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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 were over the moon over the new party in 2019: 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 everything Halloween at Disneyland and what we know so far about the new, ticketed event. I will also be at one of the parties the first week to give you even more insider tips.
In this guide you will not only find info about Disneyland’s Halloween party – Oogie Boogie Bash, but you will also find all the information for guests visiting Disneyland and NOT attending during the Halloween party.
Disneyland Halloween 2020
Disneyland’s Halloween celebrations in 2020 will run from September (after Labor Day) – October 31, 2020. During this time you can find fun, spooky, and yummy additions around the park.
Here is what you need to know about Disneyland Halloween 2019:
Disneyland Halloween 2020- For All Guests
Disneyland does have an extra ticketed event for Halloween, Oogie Boogie Bash, but you don’t have to have an event ticket to enjoy the Disneyland Resort during Halloween in 2020. Check out all of these great offerings that are available to all guests.
We expect Disneyland Halloween 2020 will see some of our favorite decorations return. From the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street USA to the layover in Cars Land, you can expect to see lots of great decorations.
Unlike the holidays however, these decorations do tend to be limited to certain areas of the park. Mostly Main Street USA and New Orleans Square in Disneyland, and Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, and Paradise Garden Park in California Adventure (with a little bit of decor in Hollywood Land).
Disneyland Halloween Food
One thing Disneyland has been going all out on lately is FOOD! And Halloween 2020 will not be an exception. Disneyland not only publishes a complete foodie guide, highlighting specialty churros, multiple deserts, and more… but they also published a CANDY guide in 2019 for all the special offerings such as Candy Apples, and more. I suspect we will see a 2020 candy guide as well.
Disneyland Halloween 2020 Merchandise
Want a special Halloween souvenir? You are in luck! Halloween at Disneyland always brings out some merchandise. From Halloween Tees, to limited edition popcorn buckets and beyond, you can find something to fit your taste.
One thing my oldest loves about Disneyland at Halloween is that there is more Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise around the parks.
Disneyland Halloween 2020 – Ride Overlays
For Halloween, Disneyland gets several ride overlays that guests may want to check out. Here are the overlays you can look forward to during Halloween Time at Disneyland in 2020 if they return:
- Haunted Mansion Holiday – Jack Skellington and his friends take over the Haunted Mansion in this Nightmare Before Christmas themed layover. One highlight of the ride overlay every year is teh gingerbread house. In 2019, it paid homage to… The Haunted Mansion… which celebrated its 50th anniversary. This overlay continues through the Holidays at Disneyland
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark – Every evening, Guardians of the Galaxy changes to the Monsters After Dark version. It is an all new adventure that continues after the story of the Mission Breakout! version of the ride.
- Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween – in Cars Land, Luigi’s gets a layover with some new, ghoulishly grand tunes.
- Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree – Again, this overlay in Cars Land includes some fun and Haul-O-Ween inspired music.
Special Character Meet and Greets for Disneyland Halloween 2020
During Halloween time, whether you attend the party or not, you are going to get to see characters you may not usually find in Disneyland.
The villains always tend to come out more at Halloween. Maybe it is Jafar, or the Queen of Hearts, whoever it is, they seem to roam more freely during Halloween time.
You will also be able to meet Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas during Halloween time.
NEW TO DISNEYLAND HALLOWEEN 2019:
There are some new character meet and greets happening this year. Guests have reported seeing the hitch hiking ghosts and Constance (the bride) from Haunted Mansion out for meet and greets.
Miguel from Coco has also been doing meet and greets with guests. Miguel is the puppet from the “A Musical Celebration of Coco” that you can view at Plaza de la Familia.
Disneyland Halloween 2020 Entertainment
This is probably the most exciting part of Disneyland at Halloween in 2020. The entertainment options! This is what we saw in 2019, and will most likely return in 2020. We will update this post as announcements are made.
A Musical Celebration of Coco
I mentioned this one above, so I want to talk about it first. In honor of Día de los Muertos, my favorite show from last year is returning. A Musical Celebration of Coco takes place in California Adventure at Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens (near Goofy’s Sky School). This celebration takes place multiple times each day, so check the entertainment schedule on the Disneyland App for more information. The show usually runs a few days after Halloween.
Día de los Muertos
In addition to A Musical Celebration of Coco, guests can find other offerings in honor of Día de los Muertos. From Mexican food offerings, to coloring pages, face painting and beyond. You will find entertaintment and activities in both California Adventure and in Frontierland in Disneyland Park.
Villains Dance Party
Again, another offering in 2019 that I never saw officially on the schedule or online… there was a Villains Dance Party happening at Tomorrowland Terrace each night. My guess is this is the Villains Unleashed party that used to happen during the Halloween Party? This is not to be confused with the DescenDANCE party happening at Oogie Boogie Bash.
This is probably the most exciting offering to Disneyland guests. (Queue Frozen music…) “For the first time in forever…”
The Halloween Screams show is available for all guests. Halloween Screams is the fireworks show previously only shown at the Halloween Party, a separate ticketed event. But with the move of the party to California Adventure, Halloween Screams is being shown nightly to all Disneyland Park guests.
Most nights, Disneyland will only show the projections and play music, but on select nights (mostly weekends Friday – Sunday) they will also include the Fireworks.
Disneyland’s Halloween Important Dates!
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 Halloween at Disneyland, but more specifically, the Halloween party. So below, I am going to share everything you need to know about Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort.
When Does Halloween Time Start At Disneyland?
In 2019 Halloween time kicks off even earlier than ever before. Halloween time officially began September 6, 2019. That is only a few days after the end of the summer celebrations wrapped up.
I expect that in 2020, with the late Labor Day, we will see Halloween Time start September 11, 2020 (though we could go the way of Walt Disney World and kick it off before Labor Day).
Halloween Party Dates
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 made the move in 2019. But more than that, it received a whole new name. Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party.
The party was a huge hit in 2020 so be sure to watch for details in the spring to be released from Disneyland. In 2019 tickets went 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:
*Please note, these are the 2019 dates. We will update this information once the 2020 dates are released.
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 UPDATE: Most party dates have sold out.
April 30, 2019: Tickets go on sale to the general public
TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
However, if you are staying at one of the three Disney owned hotels, check with the guest service desk to see if they have any tickets set aside for hotel guests.
How Disneyland’s Halloween Party Works
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.
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort
Before we get into why people love the Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, let’s talk about the changes that started in 2019.
- Night time entertainment – We no longer have access to a special firework show during the Halloween Party. Do not fret though! We now have a new version of World of Color called “Villanous!” It is pretty 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.
- Villains’ Grove at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – This trail will be made over for the party and is pretty popular.
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 Disneyland Halloween Party?
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 During The Party
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.
Need costume ideas? Check out our list of over 50 Disney Inspired costumes.
How Much Does Oogie Boogie Bash Cost?
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 in 2019 started at $110 and went 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 early 2020 (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 $125 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 Disneyland During Halloween
So you decided to take the plunge and attend the party. What are some of our best tips for Oogie Boogie Bash?
Oogie Boogie Bash
Here are a few quick tips for the party, but if you plan on attending, be sure to check out our Best Tips for Oogie Boogie Bash article to make the most of your party time.
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 Disneyland’s 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.
Tips When Not Attending The Halloween Party
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.
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 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 Disneyland
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.
MORE Disneyland Halloween Party Tips:
For our best post about Halloween party tips, such as how to maximize getting candy, where to sit for the parade and more, check out our Disneyland Halloween Party Tips post. (Will be updated for 2019 after the first Oogie Boogie Bash of 2019)
More Tips For Disneyland
Aside from visiting for Halloween at Disneyland, you’ll love your time at the park year-round! Check out our favorite tips below!
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