Oogie Boogie Bash Replaces Mickey's Halloween Party
One of our Frog Family favorite parts of Disneyland Halloween Time is the after-hours Halloween party. This year will be even more frightfully fun with the announcement of an all-new party, the Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure. This new party replaces Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park. We’ve enjoyed the Halloween decorations that have appeared over the past few years at Disney California Adventure and think they’ll make a nice backdrop for the new Disneyland Halloween party. We are hoppy to hear there is some exciting new entertainment — like the Descendants-themed dance party and a villain-themed World of Color show — and that some of our favorites will be returning! We’re sure you are 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 even that takes place inside Disney California Adventure park after hours. The party runs select Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. (These days of the week are completely different compared to past years' party days.) Party ticket holders can get the party started early by mixing in with Disney California Adventure daytime guests three hours early on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and up to four hours early on Sundays, plus October 29 and 31.
The park will be 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. The Headless Horseman returns to Buena Vista Street while bats will swarm around the Carthay Circle bell tower. Many classic Disney characters will be in costume party attire, and villains will be stalking about. 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. The Oogie Boogie Bash 2019 dates are:
- Sept. 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- Oct. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31
Disneyland Halloween Party tickets went on sale frightfully early this year, and are completely sold out! Disneyland Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa card holders could purchase as of April 23. Tickets went on sale to the general public April 30. The tickets were completely sold out by mid-September. If you want to attend in 2020, be sure to purchase in early summer. Prices for 2019 vary per night and range from $100 to $145 for annual passholders and $110 to $145 for general admission. Guests ages 2 and under do not need a ticket, and purchasers are limited to eight tickets per person, per event date.
Entering Disney California Adventure for the Oogie Boogie Bash
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 party entrance turnstiles. In years past, you would receive a color-coded wristband with the date and party number (Sept. 17 would be party #1) and a candy bag.
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, ask a cast member for check-in points inside the park so you do not need to exit to get your wristband. If you do need to exit the party, be sure to take your ticket with you so you can get back in.
Oogie Boogie Bash Character Encounters
Your favorite characters, including the villains you may love to hate, will be out greeting guests and posing for photo ops. Some characters appear in costumes. Other characters, such as Oogie Boogie and The Mad Hatter, will oversee the candy distribution from thrones along the trick or treat trails. Who’s to say which characters will make an appearance at this new party? In the past, we encountered such villains as Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, Frollo, Governor Ratcliffe, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil, Jack Skellington, Sally and many more. This year, Oogie Boogie promises some new character encounters!
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.
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.
- Masks are not allowed, except for medical purposes.
- Guests may only wear costumes to the event for which they have valid tickets (daytime guests without party tickets cannot dress up).
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 ears, a spirit jersey, shorts, sweatshirts and light-up sippers, you can still be wicked 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 this year. Besides candy, you can collect healthy goodies such as carrots, apple slices, dried apples and snacks such as graham crackers, pretzels, Pirate’s Booty and dried cranberries. 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 so you do not have to carry the candy all night. Some of the 10 trick or treat trails promise to be immersive with eerie music and themed scenery.
New this year is a special walkthrough Villains Grove Trail at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. It promises to be a villain-inspired, dreamlike journey unlike anything we’ve seen before with special effects, sounds, shadows and lighting. Beware of Villains such as Frollo, Scar, Dr. Facilier and The Queen emerging from the shadows.
Oogie Boogie Bash Entertainment
The Frightfully Fun Parade at Oogie Boogie Bash
Hoppy news! The Frightfully Fun Parade is park hopping over to Disney California Adventure for the first time. The Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow leads the way. 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!
If you are in search of a dining package that will give you a reserved viewing area for the parade, you are in luck! Wine Country Trattoria offers a 3-course Italian feast of "ghoul-inary" delights. Each guest who purchases a package receives a voucher to access the reserved viewing area. The viewing area is standing only and not located at the restaurant. The price is $50 for adults and $40 for children. Children (ages 3-9) receive a popcorn-filled bucket. Adults can pay $15 for the bucket. Dining times are during lunch hours, with the latest dining time being 4:30 p.m. You'll definitely want to use your early entry to dine before the party gets underway. You can find this package 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.
Boogie at the New DescenDANCE Dance Party
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.
Mickey’s Trick or Treat Show
The tadpoles have an all-new, not-so-scary interactive stage show starring Mickey Mouse and pals. It takes place in the Disney Theatre (where you can catch the daytime Disney Jr. Dance Party). There’ll be dancing, age-appropriate scary-tales and candy. Sounds like the perfect party to me!
“Villainous!” All-New Word of Color Show
The news we are most excited about is that there will be an all-new, party-exclusive World of Color show that will bring out the villain in all of us. The show tells a Halloween story about a 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). The show weaves the twisted tale with light, fountains, lasers, projections and special effects. The show will feature 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.
Rides at Oogie Boogie Bash
FASTPASS does not operate during Halloween parties, but the wait times have historically been shorter during Mickey’s Halloween Party, and with limited crowds and so much other fun to explore, we expect lines to be short at the Oogie Boogie Bash. We expect most rides to be 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 night falls, the story you experience during the daytime at Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! continues as Rocket Racoon 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 will be decorating to make the park more bewitching than ever before.
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 will still be 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 will bring back Halloween Screams for all guests most nights of the Halloween season. Most nights, the show will have projection, music and special effects. Fireworks will light up the show on select nights (mainly Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
If you are hungry for details on frightfully fun treats, there will be plenty of fun themed treats in both parks. Hop back for more details closer to the event. In past years, PhotoPass photos were included with party admission. We are not sure if that is included this year, so keep hopping back for updates.
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 2019, which kicks off Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 31, to see what’s hoppening in Disneyland Park for Halloween.
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