Going to Disneyland’s Halloween party for the first time? Confused on how Oogie Boogie Bash compares to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World? Looking for hashtag ALL THE TIPS? You’re in the right place. Here’s the big list of Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash Tips for 2022. Find out what to skip, what NOT to skip, and where the best characters can be found.
What Is The Oogie Boogie Bash At Disneyland?
This is the Disneyland Halloween Party that happens annually in Disney’s California Adventure Park (DCA for those that like Disney abbreviations).
It’s only been happening for 3 years (2019, 2021, and 2022).
We don’t talk about 2020, no no no…
Previously, Mickey’s Halloween Party happened at Disneyland Park and had a totally different vibe to it.
What makes Oogie Boogie Bash so special?
- Trick or Treating in DCA
- Special Oogie Boogie Bash party treats
- Photo Ops only available at the party
- Villains Grove- a party-exclusive trail with beautiful colors, sounds, lights and shadows
- Live show: Mickey’s Trick and Treat in the Disney Theater
- Unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass
- Everyone can wear costumes – yes, even the adults!
The Big List Of Oogie Boogie Bash Tips For 2022
If you’re familiar with Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but heading to Disneyland Halloween for the first time, this post is for you.
Here’s everything you need to know about going to Oogie Boogie Bash at DCA in 2022.
Tip #1. I Love Halloween. I Love Disneyland. Where Can I Get Tickets?
Normally we’d send you to disneyland.com to purchase your tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash and bring your credit card for the heavy price tag ($129 to $179 depending on the date).
However, it’s too late for 2022. They went on sale in June and sold out completely within a week.
Whomp Whomp- unfortunately, all tickets are sold out for all Oogie Boogie Bash nights in 2022.
How Can I Get Into A Sold Out Oogie Boogie Bash Party?
We always say- it never hurts to ask!
Check with the ticket booth or guest relations windows at Disneyland when you arrive on the morning of the party. In the past, military members were ALWAYS able to buy tickets to sold-out events, but we are not sure if this rule came back post-pandemic.
Protip: if you are staying onsite at any of the Disneyland Hotels during the party season and still want to go, check with the front desk concierge. They may be able to get you into a sold out Oogie Boogie Bash party.
We hear that each hotel has up to 50 “extra” tickets they can sell the day of to hotel guests starting at 5 am on party mornings.
And yes, Oogie Boogie Bash is worth it!
Oogie Boogie Bash Tip #2: Arrive Early
Your Oogie Boogie Bash ticket will get you into the park starting at 3 pm.
The party itself doesn’t start until 6 pm.
You’ll have 3 full hours to take in everything non-party related at DCA.
Our tip: Get your money’s worth and ride some rides. Don’t make the mistake of standing in photo op lines because they won’t open until exactly 6 pm.
When the party starts, you probably won’t be focused on the attractions, so use this time wisely!
Protip: If you don’t care about riding any rides (and hey, that’s totally ok!), then go ahead and pick a photo op you feel you really need and wait patiently for it to open. These lines will get long, but if you want to knock a popular one out right away, pack your patience and queue up.
Tip #3 Know Where The Villainous Characters Are
If you want to see amazing villains and experience incredible character interactions, the Oogie Boogie Bash is the party for you.
They are simply unmatched!
There are traditional character photo ops and immersive candy treat trails with characters. The character treat trails make Oogie Boogie Bash stand apart from Not-So-Scary.
Be sure to check this list of Oogie Boogie Bash Character locations.
You’ll want to know just where to find the Sanderson Sisters this year or where you can listen to Ernesto de la Cruz sing “Remember Me” while you’re trick or treating.
Oogie Boogie Bash Tip #4: Watch The Second Parade
There are tons of great locations to watch the Frightfully Fun Parade in DCA.
We like the view from the area near Pixar Pier (beginning of the parade) or the area between Hyperion Theater and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout (the end of the parade).
The middle areas seem to fill up quickly and can get congested.
For the best viewing locations, go ahead and skip the first parade.
What Time Is The Parade At Oogie Boogie Bash?
The parade runs two times a night:
- 7:45 pm
- 10:00 pm
Tip #5 – Visit Avengers Campus For Rare Character Pop-Ups After 7 pm
Taking some time to stroll through Avengers Campus after dark may really pay off for the Marvel fans.
Do you dream of meeting Thor and Loki together?
How about getting a picture with Mr. Knight from Moon Knight?
The catch? The characters have a limited time for their meet and greet.
If you see one walking by, you’ll want to follow and get in their line immediately.
Most of these kinds of characters don’t start showing up until after 7 pm, so don’t expect to find them out until all the regular day guests have been cleared out of the park.
Oogie Boogie Bash Tip #6: Where Can You See The Halloween Fireworks? It’s Complicated
Look, we know Disneyland is synonymous with parades and fireworks, so of course, you’d expect both of them to happen at the Oogie Boogie Bash.
But you won’t get the Halloween fireworks during the Oogie Boogie Bash.
This is one of the biggest differences between Disney World and Disneyland Halloween parties.
The good news is that you won’t spend time staking out the best fireworks view, however. Because that view is over in Disneyland Park. And your party ticket doesn’t give to access to Disneyland on party night.
Tip #7: Do Not Miss These Treat Trails at Oogie Boogie Bash in 2022
We hit up every treat trail, and truly loved them all.
But if you’re short on time or have to make choices, we feel these are the top 3 Character Treat Trails you simply cannot miss!
Madam Mim From Sword in the Stone
She’s loud and brassy, and absolutely hilarious.
You may not remember the show (hey, she’s a character from a mid-level 1963 movie!) but in person, she does not disappoint.
Ernesto de la Cruz From Encanto
This costume and interaction are simply amazing.
Be sure to stick around for his rendition of “Remember Me.”
Candy and a show- don’t miss it!
Sid From Toy Story
He’s located way in the back of Pixar Pier in the bandshell, so you may think he’s not worth making the trek for.
But trust us: Sid is HILARIOUS.
Don’t skip Sid if you like an immersive character experience with some sass.