Disney California Adventure’s Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party officially kicked off THIS WEEK. And though all of the parties are sold out… 🙁 we had the opportunity to check out all of the spooktacular NEW and returning offerings — and it’s SO. FUN!
I’m not gonna lie, this party was pretty incredible. So, grab a candy bar…or two and get ready for all the NEED to KNOW details about DCA’s Oogie Boogie Bash.
The party was filled with SO many different meet-and-greets, shows, and snacks, that it felt impossible to see or to do it all. Honestly, we felt like we could have used another solid hour or two!
But, heck we’re not complaining. The event kept us entertained and we really enjoyed the shows and interactions that we were able to watch or be a part of.
Shows and Events
The new “World of Color” show, known as Villainous! shares the tale of Shelley Marie. Shelley is a young girl trying to make a decision about what Halloween costume she should wear this year. She begins to wonder if she could be as unique and independent as her favorite Disney characters.
This ultimately takes Shelley on a fun and unforgettable journey where she meets a slew of Disney villains, ultimately showing guests that there’s a little villain in all of us.
The show is filled with wonderful music, water, projections, FIRE, lights, and so much more.
Now…note that there are two showings of Villainous! The first is VERY crowded, while the second show tends to have fewer viewers.
So it might make sense to do all the OTHER fun stuff first, then watch Villainous during the later show to avoid the crowds.
Villains Grove was a highlight of our Oogie Boogie Bash experience. This is pretty much a maze with different projections and themes throughout.
The maze is filled with different villainous scenes and each one is presented through lights, projection, etc. The overall effect was STUNNING. We loved getting lost in each scene and feeling as if we had been transported into another film.
We were so happy that this experience felt laid back and relaxed. No one is there to really rush you through it, so take your time and enjoy!
There was a LONG line to get in for this one. So you may want to knock it out at the beginning of the night if this is one of your priorities.
This year, Disney introduced an interactive element to their trick or treat trails by adding in Disney villains. These villains will sing, dance, and even chat with you on the rare occasion. Though villains have been added, they did not act in a menacing way…so no worries if you have little ones! We still thought it was very family-friendly.
There are five interactive treat trails and each one features a different Disney villain. This year, the treat trails were hosted by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, The Mad Hatter (not really a villain, but okay), Evil Queen, and Maleficient.
The sets created for each of the villains was phenomenal and really made it feel as if you were a part of their story.
We found that it was a hit or miss when it came to lines. Some of the lines were very long for the treat trails, while others were pretty short. (Often at the beginning of the evening lines are SUPER long; then, once everyone’s filled their candy bags, lines get shorter.) But, since you never really know what to expect, be sure to plan flexibly enough to leave if the line’s too long and come back later.
Sadly, we felt a little rushed while on some of the treat trails. We were really hoping to interact more with the characters, but the Cast Members were really keeping the flow of the lines moving. I mean, how many times do you have the chance to talk to Oogie Boogie or The Mad Hatter?
While we felt a bit rushed on the treat trails, we felt like they provided us with an ample amount of candy! Like bags and bags full of candy!
So, if you’re looking for immersion, villains, AND candy, then this should definitely go on your must-do list.
The DescenDANCE Party
The show starts with a spell, which summons the dance crew from the Isle of the Lost! These dancers lead everyone in moves set to songs from the Descendants films and they will encourage the crowd to dance and sing along.
Once the dance crew is summoned back, the Backlot DJ keeps the party going with some poppin’ music!
While we felt a little out of place, we think that this would be a great thing for the little ones. It’s very lighthearted and is a good option, especially if villains freak out your kiddos.
We checked out the very first dance party and it seemed to be pretty empty. If you’re looking for more people to dance around with, we suggest going to a later show!
Frightfully Fun Parade
The “Frightfully Fun Parade” has moved from Disneyland and is now taking over Disney California Adventure.
We always love Disney’s incredible attention to detail within the parade. Each float and section feels well thought out and makes it feel like a bit of each film portrayed has come to life before you.
Our hearts seem to skip a beat when the evil sea witch herself takes to the street.
We also loved seeing Disney’s newest addition to the Frightfully Fun Parade — Cheshire, finish the parade off.
This is a nice option for those of you who are looking to take a break. Sit, stand, or chill for a bit and just take in the sights and magic that Disney has to offer with this one!
The streets can fill up pretty fast, so if you’re looking to sit down, you may want to snag a spot early.
Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show
An addition that really surprised us was Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show. While we thought that this would be aimed more at the little ones, Mickey and his pals had us up and dancing from the start!
The show only lasted 15 minutes, but it was filled with dancing, laughter, and a few Halloween stories. And the best part? The candy given to us at the end!!
Even if you don’t have little ones we suggest checking out this lighthearted and fun show. You can catch it five times throughout the night at the Disney Theatre in Hollywood Land.
Carthay Circle Halloween Magic
As you maneuver your way throughout Disney California Adventure you may want to take the time to stop by Carthay Circle.
The building is being brought to life throughout the night with incredible projections of bats, lightning, and so much more!
While this little show is simple, we thought it was rather spellbinding.
Character Meet and Greets
Villain and rare character lovers GET READY. We had the opportunity to see and meet so many different characters that we hardly ever see around the parks.
While trick-or-treating our way around Oogie Boogie Bash, we happened to see some spelltacular Disney friends. Many of which we weren’t expecting!
We saw Claude Frollo, Shan Yu, Ron Stoppable and Kim Possible.
And Kingdom Hearts lovers, both Donald and Goofy were seen meeting in their Kingdom Hearts gear!! We found that this line could get pretty long, so plan accordingly!
We also spotted Governor Ratcliffe, Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and MORE.
Honestly, we were impressed with the characters that are meeting this year. But the rare character lines were LONG, so be prepared my if you’re wanting to get those pics!
A BUNCH of merchandise was released for this new event.
You can also get the ever so spooky Oogie Boogie Popcorn bucket! This thing is pretty stinkin’ rad; I mean his devilish eyes even light up! You can view ALL of the Halloween popcorn buckets at Disney World and Disneyland here.
This is just a glimpse of all of the fun and unique Oogie Boogie Bash merchandise you can get — check out ALL of the merch here!
My Bugs! My Bugs!
Spooky season at Disneyland Resort also calls for TREATS. A few of our favorite Oogie Boogie-themed treats this year are the My Bugs! My Bugs! drink, the Oogie Boogie Cake Pop, and the Oogie Boogie Churro. And the great news?! These are available throughout the Halloween season, so you don’t need a party ticket to try them out.
My Bugs! My Bugs! is a non-alcoholic drink that can be found at Hollywood Lounge. This is a limeade slush swirled with cherry syrup and adorable wiggly gummy worms for $5.99.
Oogie Boogie Cake Pop
The Oogie Boogie Cake Pop ($5.49) can be found at Trolley Treats. This little guy isn’t filled with bugs; instead, he’s filled with vanilla cake!
We love the bright green color and the attention to detail!
Oogie Worms and Dirt Funnel Cake
And perfect for the little ones is the Oogie Worms and Dirt Funnel Cake. These funnel cake fries, which can be found at Award Wieners for $8.99, are topped with crushed chocolate creme-filled cookies, cream cheese sauce, cookie pieces, gummy candies, chocolate-coated candies, and whipped cream.
These are sweet, messy, and yummy if you like you’re a sucker for funnel cake fries.
And if you’re looking for MORE Halloween Time treats that will be available throughout the season, you can check them all out here!!
We really think that Oogie Boogie Bash is a great option if you love Disney villains and if you’re looking to load up on some candy. The shows and the character offerings really did blow us away and we think that it has the potential to be a lot of fun for the whole family.
I’d avoid Oogie Boogie Bash if you have little ones who have an early bedtime, or get tired out quickly…because it really was a go-go-go to see it all kind of event. Also, if you’ve got kiddos who are afraid of the villains, they were pretty much everywhere, so they’re pretty difficult to avoid. Though, Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show and the DescenDANCE Party were villain free!
Overall, this is a really fun addition to Halloween Time in Disneyland Resort! And remember for next year — get your tickets EARLY if you’d like to go! All dates are sold out for this year at the moment.
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