Friday, September 20, 2019

Last Night at Disney California Adventure: Oogie Boogie Bash

A week ago we took our first look at Disneyland's 2019 Halloween Time decorations, and last night we had a wonderful experience at the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure.

This is the party's first year in Disney California Adventure. Like Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland, which we attended three years ago, the Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed private party with several entertainment options which are only available at the party.

Buena Vista Street is all decked out for Halloween Time!

During the party there are "trick or treat" trails all over the park; each trail has several bins of candy, and the cast members put generous handfuls in each bag as guests pass by. By the end of the night guests can collect a rather amazing amount of candy to take home.

Some of the trails have characters midway through who interact with the guests, including Maleficent from SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959), Dr. Facilier from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009), and (seen here) the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010).

One of the first things we did was catch Mickey's Trick & Treat show in the Disney Theater. It was fun simply because all the little costumed kids were so excited dancing and interacting with Mickey and the gang! And they passed out more candy at the end!

The Guardians of the Galaxy ride with its seasonal Monsters After Dark overlay was a "walk-on"! I only go on this ride every two or three years, as it's pretty intense, but I couldn't resist riding it without a line, and it was a lot of fun.

After dark the Treat Trails had these glowing signs to lead guests to even more candy!

Hollywood Boulevard spookily lit as dark descended...

The Headless Horseman's arrival signifies that it's almost time for the Halloween parade! Speaking of the Headless Horseman, next month I'll be attending a very special event on the Disney Studios lot, "Mostly Ghostly," which will include a screening of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" from THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD (1949).

We really enjoyed the Frightfully Fun Parade. While the party was well attended (sold out, in fact), it was nice that the crowd levels were lower than a typical busy day at the park, which made it easier to enjoy things like the parade.

The Haunted Mansion float:

And the dragon from SLEEPING BEAUTY! Our daughter took this shot, as well as several other photos seen in this post.

The Carthay Circle...

...which periodically featured some amazing animation making it look as though the building was crumbling!

Loved the spooky fog effects seen at Grizzly Rapids:

The misty Villains Grove at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail was a remarkable walk-through light and effects show. My favorite part was a Queen of Hearts display with red roses everywhere...and the area even smelled of roses!

The Cheshire Cat grinning near the Queen of Hearts display:

Some of the beautiful lights in the trees.

At the very end of the grove, the lights change to a more tranquil look, giving the effect that you're walking out of the spooky darkness and into a beautiful, peaceful light...very effective!

Our evening concluded with the brand-new Villainous! World of Color water show on Paradise Bay, which we very much enjoyed.

We had an absolutely wonderful evening and were able to do everything on our "must" lists. We really felt we got our money's worth! This year's parties are completely sold out, but I recommend it for guests who may be able to attend in future years. (Tip: September parties are a lower price than the parties in October, hence our early celebration of the holiday!)

Early wishes to my readers for a happy and fun Halloween!


Blogger DKoren said...

Wow, how cool! Some of those pics of the lights and the fog are just spectacular. Very cool.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Deb!! So glad you enjoyed the pics. We were really wowed by some of the neat stuff they designed!

Best wishes,

12:10 AM  

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