6 New Spooktacular Experiences at the Oogie Boogie Bash–A Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure

Fall is almost here, and the Disneyland Resort is getting ready to celebrate the Halloween season! This year brings a brand-new, separate ticket: Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park. You’ll be in for some spooktacular fun. Age is irrelevant as there is something for everyone at this new party starting September 17, 2019, and available for 20 select nights in 2019.

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The menacing Oogie Boogie has cast a spell and summoned the Disney villains so they can scare up some spooky surprises. Tricks AND treats will be in Oogie Boogie’s bag. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the new experiences that will be available to party guests (and ghouls) this year.

1. DescenDANCE Party

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At the Backlot area of Hollywood Land, you will be able to find a interactive dance party. This party is inspired by the “Descendants” franchise that can be seen exclusively on the Disney Channel. A dance crew from the Isle of the Lost is summoned when a spell is cast and everyone is lead in dance moves from all three of the “Descendants” movies. Watch out for magic mirrors! You just might find the the original “Villain Kids” crashing through them. Throughout the evening, the Backlot DJ will continue to play tunes and invite everyone to step on the dance floor.

2. Frightfully Fun Parade

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The “Frightfully Fun Parade” will be migrating across the way from Disneyland Park this year. As usual, you can spot the Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Holly kicking off the parade with his flickering lantern. Following the Headless Horseman will be a parade of Disney characters and those mischievous villains. Watch out — they want to get some trouble started!

3. Immersive Treat Trails

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One of the things I enjoy the most about the Disney Halloween parties is the fact that everyone can go trick-or-treating…whether you’re a 1-year-old or a 101-year old! There will be all-new treat trails throughout the park that you can visit with your family. As you go trick-or-treating keep your eyes out for such iconic characters rarely see in the parks like Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”…or maybe even Oogie Boogie himself. There will be additional treat trails scattered around the park which will have oversized cauldrons filled to the rim with treats for everyone to enjoy.

4. Mickey’s Trick & Treat

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This all-new stage show will have you join Mickey Mouse and his friends as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party! This show is especially great for little monsters as they can dance and enjoy not-so-frightening tales and eat candy at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land.

5. Villains Grove

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If you could look inside the minds of your favorite Disney villains and walk through the images in hidden there, Villains Grove is the place for you. This experience will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. As you walk through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, it is transformed into Villains Grove: an interactive, dreamlike environment that has been inspired by the villains and is for all ages to wander through. You will encounter a series of scenes along with an accompanying not-so-scary symphony of of light, sounds, and shadows that you can explore on your own…or better yet explore as a group!

6. Villainous!

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This brand-new show takes over “World of Color” as you watch this story of a young girl named “Shelley Marie” (a nod to author Mary Shelley). This show can only be viewed during the Oogie Boogie Bash. Shelley Marie will encounter Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Maleficent, Ursula and more villains! The shows special effects will create an amazing encounter including fountains, lasers, lights, and projections. Villainous! is sure to bring out the villain in all of us.

Additional Information:

One of my favorite things about the Disney Halloween parties is that you get to come dressed for Halloween. There will be plenty of opportunities to mingle and take pictures with Disney characters–and villains!

Please feel free to use our Contact Us page if you are interested in booking a trip to the Disneyland Resort this fall and checking out the Oogie Boogie Bash…or just if you have any questions. We offer free, no-obligation quotes and are happy to answer questions whether or not you choose to book with us.

What I’m most looking forward to is the Villains Grove, parade…and trick-or-treat trails…I can’t wait to go trick-or-treating as an adult! What are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment and let us know:

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland Resort for Limited Time This Summer

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If you’re headed to Disneyland Resort this summer, you have a limited-time opportunity to enjoy the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.” The parade has half a million sparking lights along with “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds”.

This limited-time parade will begin nightly beginning August 2, 2020 and will have performances through September 30, 2020.

Disneyland continues to be an excellent choice to visit this summer. You can explore the new adventures along Pixar Pier as well as enjoy fantastic entertainment including the new “Tales of the Lion King” located in Disney California Adventure park. You can also enjoy the newly refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle — and definitely not to be missed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge located in Disneyland Park.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Park Has Had a Striking Makeover

Last month Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was unveiled having had a striking makeover. The castle had been “hiding” for several months while it was being refurbished and it is now even more stunning. The new makeover features more vibrant colors, a new roof along with some subtle pixie dust applied.

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The colors and details on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been updated several times since the original concept art of the castle that was first drawn in the 1950s.

Kim Irvine, art director of Walt Disney Imagineering said, “What’s interesting about this time is that we used an ages-old painting technique called atmospheric perspective to visually heighten the castle. We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.” The same technique was also used along the new roof adding spectacular cobalt hues. A little bit of pixie dust has been sprinkled on the center roof.

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“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine. The walkthrough exhibit inside Sleeping Beauty Castle also received a new coat of paint and changes to lighting.

I can’t wait to make it to Disneyland so I can check out the new reimagined castle myself. The photos I’ve seen are all gorgeous.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Guidemap for Disneyland Park

Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened at the Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Park map has been updated to show the location of this new area.

The map shows the new 14-acre area and its three entrances: one in Fantasyland, one in Frontierland, and one in Critter Country. It also shows the location for the attractions and dining that can be found within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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It’s also possible to navigate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on your mobile phone through the Disneyland App or on your desktop through the Disneyland.com website.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes Opens at Downtown Disney District in Disneyland Resort

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Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland Resort with Vanessa Hudgens and some Disney characters during the middle of May 2019.

Black Tap offers burgers, appetizers…and CrazyShakes. CrazyShakes are also available “to go” at the take-out window in the Downtown Disney District.

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This is going to be a “must do” on my next trip…which won’t come soon enough.

You Can Explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with the Disney Parks App and the Star Wars: Datapad

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You will be able to interact with the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area while physically in the land either at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The Star Wars: Datapad can be accessed through the Play Disney Parks mobile app. With Star Wars: Datapad you will find that you have several tools that you can use while exploring the planet Batuu–who knows what surprises you’ll uncover!

There is a “hacking” feature which you can use, which allows you to interact with certain door panels and droids to be able to see what’s in their memory. You can also open the “scanning” feature to peek inside of cargo crates you that you may come across will exploring Black Spire Outpost. Another handy feature is the “translation” tool which can help you understand Aurebesh (the official language of the Star Wars galaxy). You will be able to tap into and decrypt signals from antennas and communication devices and listen in on secret messages using the “tuning” feature.

The First Order has apparently been installing surveillance devices on door panels throughout the Black Spire Outpost in order to spy on the Resistance. You can use your Datapad to join in “Outpost Control” (a game played throughout the land) where you can choose which side you’ll join and vie for a hold on the land. You might even be rewarded with galactic credits for your efforts.

You can continue using the Datapad while in line at Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. While you wait to board the Millennium Falcon you may be enlisted to take on a task for Hondo Ohnaka, the pirate turned businessman who is now operating Ohnaka Transport Solutions out of Black Spire Outpost. When you reroute the misplaced cargo, you will learn how to keep your cover under pressure and prep the Millennium Falcon for your flight in the queue.

The Play Disney Parks app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. I recommend downloading before your visit. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland and will open at Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, 2019.