Princess or villain? That’s the choice Shelley Marie, a young girl who doesn’t fit in with others, must make as she and her mother prepare for Halloween.
In deciding, Shelley Marie wonders if she could be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney characters — villains who are like rock stars to her.
Deciding to step outside her comfort zone, she turns to her mirror in search of lessons on how to be a villain. The “magic mirror” sends her on a journey to explore the villainous side of characters such as Ursula, the Evil Queen, Dr. Facilier and, finally, her favorite — Maleficent.
Shelley Marie is a new Disney character making her debut in an all-new “World of Color” laser and pyrotechnics show across the water at California Adventure’s Paradise Gardens Park.
“Villainous!” is the centerpiece of this year’s Halloween event, Oogie Boogie Bash.
Formerly “Mickey’s Halloween Party” and held at Disneyland, the ticketed event is moving across the way to Disney California Adventure Park, where it will be held on 20 select nights, from Sept. 17 through Oct. 31.
“Everything that you loved about Mickey’s Halloween Party is coming over as Oogie Boogie Bash,” said show director Jordan Peterson, with the “Nightmare Before Christmas” character starring as the “main baddie.”
The trick-or-treating and entertainment people have enjoyed are being expanded to create a more immersive experience, Peterson said.
And, yes, Mickey and all his friends will be there, along with beloved Pixar characters, interacting with kids and adults throughout the park.
At California Adventure, Oogie Boogie Bash will fill nearly every square inch of the park and cast members have new costumes just for the event.
While some of the features and events can sound frightening, Oogie Boogie is designed as something the entire family can enjoy — from the very young to the very old, Peterson said.
Oogie Boogie Bash Highlights
Immersive treat trails: Throughout the park, guests can trick-or-treat and mingle with a variety of villainous characters or dip their hands into oversize cauldrons filled with treats.
Costumes: Guests are encouraged to attend Oogie Boogie Bash in costume, but there are some restrictions, so check the www.disneyland.com website first to know what is and is not allowed.
DescenDANCE Party: An interactive “Descendants”-inspired dance party will be held in the Backlot area of Hollywood Land, where a “spell will be cast” and guests will be summoned to create the “greatest dance crew” from the Isle of the Lost to “throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from the ‘Descendants’ movies.”
“Mickey’s Trick and Treat” show: This new event is geared for the youngest guests and will be held at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land. The interactive stage production invites guests to join Mickey Mouse and his friends as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party that includes dancing, not-so-frightening scary-tales and candy.
Frightfully Fun Parade: The Headless Horseman arrives on his black steed, heralding the arrival of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who lead the parade that has been part of Mickey’s Halloween Party for a few years now. This year, Cheshire Cat joins the Villains Float.
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Specialty food and merchandise: T-shirts that glow in the dark; hats and ears; pins and a variety of sweet treats, including a caramel apple smoothie, cookies and cakes including “funnel cake fries” dusted in crushed chocolate cream cookies with cream cheese sauce, chocolate cream cookie pieces, gummy candies, chocolate coated candies and whipped cream are just a few of the holiday specialty items. Food items are not exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash and can be found at various locations in both parks.
Villainous Grove: The park’s Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes a not-so-frightful Halloween maze of Disney villains that uses lighting, projections, sounds and special effects to create a dreamlike environment. The grove offers a series of scenes, each creating a “hauntingly beautiful dream-space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.” Peterson said that unlike most frightening Halloween mazes, no one is waiting to jump out and scare event guests.
“Villainous!” is “the crown jewel” of Oogie Boogie Bash, officials said, and will be performed twice each night. Shelley Marie’s journey ends with a positive message for kids.
“It’s really a special ending. We come out of it and go to a place where we make it a positive statement for kids: You can be who you want to be,” Davison said.
Shelley Marie “is a very odd little child. She dresses differently from everybody else. She lives in suburbia, though doesn’t look like she belongs there. But she’s her own character; she’s her own person,” Davison said.
“That’s really what the show is about. It’s about you can be the oddest kid in school, but don’t worry about that because at the end of the day, as long as you’re true to yourself, you’re going to be happy,” he said.
Disney animator Eric Goldberg, who created Shelley Marie, said she is named for Mary Shelley – creator of Frankenstein.
When: Oogie Boogie Bash is from 6 to 11 p.m. on select Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Sept. 17 through Oct. 31.
Tickets: Prices start at $100 for annual passholders and $110 for non-passholders. Event ticket-holders will be admitted to California Adventure three to four hours before the start of Oogie Boogie Bash.
Halloween at both parks
In addition to the events exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash, Disneyland and California Adventure will be decked out for Halloween throughout.
At Disneyland, for example, guests will find Haunted Mansion, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, once again transformed into Haunted Holiday Mansion. Inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the seasonal attraction celebrates Halloween and Christmas as Jack Skellington offers his unique take on the holidays.
For the first time in years, all Disneyland guests can take in “Halloween Screams,” a special effects light show narrated by Jack Skellington. On select nights, Halloween Screams will be combined with fireworks.
To commemorate the celebration of Day of the Dead, guests will encounter a Dia de los Muertos tribute in Frontierland, an exhibit that features a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.
At California Adventure,Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. In Cars Land, Radiator Springs will become Radiator Screams with a special Haul-O-Ween makeover. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz and Red will be in “car-stume” while some of the rides also take on new themes.
Plaza de la Familia also returns to Paradise Gardens Park, for a celebration inspired by the spirit of Dia de lost Muertos with entertainment, craft-making, food and interactive experiences and special merchandise in celebration of Disney and Pixar’s film, “Coco.”
More information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort can be found online at www.Disneyland.com or on the Disneyland app.
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