In case you missed it, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is canceled for 2021. However, a new event will replace it! Let’s explore how these are events are the same and different so you know what to expect this year.
First, for more details on the news of the party cancelation, check out my post HERE.
While we do not a lot of information on Boo Bash, we do have a pretty good idea of some of the offerings we can expect to see. We will hopefully know more in June when event dates and ticket sales go live. Those staying at a Disney Resort Hotel will have first dibs on tickets. I will keep this information up to date as more details are revealed.
Let’s look at the offerings for Boo Bash
Like MNSSHP, Boo Bash will take place on select nights from August 10 to October 31. However, unlike MNSSHP, Boo Bash events will be shorter. 9 pm to midnight (with admission starting at 7 pm) are the hours listed for Boo Bash on most nights whereas the Halloween party took place from 7 pm to midnight with Guests able to enter as early as 4 pm.
Disney has not announced the return of stage shows, parades, or fireworks yet. For Boo Bash, we will still see Halloween-themed cavalcades. Last year, we saw villains, Nightmare before Christmas, Mickey and friends, and Hundred Acre Wood cavalcades. I hope we see something different just to keep it fresh and exciting for this event. You can see videos and photos from last year HERE.
Magic Kingdom will also host character sightings throughout the park during Boo Bash. Currently, we see various characters greeting Guests from the train station. Stitch and Buzz also meet on the Tomorrowland stage. I do hope they offer more Halloween characters at more locations.
Cadaver Dans will also be performing some spooky songs throughout the event. Last Christmas, they rode on the trolley while harmonizing so maybe we will see something similar?
Boo Bash will also offer decor, special treats, and even some treat stops with candy. One of the most fun parts of MNSSHP is the trick-or-treating! I’m glad they will be able to offer that this year.
After Hours events also boast extremely low wait times for attractions. These events are a more exclusive than the parties, and I am hoping that continues in 2021.
So, how does Boo Bash compare to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
The parties at Disney World are top notch. Disney really does go all out to provide a one-of-a-kind event that you can’t experience the rest of the year.
MNSSHP boasted a stage show featuring the Sanderson sisters, the Boo To You parade, a Hallowishes fireworks show, and extremely rare character meet and greets. The fireworks show even a dessert party that granted reserved seating and all kinds of food to munch on while watching the fireworks.
Guests could also join various dance parties, and many attractions had Halloween overlays. Of course there is also the decor and party-exclusive treats to try.
These parties had become more popular in recent years, and many Guests complained that there were too many tickets sold for these events. Oftentimes, you would be able to walk onto most rides. It seems that Disney had increased capacity for MNSSHP, and even then many nights sold out. I do hope Boo Bash will have very limited capacity.
Since we don’t know how much Boo Bash will cost, it is hard to compare pricing to MNSSHP. Halloween parties cost anywhere from $90 to $130 depending on the night, but with half the experiences I don’t think Disney should charge that same amount.
Overall, I think Boo Bash will be a mashup of Villains After Hours and MNSSHP with more similarities to Villains After Hours. After all, Boo Bash is advertised as an After Hours event. Could the return of Afters Hours continue for the Christmas season and into 2022? I think so. We are slowly returning to normal.
Will you be attending Boo Bash this year? Do you miss Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.