Disney’s Boo Bash vs Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: What’s the Difference?

Boo to you! In case you missed it, the beloved Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party will not be returning this year. To make up for this, Disney Parks has created “Boo Bash.”

As of this post, Disney World has already begun preparing guests to get into the Halloween/ fall spirit by putting up their festive décor all over Main Street U.S.A!

But being that this is the first time Disney World has ever done this event, the number one question “What is Boo Bash?”

I will be answering these questions and the following in this post today to help you determine if it’s the right fit for you and how to best navigate it.

  • What is Boo Bash?
  • What does Boo Bash offer?
  • Dates
  • Prices
  • Tips
  • Things to consider

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What is Boo Bash?

Disney’s Boo Bash is a brand-new After-Hours event that was created to replace Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for this year. Whether this is a permanent or temporary replacement remains to be seen.

Disney Boo Bash Magic Kingdom Halloween Working Putting Up Decor
Photo: Disney Co.

Similar to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you are welcome to wear Halloween costumes. This is a big perk when it comes to these kinds of events as generally adult guests are not allowed to wear costumes in the park.

Please check Walt Disney World’s website for costume guidelines.

This event allows you to enter as early as 7 p.m. to enjoy three fright filled hours of ghoulish delight.

With that being said, there are several key differences between Boo Bash and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary due to the pandemic.

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What does Boo Bash Offer (Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party vs. Boo Bash)

Let’s go through all of the things your can expect at the Disney After Hours Boo Bash.

Disney Boo Bash Magic Kingdom Halloween Main Street USA with Cinderella Castle
Photo: Disney Co.

1. Just Treats!

With After Hours events, you are able to get free ice cream, popcorn and select beverages included with your admission and this applies to Boo Bash. You can visit any cart throughout the park and pick them up.

Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake

There will be regular food available for purchase and specialty themed treats for you to try including “Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake” that is topped with Oreo crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and chopped Twix cookie bars.

Boo Bash Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake with M and M
Photo: Disney Co.

This can be found at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square.

Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink

You will want to try the Apple Ginger Dale Frozen Drink that’s apple cider and ginger ale mixed, completed with whipped cream and chopped Twix cookie bars.

Frozen Mocha Chocolate Chip

You’ll also be able to try a Frozen Mocha Chocolate Chip topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips and a sugar acorn. Both of these are available at Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland.

Five-Dozen Egg Slush

At Storybook Treats in Fantasyland, dive into a Five-Dozen Egg Slush, named after Gaston’s favorite breakfast snack. This frozen custard is topped with brown sugar and whipped cream, complete with a garnish of one cinnamon stick makes up this scrumptious snack.

Prince John Sucker

Over in Tomorrowland at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies is another slush named after Prince John from Robin Hood named the “Prince John Sucker.” It is a tart green apple lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and a ring pop! Yum!

Maleficent Churro

Lastly, if you visit the Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts, you can sink your teeth into a delectable “Maleficent Churro.” It is covered in chocolate cookie crumble and drizzled with purple icing, finished with green and purple sugar. It’s simply marvelous!

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2. Frightfully Fun Merch and Decor

Some of the really fun things about going to these kinds of seasonal events is the exclusive merchandise that can only be bought if you attend!

Disney Halloween Merch 2021
Fall Merchandise from shopDisney

Back in May, Disney Parks Blog shared a sneak peek of what we could expect this Halloween season. Some of them have been released today in the parks and online at ShopDisney.com.

Items include:

  • Hoodies
  • Tees
  • spirit jerseys
  • loungefly mini backpacks
  • ears
  • pins
  • crocs
  • Plushes
  • bagged popcorn and treats

This year will also feature buffalo plaid, mickey pumpkins and even some Oogie Boogie! There will be some Cruella additions too!

The traditional Halloween décor is back on Main Street U.S.A. and throughout the Magic Kingdom. As of today, the beloved Mickey Pumpkin wreaths for the lampposts are back!

Magic Kingdom in the Fall Front Entrance with Train Station

Fan favorites like the scarecrow, Main Street Citizens, candy corn banners and leaf garlands are back too.

3. Ghoulish Entertainment

Entertainment for Boo Bash is the main standout between it and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary. There will not be any stage shows like Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular and this year, Boo To You parade will not be happening.

Mickeys Halloween Party Sally and Jack Skellington
Photo: Disney

Disney will enchant guests with three different cavalcades for the event:

  • Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade will feature the Pumpkin King himself, Sally and Ooogie Boogie from the beloved The Nightmare Before Christmas film
  • Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade features Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and friends in super cute Halloween costumes as they float through the park to greet the guests.
  • Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade will feature your favorites including, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and Jafar from Aladdin to bring some wicked fun.

The Dragon Returns…

These cavalcades will also have the fire breathing Maleficent dragon which is normally seen in Festival of Fantasy parade. This will be the dragon’s first debut since Walt Disney World closed for the pandemic.

Cadaver Dans

Characters are still currently doing social distanced meeting so for this event, characters will occasionally pop up to interact with guests. The Cadaver Dans will be charming guests for a spooky comeback from the dead.

More Characters

You can also be on the lookout for Goofy, Chip n Dale, Miss Carlotta, Miss Renata and Broome the Butler at the Haunted Mansion and Foulfellow and Gideon from “Pinocchio.”

4. Little to No Wait

One of the best perks about the event is less wait times for some beloved and favorite attractions. Over 20 attractions will be open at Magic Kingdom for guests to ride including:

Mickeys Halloween Party Space Mountain
Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom

It is important to note that the availability of the rides is subject to change without notice due to weather, technical issues, etc.

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When can I go to Disney’s Boo Bash?

Boo Bash will be taking place on Tuesday, Friday and Sundays between August 10th and October 31st. Some event dates will last from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and some will be 9 p.m. to midnight.

Mickeys Halloween Party Malificent Hocus Pocus
Photo: Disney Co.

The following dates will last 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.:

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
  • Friday, August 20, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
  • Friday, August 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
  • Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021

The next upcoming dates will have the event at 9 p.m. to midnight:

  • 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
  • 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

As of the day this article is being posted, the following dates are sold out completely:

  • August 10th, 17th, 20th, 24th
  • September 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th

All of the October dates are currently sold out as well. This is not to say there isn’t a chance for Disney Parks to open up more availability so keep your eyes open for this chance if they do.

How much does it cost to go to Disney’s Boo Bash?

Prices for the Disney After Hours Boo Bash start at $129/$139 plus tax per child and adult depending on the day.

Disney Boo Bash Magic Kingdom Halloween Main Street USA
Photo: Disney Co.

Wrapping Up…

Overall, this event still gives some of the same charm of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You still get the scrumptious treats, trick or treating, special event merchandise and the beloved Halloween décor that we all anticipate every year.

Entertainment is adjusted to fit the policies of the pandemic and ultimately to keep us all safe. Thankfully we still get some super fun cavalcades and character interactions.

If you are a solo traveler or duo who is looking for some Halloween fun at Magic Kingdom and take a laidback approach, this event is for you. No rush for rides, you can take it easy and truly enjoy the atmosphere created with that Disney Halloween magic.

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For more details or to book your tickets, which I would recommend as dates are selling out fast due to capacity limits, click here or you can reach me at vwade@starstufftravel.com to help you plan your Disney trip!

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About the Author

Victoria Wade Disney Writer at ThemeParkHipster

Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.

She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.

She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.

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