Myself during last year’s Halloween party, hanging out in front of DCA, where this year’s party will be held
So, as many of us expected, Disneyland Resort’s annual Halloween celebration has moved to Disney California Adventure (DCA). This news was a bummer to many, as Star Wars fans were hoping their ticket to the party would provide them with special access to Galaxy’s Edge. Wishful thinking, right? While a lot of park-goers remained wishful, others followed context clues to know this change was basically inevitable. I mean, come on...Disney didn’t decorate DCA and many of its rides (Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters after Dark) for nothing. While some of these ride layovers left much to be desired (looking at you, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree), the decorations around DCA were gorgeous. So with all of this in mind, what will the party be like this year in its new location, and is it even worth attending?
My daughter and I in front of the Halloween-themed lighting in Cars Land
Oogie Boogie Bash
Obviously the new location will include changes to the shows and atmosphere that the party provides. Here is what you can expect from the Oogie Boogie Bash:
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Sundays from September 17th - October 31st, 2019
Hours: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Price: Anywhere from $110 - $145 (AP discounts are available on select dates)
Prices rise as you near Halloween. Click here for ticket prices.
Location: Disney California Adventure
Ticket Entry Details: Tickets provide you with entry into DCA during the party, and before the party for three or four hours. Tuesday and Thursday tickets provide you with three hours of entry before the party starts. Sunday, October 29th, & October 31st tickets provide you with four hours of entry before the party starts.
“Villainous!”: A Halloween-themed “World of Color” show that follows a girl named Shelley Marie, and her journey through the villainous side of Disney.
“Frightfully Fun Parade”: The same beloved Halloween parade, just moved over into its new location!
Mickey’s Trick and Treat show: An interactive stage production for young guests. It includes plenty of tales, dancing, and of course, candy!
Activities: Treat trails, dance parties, and character encounters will be exciting activities to experience. The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will also transform into a series of immersive scenes that use light, color, sound, and storytelling to create an enchanting world. It’s sure to pull at any villain’s heartstrings.
For more information on the details of the party, click here.
Is it Worth Buying a Ticket?
Now that we have all the details, we have to really scrutinize whether or not this party is worth the ticket price. On one hand, this party is a break from the “normal,” and gives us a chance to see the park completely transform. However, I know that many dislike the changes. This can be understandable, as the party is in an entirely different park this year, and won’t include a special fireworks show. So let’s go through all the changes and offerings of this year’s party to see if it’s worth the ticket for you.
DCA instead of Disneyland
Let’s be honest, not everyone is the biggest fan of DCA. Some people only visit DCA for a brief portion of their visit, if at all. So this was a controversial change, as many loved that Disneyland hosted this party. Not to mention, many were hoping the party would give them special access to Galaxy’s Edge.
Disneyland Resort’s party provided access to the park with a smaller crowd, which was a huge perk. However, DCA will also be offering that same perk. Party guests will be able to experience DCA with a smaller crowd, and see all the Halloween magic it has in store.
You may have noticed that there was no fireworks show included in the party. This was a deal breaker for fans of “Halloween Screams,” the elaborate Halloween-themed fireworks show that Mickey’s Halloween Party included. However, “Villainous!” is the World of Color show that seems to replace the fireworks show. This trade-off may be fine for some, while others may only want fireworks. If the fireworks show was an important facet of the party for you, then Oogie Boogie Bash may not be worth the ticket price for you.
A huge perk of Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland was experiencing the popular, limited time Halloween attraction overlays. During normal park hours, Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday had long lines, so party guests enjoyed the shorter lines during the party. Over in DCA, Guardian of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark will also have shorter lines for party guests. This can be an exciting perk to some, but there are also many who can’t stomach the ride whatsoever, so this perk may not be applicable to them.
The change in dates came as a shock to many. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are the only days of the week that the party will be hosted on. This means that many guests will have to take off time from work in order to attend the party. This isn’t a realistic option for many, as taking off time can be difficult to do. If you don’t have the ability to take off time from work, this party may not be a viable option for you.
Basically everything else about Oogie Boogie Bash will be similar to Mickey’s Halloween Party. There will still be plenty of treat trails, decorations, immersive areas, and fun. Many adults love attending the party, as it’s the only time they’re allowed to wear costumes in the park. Of course, there are guidelines, but it’s a lot of fun to wear a costume in the park! Also, you can look forward to special holiday treats and drinks! They’re usually announced closer to September, but Disney loves to spoil us with seasonal treats that are delicious!
If this doesn’t sound like your kind of party, don’t worry! You can still join in on the holiday fun by visiting Disneyland and DCA anytime between September 6th and October 31st. You’ll be able to enjoy the seasonal food and drink offerings, attraction overlays, and decorations. But be sure to keep in mind when the parties are hosted, as you won’t have access into DCA during those nights.
If you want to buy a ticket, be sure to get them soon! Most party days eventually sell out, so it’s important to get your tickets fast.
We’ll see you there!