Disneyland’s Halloween party was moved to California Adventure this year and was renamed from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to Oogie Boogie’s Bash. We attended the Halloween party last year in Disneyland, and we were curious to see how they would change up one of the most anticipated events of the year. As an early birthday present for my husband, since he was going to be at the parks, I purchased him a ticket to the first night of the event. The only “catch” was that he had to agree to take a lot of pictures and capture video of some of the live entertainment!
If you are wondering what to expect, here you will find some of the highlights in entertainment and treat trails from his night at the Oogie Boogie Bash!
A big kudos and thank you to my husband for a capturing as much as he did, since photography is my passion not his. (He is amazing and supports me and my blog in any way he can!) He took quite a few pictures and video of the party, and gave me insight, so I could put up a post.
Disney definitely changed up the entertainment for the Oogie Boogie Bash. Instead of Mickey Mouse, the central character was Oogie Boogie from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the focus was on Disney outcasts.
In line with those themes the entertainment highlighted the Descendants and Disney villains.
DescenDance is an interactive dance party with lights, dancing, and music from the show and/or created specifically for the event.
Having seen a few posts on the Disney blog about how hard these cast members trained for this event, their skills were shining through.
The cast members made sure to get the party attendees in on the dancing and music action!
Parades are always a highlight of the Disney Halloween party, and the Frightfully Fun Parade appears to be no exception.
Frightfully Fun Parade
Although my husband did not watch the Frightfully Fun Parade, several Disney fans made sure to attend this first night and capture it for their viewers.
Here are a few videos from some Disney vloggers.
DAPS Magic: Frightfully Fun Parade
DAPS Magic: Headless Horseman
The Entertainment Connection: Frightfully Fun Parade
Note: I chose not to embed the video, since these vloggers worked very hard to get these amazing videos. This way you can go directly to their YouTube channels.
A transformation of World of Color made for a show stopping light show.
A revision of the World of Color, Villainous! is another light show offered at the party.
Here are a couple of videos done by Disney vloggers who saw the first night shown to the public.
DAPS Magic: Villainous! Opening Night – Oogie Boogie Bash
And, what is a Disney Halloween Party without a themed haunted grove!
Villains Grove is Redwood Creek Trail transformed into a haunted walk with sounds, lights, and fog.
There were no villains along the trail, but it was a well done transformation.
What would a Halloween party be without treats!
Candy! The forefront item for Halloween. Trick or treat fun.
There were multiple Treat Trails to funnel through and more candy than one could possibly imagine!
Cast members stood by near large candy bins ready to fill the bags of the eager party goers.
What would a treat trail be without a few villains to greet you!
Disney did not stop there! They had an extra treat for Annual Passholders.
Last, but not least, Disney made sure to offer a treat just for AP holders. They had an AP Special Trick or Treat Station just for pass holders.
The best part of the trail was the commemorative magnet given to each Annual Passholder who went through the line.
Since I wasn’t able to join my husband, these are my thoughts based on his photos, comments from him about the event, and videos I watched on YouTube.
The Oogie Boogie Bash was different and yet about the same as the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in concept. The shows were entertaining, and the transformation of parts of the park for the party had a definite Halloween vibe. It looks like Disney upped their game for the Oogie Boogie Bash and put a lot of planning into it. The treat trails were impressive with the addition of cast members playing villain roles. Villainous! was a definite transformation and did a wonderful job emphasizing the main villain of the evening, Oogie Boogie. My husband said the DesenDANCE Party was entertaining, and the attendees were immersed into the interactive show. In all, a fantastic job by Disney, especially since this was a move from Disneyland to DCA with an entirely new entertainment theme.
For more information, and to see full videos on many of the shows, search “Oogie Boogie Bash” on YouTube.