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California Adventure Special Events (festivals & holidays)

Disney California Adventure hosts many special events throughout the year that add even more excitement to this already popular park.

From Halloween’s Oogie Boogie Bash, to Food & Wine, to a special celebration for the Lunar New Year, DCA has all kinds of unique offerings.

They include:

UPDATE: The information below may be impacted by current reopening procedures. Please visit our Disneyland reopening guide for the most up-to-date information.

Seasonal Parties

Oogie Boogie Bash — A Disney Halloween Party

Oogie Boogie Bash

Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 2021 (2022 dates TBD)

The Oogie Boogie Bash is a seasonal Halloween party that usually takes place on 25 select nights in the fall.

Ticket prices vary depending on the date and you can enter the park three hours prior, just like at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

The party includes:

  • Mickey’s Trick & Treat: An interactive stage show with Mickey, Minnie, and friends as they tell a story, dance, and give away treats 
  • Villains Grove: The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is completely transformed into a spooky, villainous trail that you won’t want to miss
  • Treat Trails: There are several trails to get candy and some even featuring a range of characters, including Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Oogie Boogie
  • Frightfully Fun Parade: A parade with characters in Halloween costumes and the Headless Horseman even makes an appearance
  • Character Meetings: There are unique villains that you can see throughout the evening
  • Costumes: Adults and kids can wear Halloween costumes, but they must follow the costume guidelines
  • Photo Ops: Disney PhotoPass photographers are around to take photos and digital photo downloads are included in the price of the event ticket
  • Carthay Circle: Black bats decorate Carthay Circle’s Bell Tower and effects transform the building

Stay tuned for more 2022 details, including pricing and ticket sales.


Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

DCA Food & Wine

March 4-April 26, 2022

Along the same lines as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World, DCA’s Food & Wine Festival offers more than a dozen California-themed food and beverage booths called Festival Marketplaces, demonstrations, celebrity chefs, merchandise, entertainment, a hands-on “cooking” experience for kids with Chef Goofy, and more.

For an additional price, all guests can also purchase the Sip and Savor Pass that typically comes with a Food & Wine lanyard and a set number of coupons that are redeemable for select food and beverage offerings at specific marketplaces. 


Halloween Time

Cars Land at Halloween

Sept. 3-Oct. 31, 2021 (2022 dates TBD)

In addition to Oogie Boogie Bash, there are many ways to celebrate Halloween at DCA and all you need is a park ticket and theme park reservation (no need to purchase a special pass).

The park’s Halloween time includes:

  • Special Themed-Attractions: Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark (runs from late afternoon through the evening, except for Oct. 31 when it runs all day) , Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree
  • Radiator “Screams'”: Cars land is completely transformed with spook-tacular decorations and the characters are dressed up in costumes
  • Other Special Elements: Don’t miss the themed-food, merchandise, and other decorations, including the massive Oogie Boogie on the outside entrance, Buena Vista Street’s black bats swarming Carthay Circle Theatre’s bell tower, and the Headless Horseman statue

Plaza de la Familia

Plaza de la Familia

Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021 (2022 dates TBD)

In celebration of Día de los Muertos, aka The Day of the Dead, and Pixar’s Coco, Paradise Gardens Park transforms into the Plaza de la Familia. 

The event includes some special entertainment, “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” featuring songs from Coco performed by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia, along with dancers and a Miguel puppet.

There’s also Mariachi music at Paradise Gardens Bandstand, The World of Coco (an art exhibit), a photo opportunity with a hand-animated figure of Miguel, and the Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location and memory wall.

Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney's Viva Navidad Street Party at DCA

Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

The festival in Paradise Gardens Park celebrates diverse cultural festivities and traditions with multicultural music, food, merchandise, and entertainment, including:

  • Festival Foods Marketplace: A marketplace with a variety of food and beverage booths celebrating global traditions. Be sure to grab a Sip and Savor Passport, which provides 8 entitlement tabs that you can redeem for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating Festival Foods Marketplace kiosks and dining locations.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad!: This is a fun street party featuring Disney characters (like Mickey and Minnie in their “fiesta best”), Mexican folklórico dancers and Mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, and giant mojiganga puppets.
  • Meet Mirabel from new Disney film Encanto: She’ll show up in Paradise Gardens later in the holiday season
  • Mickey’s Happy Holidays: Mickey Mouse and pals dance to the magical merry rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers
  • Mariachi Divas: festive spin on classic holiday tunes
  • Mostly Kosher: honors Hanukkah with an eclectic blend of musical styles from klezmer and jazz to Latin and rock
  • Blue13 Dance Company: salutes Diwali with traditional dances during a Bollywood party
  • Phat Cat Swinger: brassy, classy, swinging and holiday music selections
  • The Suffragettes: a cover band performing chart-topping hits from favorite musical artists
  • Holiday Toy Drummers: march to their own beat while drumming

Santa’s Holiday Visit

Satna at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Nov. 12-Dec. 24, 2021

From Nov. 12 through Dec. 24, 2021, you’ll be able to wave hello and snap photos of Santa Claus at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. The trail is also transformed into a holiday playground with seasonal games and outdoor activities.

Three Kings’ Day

Three Kings' Day at DCA

Jan. 3-9, 2022

Also known as El Día de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings’ Day happens over four days in Paradise Gardens Park.

The celebration honors the Epiphany, aka the twelfth day of Christmas, and the Three Kings (the 3 Wise Men).

There are usually displays of Magi figures showing the gifts brought to Bethlehem and children’s shoes that were left outside to be filled with toys.

There are typically activities for kids, where they can color themed-pictures and design their own custom crown.

Cars Land

Cars Land during the holidays

Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

In addition to the land being decorated for the holidays, the following rides have themed-overlays:

Buena Vista Street Lighting

Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street during the holidays

Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

The 50-foot tree lights up in the plaza outside Elias & Co. daily (usually around 4:55 p.m.).

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year at DCA

Jan. 21-Feb. 13, 2022

The Lunar New Year celebration honors various Asian cultures and celebrates the Year of the Tiger in 2022 at Paradise Gardens Park with special food, character meetings, entertainment, and so much more.

You can look forward to the following:

  • Characters: Tigger joins the fun (this is NEW!), along with Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, the Three Little Pigs and more. They will all be in festive attire.
  • Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon: She makes an appearance for the very first time at Disneyland Resort during the celebration. You can see Raya in a setting inspired by her native Kumandra, recreated in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession: This performance features Mulan as host, Mushu, and dozens of spirited parade performers as they honor family, friendship, and the potential for a fortune-filled new year.
  • Paradise Garden Bandstand: Live musical entertainment.
  • Sip and Savor Pass: You can purchase this pass as you eat your way through the 4 Lunar New Year marketplaces, all featuring Asian cuisine.
  • Lunar New Year-Inspired Food & Beverage: These special offerings will be available at select dining locations throughout the park.
  • Lunar New Year Traditions: A Lucky Wishing Wall and craft activities.

New Year’s Eve Countdown

New Year's Eve at Disney California Adventure

Dec. 31, 2021

On New Year’s Eve, guests can partake in a midnight countdown where World of Color takes place at  Pixar Pier.


Disneyland Egg-stravaganza

2022 Dates TBD

All you have to do is pick up a board game and stickers (around $7.99 plus tax) at select retail locations, as you hunt for hidden Disney-themed “eggs” and place the corresponding stickers on your game board.

Even if you choose not to hunt for the eggs, simply return your board game to either the designated location(s) for a prize, which is usually one of six collectible eggs.

4th of July

July 4, 2021

Guests can watch a patriotic pre-show that runs prior to World of Color performances. 

Paid Special Events

Disneyland After Dark

Disneyland After Dark events 2020


Disneyland After Dark is a specially-ticketed event. Villains Nite was originally scheduled for April 30, but it will not take place as planned. Disneyland is working on rescheduling options. We’ll provide more updates as soon as they become available.

A current Villains Nite ticket would be automatically eligible for the rescheduled event. If you no longer want to hold your current ticket, phone (714) 781-4636 for assistance. 

The event includes special themed-entertainment, food, beverages, merchandise, character meet and greets, photo opportunities, and more. Guests at Villains Nite can also experience the Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws singing and dancing.

Grad Nights

Grad Night at Disney California Adventure

2022 Dates are as follows (2023 Dates TBD)

May: 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 31
June: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17

Grad Nights are a special event for high school seniors celebrating graduates at both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. 

There are three ticket options:

  • Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience at DCA ($89 per person): After 9 p.m., Grads get exclusive access to DCA as it transforms into an immersive, once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Grads will get to enjoy this evening event with other Grads.
  • Full day at DCA plus admission to the Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience ($119 per person) later in the evening in the same park.
  • Park Hopper experience to both parks plus admission to the exclusive Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience at DCA ($179 per person): Grads can access both Disneyland and DCA on the same day during normal operating hours, then wrap up the night at the exclusive private party experience with other Grads.

Registration is available online. For more information, contact Group Travel Operations 1-800-232-7980 or email [email protected].

CHOC Walk in the Park

Disneyland CHOC Walk

2022 Dates TBD

Presented by Disneyland Resort, CHOC Walk in the Park benefits Children’s Hospital of Orange County and is presented by Disneyland Resort.

Those participating create teams to walk a 5K through Disneyland and DCA.

The funds are raised for CHOC Children’s programs and services in need, including health care programs, education, and research.

In order to register, each participant must pay a fee. Those who raise the fundraising minimum also receive discounts, including specially priced park tickets.

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