Disney Just Revealed Its Halloween Plans at Magic Kingdom
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The Big Reveal from #HalfwaytoHalloween
Over the past few days, Disney’s social media accounts have published Halloween-related updates as part of its #HalfwaytoHalloween campaign.
You’re going to love and hate the most significant update.
The Disney Parks Blog just revealed that everyone’s favorite Halloween event won’t return in 2021…but that’s okay!
Magic Kingdom won’t bring back Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) this year, which is admittedly devastating news.
I’ve spent four of the last five Halloween Nights at Magic Kingdom. So, I feel your pain.
However, this heartbreaking reveal comes with a massive asterisk, as the park WILL host a Halloween ticketed event!
The new and possibly one-year-only thing is Disney After Hours BOO BASH. And it’ll incorporate many of the features you love about the Halloween Party!
Here’s the 15-second hype video:
The details make the event sound more like an advanced version of Disney After Hours than the Halloween party we’ve all come to know.
I presume Disney has changed the name to clarify that it’s a different product, just like the Taste of the Epcot International… events during the pandemic.
Disney specifically chose not to name this version Villains After Hours, which is the de facto year-round version of the Halloween party.
So, this is something different that we shouldn’t associate with past events.
What You Need to Know about Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Interestingly, Disney proved vague with the details, which signals that plenty remains undecided due to lingering COVID-19 concerns.
Here’s what Disney has confirmed. Magic Kingdom will host the event from August 10th through October 31st.
The calendar hasn’t updated to show which nights are available, only that it’ll occur on “select nights.”
Notably, the after-hours presentation starts earlier than MNSSHP did in 2018 and 2019. The Halloween party began on August 16th and August 17th those years.
Last year, as you know, we got nothing, which makes this announcement tremendously satisfying.
Tickets won’t go on sale until June, but Disney didn’t clarify pricing.
Recently, Disney has employed tiered pricing based on the night of the event. I’d presume that’ll prove true in 2021 as well.
Park officials have stated which amenities you may expect during the ticketed event. Here’s the relevant text:
“Spooky festivities will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings throughout the park, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, décor, lighting, music, treat stops with plenty of candy and so much more!”
Notably absent from the announcement is any mention of fireworks, stage shows, or parades. We’re in wait-and-see mode on all of that.
Since Disney explicitly mentions Cavalcades, I think we can rule out parades. As a reminder, the Boo to You Cavalcade still played the song in 2020.
We’re all reading tea leaves here, but the mention of lighting gives me hope that the unique Halloween versions of rides remain a possibility.
Other Details about Disney After Hours BOO BASH
This event will work like other Magic Kingdom after-hours exhibitions.
On most nights, it’ll operate from 9 p.m. to midnight officially, although the Parks Blog notes that it’ll run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. instead.
You can enter the park as early as 7 p.m., even if you haven’t purchased regular admission for that day, which means it’s as much as a five-and-a-half-hour event in 2021.
The Parks Blog states that you don’t need a Walt Disney World Park Pass for the ticketed event, which is one less thing to worry about.
At the time of publication, Magic Kingdom has already sold out its Park Passes for Halloween.
Yes, the park can and will resupply its allotment multiple times from now through October, but a Disney After Hours ticket guarantees admission.
Importantly, Disney WILL allow guests to wear appropriate costumes to BOO BASH.
No one over the age of 14 can wear a costume mask. Yes, that may cause confusion due to current face-covering requirements.
As of now, you must wear a face mask to the event for safety reasons.
Disney presumes that adults can read between the lines here and determine what’s acceptable. Just in case, it published costume guidelines.
The Parks Blog indicates that guests staying at official Disney resorts will receive the first crack at booking the after-hours event.
That may prove vital if capacity limits are in place. So, if you haven’t booked your August-October DVC vacation yet, you should do that asap.
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