The Halloween holidays are fast approaching. The spells are already cast. Oogie Boogie invited all of his creepy friends to terrorize the guests at the Oogie Boogie Bash. A real witch has materialized. Last night, the cast got a sneak peek at Disney California Adventure’s hottest party. For the most part, they received a very familiar event from 2019, but there were some horribly wonderful surprises in store. Let’s look at:
New immersive treat trails
Oogie offers new tricks (and treats) in the form of even more immersive treat tracks. These are the only new things to arrive for the party, but they are very welcome inclusions. The Mad Hatter, Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent and the Evil Queen still inhabit their own respective trails. Let’s take a look at some new villains.
Agatha Harkness (Marvel’s WandaVision)
What is Halloween without a witch? Marvel’s WandaVision surprise antagonist Agatha Harkness takes over the Avengers Campus Sanctum in her usual spectacular fashion. Agatha is the perfect Marvel villain for Oogie Boogie Bash. Just scary enough, but also light so that it doesn’t get too scary.
Who spoiled the sanctuary? It’s Agatha from the start!
Unfortunately, the shrine is the only area on campus that has been set up for Halloween. The rest of the grounds are the only area of the park still lit as usual, playing the regular musical loop; Heroic music is woefully inappropriate for a Halloween party. Maybe an assortment of villain themes are in order? Even this week’s episode of “What if …?” Marvel’s was about zombies.
Sid (Toy Story)
Sid, Andy’s deranged neighbor and toy butcher from the original Toy Story, took over a performing circus, nicknamed it “The Sid Show Circus.” He brought his collection of demented mutant toys to share with everyone. The box he’s climbing on is a nice touch, looking at everyone with that psychotic smile.
He’s a scary guy. They absolutely nailed Sid’s sociopathic nature. It really feels like you’re talking to an off-balance elementary school kid, even though he looks a bit older high school in that appearance.
The fabulous Cruella is hosting a fashion show in the Hollywood Backlot. The whole experience is quite surreal, almost as if it came straight out of the new movie. Cruella is perfect for an event where guests wear costumes, it gives her the opportunity to judge the outfits as the best fashion designer in London.
Yes, it’s the Emma Stone Cruella, but Glenn Close-style Cruella can still be seen in the Frightfully Fun runway show, but where’s the iconic Marc Davis animated original?
A parade returns to the Disneyland Resort
It sounds strange to say, but the Frightfully Fun Parade is the first parade to debut at Disneyland Resort since it reopened. What a nice parade to start with. It’s as wonderful as you remember it, but with a few fun little surprises.
The Haunted Mansion segment has a slight overhaul, moving the three hitchhiking ghosts out of the tank and giving them the ability to interact with people on the sidewalk.
Instead, the widowed bride takes up residence in front of the mansion. His costume features a number of elements that also pay homage to versions of this character. The bride’s heart beats with an otherworldly red glow. Look closely and you will find an ax hidden in its bouquet.
Most of the parade is as you remember it. This includes some of the slightly creepy tracks that we love.
Finally, the Cheshire Cat was returned to tail end of the parade. He had previously been replaced by Vampirina (who was a bit out of place, she’s not a bad guy).
There is another entertainment offering for the party, Mickey’s Trick and Treat. It’s described as a costume party with a story, which doesn’t really give us much to do. It’s meant for the younger party guests, so it won’t have any spooky elements. We didn’t see it in our preview, but it might be something to look out for if you have kids attending the Bash.
Grove Villains Return
Villains Grove, the immersive solution, is back with the same 2019 setup intact. It is a sensory experience composed of projections, light effects and music without any living character. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS, but there isn’t much new to say about it.
But experience gives the impression that something is missing. It is full of wonderful lighting tricks and digital effects that create an unbeatable ambience. But it’s almost like walking into a haunted house moments before the creepy actors show up for the night. The glorious stage has been planted, but the dynamic interactive element is missing.
Let us know in the comments what you think of Villains Grove and what would make it perfect.
It’s largely the same Oogie Boogie Bash from 2019. With some new immersive treat trails. But there are also a few important things missing, including World of Color Villainous and the DecenDANCE show / dance party. But, even on that preview night, the event was a resounding success and is sure to be a huge hit with guests … at least those who have already secured a ticket (the event is now completely sold out). full).
I’m curious how the lack of World of Color will affect crowd flow and queues since there will only be one major entertainment offering (the parade)?
There is only one experience inside (the Oogie Boogie Treat Trail), so masks are not required for those vaccinated for most of the event. Previously, Dr. Facilier would meet in Stage 17, but he was moved just outside of the Avengers campus into the “Bountiful Valley Hideaway,” as Disney calls it (it’s that weird empty space built between Carthay Circle and the entrance to the Avenger campus).
Having friends at Walt Disney World in Orlando, I can tell you that Oogie Boogie Bash is a superior experience to the Boo Bash at Magic Kingdom which takes place in place of the usual Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s good that California Adventure has decided to have a more complete experience. This was also just the cast preview, so stay tuned; we’ll be back to cover the official first day of the Oogie Boogie Bash tomorrow!
To top it off, we’ll leave you with a few words from the bag of bugs itself:
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