Last year Lex, Sar and I wanted to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland but were too late to purchase the tickets as the event was sold out.
Fast forward one year later, we finally get our tickets and find that the event is not at Disneyland park but at Disney California Adventure. Imagine the disappointment we had when we found that the venue was changed. We figured that it was probably because of the opening of Galaxy’s Edge.
We dressed as tourists from Aulani
No one knew what to expect except that there would still be treat trails and the headless horseman appears at the start of the parade.
I can assure you that this event did not disappoint one bit. We had a wonderful time and saw the most beautifully creative walk through that we have ever been and an amazing water show, “Villanous”. There were character photo spots everywhere including Goofy and Donald Duck from Kingdom Hearts – they even let you hold the key while taking a photo.
We experienced childhood delights by walking the treat trails and meeting with the famous villains of Disney animation fame. Our host Oogie Boogie was especially memorable.
With our treat bags filled with candy galore and our feet about to fall off, we reluctantly headed for the exit. What a fun night and hopefully more will occur in the following years. We can honestly convey that Oogie Boogie Bash was a hit!
The following are some tips that we found helpful if you are attending this first fright event.
Beginning at 3PM, Disney California Adventure will allow guests with their Oogie Boogie Bash tickets to enter the park. Inside they will scan your ticket and distribute wristbands.
Trick or Treating
Every guest of the Party, children and adults, will be handed a trick or treat bag upon entering the park. You’re also welcome to bring your own bag, but considering the massive amount of treats given, I would at least bring an extra heavy duty canvas bag or backpack. There will be 10 treat stations (11 if you are an annual passholder) around the park with special banners marking the entrances. Each treat station has several treat carts giving you the goodies. These are on the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party map as black cauldrons.
The lines for the trick or treating are rarely long. We don’t really recommend doing the treats at the end of the night as others have encouraged because we have not seen them giving out more later. If pressed for time, try working in your candy collection when you see a short line on the way to another activity and mark it off on the map so you can visit it later.
There is no limit to the candy collection. You are allowed to visit the treat lines as often as you wish. Although we only went once to each treat line, believe us when we say that they are generous with the treats.
The parade starts in the Paradise Gardens area of the park (near Silly Symphony Swings) and makes its way past the Little Mermaid ride, the main entrance to Cars Land, through Carthay Circle, in to Hollywood Land, and ends next to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. The exact parade route is noted on the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party park map. About 10 minutes before each parade at 8pm, the Headless Horseman will ride down the parade route.
Obtain a spot for the parade at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Frightfully Fun Parade is popular and there’s only one showing per a party so you don’t want to miss it.
World of Color: Villainous runs at 9:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The show lasts about 22 minutes. Good vantage points can be had anywhere along Paradise Bay in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Viewing for World of Color is standing only, there’s no seating available. Be sure to arrive around 30 minutes early if you want a good spot with an unobstructed view.
What we did
Now, I will tell you how we did our visit (Keep in mind that this is just showing what we did and do not recommend it for everyone because our priorities for experiencing the bash will different from yours):
- We ate before the bash began because we knew we wouldn’t have time to see all that we wanted to see and eat also.
- First, we went inside the Stage 17 treat trail and saw Dr. Facilier
- Afterwards we proceeded to The Animation treat trail to see Oogie Boogie himself.
- Down the road we went to The Hyperion Theatre treat trail and met with a very Mad Hatter
- Next we went to Cars Land and went to the two treat trails there.
- By this time, we decided to find a spot for the Frightfully Fun Parade near The Little Mermaid ride.
- After the parade we proceeded toward Paradise Gardens Park where we encountered another treat trail and visited AP Corner for the special magnet, button, and extra treats.
- Getting back to the pier, we found that we were just in time to see Villanous
- After the spectacular water show, we walked over to Grizzly Peak to visit Villains Grove. Now, that was worth the price of the ticket!
- There was another treat trail down the road where The Evil Queen was making a potion for her poisoned apples.
- Another treat trail was near Soarin’ where Maleficent was being evil.
- Finally, the last treat trail was Buena Vista Street where we were heading out of the park.
We got out of the park at 10:30PM, beat the crowds and headed for the tram and parking garage.
Our priorities were to see the shows and hit the treat trails and Villains Grove. We didn’t do any of the photopasses or ate any of the special Halloween menu items but we did try the delicious Minnie Witch Shake and the Rest in Peace-Strami Fries before the bash got started. They were filling and kept us going all night! We really wanted to see The Descendance but just couldn’t fit it in. Maybe, next time. We had a blast and hope to do it again in the future.
Note: Photopass downloads are included for free with Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party tickets. You can start joining in the photopass 3 hours prior to the Oogie Boogie Bash when event participants are allowed into the park.