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Disney World brings back its first after-hours Boo Bash party

After a year’s hiatus, Disney will bring the Boo Bash to the Magic Kingdom this fall, a scaled-down version of its annual Halloween party.
After-hours parties at the Magic Kingdom are popular because they give guests a chance to roam the world’s most popular tourist attraction after it closes to the general public.
After-hours parties at the Magic Kingdom are popular because they give guests a chance to roam the world’s most popular tourist attraction after it closes to the general public. [ DISNEY | Disney ]
Published May 7
Updated May 12

After more than a year of being canceled due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World has announced the first of its popular after-hours parties to return this fall.

A Halloween-themed Boo Bash will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight on select nights Aug. 10-Oct. 31, giving guests a chance to roam the world’s most popular tourist attraction after it closes to the general public. It’s also the one time of the year you can wear a costume at Magic Kingdom.

A slightly scaled-down version of the annual Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Boo Bash will offer special party music, decorations, Halloween candy, performances by the Cadaver Dans and popup character cavalcades, which are like unannounced mini parades. Also, guests will get three hours of rides with limited crowds.

This artful jack-o'-lantern bandleader strikes up a few frightfully fun tunes on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom at a previous Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the theme park. A slightly scaled-down version of the annual event this year will be the Boo Bash, with special party music, decorations, Halloween candy, performances by the Cadaver Dans and popup character cavalcades.
This artful jack-o'-lantern bandleader strikes up a few frightfully fun tunes on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom at a previous Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the theme park. A slightly scaled-down version of the annual event this year will be the Boo Bash, with special party music, decorations, Halloween candy, performances by the Cadaver Dans and popup character cavalcades. [ Associated Press ]

“In case you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours, it’s a special event that’s open to a limited number of guests, after normal park operating hours,” said Sarah Domenech, Walt Disney World public relations manager. “The experience offers low wait times at more than 20 attractions from classics like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, to newer favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.”

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Guests of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes to the event. Costume masks are not allowed for adults, but CDC-approved face coverings are required during the event.

Tickets go on sale in June, with an early sale date for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort during the event at disneyworld.com.

Since reopening in July, Disney has not had fireworks or parades, two of the highlights of the Halloween party. The announcement of the Boo Bash made no mention of those, and only said there will be “decor, lighting, music and more.”