Walt Disney World has been adapting its operations so that they can safely welcome Guests and Cast Members to the theme parks amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Last year, we saw the cancellation of two popular events — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. But as we continue to move forward, and as more people become vaccinated, Walt Disney World is continuing to modify the current protocols put in place, making for a more “normalized” Disney World vacation.
Halloween at Disney World In 2021
For this year, fans were hoping to see the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, however, instead, Disney announced they would be hosting a brand-new After Hours event called Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
Though there won’t be Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade or Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fireworks at Boo Bash, Guests will still experience party music, decorations, and character cavalcades to celebrate Halloween during the special three-hour event.
Disney After Hours Boo Bash will run on 23 select nights starting August 10 and continuing through October 31. 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.
The prices of Boo Bash have been a hot topic as of late, considering these prices are much higher than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. However, we do want to point out that Boo Bash is a Disney After Hours event while Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is considered a Halloween party.
For example, when comparing Disney After Hours Boo Bash prices to another After Hours event, let’s say Disney Villains After Hours, the two are very similar. In 2019, Disney Villains After Hours averaged $145 per ticket with Boo Bash averaging slightly less for nights in August and September and slightly more in October.
With all of this being said, we know how Disney World is handling Halloween at the theme parks, so what can we expect to see come the holiday season?
Christmas at Disney World In 2021
Although Walt Disney World has not yet announced if we will see the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or if another After Hours event will replace the fan-favorite party, here are some possibilities of what could happen this year.
First, we could see Walt Disney World bring back Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The theme parks have already begun reducing social distancing, increasing theme park capacity, and allowing masks to be optional for fully vaccinated Guests except on transportation beginning June 15. At this rate, the theme parks are slowly getting back to “normal” operations.
Additionally, we have already seen Disney World test fireworks on various occasions, meaning that they could be thinking about bringing nighttime spectaculars back. If so, they can host Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks once again for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
On the other hand, if Disney World does not plan to host fireworks or parades in the near future, they may opt to bring another new After Hours event to Guests for the holidays. Much similar to Boo Bash, Disney World could debut a new event that brings some elements of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to the parks such as specialty cookies, holiday cavalcades, rare character sightings, and more.
At this time, this is pure speculation and Disney World has not announced what they will be doing for the holiday season. Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.
Do you want to see Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party return or would you rather see a new After Hours event similar to Boo Bash? Let us know in the comments below.