Disney California Adventure is conjuring all sorts of spooky fun in preparing for Oogie Boogie Bash, and meet and greet backdrops have begun to materialize throughout the park. Up first is Bruno’s meet and greet spot near Grizzly River Run.
Bruno Meet and Greet Backdrop
The backdrop is designed in muted shades of brown and tan.
Carved designs in the faux stone look like they would belong in Bruno’s tower from the film.
There are faux jars on the walls in the design of the backdrop, and the door has an engraving of an hourglass. We saw this backdrop used last year for Oogie Boogie Bash. It’s also the same door from the film when Mirabel explored Bruno’s tower, pictured below:
Madam Mim Meet and Greet Area
We spotted this meet and greet area set up in a blocked off area near Carthay Circle, across from the waterfall.
The wooden backdrop has a series of shields along the front, and a painted, tented throne.
The awning over the throne reads, “Eternal Glory” in gold.
Mim, in her dragon form, perches above a shield with “MM” painted on the design. The scroll under the shield has stars and fleurs-de-lys beneath it and reads, “I won, I won, I won, I won.” Purple drapery hangs around the throne.
The shields under the stage area feature Mim in several different animal forms with her iconic shock of light purple hair. To the side of the throne, a familiar-looking brown sparrow is trapped in a hanging cage. The setup is also the same as last year.
Sanderson Sisters Spellbook Backdrop
Near Golden Zephyr, we saw a stand of rolling planters poorly concealing a larger-than-life Spellbook given to Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson by The Devil himself.
As we approached, the words, “Transformation” and “Life Potion” taunt passersby with only a small piece of their magic visible over the planters.
The haunting imagery illuminating the manuscript backdrop stands in stark contrast to the blue skies behind it.
Whether this is a backdrop for a Sanderson Sisters meet and greet, or it stands alone as a photo opportunity for party guests remains to be seen.
From this angle, we can read, “Bringeth to a full rousing bubble, then add two drops oil of boil and a dead”
The spell continues in Book from the “Hocus Pocus” film and presumably behind the planters. The full spell text reads, “Bringeth to a full rousing bubble, then add two drops oil of boil and a dead man’s toes. Next add a dab of newt saliva, dash of pox stir thrice. One final thing and all is done. Add a piece of thine tongue.”
Are you ready to cast your spell at Oogie Boogie Bash? Let us know in the comments.
Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland Resort
Also this coming autumn, Oogie Boogie Bash is returning to Disney California Adventure. Tickets for the 2023 season are now sold out, but we will still be covering all of the details for this event as Halloween creeps closer.
Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party creeps in to Disney California Adventure each fall. Historically, the party has included attractions such as Villains Grove, the Headless Horseman, Frightfully Fun Parade, treat trails, Mickey’s Trick and Treat dance party, and photo opportunities. All lands within the park remain open during the Halloween Party, including Avengers Campus.
Unique meet and greet opportunities include various Disney Villains, as well as other characters such as Clarabelle, Daisy, and Minnie posing as the Sanderson Sisters from “Hocus Pocus,” Bruno from “Encanto,” King Mickey and Donald from Kingdom Hearts, and Hercules.
Purchasing admission to this event allows guests to enjoy Disney California Adventure for up to three hours before Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party begins, so ticketed guests may enter as early as 3:00 p.m. without any additional park tickets or reservations. The party itself runs for five hours, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with special Halloween-themed entertainment, attractions, character greetings, and more.
Parking can be arranged upon arrival or in advance. It can get crowded in arrival areas, so we recommend partygoers arrive roughly 90 minutes early to get through the lines and into the party itself.