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My family goes to Disneyland almost every year during the fall. We have loved Mickey’s Halloween Party in the past, and we are excited that this year we have an all new experience: Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, to experience. I am super excited for this new experience, though I am sad about a few of the things we will be losing with the change. Check out my complete guide to what we know so far. I will also be at one of the parties the first week to give you even more insider tips.
Disneyland’s Halloween Party Changes!
For those that do not know, Disneyland goes all out during Halloween. I mean all out. Rides have special layovers (like a limited time version), characters are in special costumes, and Jack Skellington is out and about. And of course, let’s not forget Disneyland’s Halloween party. In 2019 we are getting a whole new party experience: Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, held at Disney California Adventure.
One of the biggest topics in our Disneyland With Kids Facebook group is just Halloween at Disneyland, but more specifically, the Halloween party. So today, I am going to share everything you need to know about Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort.
When Does Halloween Time Start At Disneyland?
This year (2019) Halloween time kicks off even earlier than ever before. Halloween time officially begins September 6, 2019. That is only a few days after the end of the summer celebrations wrap up. It will run through Halloween. There is one exception for a ride overlay that runs past that, Haunted Mansion Holiday (which runs through the Holiday celebration).
What Are The Dates for Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party?
Disneyland has an annual Halloween party. It was usually held in Disneyland and called Mickey’s Halloween Party, but this is changing this year. For a few years we have been expecting the party to move to California Adventure, and now, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening, it is officially making the move. But more than that, it is getting a whole new name. Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party.
This is sure to be popular party, just like the Mickey’s Halloween Party was, and will tickets sell out quickly. This year tickets are going on sell earlier than ever before – in APRIL!
Important dates for Disneyland’s Halloween Party
Here are the important dates for Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland Resort:
Party Dates: Sept. 17, Sept. 19, Sept. 22, Sept. 24, Sept. 26, Sept. 29, Oct. 1, Oct. 3, Oct. 6, Oct. 8, Oct. 10, Oct. 13, Oct. 15, Oct. 17, Oct. 20, Oct. 22, Oct. 24, Oct. 27, Oct. 29 and Oct. 31
April 23, 2019: Tickets go on sale to Disneyland Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Disney Visa Cardholders.
April 30, 2019: Tickets go on sale to the general public
TIP: Weekends, Halloween, and the first 1-2 weeks sell out quickly. Do not wait to buy.
How Does Disneyland’s Halloween Party Work?
Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland’s California Adventure is a separate ticketed event. This means you need to buy a special party ticket for the party. That ticket gets you into only Disney California Adventure three to four hours before the party starts. When the party starts (at California Adventure Park), that park will close to non-party guests and then the party begins.
The party ticket gets you entry to the event (and parks three to four hours before the event). It does NOT include parking. New in 2019: You will not be able to parkhop with your event ticket.
Guests under the age of three do not need a Halloween party ticket when entering with a ticket holding adult.
What is Changing With The New Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort
Before we get into why people love the Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, let’s talk about the changes happening this year.
- Night time entertainment – We will no longer have access to a special firework show during the Halloween Party. Do not fret though! We will now have a new version of World of Color called “Villanous!” It sounds amazing and follows one girls adventure to learning there is a little villain in all of us.
- Rides – I was busy mourning the access to Haunted Mansion Holiday during the party, but then I remembered…. this change of parks means we will have access to Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark with fewer crowds.
- New shows and dance parties – With the change to California Adventure, Oogie Boogie Bash also holds some new entertainment options. From a dance party called DecenDance (based off the popular Decendants franchise) and a Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show for younger guests…. Hollywood Land is sure to be a happening location.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – This trail will be made over for the holidays and is sure to be a great place to burn off energy!
Of course, a few things will still be the same. Things we have come to love that make people come back year after year to the Halloween party at Disneyland Resort.
What Is Special About The Halloween Party At Disneyland?
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party is a highly anticipated event, but maybe you are wondering why. So let’s look at some of the benefits of the event and why people love it so much.
Trick or Treat Trails
What is a Halloween Party without candy? Oogie Boogie Bash will still include the beloved Trick or Treat Trails. You can get enough candy to last you for years (okay, maybe not that long) or you can choose some healthy treats. Many parents opt to go to this instead of taking their children trick or treating in neighborhoods. They know the candy is safe, and they love the Disney environment. (FYI— I am eating a piece of candy from the party I went to in Setpember 2018 as I write this. It has lasted that long!)
The limited number of Halloween Party Tickets for Disneyland ensures you will have lower crowds. This makes it easier to hop on your favorite rides like Raidator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, and yes, even Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark.
Special World of Color and Parade
New this year, a special version of World of Color will be available to party guests. I will be attending one of the first parties, so I will be sure to have all the tips for viewing “Villanous!” as soon as possible.
The Frightfully Fun Parade will be returning. The Headless Horseman will be back, leading the parade this year. With a longer parade route, I think this parade will be even easier to view without having to sit on the curb saving your seats.
TIP: Some kids find the parade a little scary. While many are fine with it, if your child scares easily, please be aware this may not be a parade they enjoy.
Character Meet And Greets
The Disney villains are out in full force, and so are Mickey and his friends in their special Halloween costumes. There are often rare characters as well as plenty of villains, and of course with Oggie Boogie Bash, I can imagine even more villains may feel welcome at the party. Just know that if your goal is photos with all of the characters, you could very well spend the entire party doing this as the meet and greet lines can get quite long.
Adults Can Wear Costumes
Probably one of the best parts about the Halloween party at Disneyland is that adults can also wear costumes. While Disneyland does have some pretty strict costume guidelines, this is the one time of year that guests over age 13 are allowed to dress in full costume.
So What Is The Cost Of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party Tickets At Disneyland?
Now that you know a little about the Halloween party at Disneyland, you are probably what the cost is. All magic comes with a price, and this event is no exception. Ticket prices start at $110 and go up to $145. YIKES! But let me tell you that many feel it is totally worth it! I know I do. And I am known to be a cheapskate.
Should I Buy Party Tickets First, Or Book My Vacation First?
I strongly suggest booking your vacation now and then purchasing your party tickets once they go on sale. Once the party dates have been released, hotels will book up fast. Plus, Disneyland could raise admission prices again in 2019 (Disneyland Prices Increased in January 2019). Booking now locks in your regular park ticket prices.
If you purchas(d) tickets, be sure to check out my Top 10 Tips For Disneyland’s Halloween Party. Of course that is based on the old locations, so I will be updating that as soon as I attend the new party.
When you go to book, I suggest booking through Get Away Today. They have a couple of ticket sales going on for this year (Adults at Kids Prices for select dates or 5th Day Free) and they also offer third or fourth night free at hotels. They have a great layaway plan where you can book for $175 down (so you still have money to buy those party tickets when they go on sale) and then just pay the remaining balance two weeks before you travel.
You can even save an extra $10 when you book a package using my Promo Code: CrazyAdventure (Add that to your churro fund money)
Tips for Making The Most Of Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure
So you decided to take the plunge and attend the party. What are some of our best tips for making the most of this event?
Do not go to the park in the morning.
If you are coming from out of town, and also planning a longer visit to Disneyland, do not use your normal, multi-day park ticket to go in the morning. Save it to use for another day. First, then you get one extra day at Disneyland, but here are a few other reasons:
- You can sleep in and have a relaxing morning before your late night of fun.
- Adults cannot wear costumes into the park in the morning, so you would have to leave, change and come back
- You would lose that extra day at Disneyland
Bring a large, empty tote bag
The bags they provide are nowhere near big enough for the amount of candy your family will receive. Be sure to bring a very large, empty tote bag (a reusable shopping bag would probably work).
It can be quite warm still in September and October, but when the sun goes down at night it gets quite cool. Be sure to bring jackets or hoodies for your little ones, and maybe yourself as well.
Take advantage of that three to four hours before the party
Like I mentioned above, party guests gain entry to the park three to four hours before the party starts (length depends on party date). Take advantage of that time and head over to Disney California Adventure to enjoy the Halloween decor in that park and grab a bite to eat before getting to the party festivities.
Do NOT try to hit Magic Morning the next day
The party goes to 11 pm or midnight, depending on the day. DO NOT try to do a Magic Morning the next day. It will set you up for very grouchy kids. I actually suggest taking a day off from the parks and hitting up a beach the next day.
What To Know If You Are At Disneyland But NOT Attending The Party
So what about those who are at Disneyland but not attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party? Don’t worry, I got you covered.
First, you are still able to enjoy all the fun decor and the ride overlays at both parks during the regular park hours. Be sure to utilize Disneyland’s digital FastPass system, or even purchase MaxPass to get access to those rides’ FastPass lines as they tend to be very popular.
Second, the villains are out and about a lot more, even during the non-party hours, at Disneyland during Halloween time so you may still catch your favorite bad guy roaming around the parks.
Here are some tips to make the most of your time, and some things to watch out for, when you do not have a party ticket.
You Can Still Enjoy Halloween At Disneyland Resort
Even though you are not attending the party there are still plenty of Halloween happenings that can be enjoyed during regular park hours.
- Haul-O-Ween takes place in Cars Land. Lots of fun and spooky decorations and overlays make Cars Land a whole new experience.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark is a special version of the ride that takes place every evening beginning at 6 pm. This is a continuation of the story and is a whole new experience. A must do for GOTG fans and thrill seekers alike.
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy is a Halloween overlay of the classic dark coaster. WARNING: This ride can be scary for little kids. My thrill seeker son, who loves Space Mountain, and even Nightmare Before Christmas and loved the Tower of Terror movie, was freaked out by this ride. You can view my Facebook live about his experience in the Disneyland with Kids Facebook group if you want to know more.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday is probably the most popular ride overlay for the season. Jack Skellington and his crew take over the Haunted Mansion and deck it out for a great Halloween and Christmas mash-up. (This overlay will last through the Holidays.)
- A Musical Celebration of Coco is a fun and amazing show celebrating my favorite Pixar film to date. Not only that, they sing my favorite song “Un Poco Loco.” This show takes place multiple times per day right by Goofy’s Sky School and is usually standing room only. TIP: Sit at the tables just inside Paradise Garden Parks dining area for a backstage, seated view of the show. (I am hoping this show returns in 2019)
Buy Parkhopper Tickets
I always suggest buying Park Hopper tickets for Disneyland if possible, but even more so when you plan on going to Disneyland during Halloween time. Here is why – Guests who do not purchase Park Hopper tickets (and even some that do) tend to head over to Disneyland for the entire day if there is a party that evening. Party guests do not start arriving until three or four in the afternoon. So guess what? California Adventure crowd levels tend to be fairly low on party dates. So if you have a Park Hopper, start out doing rope drop at California Adventure, and get in a ton of rides before the crowds start coming at three. This is when party guests start to arrive, so it will feel a lot more crowded.
Wait before you plan on just staying all night at DCA
A common plan I see for guests is that they decide they will head to the opposite park as party guests start to arrive and try to close out that park. STOP! While this can be a good plan, be aware that as soon as California Adventure closes Disneyland will get extremely busy.
There have been times it has been wall to wall people at the non-party park. I feel like I handle crowds pretty well, and I still have been like “I have to leave” because of it. IF you are not a fan of crowds, I actually suggest maybe heading over to Disneyland about three in the afternoon and try to call it quits by dinner.
Get to rope drop every morning, but especially party mornings
When the park has limited hours, whether from a party or because the hours are just shorter, take advantage of the early hours. Be at the park 45 minutes or more before the gates open (or before your Magic Morning start time) so you can get to rope drop and bust out several rides without FastPasses.
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