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BREAKING NEWS: Disney Announces All-New Halloween Event in 2021

Last fall at Walt Disney World, one of the things we absolutely missed the most was Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Due to the pandemic, the party was cancelled and this Halloween-themed-character cavalcades taking place during the day. While we were hoping that the Halloween party would return in 2021, instead, we are getting an ALL-NEW Halloween Disney After Hours event. Catch all the details below.





 

Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Sarah Domenech:

I love Halloween so much … it’s scary. Since we are Halfway 2 Halloween, I’m spookily excited to announce a new Halloween-themed Disney After Hours event coming this fall to Magic Kingdom Park!

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” will take place on select nights, Aug. 10 – Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight*. 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!

 

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m. without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation, giving you time to enjoy even more of your favorites. 

Guests young, old and immortal can dress in costume for the occasion and get their fill of Halloween candy. As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children younger than 14. In addition, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings during the event. Before you arrive, check our Know Before You Go page and Costume Guidelines.

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. 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. It’s a ghostly good time for all!

Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase window available to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Click here for more information and stay tuned for more details to come. We’ll share additional information about “Disney After Hours BOO BASH” as it becomes available.

Stay tuned to learn more about Halloween offerings coming to Disney Parks around the world.

*Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

RELATED ARTICLE: 5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Visit Disney World

by Cindy E. Nykamp

One question we get often is “When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?” It is literally the Most Magical Place on Earth, so I don’t think there is a wrong time. However, there are good times to visit and great times to visit. The best of the great times is without question the fall. I could easily list a couple of dozen reasons this is true, but here are the top 5.


 

5 – The Weather (October and November)

Those of us who live in central Florida have come to love the month of October. It is usually around the second or third week of October that Orlando ceases being hotter than the surface of the sun. The “humidity bubble” that covers Orlando during June-September, magically disappears and we actually begin to cool off with little or no humidity. It’s a welcome relief from oppressive summer weather. For those who are traveling from the north, you may think our upper 70s/low 80s is a bit warm, but your kids will love that they can swim outside in Disney pools in November! Fall is a great time to visit Disney World, because you’ll find comfortable temperatures in the afternoon, cools temps in the mornings and evenings, and you can enjoy being outside all day without being miserable!

4 – Lighter Crowds in September, November, Early December

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, capacity limits are in place to keep the crowds low to promote physical distancing. These limits have been increasing. For example, capacity was at 25% when the parks reopened and then raised to 35% a few months later. With the distribution of the vaccine, we expect the capacity levels to increase as 2021 goes on. So fall 2021, may see more “normal” crowd levels. 

Along with better weather, the fall is a great time to visit if you want to experience lighter crowds. Now “lighter” is a bit relative. I do believe the days of walking on every single ride all day is over. You’ll still find waits. It will be busy, but it should not be crazy busy. Disney has done a great job of getting people to visit in the fall with resort discounts, free dining plans, and awesome special events (See how I slipped a couple of extra reasons to visit in fall in there :) ).

However, if you come in early September, especially after Labor Day, mid-November, and early December, you may experience lighter crowds than other times of the year. Again, it will still be “busy,” the lines will just be shorter. For example, we recently saw a 20-minute wait for the Mine Train in Magic Kingdom; substantially lower than the 90-120 minutes that is normal during peak season.

Notice I did not include the month of October. You may find a few days here and there that are lighter, but overall October is a busy time.

Less Crowded Main Street

3 – Celebrate Christmas Early in November at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was canceled in 2020. We fully hope (and expect) the party to be back in 2021. No announcement has been made at this time. 

Early in November, Magic Kingdom transforms shedding its Halloween decorations and magically, becomes a Christmas wonderland. If you visit the first week of November, you’ll start the week with Halloween decorations and end it with Christmas. If you like celebrating Christmas early, then you’ll love Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special event party is a fun time which includes a special holiday parade, fireworks and stage show. It certainly will get you in the holiday spirit!


 

2 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was canceled in 2020. We fully hope (and expect) the party to be back in 2021.

Starting in September and running through Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be your absolute favorite special event! Read all you need to know about the party here. Also, don’t miss our 13 Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

1 – Food & Wine Festival

The hands-down number one reason to visit in the fall is the Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. The Food and Wine Festival brings out over 30 global marketplaces where you can taste the best food and drink from around the world. Also, popular is the Eat to the Beat concert series, which brings in favorite artists from past glory to entice you to dance the night away. These shows run every evening throughout the festival. There are also many excellent seminars and special tasting events in addition to the kiosk around World Showcase. You’ll want to spend a lot of time in Epcot exploring and tasting your way around the world during your fall visit!

For a no obligation, FREE Quote on a Disney vacation package, please contact our travel partner Magical Vacation Planner at 407-442-0227 (407-442-0215 for Spanish). You can also request a FREE quote online by Clicking HERE.



 

Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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