Well, well, well, what have we here? Welcome to the first ever Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure! We’re lurking through a night of spine-tingling treats, bone-chilling merchandise, and thrilling entertainment! We’re taking a stroll through Villains Grove, a new walk-through experience taking over Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for the event!
Posters of Disney villains line the queue for this walkthrough experience. The w
(Also, the Cheshire Cat, who is definitely a villain. You can also see him below next to some nondescript character.)
Then you enter Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and the eerie display begins.
Please note that the Maleficent was part of our group. There are no character meet-and-greets in Villains Grove, but there are some incredibly immersive displays. There’s also no candy in Villains Grove. Candy-seekers should look for the Treat Trails elsewhere in the park. As you wind through the trail, you’ll see a series of themed lighting and vignettes themed to each villain.
Maleficent’s display features projections of rose thorns on the rocks in the area, as well as a spinning wheel effect that looks great.
But soon, you’ll encounter the Cheshire Cat… when you can see him, that is.
Once you’re properly disoriented, its off to the rose garden of the Queen of Hearts.
And here’s something that’s that should bring a smile to even her face: thanks to some simple lighting, the roses paint themselves!
And once you’ve left Wonderland, you’re on the savannah… and is that the march of hyenas I hear?
It was funny seeing the existing trail signs juxtaposed with the spooky motifs, but it all still worked really well.
The geysers are a nice touch. It really helps bring Scar’s lair to life.
Then it’s time to head down to New Orleans to pay a visit to Dr. Facilier… and his friends on the other side.
There’s a reason they call him “the shadow man.” The floor projections in this scene are amazing.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, have we entered the forest where the Wicked Queen lurks?
And to wrap things up, there’s an otherworldly enchanted garden. It doesn’t seem themed to any particular villain, but it is really immersive.
The pleasant music and flowers suggested the triumph of good over evil. (I mean, this is Disney, we’re talking about.) S
After walking through the fallen log that these flowers are projected on, it’s back into the light and the park.
You can check out the new walk-through experience in our video below!