Disney’s Magical Halloween Adventure

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Not everything October needs to be dark and creepy, although I am sure my daughter Amanda would disagree.  During my recent trip to the land of the Mouse, Disney was decorated for the upcoming holiday in fine style for their Boo Bash.  The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for 2021. has been cancelled but the Boo Bash is a great alternative for those seeking some Disney Halloween magic.  The party begins at 9PM and ends at midnight for the following dates:

  • Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Sunday, October 31, 2021

The event details directly from the Disney website are as follows:

Event Details

Disney After Hours Boo Bash will take place on select nights from August 10 through October 31. Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket—giving them even more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins! These dated tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Admission to Disney After Hours Boo Bash can be purchased online for $129 to $199 per adult or child (plus tax), depending on the event date. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount on event dates in August and September.

Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. The number of tickets available is limited. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours. Prices, entertainment, attractions, experiences, ticket types, entitlements and other event elements subject to availability, closures and change or cancellation without notice or liability.

Festivities were a little different this year due to Covid.  There were small parades as opposed to long ones.  We saw a parade on Main Street flush with music and costumed characters that lasted less than 5 minutes.  A reservation for the park you are attending is need along with the ticket, which can be purchased and reserved on the Disney website.  A lot of the causal dining ordering is done through their mobile app and then you are alerted when the food is ready for pickup.  Masks were required when indoors, not required outdoors, and yes there were people wearing masks outside.  Character interactions were from afar.  The characters stood in a roped off area approximately 6-10 feet from where guests and speak to them and take pictures.  Also, some resorts like the Grand Floridian had restricted access.

All -in-all, this did not diminish our enjoyment.  I have experienced most Holidays and all seasons at Disney and my favorite is Christmas/Thanksgiving followed by Spring, although Halloween is a force to be reckoned with.  I enjoyed seeing the characters from afar since there were no lines and fewer people.  The only issue I had was the hot weather.  We experienced temperatures in the upper 80’s.  I much prefer the cooler weather even though I’m unable to experience the water parks.  Another potential issue was making sure that you had the information needed to enjoy your visit, like mask restrictions, closures, and restaurant guidelines and reservations.   Honestly, the Disney app is your best tool for visits to Disney World because there are constant updates and information to help you navigate the parks.

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