Being this year there’s been time to plan and it’s a separate ticketed event, I would think there would be more decor than last year. Just my logical assumption.
At least (I hope) they haven't changed the audio loops over yet. That was always off-putting to me as well, when we'd visit in late January and I didn't get the Disney music loops.
I don't recall special music during the Halloween season unless at the actual party.
That was the worst part of living there. Summer was actually fine, because it's summer, so it's supposed to be hot. When it got to be 85 on Halloween or 78 on Christmas, my response was along the lines of "what the ____ is this ____?"
Re: Boo Bash:
Full disclosure: I have never been to any of the nighttime Halloween or Christmas events. I know this one is different than years past; and I've heard stories from past years where sometimes it was packed and sometimes it was wonderfully, er, dead.
Having read the description, I have little to no interest in any of the holiday-themed stuff (meet & greets, cavalcades, whatever.)
But some of our favorite times at WDW have been at MK at night when it's not very busy. That can still happen once in awhile, but not very often and you can't count on it.
Since I'm in the unusual position of not having and not being able to buy an AP, and going for 4 nights from 8/27 to 8/31, I'm looking at it this way: if a day pass is $100+ and this event is $139 for 7pm to 12:30 (long enough for us and probably as long as we'd stay during the day) and we have spare Chase Disney points to play with, we'd be very happy with just a less crowded park. Let everyone else do the meet & greets and the trick-or-treats, and we'll mostly walk on (I hope) the attractions and just generally enjoy the emptier park.
Knowing we can't predict (?) some nights will be packed and some won't, the 27th isn't sold out yet. That's our arrival day. It means we can leave the pup at Best Friends Pet Care later than usual. So maybe we do a late lunch/early dinner, hit the event at 7PM (or maybe it's 7:30 if the event goes 9:30-12:30 that night?) and we'll make up for a little bit of that extra $40 each in popcorn and drinks.
We may then get the Florida 2-day discounted passes for Sunday and Monday, skip the parks on Saturday (crowded - enjoy the resort and a nice meal) and go home on Tuesday.
The hesitation: right now, if we wanted to cancel because things seem unsafe, we could get a refund on our room. The 2-day park tickets can be purchased at the last minute (I should double-check that, but I think so.) These tix may or may not be able to be put towards something else. And of course, if I wait too long, it might sell out.
If the attractions are not busy, it could be a fun kickoff to my bday weekend trip!
The 'replace a ticket day' strategy is solid and in your case I think the scenario all plays out well. I wouldn't worry about getting stuck with non-refundable... if the **** hits the fan Disney isn't going to abandon you and say SOL.
Buy your 2 or 3 day ticket from a discount place, and do the party on arrival like you mentioned. Sounds like a plan!
Thanks. No need for a discount place, the FL res tix are $150 for 2 days, $185 for 3. (So that skews the value of the first night a bit, but I don't think I care.)
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