Sharing Your Guide to the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park today! You’ll find helpful tips and not to miss shows and activities at the Park!
Oogie Boogie Bash
Oogie Boogie Bash is a separate ticketed event that is held at Disney California Adventure Park this year!
One of our family traditions has been to go to the Halloween Parties at Disneyland Park for the last 5 years now. It’s our favorite event of the year! I was able to attend the first official Oogie Boogie Bash for it’s opening night Tuesday September 17th 2019.
Be sure to check out The Best Food at Disney California Adventure Halloween 2019 too! Follow Disney Hungry on Instagram for travel tips and the BEST Eats at Disney Parks. Huge thanks to Disneyland for hosting me for this Media Event.
How Early Can I Enter The Park Before The Party Starts?
Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the party is included with an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. The party begins at 6 p.m. PST and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure for three hours before the party starts on Tuesday and Thursday nights (excluding Oct. 29 and Oct. 31) or four hours on Sunday nights, plus Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.
Tip: There will be a long line to get into the main Disney California Entrance, you can also use the Disney Grand Californian Hotel Entrance. It’s likely to have a much shorter line. If you are at the front area of DCA, walk through Downtown Disney District and there’s an entrance to the Grand Californian in between Sephora and The Dress Shop. Go through the hotel towards the back of the lobby, pass Storyteller’s Cafe and Napa Rose then you’ll see the back check and Park entrance right past Napa Rose.
If I’m at DCA For The Day, But Don’t Have an Oogie Boogie Bash Ticket, Will I Have To Leave The Park at 6pm?
Yes, at 6pm, there will be Cast Members lining the different areas of the Park asking guests to show their Oogie Boogie Wrist Bands. If you don’t have one, you will be pointed to the exit. If you don’t have a wristband, you will not be permitted through the different areas of the Park.
Villains Grove, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
One of my favorite experiences of the night was Villains Grove! Redwood Creek Challenge Trail was turned into this Halloween Perfect walk through with the most visually stunning areas throughout the entire walk. This new experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful dream-space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world. There are lighting, projections, sounds and special effects, that created a dreamlike environment. You’ll go through Frollo’s Sanctuary, Maleficent’s Will, Queen of Heart’s Garden, Scar’s Elephant Graveyard, Dr. Facilier’s Friends on the Other Side, The Queen’s Lightning Forest and even more amazing details.
A few things to note….there are no trick or treating stations in the trail, it’s more of a walk through visual experience. There are also no characters or villains. Just good to know before you go. My one thought once I left the trail was, it would have been nice to have a few candy stations for the kids, BUT I absolutely loved this experience. Can’t wait to do it again in a couple weeks with my kids. The line is long for this experience, but it seems to move pretty quick.
The ambiance, lighting and music was mesmerizing. I didn’t want to leave the area! The grove started with Frollo’s Sanctuary.
The lighting and projections on this rock area was so fascinating. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it as the branches moved in, out and all around. This was Maleficent’s area. One of my favorites!
World of Color Spectacular – “Villainous”
The new “World of Color” show, “Villainous!,” is exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. Showtimes are 9pm and 10:45pm. In this nighttime spectacular, Oogie Boogie weaves a Halloween tale about a young girl (and all-new character created by Disney animator Eric Goldberg) named Shelley Marie. In “Villainous!,” Shelley has a decision to make about her Halloween costume for this year, and finds herself wondering if she could really be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney characters. This twisted tale carries Shelley on an unforgettable journey, exploring the villainous side of Disney characters through fountains, lights, lasers, projections and special effects. “Villainous!” shows guests that, deep down, there’s a little villain in all of us.
My Thoughts- In all honesty, I enjoyed the show, loved the music and effects, however the story line wasn’t my favorite. If your family is a big World of Color fan, give the show a try and see how you like it. It’s definitely entertaining!
How Long Are The Shows and Parade at Oogie Boogie Bash?
Each show/parade is about 20 minutes long. I appreciated the short times so I could do and see as much as possible.
Immersive Trick or Treat Trails, Throughout Park
The treat trails at Disney California Adventure Park are absolutely Spook-tacular. You have this whole Villain Experience through half of the treat trails. Music, lighting, candy….it is pretty amazing. Don’t get discouraged if the lines are long. We found that they go pretty quick. Be sure to check your guide map for all of the treat trails throughout Disney California Adventure Park.
There are 10 Treat Trails throughout the Park, 5 of them being immersive! Use your Oogie Boogie Guide Map for all locations.
Absolutely Do NOT MISS The 5 Immersive Treat Trails with the Villains
- Animation Academy with Oogie Boogie
- Stage 17 with Dr. Facilier
- Hyperion Theater with the Mad Hatter
- Grizzly Peak Treat Trail with The Wicked Witch
- Soarin’ Over The World area Treat Trail with Maleficient
One of my favorite treat trails was with Maleficient. She was stunning and so perfectly in character. The lighting and fog added to the cool experience while you get your candy bags filled up!
Animation Academy in Hollywood Land turns into a giant Oogie Boogie Party room! This treat trail is a MUST! Oogie Boogie talks and heckles the guests as they pass through. The giant movie screens feature fun Oogie Boogie pieces perfect for your Halloween Party night. Went back a couple times for the fun here.
What Kind Of Candy Do You Get at Oogie Boogie Bash?
Lots of great candy given at each of the treat trails. You can request healthier options at each station. I picked up an organic lollipop at on of the locations. You can go through the treat trails as many times as you’d like, bring a larger candy bag from home if your goal is to get lots of candy. The Frozen II Bag is the size you get when you enter the Park.
What Kind of Costumes Can My Family Wear To Oogie Boogie Bash?
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Your Costume may not contain any items that resemble (or could easily be mistaken for) an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp/pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses).
For Guests Ages 13 and Under
- Costumes may be worn as well as some masks, as long as the entire face isn’t covered and eyes are visible.
For Guests Ages 14 and Older
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are permitted.
- Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
- Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn, except for medical purposes.
Frightfully Fun Parade
Another highlight for me was watching the Frighfully Fun Parade! Parade starts at 8:10pm with the Headless Horseman riding at 8pm. I’ve always loved it, over at the Disneyland Park side, so I knew I wanted to see it again this year. It didn’t not disappoint. So perfectly spooky magical. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself, carrying his flickering jack-o-lantern. He heralds the arrival of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse who lead the cavalcade of characters, including Jack Skellington and many mischievous Disney villains who are ready to stir up some trouble along the parade route.
Mickey and Minnie in their festive Halloween Costumes.
Let the Frightfully Fun Parade Begin!
Jack and Sally are the coolest!
Wait until you see the Hitchhiking Ghosts go by with the Haunted Mansion Float! Love these ghosts!
New this year, the ever-curious and whimsical Cheshire Cat joins the parade, mischievously smiling at all the magical mayhem.
DescendDance Party, Hollywood Backlot Area
The new DescenDANCE, a pulsing party in the Backlot area of Hollywood Land, inspired by the popular “Descendants” franchise from Disney Channel. Here, guests will find so many ways to be wicked. As the DescenDANCE show begins, a spell is cast, summoning the greatest dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from the “Descendants” movies. Once the DescenDANCE crew returns to their realm, the Backlot DJ continues to spin tunes that will make any “villain kid” proud, inviting everyone to step onto the dance floor into the night. Showtimes are 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm and 10:30pm.
The DescenDance Party was pretty awesome to see going on. The dancers are so talented. Lots of fun at the Hollywood Land Backlot area!
Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show
The new “Mickey’s Trick and Treat” show, perfect for young guests, at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land. This new, interactive stage production invites guests of all ages to join Mickey Mouse and his pals as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party that include dancing, not-so-frightening scary-tales, and candy. The show runs for about 12 minutes. Showtimes are 6:26pm, 7:10pm, 7:55pm, 9:25pm, and 10:15pm.
This show was really adorable to see. It’s geared for younger children, but I even enjoyed it as an adult. It’s short and sweet at 12 minutes long, so there’s still plenty of time to do all of the other fun things during the party.
The show runs all night during the party. Showtimes are 6:26pm, 7:10pm, 7:55pm, 9:25pm, and 10:15pm.
So many great Character Photo Opportunities during the Party! Be sure to keep your eyes open for your favorite Characters and Villains! Mickey and Minnie looking adorable! Caught them in between guests.
We got to meet Shan You from Mulan. Super scary, ha! In the photograph with Tara Gallas and her husband (left) and Ashley Eckstein (right). Me on the far right.
We also got to meet Ratcliffe! There’s an entire Villain section where you can meet 3 villians right in Grizzly Peak near the churro cart. Great photo opportunities.
New Halloween magic, which appears on the façade of Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street. Carthay Circle will be enchanted throughout the night as bats swarm, green energy pulses from within and spellbinding moments transform the iconic tower structure.
Halloween Time Treats
There are so many delicious Halloween sweets and eats around Disney California Adventure Park! All three of our treats are from Clarabelle’s on Buena Vista Street. Don’t miss the Mickey Vampire Bat and Minnie Witch Ice Cream Bars. I’m holding the Oogie Boogie Sundae. All so fun! In the photo (left) Tara Gallas from Disney Double Scoop and (right) Ashely Eckstein of Her Universe. Such a pleasure getting enjoy the party with these two talented women I’ve knows via social media for a number of years. So happy to have them as friends now!
More delicious snacks from Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street. Don’t miss this bakery, love taking goodies home at the end of the night.
The Oogie Boogie Bash Party was even better than I imagined. If you missed getting tickets this year, be sure to get them next year. It is such a special night full of memories not to forget. I felt like it’s a little tricky to do EVERYTHING at the party during the time given. I didn’t ride any rides for this first party. Be sure to have a list of your “top” experiences you want do at the party with your group. Start with your favorites and fit in the others as your night goes on. I wasn’t able to get to all of the treat trails, so luckily I have one more night with my family coming up.
There are LOTS of options. Before your party, see my Best Food at Disney California Adventure Halloween 2019. This will help you decide what foods/snacks you want to get during your party. There’s also an Oogie Boogie Bash Event Dining at Wine Country Trattoria…a 3 course dinner. With this dinner reservation, you also get reserved seating for the Frighfully Fun Parade. Check out reservations on the Disneyland App if you’re interested in this opportunity.
My Do Not Miss Experiences
- Frightfully Fun Parade
- Villains Grove (Redwood Creek Challenge Trail)
- Immersive Trick or Treat Trails
- Animation Academy to see Oogie Boogie Live (part of the treat trails, but worth going to a couple times)
- Enjoy some Halloween Time Snacks-Horchata Churro (churro cart near Goofy’s Sky School), Slow Burnin’ Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cone (Cozy Cone Motel, Cone #3), Coco Cake from Paradise Garden Grill and Spicy Pepper Jack Cheese Stick from Corn Dog Castle
- Get at least one Character Photo during the Party!
- Ride Guardians “After Dark” plus your other favorite rides if you have time!
Disclosure: I was hosted by Disneyland for the Oogie Boogie Bash. All thought and opinions are my own.
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