Oogie Boogie Bash is the newest Halloween party at Disney California Adventure Park. It runs from September 17- October 31st on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Tickets are sold out but I wanted to share with you our experience at the Oogie Boogie Bash, especially for those that have tickets. For those of you that don’t have tickets, BUY THEM NEXT YEAR WHEN THEY ARE FOR SALE!!!!
I’ve been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party as well as Mickey’s Halloween Party. But Oogie Boogie Bash might be my favorite! I’ll explain more later on in this post but here’s some basic information about OBB which is also available on Disneyland’s website.
Oogie Boogie Bash Info
- Oogie Boogie Bash is a special ticketed event that must be purchased separately.
- Party dates are on select Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from September 17- October 31st. Tickets are SOLD OUT.
- You can enter the park 3 hours (4 hours on Sunday and the last week of the party) prior to the party starting. This is considered the mix-in time because regular park attendees are still mixed in with party goers.
- Party Hours are 6pm- 11pm.
- If you’re already inside the park, you can check in at the Blue Sky Cellar at the beginning of the mix-in time.
- Guests of all ages are allowed to wear costumes but make sure you follow their costume guidelines.
- You can do a dining package for guaranteed seating for the Frightfully Fun Parade.
There are so many FUN and NEW shows, experiences and activities for guests of all ages at the Oogie Boogie Bash. Whether it’s a dance party, parades, character meet and greets or interactive treat trails, Disney really outdid themselves with this amazing party!
This was the MAIN reason I got tickets. A loves the Descendants and I knew she would love this dance party. The dancers are amazing and they teach the kids some of the routines. It’s about 20 minutes long, fast paced and super fun! The dance party is located in the Hollywood Backlot with party times of 6:15, 7:15, 8:45, 9:45, and 10:45. In between dance parties, there’s music that’s playing with people hanging around and dancing. Super Fun!!
Mickey’s Trick & Treat
Mickey Mouse and pals host an interactive Halloween party with dancing, a not-so-scary story and a special treat. (I WANT CANDY!!) Mickey’s Trick & Treat is located in the Disney Junior Dance Party theater. We really enjoyed it! Show times are 6:25, 7:10, 7:55, 9:25 and 10:15. The only part that was a little bit hectic was the end when the show was over and the Cast Members were going to distribute candy. There was no organized line so it got crowded. The CMs at the front and by the exit all distribute candy so head towards the exit!
The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is transformed into a dream-like haven for the Disney Villains! Villains Grove opens after dusk (around 7pm) and lines can be long but it moves quickly and is totally worth it. Be sure to use all your senses to experience this unique and magical place. (A’s only complaint was there was no candy after walking through the whole trail. LOL!) Strollers are not allowed inside because you have to walk up and down stairs.
Frightfully Fun Parade
The Frightfully Fun Parade shows nightly during Oogie Boogie Bash at 8:10pm. It starts off by Paradise Garden Park and ends by Guardians of the Galaxy. Around 8pm, the headless horseman rides again! You definitely don’t want to miss this. We watched this parade last year at Mickey’s Halloween Parade and loved it just as much. The only difference we saw was the addition of the Chesire Cat at the end.
There are 10 treat trails with an assortment of snacks, fruit, veggies, and tons of candy. Some treat trails have 4-5 treat stations so even if you get a handful of treats at each station, by the time you go through the treat trail, your bag will start to get heavy.
Something that was SOOOOO fun was how Disney created 5 interactive/immersive treat trails with characters that interacted with you as your passed through. Be sure to catch Oogie Boogie (Disney Animation Courtyard), Dr. Facillier (Stage 17), Mad Hatter (Hyperion Theater Courtyard), Maleficient (Grizzly Peak Airfield) and Evil Queen (Grizzly Peak Mountain Road.)
The most visually stunning one was Oogie Boogie’s treat trail because all the screens in the Animation Academy had projections on it. A’s favorite was Dr. Facillier because when she said hello to him, he asked how she was and then told her to go on and get more candy and have a good day!
The tenth treat trail is the AP Treat Trail exclusively for Annual Passholders. It’s right under Goofy’s Sky School. Once they scan your pass, you can get an Oogie Boogie Bash AP exclusive magnet and get some treats at one treat station. Don’t forget to do this if you’re an AP!!
World of Color- Villainous!
This new World of Color spook-tacular is hosted by Oogie Boogie and features the story of Shelley Marie. You can read more about Villainous here on the Disney Parks Blog! We ended up only seeing a few minutes of the show because A got spooked by the music and the beginning. So if your child is more “sensitive” to spooky stuff, just be aware. There are two showing of Villainous- 9 and 10:45pm. It wasn’t too difficult for us to find a viewing spot at the 9pm showing.
Special Character Meet & Greets
We did not make it a point to try and see all the special characters. The only one that we saw was the Blue Fairy and Pinocchio but that was at the end of the evening and the line wasn’t long. The line for most of the special character meet & greets were really long.
What We Did
The other Disney Halloween parties I’ve attended always felt rushed and like I wasn’t able to do everything and see everything I wanted to in the allotted party time. At Oogie Boogie Bash, I felt like I was able to do everything I wanted to and didn’t feel rushed! The time did go by quickly but there wasn’t anything we didn’t get to do that we wanted to.
Here’s our schedule:
- 1:45- arrived at Disneyland Resort, ate lunch at Plaza Inn at Disneyland
- 2:40- went to DCA, lined up at Blue Cellar Sky to pick up our wristband, map, and bags
- 2:58- got our wristbands
- 3:15- went to change into our costumes
- 3:40-5:30- rode a few rides, took pictures, got some coffee and snacks
- 5:50- Maleficent Treat Trail by Grizzly Peak Airfield
- 6:10- headed to the 6:25 Mickey’s Trick & Treat show
- 6:45- saw one of our favorite Marvel characters roaming Hollywood Land
- 6:50- in line for the Oogie Boogie Treat Trail (took about 10 minutes)
- 7:05- headed to the 7:15 DescenDance Party
- 7:40- Mobile ordered dinner at Award Weiners, picked it up and walked towards the Little Mermaid ride to find a parade viewing spot. It wasn’t that hard to find a spot!
- 8:05- Headless Horseman, then the Frightfully Fun Parade
- 8:30- Treat trail by Jumpin’ Jelly Fish ride, then the AP Treat trail
- 8:50- Found a viewing spot for World of Color- Villainous!
- 9:04- Left World of Color early and went to Villains Grove
- 9:30- got into Villains Grove- AMAZING!
- 9:50- Evil Queen treat trail by Grizzly Peak Mountain Road (right by the ride)
- 10:00- More treat trails (Bakery Tour Treat Trail & Fillmore’s Treat Trail) We missed the Radiator Springs Treat Trail inside Carsland
- 10:15- Mad Hatter Treat Trail
- 10:30- Dr. Facillier Treat Trail
- 10:45- Meet & Greet with Blue Fairy and Pinocchio
- 10:55- Buena Vista Treat Trail as we walked out
Why I Liked This Halloween Party
Oogie Boogie Bash might be my favorite Disney Halloween Party! DCA had so much more space for everything. It didn’t feel crowded. There were lines for treat trails and character meet & greets but the layout of DCA seems better suited for a party like this because rides and buildings are more spaced out. The immersive treat trails were SOOOOOOO amazing and the shows were entertaining! Disney really outdid themselves with so many new and unique experiences for their first Oogie Boogie Bash!
- Take advantage of the mix-in time to eat, take pictures in daylight and ride a few rides.
- Have a plan! We knew exactly what we wanted to accomplish and where to go because we read some of our friends’ blog posts about the party (I’ll link them at the end of this post.)
- Bring an extra bag or two. I brought a reusable bag and A had a bigger treat bag. They gave us SO MUCH CANDY AND TREATS. The bags they give you are definitely NOT BIG ENOUGH! Towards the end of the night, some CMs were extra generous with A and gave her literally giant handfuls of treats.
- Take advantage of mobile ordering so you’re not waiting in line for food! Be sure to download the Disneyland App because that also has times for the shows and is such a useful tool!
- Divide and conquer. If you come with your family, have one adult take the kids to the treat trails while another one waits for an experience.
- Wear comfortable shoes. My shoes were comfortable but when I’m holding 10 pounds of candy and my usual Disney day bag, it wasn’t so comfortable.
Have you been to a Disney Halloween Party?