Disneyland After Dark Events- Everything You Should Know

Disneyland After Dark are specially themed events that take place after park hours at Disneyland all featuring entertainment, food, photo ops, merchandise, and more all pertaining to their perspective themes!

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The ticketed events grant guests access to either Disneyland or California Adventure after closing depending on which park is hosting the event. Select attractions to remain open for the event making this a great chance to ride key rides with little to no wait. You will also receive unlimited digital downloads of all your PhotoPass photos from the event.

Here are all the Disneyland After Dark events coming up!

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80s Nite

80s Nite is an 80s themed era evening that takes place at Disneyland Park on January 29th! Don't forget to dress in your 80s finest legwarmers and shoulder pads to really get into the fun.

The event includes:

  • “Flashback To Videopolis!” takeover of the Fantasyland Theatre with a live VJ, music videos and dancers boogieing to the decade’s hottest hits.
  • “Awesome After Dark – Fireworks To The Max!” fireworks show, high-energy musical entertainment and more.
  • “Throwback”-style encounters with Disney friends of yesteryear.
  • Immersive photo opportunities with a nostalgic twist.
  • Decade-inspired décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.
  • The event runs from 9PM-1AM.

Sweethearts Night

Sweethearts’ Nite takes place Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at Disneyland Park- an event that honors the love of Valentine's Day.

This date night focused event includes:

  • Love song-themed dance parties throughout the park, as well as a glitzy royal ball.
  • Encounters with darling Disney couples, including Cinderella and Prince Charming, Aladdin and Jasmine, and of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • Romantic photo opportunities featuring sweet scenes from iconic Disney films.
  • Lovely décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.
  • The event runs from 9PM-1AM.

PIXAR Nite

PIXAR Nite takes place March 5th at Disney California Adventure Park. This Pixar Animation Studios event celebrates the stories and characters from all your favorite Pixar films.

The event includes:

  • Interactive dance parties themed to favorite Pixar stories, including the retro-cool Incredibles family and scare-tastic gang from Monsters, Inc.
  • Encounters with crowd-pleasing Pixar pals, including Russel and Carl from “Up” and Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out.”
  • Playfully fun photo opportunities.
  • Whimsical décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 5 p.m.
  • The event runs from 8PM-12AM.

Villains Nite

Villains Nite takes place on April 30th at California Adventure Park and features a celebration to honor your inner villain.

The event includes:

  • Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws singing and dancing their way through a riff-raff-lovin’ revue.
  • Spellbinding DJ-hosted dance parties and sing-alongs throughout the park.
  • Encounters with some of Disney’s famously nefarious fiends or their henchmen!
  • Photo opportunities themed to popular villain lairs and thrones.
  • Dastardly décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 6 p.m.
  • The event runs from 9PM-1AM.

Disneyland After Dark Pricing and DetailsWith an eerie glow in the background, Maleficent from Disneys Sleeping Beauty stands posed with her staff

Tickets for all the upcoming Disneyland After Dark events go on sale:

  • Dec. 3: Tickets on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders
  • Dec. 4: Tickets on sale for general public

These events always sell out so be sure to grab your tickets ASAP on the Disneyland website. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased online, at Disney Desk locations in participating Good Neighbor Hotels, or by calling (714) 781-4636 until the day before the event, or at any Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, and no discounts apply. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable and may not be resold. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive.

Disney has also noted on their website that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not be available for any of the party nights held at Disneyland.

Ride and Food Options during Disneyland After Dark EventsHeart pounding ride, Space Mountain, for teens and tweens to enjoy!

Select dining locations at both Disneyland and California Adventure are open during the events. Upon entry to the event, you can check with a cast member to see what locations will be open. You can also expect to fill up on plenty of the themed treats and food at the event! Each event will have a fun variety of themed treats that you shouldn't miss out on!

As for rides, for past Disneyland After Dark events nearly all rides in the park were open and ready for guests to enjoy with no wait times! This year we'll see how Disneyland handles Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and if that will be included in the events although Disney has already put a disclaimer on their event pages that the Rise of the Resistance ride will not be available to event guests.

Disneyland After Dark Tips and StrategiesImage result for disneyland after dark events

  1. Decide if it's worth it- each group will be different but if your group is filled with night owls- then this can be a great way to enjoy a huge number of high ticket attractions without worrying about getting FastPasses! But if you have small children in your group or other members of your party that don't do well with late nights, then it might not be the best option.
  2. Arrive early- since your party ticket allows you entry to the park a few hours before the event begins plan on arriving at least 30 minutes in advance so you can be in line and ready to walk through those gates right as soon as you're allowed in to utilize every second you can get.
  3. Use the hours prior to the party wisely- consult the list of attractions and events available during the party and make a note of what you want to do that is not on these lists. Use those few hours before the party officially starts to check those items off your list.
  4. Take advantage of special entertainment- you can get plenty done at Disneyland if you purchase MaxPass so you really should look at this event to have fun with the specially themed entertainment as priority- otherwise there's really not much point in attending!
  5. Use this on an off day from the parks- if you plan on doing one of these events then I suggest doing this ticketed event on a day you're not planning on using a regular park ticket. Spend the day sleeping in and relaxing at your hotel pool to rest up for the big night ahead.

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