Disney Very Merriest After Hours Coming To Magic Kingdom This Holiday Season

If you have been eagerly awaiting the news on what the Christmas season will look like at Walt Disney World this year, Disney recently answered this all important question. Instead of the festive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, this holiday season Walt Disney World will be offering Disney Very Merriest After Hours as a fun and safer alternative. Here’s what we know about this jolly event so far, courtesy of Disney:

Christmas Mickey and MinnieMerry music fills the night air. Cinderella Castle is all aglow. Snow falls on Main Street, U.S.A. as Magic Kingdom park brims with excitement.

This Christmas season, join your loved ones and friends at a truly magical holiday festival—Disney Very Merriest After Hours—held during the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. Offerings for this new event include Character sightings, fireworks, themed music and decorations, attractions and more.

Spot some favorite Disney friends as they spread their holiday cheer throughout the park. Thrill to Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, a dazzling fireworks display hosted by Minnie Mouse. Indulge in delicious holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission. Delight in some holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections. Plus, enjoy Magic Kingdom park for 4 hours after the park closes, and less time waiting in line for attractions!

Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place from 9:00pm to 1:00am on select nights, from November 8 through December 21, 2021. Tickets will go on sale next month, so continue to check for updates. Event tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00pm, giving you time to enjoy even more of your park favorites before the event begins. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Event Highlights

Don’t miss this merriest of evenings, made merrier still when shared with those who brighten your holidays. Highlights include:

  • Character sightings
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
  • After-hours access to Magic Kingdom park and less time waiting in line for popular attractions
  • Holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections
  • Snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase
  • Holiday-themed Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities (photos available for purchase)
  • Special lighting, music and more!

With very few details announced officially from Disney yet, we’ll have to wait until next month for exact dates, pricing information, and more specifics on what will be included. Be sure to check back often as I will share the details as soon as they are released!

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First Details Of Disney After Hours BOO BASH

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyIf you have been eagerly awaiting the news on what the Halloween season will look like at Walt Disney World this year, Disney recently answered this all important question. Instead of the spooktacular Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, this fall Walt Disney World will be offering Disney After Hours BOO BASH as a fun and safer alternative. Here are the first details of what we can expect at this devilishly delightful event, courtesy of Disney:

A new Halloween-themed event is spiriting its way into Magic Kingdom Park this fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” will take place select nights August 10 through October 31, 2021, from 9pm to midnight (from 9:30pm to 12:30am on select nights in August and September).

Halloween 26Spooky fun for the whole family will include:

  • Special cavalcades full of characters popping up throughout the night including “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade” featuring Mickey Mouse and friends dressed for the occasion. In the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade,” villains will take to the street and celebrate their favorite time of the year. “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade” will feature Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie riding down the parade path to “This Is Halloween.” Maleficent will also make an appearance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon.
  • Favorite friends lurking about, from the lovely Miss Carlotta at the Haunted Mansion to Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their Halloween best, with other surprise guests spotted across the park. Guests can also stop and listen to the Cadaver Dans during performances on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Complimentary snacks such as ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select beverages included in event admission.
  • Less wait times at 20 attractions including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion attraction, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain and more.
  • A variety of specialty food and drinks available for purchase.
    • Apple Ginger Dale, apple cider mixed with ginger ale and topped with whipped cream
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake
  • Disney PhotoPass available to capture magical and spooky shots throughout the night.

'Disney After Hours BOO BASH' Debuts Aug. 10 at Magic Kingdom PaDecorations on Main Street, U.S.A., will receive a magical transformation during event nights in October. Walt Disney Imagineering, in partnership with the Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Services team, will blend a fall look with the enchanting story of Cinderella by creating special pumpkin coach decorations. This new décor will add to the park’s sparkling EARidescence during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” that begins October 1, honoring the 50thanniversary of Walt Disney World.

All foolish mortals can dress in costume for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash,” and can get their fill of Halloween candy while trick-or-treating around the park. Costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children under 14 years old. Guests should check Disney World Updates as well as the Walt Disney World Resort Costume Policy for more information. Health and safety measures, policies and operational guidelines are subject to change.

“Disney After Hours Boo Bash” is a limited-capacity and separately ticketed event that does not require an additional day’s theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass reservation. Tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 7pm, giving guests time to enjoy even more magic before the event begins.

Tickets for this hauntingly fun-filled three-hour event will go on sale June 15 and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-4240. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can book their tickets as early as June 8. Tickets start at $129 – $139, plus tax for August/September nights and $159 – $169, plus tax for October nights, and $199, plus tax for Halloween. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount for event nights in August and September. A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours soon!

Dates for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash”

  • 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
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Friday, September 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2021
  • Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  • Friday, October 15, 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

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Disney After Hours BOO BASH Coming To Magic Kingdom This Fall

If you have been eagerly awaiting the news on what the Halloween season will look like at Walt Disney World this year, Disney recently answered this all important question. Instead of the spooktacular Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, this fall Walt Disney World will be offering Disney After Hours BOO BASH as a fun and safer alternative. Here’s what we know about this ghoulish event so far, courtesy of Disney:

Boo Bash 2A new special event is brewing this Halloween season at Magic Kingdom park—Disney After Hours BOO BASH! Join this ghostly gathering offering music, decorations, attractions and oh-so-eerie entertainment.

Get in the spooky spirit with Halloween-themed cavalcades. Indulge your sweet tooth at candy stops throughout the park. See some of your favorite and fiendish Disney friends as they lurk about, from Dr. Facilier and Captain Barbosa, to Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale. Stop and listen to the Cadaver Dans during their special comeback (from the dead) performance. And enjoy themed offerings, from sweet treats to savory delights.

Disney After Hours BOO BASH will take place on select nights from August 10 through October 31. Tickets for this event will go on sale in June, so continue to check for updates. Disney After Hours BOO BASH tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00pm without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation, giving you time to enjoy even more fun.

Halloween Treats 10Event Highlights

This hauntingly happy Halloween event is sure to be spook-tacular! Highlights include:

  • Halloween-themed cavalcades
  • Candy stops, with plenty of sweet surprises
  • Character sightings throughout the park
  • Special performances by the Cadaver Dans
  • Attractions, including favorites like Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase
  • Special décor, lighting, music and more!

Halloween Party 2Dress in Your Boo-tiful Best

Guests young, old and immortal can don a costume for the occasion. While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. Costumes may be worn according to these guidelines. Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from Disney parks, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet these standards:

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn; masks must provide unobstructed peripheral vision at all times with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.

For Guests 14 Years of Age or Older:

  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (for example, full-length Princess dresses) 
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist. 
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.

With very few details announced officially from Disney yet, we’ll have to wait until next month for exact dates, pricing information, and more specifics on what will be included.

If you’ve ever been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Disney Villains After Hours, you know how much fun these events can be. I’m really looking forward to the new Disney After Hours BOO BASH this fall. My hope is this party will be the best of both worlds. To give you an idea of what we might be able to expect from the BOO BASH, I was lucky enough to attend both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as Disney Villains After Hours in 2019, and I absolutely loved them both. Here’s my side-by-side comparison of the two events:

Mickey’s Not So Scary
Halloween Party
Disney Villains
After Hours
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Pricevaries based on night
starting at $85 per person, plus tax
$155 per person, plus tax
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DiscountsDiscounted tickets for Annual
Passholders and DVC members
Discounted tickets for Annual
Passholders and DVC members
———————————- ———————————- ———————————-
Hours7pm to midnight
early entry at 4pm
9pm to midnight
early entry at 7pm
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CrowdsExtremely crowded, waits for some character greetings can be over and hour, body-to-body for fireworks and paradeLight, little to no wait for most attractions, park almost empty in some areas
———————————- ———————————- ———————————-
ThemeHalloween
(lights, music, and decor)
Villains
(lights, music, and decor)
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CostumesAllowed for all guestsAllowed for all guests
———————————- ———————————- ———————————-
Free TreatsTrick-or-Treating candyIce cream bars, soda, popcorn
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Treats For PurchaseHalloween themed
desserts and drinks
Villain themed
desserts and drinks
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MerchandiseLimited edition Halloween party merchandise such as shirts, hats, tumblers, pins, popcorn bucketsLimited edition Villain themed merchandise such as shirts, tanks, tumblers, mugs, pins
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EntertainmentStage shows and dance partiesStage shows and dance parties
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CharactersMeet & Greets and stage showsOnly in stage shows
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AttractionsOver 20 attractions open some specially themed or enhanced for HalloweenOver 20 attractions open some overlayed with Villain themes
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ParadeYesNo
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FireworksYesYes

As you can see there are definitely pros and cons to both, so hopefully Disney After Hours BOO BASH will make the most of the best parts of each event for this year’s Halloween celebration!

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More Disney After Hours Dates Added For Spring 2019

I could not be more excited about this announcement! Disney has just added more Disney After Hours dates for late spring 2019 at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Cinderella CastleIf you haven’t heard about Disney After Hours, it is a way to experience the parks with little to no wait time for your favorite attractions plus all of the popcorn, ice cream, and select bottled beverages you can possibly consume. I have done this event a couple of times at Magic Kingdom, and it is well worth the money. If you are planning just a single day visit to Walt Disney World, this is a fantastic option. For about the same cost of a regular one-day park admission ticket, you can enter the park at 7pm after the heat of the day, and enjoy the park three hours after regular closing time with almost no crowds or lines.

Here are the current dates for each park:

  • Magic Kingdom: April 4 and 11; and May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: April 3; May 7, 14 and 21; and June 4, 11 and 18.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: April 6 and 13; May 1, 4, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and June 14, 21 and 28.

And at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are two special celebration nights:

On Wednesday, May 1, guests can celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary with special anniversary merchandise, additional character greetings, and more food & beverage offerings to purchase.

On Saturday, May 4, guests can celebrate May the Fourth dressed in their favorite Star Wars gear while enjoying fun galactic character greetings and specialty treats available for purchase.

At Magic Kingdom more than 25 attractions and character greetings are available during Disney After Hours including:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

At Animal Kingdom, there are lots of attractions, characters, and experiences available including:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Pandora Drummers – Swotu Wayä
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • DINOSAUR
  • Mickey & Minnie Greeting at Adventurers Outpost
  • Rivers of Light
  • Tree of Life Awakenings
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • TriceraTop Spin

And at Hollywood Studios all of the top attractions are available including:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Character Greetings

Please remember all attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

All Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 plus tax for advance purchase and $129 plus tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders receive a discounted price of $95 plus tax. Please click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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