Oogie Boogie replaced Mickeys Halloween Party at Disneyland and is Villain themed. Oogie Boogie Bash is family friendly. There is plenty of entertainment and many trick or treat trails. Oogie Boogie Bash is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Want to know more? Here is a guide to Oogie Boogie Bash.
Party dates will be: Sept. 17,1 9, 22, 24, 26, 29. Oct. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, and Halloween. Prices vary depending on the date from $100-$145 per ticket. You will probably have to pay for parking if you do not have parking as an option on your pass. All parties are held 6-11 pm.
The mix in starts at 3 pm. Getting in can take some time. Remember traffic can be bad. Then you have to get through security. I recommend getting to Downtown Disney by 2:30 at the latest. The admission line is long by then. Many line up at two. If you do not want to wait get a snack or eat a quick meal. I would arrive at the admission gate after three. You will get in much faster.
Immersive Trails feature Disney Villains and are the best part of Oogie Boogie Bash. The Villains and trails are:
Oogie Boogie who is at the Disney Animation Courtyard.
Dr. Facilier is at Stage 17.
Mad Hatter is at the Hyperion Theater Courtyard
Maleficent is at the Grizzly Peak Airfield
Evil Queen is at the Grizzly Peak Mountain Road
The Frightfully Fun Parade is on the parade route throughout the park. I suggest watching from the walkway between Wine Country Trattoria and Carthay Circle. This is just my preference. I feel it is easier to find a spot here. There is only one parade. The parade will be fun for everyone. Adults and kids. They’ve got villains you rarely see. The Haunted Mansion floats and entertainers are amazing. Jack and Sally will wave at you. The Frightfully Fun parade is something you should not miss. The pre-parade featuring the Headless Horseman begins at 8:00 and the parade starts at 8:10 pm.
DescenDance Party in the Hollywood Backlot. According to Disney Parks Blog: “As the DescenDance begins, a spell is cast, summoning a dance crew from the Isle of the Lost. Who throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from the Descendants films”. There is dancing for everyone, which is perfect for energetic children. Or teens who would rather not spend the entire night with mom and dad. Times are 6:15,7:30, 8:45, 9:45, and 10:30 pm.
Mickeys Trick & Treat is an interactive show in the Disney Theater. I feel much of the entertainment is perfect for the younger children who may fear villains. There is music and dancing. I would not skip the show. If you wait until later in the night the show is less crowded. We walked up before the last showing and sat in the front row. This saved us so much time waiting in line. So go to a later show. Show times are 6:25, 7:10, 8:45, 9:45, 10:30 pm.
Villainous! is a World of Color show exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. Disney Parks Blog describes the show as: “In Villainous!, Shelley has a decision to make about her Halloween costume for this year, and wonders if she could be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney villains. This twisted tale carries Shelley on an unforgettable journey through devious encounters with The Queen, Ursula, Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Maleficent and more.” Villainous takes place in Paradise Bay at 9:00 and 10:45 pm. I skipped Villainous. Many of the experiences were interactive, and I felt I would watch this on Youtube later. If you worry about having enough time to do everything put off Villainous until 10:45 pm. Usually the second showing has fewer people. It is easier to find a viewing location. If you worry Villainous will scare smaller children, I have a tip. Have your kids watch a few minutes of the show on Youtube to see if your child gets scared. I also recommend doing this with rides that may scare children.
Villain’s Grove is at Redwood Creek Trail. Lights, music, and a smog machines create a realm belonging to Disney Villains. This is a walk through experience. There were no characters in Villains Grove. Visit Villains Grove later in the night the line will be shorter.
Character Meet and Greets
Classic Disney Friends at Carthay Circle
Disney Villains at Grizzly River Run
Anna and Elsa Disney Animation
Friends From Disney Afternoon at Grizzly Peak Airfield
Friends from Disney Channel Cars Land entrance from Pacific Wharf
Friends From Kingdom Hearts at Grizzly Falls
Friends from Marvel at Guardians of the Galaxy after Dark
IncrediFriends at the Incredicoaster
Pixar Pals at the Pixar Pier Bandshell (closes for World of Color)
Residents of Cars Land at the Cozy Cone Motel
Annual Pass Holders
There is a special treat trail at Goofy’s Sky School. You must present your annual pass. You will receive a pass holder Oogie Boogie Bash magnet.
All attractions were open but many in Pixar Pier closed early for World of Color. If you want to ride Jessie’s Critter Carousel or Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, do it before dark. The lines for most rides were reasonable. Some had no wait.
Many of the Counter Service locations close early. If you want to eat counter service do so early. There is a Special Dining Package at Wine Country Trattoria. Dinner comprises a 3 course prix-fixe menu. You then watch the Frightfully Fun Parade from a preferred viewing location. I recommend eating before the party starts. That is at 6pm. There is plenty to do and the party only lasts five hours.
If you are attending Oogie Boogie Bash with kids click here. My post covers most of what you need to know. I also have a post on the five things I disliked which is full of helpful information. I also have a helpful post on five things you should skip. My family and I have been attending Disney Halloween Parties for the past 12 years annually. I have some amazing tips in those posts. Have a wonderful time at Oogie Boogie Bash.