Have you heard the news? The special ticketed Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort is ALL NEW and reimagined this year! “Oogie Boogie Bash — A Halloween Party”, which takes place at Disney California Adventure, as replaced “Mickey’s Halloween Party” that was previously held at Disneyland. We were able to attend on opening night and I was blown away by all the new villainous immersive treat trails and exclusive live entertainment!
Oogie Boogie Bash Event Details
The following information was taken from the Oogie Boogie Bash website:
- Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park
- Select nights September 17 through October 31, 2019
- Party 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Park mix-in begins at 2:00 PM on Sundays as well as October 29 and 31, 2019
- Park mix-in begins at 3:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- All tickets are sold out (tickets ranged from $100-$145. All guests age 3 and up need a separate Oogie Boogie Bash ticket even if you have a Disneyland Resort Annual Pass)
- Your ticket lets you enjoy Disney California Adventure Park for up to 4 hours before Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party begins. Once the party starts, you’ll be treated to 5 hours of shindig shenanigans—including special Halloween-themed entertainment, attractions, Character Greetings and more.
There are 5 character Treat Trails in additional to other Treat Trails that have several candy spots within the same trail. You definitely are going to want to hit the character treat trails. The Treat Trails are marked by a huge green glowing Oogie Boogie that has “Treat Trail” written on his belly. All of the Treat Trail markers look the same, so you can’t tell visually what character is inside (if there is one). Each trail has multiple candy stops along the way (about 4-5 per trail with each stop handing out a few pieces of candy per stop). There is also an exclusive Annual Passholder Treat Trail by Goofy’s Sky School where you can pick up your AP Oogie Boogie magnet. Here is the location to the 5 character Treat Trails:
- Maleficent: to the left of Soaring over the World (outdoors)
- Evil Queen: near the entrance of Grizzly River Rapids (outdoors)
- Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter: in the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land
- Dr. Facilier: in Stage 17 near Monster’s Inc Mike and Sully to the Rescue
- Oogie Boogie: in Animation Academy
All of the villains are on platforms so there is no official line to take a photo with them. They are mic’ed and will interact with you as you pass by their station. You are welcome to snap a quick photo, but there are no photopass at this locations. Since Maleficent and the Evil Queen are both located outdoors, I recommend hitting these treat trails first so it’s not too dark to take photos.
Character Meet and Greets
Rare characters only come out during Oogie Boogie Bash! The longest line was for sure the Kingdom Hearts characters. We got to meet Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable. In the Villains section, guests could meet Shan Yu from Mulan, King George from Robin Hood, Radcliffe from Pocahontas, the Big Bad Wolf, among others.
- Classic Disney Friends (Carthay Circle Fountain): Pinocchio/Blue Fairy and Snow White/Dopey
- Friends from Disney Channel (Pacific Wharf near the restrooms): Kim Possible/Ron Stoppable and Phineas/Ferb
- Friends From Disney Afternoon (Grizzly Peak Airfield by Soarin’): Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Don Karnage/Baloo Tale Spin
- Friends from Kingdom Hearts (Grizzly Falls Waterfall): Donald and Goofy
- Minnie and Mickey (Grizzly River Run)
- Loki (roaming Hollywood Land near Stage 17)
- Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout)
- Anna and Elsa (Animation Academy)
- Cars Land Cars (Cozy Cone Motel)
- Pixar Friends (Pixar Bandshell by Mickey’s Funwheel)
- Incredibles (Incredicoaster)
Inspired by Descendants, this Villain Kids dance party features the Greatest Dance Crew from the Isle of the Lost! Show times to the DescenDANCE dance crew are listed on the Disneyland App (6:15 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:45 pm, and 10:30 pm). The show lasts about 20 minutes where you’ll learn fun dances from the Isle of the Lost. At the end the of the show, the dancers come out to the crowd with a huge dragon!
In between Dance Crew sets, the DescenDANCE DJ takes the stage with fun dancing activities! The kids loved playing freeze dance and dancing along with their favorite songs.
The cutest show in the Disney Junior Dance Party Theater in Hollywood Land! This all new show features Parker, a friendly mad scientist, who is hosting a Halloween Costume party with Minnie and Mickey! You’ll also see Donald and Goofy in never before seen Halloween costumes. Mickey’s Trick & Treat is interactive with bubbles, confetti, and a treat station at the end! Show times are 6:25 pm, 7:10 pm, 7:55 pm, 9:25 pm and 10:15 pm.
The most popular new attraction is the Villains Grove walk through at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. It is an immersive light show with multi-sensory effects as you follow the Wisps from Brave through the woods. This walk through does not have Treat Trail candy stations and does not have any characters inside. Don’t be scared by the long entry line–it does move fast! Strollers are not allowed in the trail and there are stairs during the trail. It is possible to go through with a wheelchair or scooter if absolutely necessary. This experience does not begin until 7:20, so I do not recommend lining up right at 6:00 when the party starts.
The nightly parade steps off at Pixar Pier at 8:00 with the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. Frightfully Fun Parade officially starts at 8:10 with characters including Minnie and Mickey, Jack and Sally, the Hitchhiking Ghosts. New this years the Cheshire Cat who is on the finale Villains float. My personal favorites are the gravediggers with sparking shovels, haunted ballroom court dancers, and Ursuala!
There are two showings of Villainous! World of Color: 9:00 and 10:45. Villainous! follows the story of a little girl named Shelley Marie who is having a hard time picking a Halloween Costume. After she steps through a magic mirror, she is encountered by different villains to help make her decision. There have been mixed reviews about this particular World of Color show, but I say if you’ve spent so much on an exclusive Halloween Party Ticket, make the most of it and see all the entertainment! We ended up seeing the 10:45 show and it was the perfect way to end our Oogie Boogie Bash.
A huge reason to attend Oogie Boogie Bash is because its one of the few times that adults can wear costumes into the parks! We went with the Villains theme and the kids wore their Ursula and Queen of Hearts dresses that I made (I bought this hoop skirt for them to wear under which really oomphs up the dress!). Even though I am super resistant to dressing up, my best friend reminded me that one day my kids won’t want anything to do with me and to take every opportunity to have fun with them while I can. I went super simple and wore a black tank top and skirt from my closet. I glue gunned together some Maleficent horns on a headband (purple sparkly paint, too!) and sewed up a simple purple and black cape. In adherence to Disneyland’s Costume policy, all costume pieces (including capes) can not be dragging on the floor and capes can not tie around the neck. Luckily, I fashioned the cape to tie around my shoulder straps instead of around my neck. A complete list of costume guidelines can be found on the Oogie Boogie Bash website.
Is it Worth It?
I know it’s hard thinking about dropping another $100+ for everyone in your family, but the Oogie Boogie Bash was 100% worth it! Everything was NEW this year and only available at the Halloween Party. Our family loves and prioritizes live entertainment so this was a definite must for us. We loved the new Mickey Trick & Treat show and the DescenDANCE dance party was reason enough to get tickets. We also got a ton of candy from the Treat Trails and it was so special seeing the characters in their party exclusive costumes. If you didn’t get a chance to get tickets this year, don’t delay on getting them before they sell out for next year!
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