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Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash

by Mommy Frog on September 1, 2023 Los Angeles

Oogie Boogie Bash Character Tips - PinterestOne of the most exciting parts of Oogie Boogie Bash is seeing villains, rare characters and new characters in costumes. Some of them appear in the middle of treat trails and others have their own meet-and-greet areas. If interacting with the darker side of Disney is what you are there for, we offer some Oogie Boogie Bash character tips so you can get the most out of your night. But not all the characters are villains. You'll see Mickey, Minnie and pals in not-so-scary costumes, rare characters, princesses, pirates, Cars in "cartumes" and Pixar pals at the event as well.

Oogie Boogie Bash Character Tips

The Oogie Boogie Bash added two new villains to its treat trails in 2023 and another villain (a soft, huggable one at that) you can meet. Plus, there are a few surprises.

These tips will help you plan ahead no matter what year you visit and who you want to meet:

  • Hop over to our Oogie Boogie Bash post for hopful tips for the whole event.
  • Use the event guide for character locations. Once again, the event guide offers general character locations but does not spell out which characters would be in each spot. So once again, hop back to our hopful posts to find out specific information so you can locate your must-see characters before you go.
  • Hop by some character locations more than once. They may rotate characters.
  • Link the PhotoPass QR code on the event wristband to your Disneyland account in the app. Then collect the included PhotoPass photos with a quick scan of your wrist.
  • Bring a bag. The candy bag you receive at the parks can barely contain a portion of the huge amount of loot you are collecting in one treat trail (let alone 10!). Bring that bag and stash candy in a locker when it gets heavy.
  • If you see a long line, skip it. You do not want to spend your limited party time in line. Five hours fly by so fast!
  • Identify three must-see characters — anything more is a bonus.

Oogie Bogie Bash Characters - Yokai

Oogie Boogie Bash Character Tips - Donald Kingdom of Hearts

  • Follow a park plan. We've visited the Oogie Boogie Bash every year since it started. We create an Oogie Boogie Bash Party Park Plan each year to help you accomplish the most in a night by following the shortest lines.
  • Eat early. Dine before you arrive or during the early mix-in time. Grab some food and drink; then hop in your first character line. Save your party time for the characters. Use Mobile Order if you need a quick refreshment during the party.
  • Cast members may cap a line if it gets too long.
  • Cast members may cap a line before the end of the night. Find out when a must-see character's line closes so you do not miss out.
  • If you are already in a character line when the event ends, you can stay in line to meet them.
  • Meet characters during a parade, when line waits may drop off.
  • Character "window shop." If you are running short on time, take advantage of watching visible characters from afar if you cannot wait in all the lines. Carthay Circle Fountain is a great spot to character watch, and it has the shortest lines.
  • Have a question or comment for the character to strike up a conversation. Sometimes a prop or costume will spark some fun interactions, especially if it's related to their story in some way.

Characters at Oogie Boogie Bash

Want to know where you can find characters at Oogie Boogie Bash? Check out our Oogie Boogie Bash Character Guide below.

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - oogie boogie bash character guide

Here is a run-down of the confirmed 2023 characters:

Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle Cow as the Sanderson Sisters 

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Sanderson Sisters

This was our first stop in 2022 and these three did not disappoint. We arrived early and got in line at Hollywood Land an hour and a half before the party started. We always say to identify your must-see characters and line up early to meet them, so you get the longest wait time out of the way before the party starts. These three are still popular in 2023.

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Lotso Huggin Bear

 Lotso (Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear)

Oogie Boogie Bash Character Tips - Cruella in Treat Trail

New for 2023, Lotso has joined the villainy. Does he smell like strawberries? (Sadly, no. But he is fun to hug anyway.)

Bruno 

This is another smart choice to hit early. He is once again at Grizzly Peak near The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

Here are more characters we saw in 2023:

  • Characters from Disney animated films: Carthay Circle (We saw Hans, Captain Hook, the Witch from "Snow White" and the Sheriff of Nottingham.)
  • Heroic Encounters: Avengers Campus (Loki, Thor, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord and more)

Characters in Treat Trails

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Judge Doom

During the Oogie Boogie Bash, about eight characters host treat trails. This means you will trick-or-treat at various candy stops along a trail that contains a villain in it. These characters are usually on a stage of some kind and speak to the crowds as they pass. They are thoroughly entertaining.

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Ernesto de la Cruz

You do not get to stop for extended periods and interact or take individual pictures with them, but you may get to snap a quick selfie with them. Some have longer lines than others. But the lines generally move quickly, so it's a good way to see a lot of characters and collect candy at the same time.

Oogie Boogie Bash Character Tips - People take a selfie with Mother Gothel

Because it's dark and these characters may not stand still or pose, it can be hard to photograph them. You might catch a short video instead, especially since they are so fun to watch and hear.

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Oogie BoogieHere's a look at the 2023 villain treat trails (actual characters and locations may vary):

  • Madame Mim — Across from waterfalls outside of Avengers Campus
  • Mother Gothel — Behind Grizzly River Run
  • Ernesto de la Cruz — The Hyperion Courtyard
  • Oogie Boogie — Inside Disney Animation (this is the only indoor trail)
  • (New!) Judge Doom — Behind Soarin'
  • Agatha Harkness — Avengers Campus (find her casting spells in the Sanctum)
  • Sid — Pixar Pier (check out the Sid Show Circus and Sid's toy creations)
  • Cruella — Hollywood Backlot (she sets the stage for a fashion show, and Cruella is the future)
  • (New!) Yokai — San Fransokyo Square

The character locations on the parade route may temporarily close during the parade. This may be Madame Mim, who is to the left of the main entrance to Avengers Campus (across from the waterfall).

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Agatha

Lines for these trails are longer at the beginning of the night. Do not wait in a long line. Skip it and circle back later. Lines get shorter to almost nonexistent at the end of the night or during the parades.

Characters in Special Entertainment

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Mickey and Minnie in Show

You can catch characters in the Frightfully Fun Parade or Mickey's Trick & Treat Show. You don't get to meet them, but you do get to see them, and sometimes that's better for small tadpoles who are nervous to meet characters.

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Jack and Sally in parade

Villains Grove

There are no actual characters to meet in the Villains Grove. Instead, this walk-through experience that takes place in Redwood Creek is a lighting, projection and sound experience that is themed to these villains and themes:

  • Frollo's Sanctuary — Enter an otherworldly cathedral of trees infused with incense smells and chanting voices (guilty!).
  • Maleficent's Will — Roam through a region of eerie ravens, thorny vines and a seemingly spellbound waterfall of cascading color!
  • Cheshire Cat in Wonderland — We took a swirling trip "over there."
  • Queen of Hearts Garden — Wander through a charming garden of roses that paint themselves red right before your eyes!
  • Scar’s Elephant Graveyard — Descend into a vast expanse. Can you hear the echoes of hyena laughter and see shooting flames?
  • Dr. Facilier's Friends on the Other Side — Summoned by the great beyond, shadowy hands and colorful spells lure you deeper into the grove’s dark corners.
  • The Wicked Queen's Lightning Forest — Experience the forest awakening as an electrifying storm flashes from branch to branch.
  • Home of the Wisps — Winged caretakers guide you to safety amidst endless magical light.
  • Dawn — Follow flickering lanterns toward a brilliant sunrise and your escape from this mythical trip!

Tips for Meeting Characters During Oogie Boogie Bash - Villains Grove

A scary long line can form for Villains Grove, but the line moves quickly. The grove opens once it's dark. It opened at 7:30 the night we visited, and the line was shortest then and during the first parade. You might time your journey during a parade or just before the park closes. We usually wait until during or just after the last parade so we don't spend too much of our night at this attraction. If you use DAS, you can get a return time for this trail once it's open.

Which Oogie Boogie Bash character are you hoping to meet? Let us know in the comments section below. If you need any discount Disneyland ticket for visits to the parks outside of the Oogie Boogie Bash or hotel stays, get a hoppin' deal from your favorite froggy friends. 

Related: Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland — Dates, Details and Tips!

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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