to expect.

Cinderella Castle and a Mickey pumpkin during Boo Bash.
Photos and videos by Quinn and Matt Roseboom.

We know this isn’t Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but that’s what we’ll be comparing this event to since it’s sort of its replacement due to the pandemic this year. Disney hasn’t said if or when Not So Scary will be returning, but Boo Bash doesn’t feature nearly as many offerings as Not So Scary. It’s not exactly like an After Hours event either. The only thing we noticed that was the same as After Hours events were the all-you-care-to-eat ice cream bars, soda, and popcorn.

Magic Kingdom parking entrance

The first difference you’ll notice if you’re driving is that the large Halloween inflatables aren’t at the parking entrance. There were some small pumpkins.

Boo Bash sold out sign

When we got to the Ticket and Transportation Center, we noticed this sign saying the event was sold out for the first night, but we also saw some people posting photos of signs saying tickets were still available. So either this sign was posted after those, there was a mix-up, or they were only selling the last tickets to those already at Magic Kingdom.

Boo Bash entrance and wristband distribution

They had a separate entrance set up like they usually do for special ticket events. The cast members handing out wristbands and later, candy, were all wearing their costumes from Not So Scary.

Boo Bash entrance to Magic Kingdom

These pillars welcomed guests to the very first After Hours Boo Bash.

Here’s a look at the map. Click the images to enlarge, and use your browser’s back link to return.

Kids in costume at Boo Bash.

We noticed a few families dressed in costumes at the event, but far fewer than we used to for Not So Scary. We expect part of the reason for this is that the event started so early. We expect more and more guests in costumes as Halloween nears.

Boo Bash candy bag

Here’s a look at the front and back of the candy bag for trick-or-treating around the park.

Pirates of the Caribbean exterior during Boo Bash

Here are a few of the projections seen around the park during the event.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in costume at Boo Bash.

In addition to seeing characters in the cavalcades, some could be found at a distance waving to guests around the park. Here you can see Winnie the Pooh dressed as a bee and Tigger dressed as a pirate, as they stand on the porch of the Crystal Palace.

Like most After Hours events and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties, the attractions had little-to-no-waits during the full three-hour event.

We were the only guests on this train at Big Thunder Mountain just as the event began.

The castle had special lighting for the After Hours Boo Bash. It stayed each of these colors for a few minutes before changing to another color.

Boo Bash photo opp

In addition to this photo opportunity, Disney PhotoPass had special Magic Shots available around the park.

Here are the three different cavalcades that ran at different times through the park. They are pretty much the same as the ones that ran through Magic Kingdom during the day for guests last year.

In addition to the photos above, there were exclusive treats you could buy, the Cadaver Dans performed from a balcony in Frontierland, Maleficent roamed the streets as a dragon, and there was a dance party in Tomorrowland. You can see some of this in our video below:

Disney After Hours Boo Bash Recap
See Ya Real Soon spelled out in pumpkins.

If you’d like to buy tickets to Disney After Hours Boo Bash, contact your travel agent or visit DisneyWorld.com. Tickets are also available at the Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs.


Will Disney be seeing you real soon at the After Hours Boo Bash? What are your thoughts on the event? Is it worth the cost compared to Not So Scary? Let us know in the comments section below.

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