Opening night of the sold-out Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure certainly got off to a scary start. On the event’s opening night late last week, lucky ticket holders queued up for a 60-minute wait at the park’s entrance and then lined up again to get their wristbands and treat bags. Even with this rocky start, just about everyone at the annual Halloween haunt had a “deadfully ghoul time.”
This year’s iteration of the annual Halloween party—which takes place on select nights throughout September and October—has multiple trick-or-treat areas, each one themed to a Disney villain; the first live parade since the pandemic; special memorabilia; and a lot more.
Were you lucky enough to score tickets before the party sold out? Here are some tips to help you navigate the night and maximize the spooky fun:
• Even if you’re a Magic Key holder or have a ticket to the parks, you must exit the park and re-enter in order to enjoy the event
• To really enjoy your time, your best bet is to arrive at 2:30 p.m. and wait in the special line for entry that opens at 3 p.m. That’ll give you plenty of time to check in and get your goodies before the trails open.
• The Parade is amazing, but keep in mind that it starts at Paradise Pier and goes through the park to end in Hollywood. If you post up in Hollywood at start time, you’ll be waiting at least 20 minutes for it to arrive.
• Many of the treat trails close for the parade, so if you aren’t watching the parade, it’s the best time to go on rides.
• Dress up and have fun! Lots of adults are wearing full costumes.
• Some of the best attractions get long lines (Villains Grove had a 45 minute wait for us), so grab a map and plan out what you want to see the most before you start your night.
• Magic Key holders have their own photo op at the Silly Swings.
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