It can go by in a whirlwind and before you know it the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure will be gone in a flash. To help you maximize your time, we’ve put together some tips to help avoid an evening full of tricks and reap all the treats!

Below are some of the thoughts and tips we gathered after visiting on September 7, 2023.

Make a Gameplan

Check out the official event map below to understand the lay of the land. You can also see some of the key character greets and treat trails for this year in our previous posting below.

MORE INFO: CLOSER LOOK: Event map for 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash teases treat trails, character greets, and more

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Manage Your Time!

The party is available to all ticket-holders from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Theme park mix-in begins at 3:00 PM which means you can enjoy the park’s regular offerings before the party starts. Here’s a few suggestions to help maximize your time.

Skip the Rides

By all means, definitely feel free to enjoy rides if you’d like during the party but there’s so much to enjoy that’s exclusive to the event and there’s not a lot of time to take it all in!

Eat Before the Party

There are exclusive menu items available during the party so they can be tempting options. However, if you want to maximize your time, eating during the party can make a big dent in the amount of things you can get done.

Since mix-in begins at 3:00 PM, you might want to enjoy a meal before the park closes and the party begins!

PhotoPass QR Code on your Wristband

There is a PhotoPass QR code on your wristband that will help you save time at locations with Disney PhotoPass. Instead of fumbling with cards or your app, simply present your wristband for quick easy access!

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Seeing the Treat Trails

Most treat trails feature characters but that’s not the case for all of them. You can learn more about which characters will be available at our posting below. Complimentary bags will definitely not hold all your treats if you plan on hitting all or most of the trails. If maximizing your haul is important, be sure to bring a backpack or other place to keep your goodies!

MORE INFO: Treat Trails and characters confirmed for 2023 OOGIE BOOGIE BASH

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Seeing the Parade

The Frightfully Fun Parade is an adorable offering during the party and it gives you the chance to see a slew of characters and villains. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like, you can watch our full video of the parade below. Otherwise, check out our tips below.

MORE INFO: WATCH: Disney’s Frightfully Fun Parade screams to life at Oogie Boogie Bash 2023


Either Parade is Fine

Many people have recommended skipping the first parade of the night to enjoy the second parade with much less people. It seems word is out and this is no longer a hot tip. In fact, we’ve found sometimes the opposite can also be true.

Certain Character Greets Close during the Parade

Many characters who are featured in the parade (Mickey, Minnie, Cruella DeVil, Dr. Facilier) will not be available at their meet and greets until the parade is over.

Seeing Mickey’s Trick & Treat

The show gets progressively less busy with each show. Showtimes are 6:00 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:45 PM, and 9:30 PM.  If you want to get an idea of what it’s like, you can watch our full video of the show from 2021.

MORE INFO: WATCH: Mickey’s Trick & Treat brings spooky kooky family fun to Oogie Boogie Bash 2021

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Seeing Villain’s Grove

To be honest, we don’t have a tip here. The line is long consistently long during the whole party but it moves swiftly. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like, you can watch our full video of the show below.

MORE INFO: WATCH: Eerie VILLAINS GROVE is a spooky escape at Oogie Boogie Bash 2023


Seeing the Sanderson Sisters

Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle have dressed as the Sanderson Sisters and they are VERY popular. If you want to get the chamce to tale a picture with them, you might want to get in line 30 mniutes or more before the party starts.

As with previous years, atypical rules are in place to keep lines moving for this very popular meet and greet:

  • There’s a maximum of three photos per GROUP.
  • No individual or split-off partial group shots are allowed in a group.
  • Autographs are not allowed


Parking and Shuttles

A commonly asked question is what time the parking structure and tram transportation stops. Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structure trams (as well as the Toy Story Parking Lot shuttles) operate until midnight or one hour after Disneyland closes, whichever time is later. Of course, operating times for trams and shuttles is subject to change.

Want to see more?

MORE INFO: Check out all of our photos from Oogie Boogie Bash 2023

See it for Yourself

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party returns to Disney California Adventure in select nights from September 5 – October 31, 2023. Tickets for the event are sold out but you can always ask at the ticket booths or Guest Relations day-of for potential availability!

MORE INFO: More coverage and details about OOGIE BOOGIE BASH