Mickey’s Halloween Party will not take place this year. Instead, Disney is presenting the Oogie Boogie Bash a Disney Halloween Party. I attend the Halloween parties at the Disneyland Resort every year. I have been to parties when they were still held at Disney California Adventure. Since I am familiar with the party at Disney California Adventure and gone for years, I have great tips to share. I am very excited about the changes and I hope you are too.
There are five specific things to skip at Oogie Boogie Bash. As a Disneyland Halloween Party pro, I hope you take this advice because it would be very helpful for you. These tips will help you enjoy the party much more.
First, skip comparing Oogie Boogie Bash to the Mickey’s Halloween Party. Yes, while we lose some wonderful things like the fireworks we gain so much more. The Oogie Boogie bash is still family friendly yet it seems a little more villain centric. Perfect for the spoopy season.
I discuss attending the party with children here specifically. The addition Villianous! the new World of Color Show and the Redwood Creek Challenge are suited for the entire family. These two highlights alone should be fun for the entire family. As a mom I get bored and these sound like something I would love. I also think tweens and teens who bore easily should enjoy these highlights.
Mickey’s Trick and Treat show is perfect for babies, toddlers, and young children. Much of the entertainment is perfect for older children, tweens, teens, and adults. So Mickey’s Trick and Treat show this is perfect for the younger children who may be afraid of villains. Remember Disney is family friendly. It is likely the entire family will have a blast regardless of age.
Let’s not forget Disney California Adventure’s construction took place in 2000. Which means wider queues and pathways. I think there will be less congestion for the Oogie Boogie treat trails. So try not to compare Oogie Boogie Bash to Mickey’s Halloween party. While they are similar, they are not the same and they have equally important advantages.
Second skip one or two shows or the parade if you pictures are your priority. Consider this you’re spending an hour or more waiting for a parade and a show.
I wrote a post on the five things I dislike about Oogie Boogie Bash. In this post I break down how long everything takes. Time is precious and waiting for the parade and watching it can eat up half an hour or more.Villainous the new World of Color show can take an hour or more if you want waterfront viewing. Saving a spot is a necessity sometimes.
The picture lines can get long. Somewhere between ten to thirty minutes per character if you are lucky. If not more. So if you want to take a lot of pictures consider skipping the parade or Villianous.
Third, I would skip fancy shoes and an uncomfortable costume. Wear a costume and shoes that are comfortable. I recommend wearing sneakers. Make sure your footwear will be comfortable. Even I forget how much walking you can do. The party is typically 5 hours long. If you take advantage of the three hours you’re allowed in before that is eight hours. Odds are you will end up walking about 3-6 miles so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Skip trick-or-treating exactly at 6 o’clock when everyone else does. This is the best time to visit the restaurants and get your food while everyone’s getting in those treat lines. The first few hours, most treat trails have long lines. Get your food earlier in the night that way you can eat in peace. If you plan on eating counter service food those locations will close early. Eat while you can.
So many families with small children leave the party early. That makes for shorter lines. I recommend hitting the trails the last 2-3 hours.
The fifth and final to skip is staying until the very end of the party. I think you should stay late. Just not too late. Remember there is a World of Color show before the party ends. The last 10-15 minutes until the end of the party many people are leaving. The walkways can become very congested.
We leave early, and we get out of there peacefully, with no crowds on the elevators and escalators, and no traffic. If you’ve ever stayed till closing on a busy night or during an event, everyone leaving at the same time can be a problem. It can take an hour to get to your car even if you walk on a crowded night, so take advantage of leaving early if you can. You can make it to the car and beat the traffic out of Mickey and Friends.
If you start at the back of the park by Goofy’s Sky school go towards Pixar Pier which is literally right there. You cross the bridge out of Pixar Pier. Head towards Redwood Creek Trail. Take the path between Ariel’s Undersea Adventures and Embarcadero gifts. Follow the path until you reach Buena Vista Street. You will not have to follow the crowd out of the park and if you walk fast, you will beat it to Buena Vista Street too. I did this many times during Paint the Night. I made it the Buena Vista Street in under 10 minutes without huffing and puffing.
I hope these tips will help you have an amazing night at the Oogie Boogie Bash. What do you think you will skip at Oogie Boogie Bash?Want to learn more about Oogie Boogie Bash?
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