Disneyland cancels Oogie Boogie Bash due to coronavirus

From OC Register

It’s only July but it’s already looking like the COVID-19 pandemic is going to ruin Halloween as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood have been forced to cancel their lucrative seasonal events that bring hordes of haunt-happy fans to the Southern California theme parks.

The Oogie Boogie Bash separate-admission event at Disney California Adventure will not return this Halloween season as Disneyland awaits theme park guidelines that have yet to be released by the state, according to Disneyland officials.

Universal Studios has canceled Halloween Horror Nights at both its California and Florida theme parks for this year.

Both Disneyland and Universal plan to bring back their Halloween events in 2021.

Knott’s Berry Farm has not yet announced whether Halloween Haunt will happen this year.

Preparing for Oogie Boogie Bash, which typically begins in mid-September, takes a substantial amount of planning and coordination, Disneyland officials said.

Additional details on the Halloween Time decor that typically fills Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during the Halloween season will be shared at a later time as the theme park resort continues to work toward reopening with guidance from state and federal authorities, according to Disneyland officials.

Disney moved the former Mickey’s Halloween Party from Disneyland to Disney California Adventure in 2019 and rechristened the event as Oogie Boogie Bash.

The new Halloween party at Disney California Adventure hosted by monster of scare-e-monies Oogie Boogie from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” featured a villain-themed “World of Color” show and “Descendants”-inspired dance party.

The after-hours Halloween event — which runs on select nights in September and October — is one of the few times of the year when older kids and adults can wear costumes in the theme park.

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