We attended Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure last week. It was probably even more enjoyable than last year, and I loved the event in 2021! Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed event that is sold out for 2022. I hope we go to two nights next year, it is hard to do everything in one (I would like to enjoy some attractions during the party). Here is a look at our experience!
First, here is our Mousesteps Weekly #448, where we talk all about the Oogie Boogie Bash! We have other videos in the article too and more will be added this week.
Here are almost 50 photos and videos, along with my write-up.
We booked a reservation with our Magic Key to enter Disney California Adventure a little early and rode Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark. Guests waiting to get into Disney California Adventure for Oogie Boogie Bash were in line until the 3:00 p.m. early entry time. The event officially starts at 6:00 p.m., but guests do receive up to 8 hours total in the park. I like that the party starts and ends earlier than at Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with an 11:00 p.m. end time.
We love Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark! The ride switched over from Mission: Breakout just before 3:00 p.m. and we waited about 10 minutes total. The line ended up being much longer when the park opened to party guests, although it was shorter later in the evening.
Since we entered the park with our Magic Key (annual pass), we checked in for the party across from Blue Sky Cellar.
The line to check in was very short.
Here is a look at the map and the bag for the candy and other treats. The bag promotes “Hocus Pocus 2”.
Here are a few photos from inside the map.
We also received wristbands. The band was scratchy and my wrist sweated a lot under it. I am not sure if having it looser would help all of that. There is a bar code that is scanned for free Photopass photos taken during the event.
We waited prior to the start of Oogie Boogie Bash for Minnie, Daisy and Clarice as the Sanderson Sisters. We waited for 2 hours, but took almost none of our party time to do it. One manager tried to get everyone to leave the line at about one hour in, but most stayed and at 5:30 p.m., an official queue was set up. It would be much easier if a queue was set up earlier, this is the longest line of the evening.
Each party is allowed one device to photograph with, and one pose and three photos (or something like that). Almost everyone I knew broke up into individuals to be able to use their own devices, even if it meant not being photographed with their group.
We met the Sanderson Sister characters just a few minutes after the party started. Honestly, the meet and greet looks better after dark if you have the extra 30-60+ minutes during the party to wait. I wanted to experience Villains Grove so we met them early.
Here is our video of the Sanderson Sister characters.
There are a variety of treat trails that include rare characters. Last year was our first Oogie Boogie Bash, and I was amazed that these great character interactions were part of trick-or-treating. Each area is themed, and it’s like performance art to see them. Our first character treat trail was for Madam Mim, who is new to Oogie Boogie Bash this year.
Here is our video.
Two guests were dressed as Madam Mim and Merlin and they had a great interaction with her.
Each trick-or-treat trail has multiple stops. Some have candy, but there are healthy choices too.
Agatha Harkness is in Avengers Campus again this year (her second year). She is located at the Ancient Sanctum.
Here is a look at some of the healthier treats. We received carrots, grapes, GoGo Squeeze, Goldfish pretzels and more along with candy. I love the variety of items given out!
We were also given Bug Bites snacks.
Our next stop was to see Ernesto De La Cruz. We waited 15 minutes or less.
Each of the treat trails has a walkway for trick-or-treating, but also an area for guests who want to stick around for photos, video, or just to enjoy the characters. The Ernesto treat trail has a blue carpet. So behind that, guests can just walk by. It takes a while for him to sing (we arrived just as he finished “Remember Me” and waited until he did so again).
No matter how long you have to wait, it’s worth it to go through this line. He does interact with guests, just as all the treat trail characters do.
Here is our video of Ernesto singing “Remember Me”!
And more photos.
His costume is incredible.
While walking to our next location, we saw the Blue Fairy in the Carthay Circle area. There are characters that meet here, including her. I preferred last year when various characters were on stages and distant, it was pretty fun.
Mother Gothel is new this year.
Here is our video of Mother Gothel.
We met Bruno. We waited about 10-15 minutes.
Here is our video of Bruno.
We originally planned for the second “Frightfully Fun Parade” but the crowd wasn’t bad so we went to the first one. I found a spot behind guests who were seated just a minute or two before the Headless Horseman went by.
Here is our video of the parade.
The Frightfully Fun parade is a nice parade, we’ve seen it a few times before. It is shorter than Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World but with a great selection of characters including Jack and Sally, along with other performers.
The Hitchhiking Ghosts (and the Bride at the back) are part of the Haunted Mansion float.
We visited the Oogie Boogie treat trail. He is in the same location as last year.
Live-action Cruella is back this year and is fantastic! She is on another treat trail.
Maleficent as well was so entertaining to interact with.
Spindles are part of the set here.
We met Kingdom Hearts Goofy.
Sid was also back for a second year on Pixar Pier.
Dr. Facilier was in a new location at Pixar Pier.
Villains Grove at the Redwood Creek Challenge is stunning and worth doing. We missed it last year. We waited until 11:45 p.m. and then got in line. It was long but moved quickly.
Halloween theming in both Disneyland parks is so well done. Oogie Boogie Bash is the cherry on top of Halloween decorations, characters, a cavalcade at Disneyland and more that is part of the Disneyland Resort Halloween Time.
Projections are on Carthay Circle during the event.
The Headless Horseman statue is a favorite photo op.
Walt and Mickey look on at the projections.
We really enjoyed our second time at Oogie Boogie Bash!
Our goal next year is to make it to two Oogie Boogie Bash party nights. Disneyland was crowded most days we were there and the party felt pretty reasonable as far as crowds. The atmosphere and characters were excellent. I would like to pace ourselves more and ride some attractions next year during the party nights, and walk through Cars Land and other areas we missed.