Hey Disney Peeps! It’s Vee here, of Grumpy and Vee.
This week we will talk about Oogie Boogie, you know the Villain from a Nightmare Before Christmas? No, you don’t know; Honestly, neither did I. I had to go back and watch the movie again. And for complete transparency, dare I even write the words, I am not a fan. YIKES! However, our experiences at the Halloween Party at least brings these lesser known/loved villains to the guests in a way we haven’t previously experienced.
As you may know from previous posts, Grumpy and I attended the 2019 Oogie Boogie Halloween Party in Disney’s California Adventure Park. We went with a group of adult friends. We. all dressed up in costumes and each couple matched. Grumpy and I were Pirates, our friend Mike dressed as a “Plaid” and his wife Sharon was Minnie Mouse; Jen was Mary Poppins and her husband Tom was a chimney sweep. Some of the experiences we encountered will be in the next few posts.
During the party, Villains are set up, on stage in various parts of the Park. Oogie Boogie, the year we went, was housed on stage at the Disney Animation Courtyard. There was a “treat trail” that zig-zagged within the area and Oogie Boogie was on stage. The treat tail brought you right in front of him, so he could engage with the crowd.
He is my least favorite Villain, and to me he seemed rude, rather than funny. I attached a video clip Below where he says, “Look at that guy, he’s ugly, he’s ancient and I don’t know which is worse!” And without facial expressions, it just fell flat for me. I have to wonder if that is because unlike the other Disney Villains at the party, who are human, he is a fully covered costumed character. It is less likely to be able to engage with him on a personal level. Or at least it was for me.
Anyway, on a positive note, I don’t remember getting to see or meet Oogie Boogie anywhere else in with Park. Or should I say, I don’t think you could prior to COVID. These special Villains are just for guests of the Oogie Boogie Party (aka: a Special ticketed Event).
The other thing is, as you can tell from the video, Disney positions them really well. They are able to be interactive with the guests, but no touchy. We believe this will help later WHEN Disneyland re-opens.
So, do we think the Halloween Party is worth it? You bet! Oogie Boogie, though, still not a fan. Change my mind in the comments below.