Transformation central! Halloween time at Disney Parks has become a favorite for many, my family included! Every year in October, we plan a week-long vacation to Disneyland. This vacation has always included the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. That is until this year! When Oogie Boogie Bash took over at Disney’s California Adventure park and there is no going back. This special ticket event took all the fun and multiplied it by 10, making for an even more incredible experience. While I could go on forever about how awesome this event is, I have narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons it is the best.
#1. Immersive Treat Trails
This was by far the best change made to the Disney Halloween party and my favorite part. There were five different trails lead by some of Disney’s best villains: Dr. Facilier, The Mad Hatter, Maleficent, The Queen from Snow White, and of course Oogie Boogie. The Disney Imagineers went all out on these treat trails. From the music to the lights, the projections and decorations, these trails will make you feel completely transported.
Each trail begins with cast members handing out either candy or healthier treats. As you make your way along the trail, you will come to a stage where your villain awaits. Here is where you have the opportunity for personal interactions with each character. This made for an extra special memory for my son as he was stopped by The Mad Hatter and got to have a rather long conversation about his costume. This change to the Halloween party made for a much more special experience.
The shows! As we all know Disney goes all out with their shows and parades. However, the new Wonderful World of Color: Villainous, surpassed all expectations and was absolutely breathtaking. We arrived a little late and ended up standing in the “splash zone” which turned out to be an ideal place to view the show. Each and almost every Disney villain gets their own special part in this show with unique dialogue, music, and colors to suit each character. It is an unforgettable experience that I really hope they continue in the future.
#3. Villains Grove
Villains Grove is a walkthrough experience like no other. Located in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, this hauntingly beautiful experience for the senses is not one you will soon forget. As you follow the trail, stunning lights, striking projections, and a symphony of sound lead you through this interactive villain experience. This experience offers a look into The Queen of Hearts rose garden, the elephant graveyard full of hyenas, the voodoo magic of Dr. Falcilier, and so many more. Don’t let the long line drive you away from this incredible experience, you will not be disappointed.
#4. Unique Character Experiences
These characters don’t come around often! Oogie Boogie Bash was full of unique characters and villains to bring out the kid in all of us. Located right behind Grizzly River Run, we found a meet and greet with Donald and Goofy dressed as characters from the video game Kingdom Heart. Also located in the Grizzly River Run area near the Pelton Wheel, was another meet and greet area full of nostalgia. There we saw King John from Robinhood and Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. To see such unique characters from some of the movies I watched as a kid was a real treat. I have also heard that the villains from Mulan, Tailspin, and Alice in Wonderland have made appearances in the same location.
#5. Limited Merchandise and Food
Okay, so limited merchandise for special events at Disney isn’t exactly “unique”, but the merch put out for this event was awesome! I had my eye on the Oogie Boogie Bash Minnie ears since I first saw them posted by Disney online and I was lucky enough to snag a pair at a small cart tucked away from the crowd. (Most of the larger shops were sold out). At the same cart, I was able to get several of the adorable pins and a shirt for both my son and me.
Although the food is not just limited to the Oogie Boogie bash can I just take a minute to say how on point the Halloween food was this year! Oogie Boogie Funnel Cake Fries complete with green whipped cream and gummy worms, Pair of Dice an adult beverage inspired by Oogie of course, Bugs and Bugs a kid-friendly frozen lemonade with gummy worms, and a churro with green icing and of course more gummy worms.
There you have it. The changes Disney has made to the Halloween event and why it is so much better than before. We had such a blast and really hope Oogie Boogie continues to take over Halloween!
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