Halloween in Disney World is one of the best times to visit the parks. The weather is starting to cool from the summer months, and Disney villains are out in full force. Prior to the pandemic, Halloween in Disney World was all about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In 2020, the event was canceled altogether, and in 2021, it was replaced with the Disney After Hours BOO BASH.
But this year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back and dates have been announced for the after-hours events!
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Halloween in Disney World begins on August 12 and runs through October 31. The event will be hosted on select nights in Magic Kingdom and will take place from 7:00 PM to midnight. Tickets go on sale on May 18, and guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, including Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green, can begin purchasing tickets as early as May 12. (*Important note: Tickets for this event will not require a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. )
Ticket prices will range from $109 to $199. The event dates are:
- August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
- September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
- October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
*Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members may purchase specially priced tickets (save $10 per ticket) for select dates.
Here’s what we know so far about the event:
- The after-hours event will take place on 37 select nights throughout August, September, and October.
- It will be held after normal park hours from 7:00 PM to midnight. Guests will be allowed to enter as early as 4:00 PM.
- This year marks the return of the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.
- The event will feature trick-or-treating with a reusable trick-or-treat bag featuring a keepsake 50th-anniversary celebration and Halloween design.
- The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show will return this season.
- Meet your favorite Disney characters.
- Halloween overlays are used on Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.
- Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular hosted by Jack Skellington returns.
- Enjoy sweet and savory menu items.
- New for this year’s festivities — event-exclusive step-in photo opportunities.
- Guests will also receive a Halloween-themed 50th-anniversary celebration commemorative print.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes! And while Disney World doesn’t typically allow costumes for those 14 years or older, an exception will certainly be made for the Disney After Hours BOO BASH! There are some important rules, however.
- For those 13 years old and younger, costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks must provide “unobstructed peripheral vision” with “openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.”
Rules for everyone else (14 years of age or older):
- You may dress as your favorite character, but you are not allowed to pose for pictures or sign autographs. (No, this isn’t your opportunity to be a Cast Member for the night!)
- Your costume must be family-friendly and must not be “obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent.” (In other words, there will be children present so please dress accordingly.)
- No fake weapons are allowed that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- No sharp or pointed objects or anything that could harm (even accidentally) another Guest.
- Layered costumes or props are strongly discouraged and may require you to undergo additional security screening.
- Your costume must not reach or drag on the ground. (Hem those Princess dresses, ladies!)
- Capes are allowed as long as they do not fall below the waist.
- Themed shirts and hats are completely acceptable.
- Disney will allow transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, tutus, and headwear (as long as the headwear does not cover your face.)
- No masks of any kind may be worn.
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