2020 Editor’s Note – It was recently announced that Oogie Boogie Bash will NOT be taking place at the Disneyland Resort in 2020. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World has also been cancelled for all dates in 2020.
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party
My family and I attended the inaugural night of the Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party on September 17th, 2019. I was DisneyBound as Maleficent and ready to party with my 7-year old son (Prince Phillip) and 3-year old daughter (Princess Aurora). I’m sharing my tips on what you can expect and how to do the Oogie Boogie Bash with kids. Find out how this new Halloween Party fares and whether it’s appropriate for young children.
Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets
Unfortunately all tickets are sold out for the 2019 Halloween parties. Tickets are traditionally released in July and certain dates (in particular Halloween night) sell out quickly. Tickets are only sold on the Disneyland website or on their app. Halloween Party tickets cannot be purchased through third-party retailers. Purchase Oogie Boogie Bash tickets as soon as possible. The only discount available for Oogie Boogie Bash is for Annual Passholders. Parking is not included in the price.
Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash range from $110 to $145 per guest. All guests ages 3+ require a ticket and there isn’t a kid’s price for this special event. Children aged 2 and under are admitted free.
Before attending the Oogie Boogie Bash, consider that many young children won’t be able to stay awake for the entire event. You’ll really need to gauge whether it’s a good idea to take a preschooler (who will require a full priced ticket).
Can You Still Get Oogie Boogie Bash Tickets?
There is a small tip that may or may not work for you if you don’t have Oogie Boogie Bash tickets. Thank you to my friend Karen at Desert Chica for the tip! It has been noted that guests were able to purchase tickets at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. They were told that a certain number of Disneyland Halloween party tickets are held in a pool between the three hotels. This option is only available for Disneyland Resort hotel guests and of course, supplies are limited. But it can’t hurt to inquire at the front desk during check in if you want to buy tickets to that night’s Disney Halloween Party!
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Need to Know About Attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party
The Disney Halloween parties begin on September 17th and last 20 nights, taking place on certain Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October.
The party takes place inside Disney California Adventure park, which means this park closes early to non party-going guests. Anyone without a ticket to the Oogie Boogie Bash will be escorted out of the park once the party begins. Your party wristband signifies you can stay in the park.
If you’re already in the park and don’t have an Oogie Boogie Bash wristband, they can be obtained at the gate or at Blue Sky Cellar (near Wine Country Trattoria restaurant). The latter is the less crowded option. Just make sure you’re wearing your wristband by 6 pm.
Park guests with a Park Hopper ticket for that day may choose to move over to the Disneyland park for the remainder of the evening. Fortunately there are some great Halloween offerings available at the Disneyland park as well, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams fireworks and projection show and lots of other fun treats. Be sure to read this complete guide for Disneyland Halloween.
Halloween Party Mix-In
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party times start at 6 pm and end at 11 pm. But you can take advantage of bonus park time (called the “park mix-in”) with your special event party ticket!
Early entry is limited to only Disney California Adventure. All guests without an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket will leave starting at 6 pm. The hours of the mix-in will be busy as regular guests “mix-in” with the party guests. The front gates are going to be congested, with long lines to enter. But the night of my visit, we entered through Disney’s Grand Californian hotel within minutes. Consider this as an option, especially if you are a hotel guest.
- Sunday party dates, October 29th and October 31st: Enter the parks as early as 2 pm.
- Tuesday and Thursday party dates: Enter the park as early as 3 pm.
What are good things to do during the park mix-in? Halloween party activities (like trick or treating) don’t begin until 6 pm but you can enjoy the rest of the park including rides and shows. Maxpass is included in the Oogie Boogie Bash party tickets, which includes FASTPASS and photo downloads. I’d recommend grabbing a FASTPASS for one of the attractions you don’t plan on doing during the party. Or meet with a Disney favorite character dressed in their Halloween costume. Be sure to eat dinner before the party begins too! You don’t want to use up your limited Oogie Boogie Bash time sitting down for a meal.
Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
From babies to teens, the Oogie Boogie Bash has guaranteed something for all ages. Are your kids all about candy collecting and the dance parties? Meeting favorite Disney characters or just going on all the rides? You’ll absolutely want to take note of each activity pre-visit. A regular party going guest is going to be hard-pressed to experience everything in a single night. Have a rough plan so you’ll be able to plot out your evening.
Everything at the Oogie Boogie bash is family friendly and appropriate for a wide range of ages. Naturally there are some aspects of the party that are geared for toddlers and other things intended for older kids. Additionally some attractions might be a bit spooky and make some kids nervous. I’ll outline more of those details in this post.
These are the offerings during Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party:
- Complimentary Photopass photo ops
- Mickey’s Trick & Treat live stage show
- 5 Immersive treat trails
- 5 regular treat trails
- DescenDANCE dance party
- Character meet n’ greets
- Frightfully Fun Parade
- Villains Grove walk-through attraction
- World of Color – Villainous!
- All rides will be operational
Oogie Boogie Bash Events & Show Times
I’m including more details on each individual event that takes place during the Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. I’ve included an outline of the times you might see on the night of your visit. Be sure to double check the Disneyland parks app times in reference to your specific Halloween party date.
6:15 | 7:30 | 8:45 | 9:45 | 10:30 – 5 shows, held in the backlot area of Hollywood Land
This high-energy dance party is going to be perfect for kids familiar with the Disney Channel show, “Descendants” show. The hit music from the three movies is blasting during DescenDANCE, with appearances from the “Villain Kids”. The actual Descandants characters do no appear on stage, but are seen in large video format. This is an interactive dance party, mostly intended for tweens and teens. The earlier show is generally busier than later shows. If your kid can stay up late, opt for the later time slots.
I arrived about 15 minutes early for the second show and the DJ was already playing music. There were only a handful of kids on the dance floor and it was easy to stake out a spot near the stage. About 10 minutes before the show, the host was prepping the audience with some fun dance games. By the time the show began the area was much busier. Most of the kids gravitated towards the front of the stage while parents stayed behind to watch.
Mickey’s Trick & Treat
6:25 | 7:10 | 7:55 | 9:25 | 10:15 – 5 shows, held inside the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land
The highlight of Oogie Boogie Bash for young kids is the new interactive stage show. Mickey’s Trick and Treat stage show. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are dressed up for Halloween, dancing and storytelling. The show host is a silly “Mad Scientist”. Mickey’s Trick & Treat Show offers floor seating only, same as during the Disney Junior Dance Party.
If you have very young children, they’ll likely fall asleep early into the party. Most families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers will be attending the earlier times of the Mickey’s Trick & Treat show. Those early time slots are guaranteed to be packed. If you can, wait until at least the third showing. It will still be early enough in the night but not as busy as those first two shows. At the end of the show, cast members hand out candy to the kids.
Frightfully Fun Parade
8:10 – One showing, along the parade route (runs from Pixar Pier area to Hollywood Land)
A not-so-scary combination of popular Disney characters and villains in this returning favorite. It’s the Frightfully Fun Parade! Kids can see Jack Skellington and Sally, Evil Queen, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and (new for 2019) the Cheshire Cat. This is a perfect way to see lots of characters in one spot and avoid those long meet n’ greet lines!
Only one parade time slot means the route can get congested in some areas. Not watching the parade? Avoid the parade route if possible to detour around the potential crowds.
If you plan on watching the parade, the parade route is long and fortunately there are plenty of places to sit. I’d recommend getting there about 15 minutes early. Grab a fun Halloween treat (or snack on the candy from your treat bag) while you wait! If you are watching the first World of Color -Villainous showing, aim to sit in the area nearby. This way you’ll be close enough after the parade to grab your spot for the Villainous! show that follows.
World of Color – Villainous!
9:00 | 10:45 – two showings, in the Paradise Park area
For the first time, World of Color has a wicked-cool Halloween spin! World of Color – Villainous! is exclusively shown only on Oogie Boogie Bash party nights. Rather than just a pieced together show of Disney favorite clips, this new World of Color has a unique story. The Halloween-themed story line follows character Shelley Marie as she meets famous Disney villains Maleficent, Jafar, Evil Queen, Ursula and more.
“World of Color” includes shooting fountains and sprays of water, as well as lighting projections and lasers. Those standing close to the action may get a little damp from the mist, so keep that in mind with young kids! The earlier showing will be very busy, considering it follows the parade. Try to hold out if you can, for the late show right before the party closes. On the night of my visit the party cleared out considerably after the first World of Color showing. Guests with sleeping youngsters left (my daughter and husband included!)
The Redwood Creek Challenge has been made over for the Halloween season, into Villains Grove. This new walk-through experience is exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash party guests. We did find the trail open during the day on a non-party night where kids could play as usual. But on party nights, the tall trees and shadowy walkways are transformed into villain-inspired scenes, where lights and sounds play a big part.
This experience is totally appropriate for all ages but your mileage may vary. It’s really not scary but my 7 year old wasn’t thrilled with it. No candy and no characters, which makes it not so interesting for little kids. I see this as being popular with teens and adults who will enjoy taking photos against the lit-up backdrops. I’d personally love to see some Photopass photographers stationed here to capture those magical shots! Be sure to watch the video attached to this post to see a live filming of one section inside Villains Grove.
Immersive Treat Trails
Trick-or-treating has always been a very big feature of the Disney Halloween parties. The new Oogie Boogie Bash continues this tradition with a twist. There are still the usual treat trails with giant cauldrons of treats Also found are additional “immersive treat trails” featuring popular characters.
The immersive treat trails are absolutely one of the best parts of the Oogie Boogie Bash and should not be missed. There are ten total treat trails; 5 offer just candy and the other 5 have the interactive characters.
Where you’ll find the immersive treat trails and who you’ll see:
- Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – Next to the Hyperion Theater
- Dr. Facilier (the “Shadow Man”) from Princess and the Frog – Stage 17 next to Monster’s Inc.
- Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas – Inside Animation Academy
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty – Next to Soarin’
- Evil Queen from Snow White – Behind Grizzy River Run
Each of these trails has a winding path with multiple treat stops. You can request a healthier non-sugar treat or an allergy friendly treat as well.
Halloween Costumes for Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
Everyone from kids to adults are permitted to wear a costume at the Disneyland Halloween party. Some families go all out with coordinated costumes and others wear Halloween-themed tees. A costume isn’t a necessity but it’s a fun way to get into the spirit of the party.
September and October in California can still be very hot. If choosing a costume that may overheat your child when the sun is still up, you may want to wait until nightfall before dressing up. Costumes should be breathable and preferably layered, so you can cool down or warm up your child as needed. If the costume is lightweight, bring a hoodie to wear once the weather cools down.
It can be really easy to put together your own Halloween costumes on a budget. Disney-themed costumes are perfect but feel free to wear whatever you want (so long as it’s in good taste and follows the guidelines). Keep in mind that some costumes may make it difficult to get in and out of attractions.
For diaper-wearing toddlers and potty training preschoolers, only consider two piece costumes with quick and easy access. You’ll want to avoid complicated designs that require full unzipping or make it difficult to access the toilet fast. You’ll also want to pick a costume that still allows you to buckle your child in the stroller! Check out these tips for choosing the best Halloween costume for babies and toddlers.
Oogie Boogie Bash With Toddlers and Preschoolers
Is it a good idea to take a child who will most likely sleep in their stroller for a majority of this event? That’s really a decision to be made with what’s going to work best for your family. Preschoolers aged 3 and up will require their own party ticket. However it’s unlikely they’ll be able to stay up till the end. You’ll need to decide if the full-priced ticket is worth bringing kids who will need to leave early or will fall asleep. Of course if a child needs to leave early, this means at least one adult is missing out on party time as well.
In the case of babies and toddlers aged 2 and under, there is no cost for them to enter and enjoy the Disneyland Halloween party. If you plan on doing the thrill rides, you’ll need someone to stay behind with baby and/or use Rider Swap to take turns.
What to Pack for Oogie Boogie Bash with Toddlers & Preschoolers
While it’s nice to pack light, there are definitely some things you’ll need when going to the Disney Halloween party with young kids.
Stroller – most toddlers and preschoolers will be unable to stay up until the end of the party (11 pm). A Stroller that reclines for toddlers and preschoolers to sleep in at the end of the night is a must-have.
Front carrier – ideal for babies who can sleep inside, you’ll have your hands free. Some rides (without height restrictions) will allow you on even while baby-wearing in a front carrier.
Diaper Bag – if bringing a diapered toddler to the party, pack in a streamlined diaper bag that can be stored in a locker. Then have a separate grab n’ go changing bag in the stroller. This should include a changing pad, a few diapers, wipes and maybe a change of clothes (just in case!)
Baby Wipes – good not only for bottoms but baby wipes are a convenient way of cleaning sticky faces that got into the trick or treat bag!
Healthy Snacks – it can’t be treats all the time, so bring some hearty and healthy snacks for kids to nibble. Good suggestions include crackers, meat sticks or jerky, cut fruit and pretzels.
Hoodie or lightweight jacket – Once night falls, it may get chilly. A jacket is particularly important when watching the World of Color – Villainous! water show, when the light mist may fall on your child.
Pajamas – Keep a pair of pjs in the diaper bag to change your child into once they start getting sleepy. In fact, you might want to make pajamas the costume for babies and young children who will fall asleep early in the night. There are some great one-piece and pajama options for small kids available at ShopDisney.
Capturing Photo Memories at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
Once night falls, it can be a challenge to get those perfect photos. Take plenty of photos of your kids in their costumes before dark. Popular spots include the Headless Horseman statue, Cars Land and the Dia de los Muertos themed area in Paradise Gardens.
Complimentary PhotoPass is included with your Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. There PhotoPass photographers stationed all over the park to take photos. Request a “Magic Shot” and be surprised when you see your images!
Character greetings always have long lines, especially early in the evening. Lines form even before the party begins (during the “mix-in”) so that’s an option. I saw consistently long lines even just before the end of the party. If you’re going to meet popular characters (especially ones that don’t make frequent appearances) expect to wait.
The characters from Kingdom Hearts, Snow White and Dopey and Mickey & Minnie had very long queues. I only waited a few minutes to meet with Mr. & Mrs. Incredible (probably because they are frequently seen during meet n’ greets on a regular basis).
Best Dining Options at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
I highly suggesting eating your dinner before the party begins, for the sake of maximizing time. For quick service dining and snacks, be sure to purchase food via the Disneyland app. Mobile ordering means the difference between grab and go or standing in long lines!
These seasonal offerings are available everyday, not just for the Disneyland Halloween party. Grab one of the printable Halloween Foodie guides outside either City Hall at Disneyland or Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure.
- Monster 129 Tacos (Studio Catering Truck) – Pork belly tacos with kimchi slaw, Korean BBQ sauce and Sriracha crema
- De Vil-ishly Delectable Wings (Sonoma Terrace) – Chicken wings tossed in tangy, mildly spicy white sauce, parmesan and black sesame seeds
- Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup (Pacific Wharf Cafe) – Bacon, cheddar cheese and ale soup served in a freshly-baked sourdough bread bowl
The Oogie Boogie Bash dining package is a hearty dinner option. Guests who book this Advance Dining Reservation receive a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner at Wine Country Trattoria. In addition you get a voucher for access for one of the Frightfully Fun Parade reserved viewing areas. The reserved area is a bonus, since this parade route is rarely crowded. The Oogie Boogie themed popcorn bucket is combination souvenir and snack and comes with the kid’s meal.
Not for the kids of course, but Disney California Adventure park does sell alcohol all over the park. Adult guests 21+ can indulge in a Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale draft beer or Spiked Hard Apple Float along with dozens of other seasonal drinks. My husband quite happily sipped his beer while taking in World of Color!
Sweet Treats at Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
If you don’t get enough of the sweet-stuff on the treat trails, check out these additional Halloween candy and dessert options.
- Oogie Boogie Cake Pop
- Haul-O-Ween Churro (at Cozy Cone Motel)
- Pumpkin fudge
- Green Apple Spell Lemonade (at Smokejumpers Grill)
- Mickey-shaped Spider Web Crispy Treat
- Coco cake (at Paradise Garden Grill)
- Candy Corn Cotton Candy
- Boogie Man Sundae (at Clarabelle’s).
Take home some of the Halloween fun with a cool kid-friendly souvenir. Halloween-themed Mouse ears and headbands are a fun accessory. The light-up Oogie Boogie sipper cup is great for little kids. Didn’t bring a costume? There are outfits for kids of all ages in the shops as well as light-up toys and accessories or glow-in-the-dark tees. Consider shopping before you enter the parks at World of Disney in Downtown Disney.
Oogie Boogie Bash branded merchandise including shirts, sweatshirts and spirit jerseys will be available inside the park.
Best Rides for Kids During the Disney Halloween Party
One of the best parts about the Disney Halloween party is that rides are open and with much lower wait times than on a regular park day. My husband and son were interested in doing as many of the rides as possible so they skipped out on the treat trails to hit the thrill rides!
Keep in mind that you can’t book FASTPASS during the Oogie Boogie Bash. But you CAN schedule FASTPASS during the pre-party mix-in! I’d suggest grabbing a FASTPASS right upon entering (if there are any available) for one of the rides noted below.
These are the best ride choices during Oogie Boogie Bash with kids:
- Toy Story: Midway Mania-no height requirement (FASTPASS)
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind-no height requirement
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel-no height requirement
- Pixar Pal-A-Round-no height requirement
- Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween (Halloween overlay) -32″
- Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree (Halloween overlay)– 32″
- Radiator Springs Racers-40″ (FASTPASS)
- Soarin’ Around the World-40″ (FASTPASS)
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark (Halloween overlay that only happens after 5 pm) – 40″ (FASTPASS)
- Goofy’s Sky School-42″ (FASTPASS)
- Incredicoaster-48″ (FASTPASS)
Additional Tips for Oogie Boogie Bash with Kids
- Skip visiting the parks during the day. Save up energy for attending the Halloween party at night!
- Encourage a nap during the day for young kids. Try a late morning swim to tire them out, then retreat to the hotel room for an afternoon rest.
- Consider renting a locker to store items like the diaper bag and jackets.
- Small treat bags are given to each guest at the gate. You might want to pack your own larger bag, like a gallon-sized zip close bag.
- Child with food allergies? No worries, there are allergy-friendly options that can be requested.
- Little trick-or-treaters will only be able to carry a small amount in their treat bag! Bring a backpack or extra bag to dump candy from your toddler’s treat bag in. Leave extra room in the basket under the stroller for storage.