One of our Frog Family favorite parts of Disneyland Resort's Halloween Time is the after-hours Halloween party. In 2019, the frightfully fun Disneyland Halloween Party hopped over to Disney California Adventure Park. Mr. Oogie Boogie turned it into an all-new party, the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure. This new party replaced Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park. We are hoppy to say that the Oogie Boogie Bash returns to Disney California Adventure in 2021!
The Halloween decorations at Disney California Adventure are toadally awesome, and they make a nice backdrop for this new Disneyland Halloween party. On party nights, those decorations are kicked up a notch with cool projections.
Here are the details and dates for 2021. The Oogie Boogie Bash runs on select nights, beginning Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, 2021. The event is slightly modified from the past year's event. (Disney World also has a modified Halloween after-hours event in place this year.) You can expect the return of the Frightfully Fun Parade treat trails, Villain's Trail, costumes, decor and characters. But this event will have more limited capacity and a little bit less entertainment (no special World of Color show). The tadpoles are frogcited for the immersive treat trails and the Villains Grove to return! We’re sure you are just as excited as we are to hear the ribbeting details, so let’s hop to it!
Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Party Overview
The Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed event that takes place inside Disney California Adventure Park after hours. The party runs select Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights (plus, two Saturdays — on opening weekend and Halloween weekend) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Party ticket holders can get the party started early by mixing in with Disney California Adventure daytime guests three hours early, beginning at 3 p.m. That means you may want to carefully choose your theme park reservations this fall.
The park is all decked out for Halloween with daytime decor, plus special party decorations and lighting at night. Oogie Boogie from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is the monster of scare-a-monies, and he’s calling upon all of his ghoulish villain friends and fiends to help him set the scene. You can see your party ghost host inside his immersive treat trail in Hollywood Land. The Headless Horseman returned to Buena Vista Street with beautiful projections on the Carthay Circle bell tower. Many classic Disney characters are in costume party attire, and rare characters are out greeting guests. You’ll find plenty of entertainment — both new and returning. And guests of all ages get to wear costumes and trick or treat!
Disneyland Halloween Party Dates and Ticket Information
You’ll need to purchase a separate ticket to attend this hoppening Disneyland Halloween party. Disneyland Halloween Party tickets go on sale July 13 so sooner than 9 a.m. We expect them to sell out quickly, so purchase early. In 2019, they were completely sold out by mid-September, but with limited capacity and people ready to party, tickets could go scary fast in 2021 (at least by judging other Disneyland events this year)! But hip, hop hooray!
The Oogie Boogie Bash 2021 dates are:
- Sept. 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30
- Oct. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31
If you want to attend in 2021, be sure to purchase once tickets go on sale for the best selection. Prices for 2021 vary per night and range from $114 to $169. Guests ages 2 and under do not need a ticket, and purchasers are limited to eight tickets per person, per event date. You do not need to make a separate reservation for your dated party ticket. Tickets are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred for commercial purposes. PhotoPass photos are included, but the parking fee is not included.
Entering Disney California Adventure for the Oogie Boogie Bash
Here is what we know from attending in 2019. Hop back after the first event for 2021 details. If you are entering the party early, you may see two separate entrance areas — one for daytime guests and one for party guests. Use the special event party entrance turnstiles. Party guests will line up to receive a colored wristband (with the party date, day of the week and a character name), candy bag and an event guide.
The wristband allows you to stay in the park once it closes. Guests without wristbands are unable to move about the park once the park closes to the public and the party officially starts. We expect cast members will check wristbands throughout the night and rope off areas to check wristbands. As the regular park hours come to a close, cast members will begin ushering out guests without wristbands. If you will be in the park all day, you do not need to exit to get your wristband. You can check in at Blue Sky Cellar (subject to change). If you do need to exit the party, be sure to take your ticket with you so you can get back in.
The cast members do not hand out a show times guide, but you can request one (at least you could in 2019). Some major entertainment times are on the Disneyland app, but not all.
You may notice that the cast members got all new party clothes for this event. The treat holders are different too. Sometimes they are cauldrons and sometimes rectangular carts. The treat trail markers look like taller Oogie Boogie ghosts.
Oogie Boogie Bash Character Encounters
Your favorite characters, including the villains you may love to hate, will be out. They are not likely to be greeting guests in the traditional way, but you may see characters in their Halloween costumes and get to interact with them in a safe and socially distanced way. Some classic characters appear in Halloween costumes. Other characters, such as Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, Tim Burton's The Mad Hatter and The Evil Queen and others oversee the candy distribution from thrones along their themed trick-or-treat trails. We are still awaiting all the details, but we also saw Dr. Facilier in an immersive treat trail in 2019.
Here's where we found characters in 2019 (we expect changes for 2021):
- Classic Disney Friends: Carthay Circle, in front of Soarin' and Grizzly Falls
- Mickey and Minnie: to the left of Grizzly River Run
- Anna and Elsa: Disney Animation
- Friends from Disney Afternoon: Grizzly Peak Airfield
- Marvel characters: In front of Guardians of the Galaxy (now with Avengers Campus open, we will see what we can expect this year)
- Friends from Kingdom Hearts: Grizzly Falls
- IncrediFriends: Incredicoaster
- Pixar Pals: Pixar Pier Bandshell
- Residents of Cars Land: Near Cozy Cone Motel
- Friends from Disney Channel: Cars Land entrance to Pacific Wharf
- Disney Villains: Grizzly River Run (we caught sight of the Big Bad Wolf, King John and other characters from Robin Hood)
Here's the scoop: The longest lines of the night in the past have been to meet characters. That may not be the case in 2021. We have been enjoying getting to interact with Disney characters without waiting in lines since the Disneyland reopening, so we view this as a positive change. Sure we miss hugs, but we are having more fun seeing a lot more characters these days with no wait, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out at the Oogie Boogie Bash. Hop back for more details. No matter, you will want to identify which characters you want to see before the party starts just in case lines do form.
Oogie Boogie Bash Costumes
One of the exciting parts of the Oogie Boogie Bash is that kids of all ages can wear family-friendly costumes and get to trick or treat. Use good judgment and keep safety in mind when choosing a costume.
Costume guidelines for all guests:
- Guests who dress as Disney characters cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
- Costumes cannot have sharp or pointed objects and cannot have materials that could strike another guest.
- Costumes may not drag on the ground (no full-length princess dresses).
- Layered costumes and costumes that surround the entire body are discouraged and may be subject to additional screening.
- Costumes may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Costumes may not contain weapons that could be mistaken for actual weapons.
Costume guidelines for guests 13 and under:
- Kids can wear some masks — eyes must be visible and the mask cannot cover entire face.
- No props that look like real weapons. Plastic light sabers and plastic swords are OK.
- Face coverings may be required. Hop over to our Disneyland reopening post for the latest details before your visit.
Costume guidelines for guests 14 and up:
- Capes cannot go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are allowed.
- Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
- Headware cannot cover the face.
- Costume masks are not allowed.
- Face coverings for medical purposes and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are allowed or may even be required.
- Guests may only wear costumes to the event for which they have valid tickets (daytime guests without party tickets cannot dress up).
- Full face paint is OK.
Guests who do not adhere to the costume guidelines may be refused entry unless they can modify the costume to meet the standards.
Of course, there will be Oogie Boogie Bash apparel to purchase if you aren't the type to dress up. With new Oogie Boogie Bash ears, a spirit jersey, shorts, sweatshirts and light-up sippers, you can still be wickedly stylish even if you don't want to wear a Halloween costume.
Oogie Boogie Bash Trick-or-Treat Experiences
Our whole family enjoys trick-or-treating in the parks. Trick-or-treaters can collect candy from cauldrons along trick-or-treat trails throughout the park. Besides candy, you can collect healthy goodies such as carrots, apple slices and Pirate’s Booty from the regular treat trails. The immersive trails have only candy. What? Did you think that those villains are looking out for your health? Would you even trust an apple from a villain?
When you enter the park, a cast member will hand you a bag to collect candy, but you might want to bring your own larger and sturdier bag to haul your loot around. If it gets heavy, store it in a stroller or locker (along with sweatshirts or rain gear).
You might want to save trick-or-treating until later in the night when lines tend to go down. That way you do not have to carry the candy all night. The lines are longest in the beginning and disappear as the night goes on, so do not waste early party time waiting in candy lines. There is so much candy and it's not going anywhere. All of the candy we received was from Mars Wrigley (which means there was a smaller variety of candy types than we've seen in the past). We also left with a smaller volume of candy than in past years, despite hitting numerous cauldrons of candy.
In 2019, there were 10 trick-or-treat trails. Five were immersive with eerie music, characters and themed scenery. Immersive trails have a villain such as Oogie Boogie (inside Disney Animation), The Queen (by Grizzly River Run), Maleficent (by Soarin'), The Mad Hatter (Hyperion queue) and Dr. Facilier (Stage 17). The villains talk to you as you pass by, but they are generally up on stages and not available to pose with you for pictures. But they are very entertaining to see and hear, so we highly recommend finding their trails. You have several candy stops along the way to visit them. We have not yet heard if there will be Legacy Passholder trail or button/magnet at this event.
Travel through a special walkthrough Villains Grove Trail at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. This villain-inspired, dreamlike journey is unlike anything you've seen before. It has magical special effects, spooky sounds, shadows and lighting. You want to visit this grove when it's very dark. There are no actual live characters or candy in this trail. We heard scary tales of long lines, but when we visited during the first Villainous! show, we waited just a few minutes. The line moved quickly.
Oogie Boogie Bash Entertainment
The Frightfully Fun Parade at Oogie Boogie Bash
Hoppy news! The Frightfully Fun Parade park returns in 2021. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow lead the way about 15 minutes before the parade. Mickey and Minnie join the parade, leading a cavalcade of characters and villains who will be scaring up fun along the parade route. Keep your eyes open for an appearance from the Cheshire Cat bringing up the rear!
In 2019, the parade began down by Silly Symphony Swings and ended near Guardians of the Galaxy. Decide where you want to watch the parade and be ready to hop in place when you see people claiming spots. In Hollywood Land, we grabbed one of the last curb locations about 35 minutes before the Headless Horseman started his ride down the parade route. The parade made it to the Hyperion Theatre about 20 minutes after it began.
If you have seen this parade already at Disneyland, this might be a good place to save time by skipping. The party is so short. Spend your time on new experiences rather than waiting for the parade. On other hand, there are fewer shows to compete with your time, so this may be the year to watch!
*If you are in search of a dining package that will give you a reserved viewing area for the parade, we are still awaiting news for 2021. In 2019, Wine Country Trattoria offered a three-course Italian feast of "ghoul-inary" delights. Each guest who purchased a package received a voucher to access the reserved viewing area. The viewing area was standing only and not located at the restaurant. The price was $50 for adults and $40 for children. Children (ages 3-9) received a popcorn-filled bucket. Adults could pay $15 for the bucket. Dining times were from 3 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. You simply made a reservation during that time and asked for the package when you checked in. If space is available, they may allow walk-ins up to 6 p.m.
The viewing is the seated area in front of Sonoma Terrace. There may be alternative areas as well. You'll definitely want to use your early entry time to dine before the party gets underway. You can find this option on the Disneyland site by searching for Wine Country Trattoria. When you check in at the restaurant, you will need to ask for the Halloween party dining package, which has a special menu.
*All of these details were for 2019.
Mickey’s Trick & Treat Show
The tadpoles have a not-so-scary interactive stage show starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy and Donald. It takes place in the Disney Theatre (where you can catch the daytime Disney Jr. Dance Party during normal operations). There’ll be dancing, age-appropriate scary-tales, candy and bubbles. This party is a great addition for the toddlers and small children. The show is short and sweet. Sounds like the perfect party to me!
Rides at Oogie Boogie Bash
Wait times are historically shorter during Mickey’s Halloween Party and the Oogie Boogie Bash. Crowds are limited and there is so much other fun to explore. The lines were very short at the Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019. All rides are open during the party, but be sure to check the Disneyland refurbishments schedule before your visit. You may enjoy the screamin’ ride overlays that take place every night of the season, including Oogie Boogie Bash nights. After 4 p.m. on party nights, the story you experience during the daytime at Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! continues as Rocket Raccoon breaks back in to save Groot during Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. With a heavy metal soundtrack and terrifying creatures, you’ll be howling with excitement on this thrilling nighttime ride.
Be sure to hop over to “Radiator Screams” to enjoy the mesmerizing Halloween décor and lighting, plus the ride overlays of Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. The costumed cars will be crashing the party too, so be sure to drive in to meet your favorite "Cars" characters! In addition to all of the party entertainment and ride overlays, you can also enjoy the Halloween décor. Oogie Boogie decorated to make the park more bewitching than ever before. The treat trail in Cars Land has a particularly "bootiful" view.
These are the rides and attractions that were open during the Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019 (we will update this list for 2021 when we get word on what will be open):
- Animation Academy
- Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark
- Mickey's PhilharMagic
- Monster's Inc.
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Weem
- Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree
- Jessie's Critter Carousel
- Pixar Pal-A-Round
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Jumpin' Jellyfish
- Goofy's Sky School
- Golden Zephyr
- The Little Mermaid
- Grizzly River Run
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail opens at dusk as the Villains Grove
- Soarin' Around the World
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Avengers Campus will be open for the party. This ride usually utilizes a virtual queue, but there has been no word on whether there will be a virtual queue in use during party hours.
What Is Not Returning for Oogie Boogie Bash 2021
A few forms of entertainment are not listed as returning for 2021. But since this is a unique year, we'll leave the details here just in case they return in 2022.
Boogie at the New DescenDANCE Dance Party (not returning in 2021)
It’s a monster mash over in the Hollywood Land Backlot, where an all-new dance party is the hoppening dance spot. It starts out as a show that transforms into a dance party. Shake your own oogie boogies out by learning new dance moves from the dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to hit songs from the three Descendants films. Keep an eye out for "Villain Kids," who might crash the party through magic mirrors. After shaking it off at the dance party, be sure to hop over to the new kid-friendly show in Hollywood Land. DescenDANCE times are at 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. If you have younger children, hit this early in the night before they are too tired to dance.
“Villainous!” All-New World of Color Show
An all-new, party-exclusive World of Color show debuted in 2019. It brings out the villain in all of us. Oogie Boogie tells a Halloween story about a 9-year-old girl named Shelley Marie (umm … does that sound vaguely familiar? Think Mary Shelley, author of "Frankenstein," which she wrote at the young age of 18? But I digress). Shelley needs a Halloween costume and the villains are all too eager to help influence her.
The show weaves the twisted tale with light, fountains, lasers, projections and special effects. Shelley encounters infamous villains, such as The Queen, Ursula, Hades, Dr. Facilier, Jafar, Maleficent and more. There is no dining package or FASTPASS distribution for this show, so plan to arrive early. Show times are at 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. We decided to skip the crowds and watch the 10:45 p.m. show, and it was not too crowded. We hopped in place on a railing about 45 minutes before showtime. For a centered front view, hop in a little earlier. Be sure to take care of all party business before settling in to see this final show. Once the show ends, the park is closed and you cannot purchase or do anything else.
Oogie Boogie Party Tips
Here are a few tips for the Oogie Boogie Bash — a Disneyland Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure.
- Buy tickets in summer (on sale July 13)!
- Plan a fun costume. People of all ages dress up!
- Follow the costume guidelines.
- Arrive at park entrance up to three hours before the party start time, depending on your night.
- Be sure to collect a map and look it over to seek out character greetings and treat trails.
- Check the Disneyland app for some show times and ride wait times.
- Request a show schedule sheet to see times for Mickey's Trick & Treat and the Frightfully Fun Parade.
- Take advantage of free PhotoPass downloads during the party. Ask for Halloween Magic Shots.
- Save trick-or-treating for after the lines go down, but definitely hop into some immersive trails with characters at some point.
- Get a locker for sweatshirts, water bottles, bags of candy or anything else you do not want to carry all night.
- Visit the Villains Grove when it's very dark outside.
- Find your favorite character locations before the party starts.
- Check the weather. Make sure your costume is comfortable in heat or rain. We saw some sweltering little Oogie Boogies on opening night.
- Be sure to watch the projections on the Carthay Circle Bell Tower.
- Stay hydrated.
What About Halloween Time in Disneyland Park?
Just because the party has left Disneyland Park doesn’t mean the Halloween fun is leaving too. Disneyland is still decorated with pumpkins, and guests with Disneyland tickets will still get to take a spin on Haunted Mansion Holiday, where Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion. You can meet Jack Skellington and Sally in New Orleans Square, and costumed classic characters on Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland has brought back Halloween Screams for all guests most nights of the Halloween season. On most nights, the show has just projection, music and special effects. Fireworks light up the show on select nights (mainly Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
If you are hungry for details on frightfully fun treats, there are plenty of fun themed treats in both parks. Hop over to our foodie guide to Disneyland Halloween Treats for some ideas for tasty treats that are available throughout the season, as well as during the party.
Have questions about the new Disneyland Halloween Party? Drop us a line in comments below! Don't froget to check out our Guide to Disneyland Halloween Time 2021 to see what’s hoppening in Disneyland Park for Halloween.
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