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2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Guide

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again—you know, the one where all things spooky (and not so spooky) start taking place at Disneyland resort. It looks like after-hours events are here to stay and every fall that brings one of our favorites, the 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash event at Disney California Adventure Park.

Guests who attend this limited event will enjoy some of their favorite Disneyland rides as well as plenty of Oogie Boogie trick-or-treat locations. Oogie Boogie Bash has been our FAVORITE Disney Halloween event since 2019 and have been going each year since!

So, if you’re ready to learn all about this incredible Halloween Event at DCA, keep reading!

2023 Disneyland Oogie Boogie Bash Guide

So, what Oogie Boogie Bash? Oogie Boogie Bash is a yearly ticketed Halloween event that takes place in Disney California Adventure Park at night. This event is 5 hours long where guests can meet exclusive Disney Halloween characters, trick or treat with Villains, view parades and more!

Oogie Boogie Bash has been so popular that each year the event sells out within minutes! There’s even a virtual queue that we’ve waited in for the past for years (for up to two hours) waiting for these Disney Halloween tickets. But, since we’ve been going for years, we can tell you that this Disney Halloween event is worth it! We love it, especially as adults without kids, we think that Oogie Boogie Bash is a rather relaxing, spooky time for Disney lovers.

What are the 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Dates?

Disney California Adventure Park is the backdrop for the enthralling Oogie Boogie Bash of 2023, enchanting guests for 25 select nights. This mesmerizing event weaves its magic from September 5 until the haunting night of October 31.

Here’s how the nights unfold:

  • September’s spectacles: 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28.
  • October’s thrillers: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31.

Set your reminders! The eerie extravaganza primarily takes over Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, springing to life at 6 PM and casting its final spell at 11 PM. Be there, and be ensnared by the excitement!

The 2023 Oogie Boogie nights are as follows: 

  • September 5th – October 31st

What are the Oogie Boogie Bash Hours 2023?

In 2023, the Oogie Boogie Bash promises an enchanting evening from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. But the magic starts early for ticket holders, who can step into Disney California Adventure as early as 3:00 PM! This perk is a real treat, especially for those visiting Disneyland from afar. By maximizing these extra hours, you not only extract every drop of fun from your Halloween party ticket but also potentially save on additional days in the parks. It’s one of the many reasons this event is a favorite among guests seeking both thrills and value.

How to Enter Oogie Boogie Bash

Transitioning from a regular park day to the enchanting evening of Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney’s California Adventure requires a special kind of magic. As the clock ticks closer to 6:00 PM, the park prepares to close its gates to regular guests, ushering in the exclusive festivities of the Halloween event. Here’s how the seamless transformation unfolds:

For Guests Arriving After 3:00 PM:

If your adventure begins post-afternoon, fear not! Cast members at specific park entrances will be your guides. After stepping through the turnstiles, you’ll receive a magical bracelet, your key to remaining in the park past the 6:00 PM closure. This bracelet is more than a simple band; it’s your pass to an evening of unforgettable Halloween delights.

For Day-Long Adventurers:

For those who’ve been exploring Disney’s California Adventure since morning, there’s no need to trek back to the entrance as the day wanes. Instead, inquire with any helpful cast member about the closest wristband station within the park. Securing this band will weave you into the evening’s new narrative, allowing you to continue your adventure into the night, immersed in the spooky spectacles and thrilling encounters that await.

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Oogie Boogie Bash Events

Disney California Adventure Park transforms into a Halloween wonderland during the Oogie Boogie Bash, a special after-hours spectacle held on select nights. This enchanting event invites guests of all ages to don their favorite costumes and partake in a series of uniquely themed activities, all under the eerie yet playful watch of Oogie Boogie himself. From immersive treat trails that promise both goodies and a sprinkling of mischief from Disney’s most notorious villains, to spellbinding performances that light up the night, the park brims with surprises waiting to be discovered.

We absolutely love dressing up for Oogie Boogie Bash and have so much fun with the energy of the night. This year, we dressed up as a full Barbie cast with Toy Story 3 Barbie, Magic Earring Ken, and even Barbie movie Ken.

Oogie Boogie Bash is more than just a celebration of Halloween; it’s an immersive experience that combines the magic of Disney storytelling with the thrills of the season. The park’s iconic attractions take on a mysterious glow, favorite characters sport their Halloween best, and special shows and parades create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether meeting beloved characters in new guises or wandering through the eerily transformed landscapes, guests will find themselves enveloped in an unforgettable Halloween adventure.

What are the featured events at Oogie Boogie Bash?

  • Immersive Treat Trails: Candy collections and villainous encounters.
  • Frightfully Fun Parade: A haunting procession of characters and spirits.
  • Villains Grove at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: An atmospheric exploration of shadows and enchantments.
  • Character Meet & Greets: Face-to-face interactions with Disney characters, including unique Halloween-themed appearances.
  • Low wait times on rides – All your favorite DCA rides with super low wait times
  • Monsters After Dark – A special Halloween overlay for Guardians Mission Breakout

Stay tuned for detailed insights into each of these captivating attractions, ensuring your Oogie Boogie Bash experience is filled with delight, thrills, and a generous helping of Halloween magic.

Immersive Treat Trails

Expect more than just candy at these treat stations. Disney villains are up to their usual mischief, providing both tricks and treats along the way. It’s a delightful experience for kids and a humorous, playful scare for the older ones.

Treat Trails are our favorite part of Oogie Boogie, because we love that you get to meet characters but you don’t have to take traditional photos of them. Look, we love those PhotoPass photos, but for people with social anxiety, sometimes its nice to just observe. So, the characters on the Treat Trails put on their best shows and you can have your phone ready to capture the action. And there’s candy!

Frightfully Fun Parade

This isn’t your average parade. As the night descends, a procession of Disney characters and spectral spirits slinks through the park, providing a hauntingly fun spectacle that’s equally charming and spine-tingling. This parade is mesmerizing, as not only are the characters incredible but the floats and lighting make it truly beautiful.

You can see the whole Nightmare Before Christmas cast, a plethora of villains, and even the original crew in adorable Halloween costumes. If you see the later parade in the night, make sure to see the most popular characters while everyone is watching the debut parade! It helps cut down on wait times for characters like the Sanderson Sisters. Parade times are typically 7:45 PM and 10:00 PM.

Villains Grove at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Transformed into a mystical, shadow-filled enclave, this attraction invites guests on an enchanting journey. The atmosphere brims with intrigue and wonder, offering a unique exploration through a landscape awash with enchantments. We love this feature at Oogie Boogie as it’s a nice place to slow down and enjoy what Disney Imagineers have come up with.

Character Meet & Greets

Get up close with your favorite Disney characters adorned in their Halloween attire. These are not just regular meetings; they’re unique interactions that immerse you in the festive spirit, making for unforgettable photo opportunities and magical moments.

“Monsters After Dark” – Special Halloween Overlay

Experience the thrill of “Monsters After Dark,” a special Halloween transformation of the beloved Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. As night falls during the Oogie Boogie Bash, the attraction takes a dark turn, immersing guests in a spine-tingling adventure. Join Rocket in a chaotic race to save Groot from the Collector’s Fortress, filled with new menacing creatures and unexpected scares. With haunting visuals and a pulse-pounding soundtrack, “Monsters After Dark” is a must-see feature for thrill-seekers attending the Bash. Don’t miss this eerie twist on a classic ride, available only during the Halloween season!

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Oogie Boogie Bash Characters

The Oogie Boogie Bash is a realm where the veil between stories thins, allowing a unique cast of characters to step out of their tales and into the park. These figures, ranging from notorious villains to beloved heroes, roam the grounds, offering guests not just a meet-and-greet, but an immersive experience that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Each character brings their own flavor of mischief or magic to the festivities, engaging visitors in a way that’s exclusive to this spellbinding event. Whether you’re confronting the wicked charm of infamous antagonists or sharing a laugh with iconic heroes, these encounters promise to etch themselves into your treasured memories of the Oogie Boogie Bash.

What are the 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Characters?

The 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash is a star-studded affair, bringing to life characters from various realms of the Disney universe. Here’s who you might bump into and where:

  • Mother Gothel: The cunning captor from “Tangled,” found lurking behind Grizzly River Rapids.
  • Cruella: The notoriously fashionable villain from “Cruella,” holding court on stage in Hollywood Land.
  • Sid: “Toy Story’s” infamous toy tormentor, causing mischief in the Pixar Promenade Bandshell.
  • Agatha Harkness: The enigmatic witch from “WandaVision,” casting spells in Avengers Campus.
  • Judge Doom: The menacing magistrate from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” who can be found by Soarin’ Around the World
  • Yokai: The masked man from “Big Hero 6.” – who can be found in San Fransokyo
  • Lotso Huggin’ Bear: “Toy Story 3’s” deceptively cuddly antagonist – found on Pixar Pier
  • Prince Hans: “Frozen’s” charming traitor lurking around in Carthay Circle
  • Prince John – Robin Hood’s villain whom can be found in Carthay Circle
  • Sanderson Sisters: The bewitching trio from “Hocus Pocus,” concocting fun in Hollywood Land.
  • Bruno: The visionary from “Encanto,” seen around Grizzly Peak.
  • King Mickey, Goofy, and Donald Duck: The heroic trio from “Kingdom Hearts,” ready for action in Paradise Gardens Park.

These characters are sprinkled throughout the park, each waiting to create unforgettable moments and snap once-in-a-lifetime photos with you during the Oogie Boogie Bash.

What are the Characters on the Oogie Boogie Treat Trails?

One of the most thrilling features of the Oogie Boogie Bash is the Treat Trails, where guests don’t just collect delicious candy, but they also have unique interactions with some of Disney’s most infamous villains! As you traverse these trails, you’ll encounter various villains who aren’t afraid to step into character and engage with guests. Here’s who you can expect to see and where you can find them this year:

  • Mother Gothel: Lurking at Grizzly Peak Pass, behind Grizzly River Run.
  • Judge Doom: New this year, causing mischief at Grizzly Peak Airpark, next to Soarin’.
  • Yokai: Also new, waiting in San Fransokyo Square.
  • Oogie Boogie: Holding court in the Animation Building.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz: Serenading guests over at the Hyperion Theatre Courtyard.
  • Madam Mim: Conjuring magic next to Carthay Circle.
  • Agatha: Casting spells inside Avengers Campus in the Ancient Sanctum.
  • Sid: Causing trouble over on Pixar Pier, next to Bing Bong’s.
  • Cruella: Striking a pose on the stage in Hollywood Land by Monsters Inc.

In addition to these character-themed Treat Trails, there are also three more trails where the focus is purely on the candy! You’ll find them in Carsland, on Buena Vista Street, and in Paradise Gardens Park.

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Which Rides are Open for 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash?

  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Monster’s Inc
  • Incredicoaster
  • Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Weem
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Mater’s Graveyard JamBooree
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Grizzly River Run

Monsters After Dark: A Thrilling Twist on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

When night falls over the Oogie Boogie Bash, the atmosphere at Disney California Adventure Park takes a thrilling turn, especially around the towering fortress that houses the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! As part of the Halloween festivities, this beloved attraction transforms into “Monsters After Dark” — a heart-pounding adventure that resumes the story right where the original ride leaves off.

As the sun sets, the fortress’s alarm bells ring out, signaling that all the creatures the Guardians have just helped free are now on the loose! But there’s one monster still trapped inside, and it’s up to you to help Rocket Raccoon rescue his buddy, Groot. This mission is no walk in the park because the building is now swarming with all manner of escaped monsters creeping through the shadows.

“Monsters After Dark” offers a unique overlay to the regular attraction, with eerie lighting, spine-chilling sound effects, and an exclusive heavy-metal soundtrack composed by Tyler Bates, the musical mastermind behind the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films. This hair-raising experience is only available during the Oogie Boogie Bash, making it an unmissable Halloween treat for thrill-seekers and Guardians of the Galaxy fans alike. Prepare for an electrifying adventure as you brave the fortress’s darkened halls and come face-to-face with the galaxy’s most fearsome creatures — all in the spirit of spine-tingling fun!

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2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Dining Packages

Guests attending the Oogie Boogie Bash have the unique opportunity to indulge in not just one, but two spectacular Disney Halloween dining packages. Both options offer the added benefit of reserved viewing for The Frightfully Fun Parade, ensuring you won’t miss a moment of this enchanting nighttime spectacle.

What are the dining packages at Oogie Boogie Bash?

  1. Wine Country Trattoria Oogie Boogie Bash Dining Package
    • Enjoy a three-course meal at Wine Country Trattoria, complete with a starter, entrée, and a delightful dessert.
    • Guests dine between 3-6 PM, allowing them to savor their meal without missing out on the party festivities. After dining, guests will have access to a reserved section to view The Frightfully Fun Parade.
    • This option is perfect for those who wish to enjoy a sumptuous meal without taking away from their time enjoying the bash. It’s a dining experience we wish was available at Walt Disney World!
  2. Sonoma Terrace Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party
    • This party is a dream come true for dessert lovers! Guests can indulge in a variety of scrumptious Halloween-themed desserts, accompanied by two beverages of their choice and complimentary water.
    • Similar to the Trattoria package, guests will also have access to reserved parade viewing, ensuring they have prime positioning for The Frightfully Fun Parade.


Due to the popularity of these dining experiences, reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and it’s highly recommended to secure your booking as early as possible as they tend to sell out quickly. Whether you’re in the mood for a full-course meal or a sweet treat paired with parade viewing, these Oogie Boogie Bash dining packages add an extra layer of magic to your Halloween celebration at Disney California Adventure Park.

Is there and Oogie Boogie Dessert Party?

Yes, there is a delightfully wicked treat for those who already have tickets to the sold-out Oogie Boogie Bash! You have the opportunity to further enhance your Halloween experience with the separately ticketed Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party. Not only will you be able to indulge in an array of Halloween-themed desserts and beverages, but you’ll also secure preferred seating for the Frightfully Fun Parade.

What’s Included in the Dessert Party?

  • Mouthwatering Desserts: Dive into choices like Chocolate Mousse Cake, Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Caramel Cheesecake, and more.
  • Beverage Selection: Enjoy unlimited soft drinks, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and a complimentary alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and over (valid ID required).
  • Reserved Parade Seating: Get comfortable in your reserved spot in front of Sonoma Terrace, offering a fantastic view of the Frightfully Fun Parade.

Important Details

  • Dates: The Dessert Party is available on Oogie Boogie Bash party nights, spanning dates in September and October 2023. Remember, tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash are already sold out.
  • Pricing: The experience is $89 per guest, with tax and gratuity included. Children ages 2 and under are free if seated on an adult’s lap.
  • Reservations: Highly recommended due to popularity. Secure your spot through advance online bookings or the Disneyland app. Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Viewing Information: Check-in is next to Seaside Souvenirs. Specific viewing areas are assigned, and early or late arrivals might not be accommodated.

Indulge in sweet delights and secure the best seats for the parade with the Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party!

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