Disneyland Resort has announced a new event coming this September and October: Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park. This separate-ticket party will feature the new World of Color – Villainous!, Frightfully Fun Parade, a Descendants dance party, Mickey Mouse stage show, mysterious walk-through, and more!
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will take place on the evenings of September 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, and October 31, 2019. Tickets will go on sale April 23, 2019 for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Disney Visa card holders, and on April 30, 2019 for the general public.
Tickets range in price from $100 to $145 depending upon date, and party tickets allow you to access Disney California Adventure Park for up to 4 hours before Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party begins. Once the party starts, the event lasts for up to 5 hours, and includes a variety of Halloween-themed entertainment, attraction overlays, meet & greets, and other offerings, including the following highlights…
Here are some of the main entertainment offerings that Disney has announced thus far that will occur during Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure:
World of Color: Villainous! – The new version of World of Color that was rumored to debut last year (but couldn’t due to damage to the show) finally is being unveiled. World of Color: Villainous weaves a Halloween tale about a young girl named Shelley Marie. This twisted tale carries Shelley on an unforgettable journey, exploring the villainous side of Disney characters through fountains, lights, lasers, projections and special effects.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – Transformed into a spooky and ethereal world of Disney villains, Redwood Creek will be tricked out in a dreamlike environment. This new experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful dream-space of color, sound, light and shadows, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
Immersive Treat Trails – Enjoy trick-or-treating at the new treat trails throughout Disney California Adventure. Characters such as Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Oogie Boogie himself will surprise and delight. Additional treat trails will feature oversized cauldrons full of treats to enjoy.
DescenDance – A new dance party in the Backlot of Hollywood Land that’s inspired by the Disney Channel “Descendants” franchise. DescenDance will feature a dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to hit songs from the “Descendants” films.
Frightfully Fun Parade – The popular parade is coming to Disney California Adventure. Highlights include the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King brings greetings from Halloweentown, Dr. Facilier, Grim grinning ghosts from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction, and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plus a cavalcade of characters.
Mickey’s Trick and Treat show – This new, interactive stage show invites kids of all ages to join Mickey Mouse and friends as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party. Enjoy dancing, not-so-frightening scary-tales, and candy at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land.
Character Meet & Greets – Meet beloved Disney characters and villains in various Halloween-themed encounters.
What’s unclear at this point is whether all of the aforementioned highlights are exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. If everything above is party exclusive, that’s a modestly impressive event lineup.
When rumored last year, it was assumed that World of Color: Villainous would run in lieu of the standard World of Color throughout the Halloween season, as has been the case with the Christmas versions of the show in the past.
However, that was before the Halloween Party moved over to DCA. If we’re going off of past Mickey’s Halloween Party precedent, the fireworks and parade have been party exclusives, with their regular counterparts running on non-party nights.
On the other hand, Mickey’s Halloween Party marketing materials regularly touted attraction overlays like Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday as draws of the event, even though they operated during normal park hours.
If World of Color: Villainous is exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, that alone will be all the motivation many locals need to purchase event tickets. In the last few years, Disneyland has had zero difficulties selling out Mickey’s Halloween Party at ever-increasing price points, and a special edition of World of Color would prove ample draw for the event at DCA.
Speaking of Mickey’s Halloween Party, while not specifically stated in the announcement, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party is almost certainly a replacement for that hard ticket event at Disneyland. In the commentary to our Ultimate Guide to Halloween at Disneyland, we’ve indicated that the goal for the last couple of years has been to beef up DCA’s Halloween offerings to make that the “Halloween park.”
The rationale for this has been to take some of the burden off of Disneyland, which has already struggled with crowds in October for the last two years. With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuting this summer, Disneyland simply is not equipped to also host Mickey’s Halloween Party. At least, not without incredibly unpleasant results.
We know a lot of Disneyland fans are probably going to be disappointed by Oogie Boogie Bash replacing Mickey’s Halloween Party and the event moving to DCA. Many people were probably viewing the Halloween Party as a way to experience Star Wars Land with low crowds. Trust us–that wouldn’t have happened, and the event being relocated to Disney California Adventure is the best case scenario (aside from not doing it at all this year). Of course, many fans would’ve been even more disappointed by no Halloween event at all, and we’re among those who are eager to experience Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party!
What do you think about Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party? Will you be attending? Think it’s a good or bad idea to move the Halloween Party over to DCA irrespective of whether you’re attending? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!