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This Halloween season, Disneyland debuts a brand new Halloween party. Unlike Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which took place at Disneyland, the Oogie Boogie Bash is on select dates in California Adventure. We attended the party on September 17th, the first day it started and are eager to share our tips for attending the Oogie Boogie Bash with you! Tickets sold out fast this year for all the dates, you can no longer purchase tickets online. Ticket prices range from $110-$145, depending on the date you select. If you are attending, you are in for a treat!
Things to know about the Oogie Boogie Bash:
-If you are an Annual Passholder, you can enter the park at any time. Wristbands for the event will be given out starting around 4:30 near the entrance. If you are already in the park, you don’t have to walk back to the entrance. There will also be wristbands at the Blue Sky Cellar, 3pm on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays.
-If you are not an Annual Passholder and only have a ticket to the Oogie Boogie Bash, you can enter CA beginning at 3pm.
-You will be given a wristband with the party date, a bag for candy and a map showing trick or treating locations as well as other events happening that day, specific to the party. The bag they hand out is tiny! Be sure to bring a larger bag from home for the overflow. We each filled the bag they gave us no less than 4 times, you will go home with a lot of candy!
-They have healthier options as well as allergy-friendly options (like carrots and apples) but at most of the stations, you have to ask for them so keep that in mind!
-This is a big one to know BEFORE you go: All photos taken by Disney photographers that day are included in your ticket price! So seek out all the awesome characters and be sure to link the photo pass card to your account so you don’t lose these.
When you first arrive, your Oogie Boogie barcode will be scanned and you’ll receive a paper ticket. You will take it to the wristband line where you exchange it for a party wristband and Halloween treat bag:
Here is our stash from this year:
Since we arrived 1.5 hours before the start of the party, we went to get some yummy Halloween treats! Milana got the Oogie Boogie cake pop from Trolley Treats and I got Oogie’s Worm and Dirt Funnel Fries from Award Wieners. You can order these using the app and pick up minutes later, don’t wait in line! These were amazing, I highly recommend it!
We also shared a My Bugs! My Bugs! Slush from the Hollywood Lounge. It’s a limeade slush with grenadine and gummy worms, one of the few kid-friendly options there!
What exactly is the Oogie Boogie Bash?
If you’ve ever attended the Mickey Halloween party at Disneyland, this is similar. This party requires special tickets that are separate from your regular admission tickets. If you’re an annual Passholders, you too will need to have a separate party ticket in order to attend. The party features exclusive entertainment you won’t see outside of the party, like the Frightfully Fun Parade, lots of trick or treat stations and the chance to meet characters you normally wouldn’t see. There is also a dance party and Mickey’s Trick and Treat show, available only to guests attending the Halloween party. The Redwood Creek challenge trail has been transformed into the Villains Grove, with lots of fun lights, shadows and Halloween decorations. That was our favorite part of the night!
When you’re ready to trick or treat, look for these giant Oogie Boogies scattered around the park. At night, they glow in the dark making it easy to find the treat trails. Here’s a list of all the treat trails:
-Buena Vista Street
-Radiator Springs Racers
-Filmore’s taste in
-Hyperion Theater Courtyard
-Soarin Around the World
-Goofy’s Sky School (this one is for Annual Passholders only)
There are tons of trick or treating stations throughout the park. You will leave with more candy than you can possibly eat! You will also see different characters at each treat trail.
Here is a video from trick or treating:
The entire land is decked out for Halloween, which is especially beautiful at night!
Here is a video of the light show at Carthay Circle:
Where is the Oogie Boogie Bash?
The Oogie Boogie Bash takes place in California Adventure which has been transformed into a Halloween wonderland! If you’re a passholder with a valid party ticket, you can enter at any time. If you’re a visitor and only have a party ticket, you can enter at 3pm or later, the party begins at 6pm at which point everyone without a valid party ticket will be asked to leave the park.
What rides and restaurants are open during the party?
Most of the rides that are open during the day will remain open during the party. This is a great time to ride many of the popular rides, as lines are short since many people are trick or treating or enjoying other Halloween party activities!
You will receive a map showing all the open restaurants during the event. Milana loves the sun-dried tomato and pesto pasta from Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and that was one of the ones that was open during the party.
Are there special perks for passholders?
Yes! Disney takes care of its passholders and just like during the Mickey party, you will be rewarded at the Oogie Boogie bash as well. Head to the Treat Trail next to Goofy’s Sky school, where you will find a special trick or treat station just for passholders and where you can get a special Oogie Boogie party magnet.
If you like characters, especially unique ones, there will be an opportunity to meet lots of them during the party! We went up to a few but opted not to wait in long character lines since we have been going to Disney every week lately so it wasn’t really a draw. And remember, all photos on your photo pass that day are included with your admission!
Here are some characters you can meet during the event:
-Carthay Circle area: Snow White and Dopey or Blue Fairy and Pinocchio
-Animation Studio: Anna and Elsa
-Grizzly River Run: Disney Villains
-Incredicoaster: Incredibles characters
-Pixar Bandshell: Pixar characters
-Pacific Wharf: Disney Channel characters (Phineas and Ferb or Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable)
-Grizzly Peak Airfield: Chip and Dale or Baloo and Don Karnage
-Grizzly River Rapids: Mickey and Minnie
-Grizzly Falls: Kingdom Hearts photo op with either Donald or Goofy
-Carsland: All the different cars decked out in Halloween attire
-Guardians of the Galaxy: Starlord and Gamor
Don’t miss the Frightfully Fun Parade! Unlike most days where you have to stalk a spot hours before the event, we walked up 10 minutes before the start of the parade and got a front row spot without issue! The parade starts at 8pm on the Paradise Pier side. The headless horseman comes out first, followed a few minutes later by Mickey and Minnie.
Another surprising event you can walk right up to is Villainous!, the World of Color show at the Oogie Boogie Bash. Normally people wait for hours for this but we had a great view and we walked up just as it started. This show is at 9 and 10:45.
But our favorite part of the night was the Villains Grove at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. The entire area has been transformed into a Halloween wonderland, with lights and fog all around. This is one of our favorite parks of the park and they certainly made great use of the space! Come here in the evening after it gets dark so you can fully experience it. There will be a massive line but know that it does move quickly. When we got in line, we were at the entrance to the Grand Californian hotel. It took 5 minutes to enter the trail from there!
If you have little ones, don’t miss Mickey’s Trick & Treat show at the Hollywood Theater. This is an interactive show available only during the party. It runs pretty late (last show was after 10pm) so you can easily find a time that works for your family. The show times are 6:25, 7:10, 7:55, 9:25 and 10:15.
Our thoughts on the Oogie Boogie Bash
So what did we think of the Oogie Boogie Bash? We have attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party several times, but we loved this one so much more! Not only does California Adventure have more room to roam and wider paths, there were lots of things to do besides just trick or treat. Shows, lights everywhere and tons of awesome characters made the experience really fun. It didn’t feel crowded at all and we had a really fun evening. We hope it continues at CA next year as well!