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What’s the difference between Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and After Hours Boo Bash?

What's the difference between Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and After Hours Boo Bash?
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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.

Let’s look at the offerings for Boo Bash

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Like MNSSHP, Boo Bash takes 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.

For Boo Bash, we still have Halloween-themed cavalcades. Last year, we saw villains, Nightmare before Christmas, Mickey and friends, and Hundred Acre Wood cavalcades. I hoped we see something different just to keep it fresh and exciting for this event. You can see videos and photos from last year HERE.

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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. Here is a list of the characters KtP spotted.

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Boo Bash also offers 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 are offering that this year.

After Hours events also boast extremely low wait times for attractions. These events are a more exclusive than the parties so the wait times should be even lower. For the past several years, many complained that the parties kept getting busier. This is a major advantage of Boo Bash.

So, how does Boo Bash compare to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

Lotso at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012

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 hosted a dessert party that granted reserved seating and all kinds of food to munch on while watching the fireworks.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade

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. Boo Bash has limited capacity.

Halloween parties cost anywhere from $90 to $130 depending on the night, and Boo Bash runs $130 to $200 based on dates. That is significantly more than parties despite the limited offerings. After Hours events pre-pandemic were roughly the same cost as Boo Bash so I think that is what they were going.

Overall, I think Boo Bash is 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.

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.


  1. We waited 2.5hrs to see Jack and Sally. The park was so crowded it was ridiculous for the amount of extra money they charge. Peter Pan’s Flight was the same 2hr wait it was during the day!
    It was in September when we were there and not on the weekend. When we attended twice many years previous I guarantee the crowd was less than half the size it was in 2018.
    I would never do it again with them allowing that many people in the park. It certainly isn’t worth a bag of candy you can buy at the store for a milli-fraction of the ticket price.

  2. The vaccine is hard to get in some places. I have been on a waiting list here for 3 weeks. There are many variants of the virus, and people come to Disney from all over the world, where there are even more variants. We still have to be cautious for a while more, and a lot can change between now and the party. They may add more things. We’re going, if we can get tickets. We’re very excited. I never cared about parades or fireworks.

  3. I think why bother……..decorations haven’t changed for years…..same old scarecrows……the whole point of the mickeys not so scarey were the events…….the parade, fireworks both of which were the best of the year……castle show was terrific….. I have to ask , what was the reason for getting all of these vaccine shots if we can’t go back to these fun events? They could limit the crowd to 10,000 and all of these events could happen.
    We haven’t missed a party in years……every year the price has gone up and we paid it…….we will pass on this year

  4. We are staying at a resort Oct 4-9! We will attend afterhours if we can get tickets! This is our first time there and we are so excited!

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