Today Disney Parks Blogs announced to the surprise of many (not me- more on that in a minute) that there will be no Mickey’s Halloween Party this year. The new party is Oogie Boogie Bash, held at Disney’s California Adventure. Rumors had been circulating for two years. Word was that the party would move back to Disney California Adventure so I am not surprised about that. What surprised me was that the party was Oogie Boogie themed.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know this is a little disappointing. My family and I were planning on visiting Star Wars Land during the Halloween party. Now, we will just wait it out.
What do these changes mean for you? First, no parties on Fridays, which makes it a little harder for families with small kids to attend. You are allowed to enter Disney California Adventure only three hours before the party. I would still recommend going, but perhaps not staying all night, or bringing PJ’s and heading to the Baby Care Center at the Wharf. You can prep the kids for a smooth transition from car seat to bed.
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. The tickets go on sale much earlier this year, on April 23rd for annual pass holders, while for the public tickets will be available April 30.
The good news is Mickey’s Frightfully Fun Parade will still take place. We still will have the pre-parade with the Headless Horseman.
While there are no fireworks planned right now, there will be Mickey’s Trick and Treat show. I feel much of the entertainment is perfect for older children, tweens, teens, and adults, so this is perfect for the younger children who may be afraid of villains. This is a great alternative to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. According to Disney Parks Blog, Redwood Creek trail is “transformed into a wondrous and ethereal world of Disney villains unlike anything seen before.”
The treat trails are also immersive this year. Characters such as Oogie Boogie or the Mad Hatter may appear. I would not worry too much about scares though, as Disney is family friendly.
What is very exciting is the DescenDance Party in the Hollywood Backlot. According to Disney Parks Blog: “As the DescenDance begins, a spell is cast, summoning the greatest dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from the Descendants films”. This means 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.
There will also still be character meet and greets. Which are always fun? An exciting change is a World of Color show for the party. Disney based the show on a character named Shelley Marie, who encounters Disney villains. It sounds like it will be a great show.
Currently, this is all the information I have. I will update this post often, so check back. Will you be attending the Oogie Boogie Bash?
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