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!

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 plus commemorative keepsakes including a souvenir credential and event guide map.

Here are all the Disneyland After Dark events!

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2022 Disneyland After Dark EventsDisneyland After Dark: Grad Nite Reunion

Grad Nite Reunion

Disneyland After Dark: Grad Nite Reunion will be offered on June 23, 28, and 30, 2022. Tickets will go on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning April 28, 2022, no earlier than noon PT.

This Disneyland After Dark event is a throwback to your own high school grad night with a reunion party celebrating the last 6 decades with nostalgic food, entertainment and music!

From entertainment experiences to unique cafeteria-inspired food, it is an evening of Grad Nite’s “Greatest Hits.” Revel in a lively, last-hurrah atmosphere and enjoy that carefree feeling of being a recent high school grad.

Here are some of the details for what you can expect at Disneyland After Dark: Grad Nite Reunion.

  • Enjoy sightings of beloved Disney characters throughout the evening with a few favorites proudly wearing their cap and gown
  • March-along pep-rally style with some favorite Disney friends
  • Dance through the decades to hits of today and yesterday
  • Retro photo opportunities
  • Unique, cafeteria-inspired food and beverage offerings
  • Special after-hours access to most of the park’s attractions
  • Party attire encouraged. Don’t forget to show your school spirit!

Star Wars Nite

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

May 3, 4 and 27, 2022, at Disneyland Park

Star Wars Nite will be the ultimate Star Wars extravaganza, packed with galactic fun on three separate nights at Disneyland park in May 2022. Highlights of Star Wars Nite include:

  • An amazing pyrotechnical spectacle that will illuminate the skies with a Star Wars-themed fireworks show
  • March of the First Order, featuring Captain Phasma and her elite unit of Stormtroopers
  • A Galactic dance party
  • Sightings of various Star Wars characters throughout the evening
  • Star Wars-themed attractions, usually with shorter wait times
  • Star Wars-themed eats and treats, merchandise, photo opportunities, and more
  • Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m., no theme park reservation required

Sweethearts' Nite

This event will likely return in 2023, for now you can see the 2022 information to find out more!

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite

Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10 and 14, 2022, at Disneyland Park

(Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Dec. 9, 2021, no earlier than noon PT)

Sweethearts’ Nite will be hosted at Disneyland park on five separate evenings in Feb. 2022. There’s sure to be heartfelt fun for everyone as Valentine’s Day is celebrated during Sweethearts’ Nite. Here’s some of what you can expect:

  • A special themed fireworks show
  • Projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.
  • A jazz ensemble aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, plus other live entertainment, including a Royal Ball and a dance party with a DJ
  • Spot the most darling Disney couples, and take selfies with your favorites
  • Fun photo opportunities featuring romantic scenes from iconic Disney films
  • Lovely décor, along with food and beverage offerings around the park
  • Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required

Villains Nite

This event will likely return in 2023, for now you see the 2022 information to find out more!

Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite

March 8 and 10, 2022, at Disney California Adventure Park

At Villains Nite, you’ll get to party with some of Disney’s most mischievous misfits at Disney California Adventure park. These wonderfully wicked events will take place on two separate evenings in March 2022, and include:

  • The Cauldron, a cunningly-crafted cabaret featuring a cast of villainous virtuosos showing off their talents through song and dance
  • Ursula’s Seaside Sing-a-long, where you can find your voice and sing along
  • The Underworld Dance Party, which allows you to bust a move at a dastardly DJ dance party in the Hollywood Backlot
  • Special photo backdrops, featuring scenes inspired by some favorite villains
  • Some of Disney’s famously nefarious fiends – or their henchmen – at special locations around the park
  • Delightfully decadent food and beverage offerings
  • Early admission to Disney California Adventure park beginning at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required

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

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.

What if I have tickets from the 2020 Disneyland After Dark Canceled Events?

If you previously purchased a ticket for the 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite or  Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite events, you can exchange your 2020 event ticket(s) to one of the nights of the new event of the same theme (e.g., exchange 2020 Villains Nite ticket for ticket to Villains Nite on March 8 or 10, 2022, or exchange 2020 Star Wars Nite ticket for ticket to Star Wars Nite on May 3 or 4, 2022, respectively) anytime from today through Jan. 8, 2022. An exchange for a 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite ticket for a ticket to the May 27, 2022, Star Wars Nite can be made, but with an additional fee equal to the difference in price of the 2020 and 2022 tickets.

Visit Disneyland.com/ExtrasUpdates for more information. Simply call Guest Information Ticket Sales at (714) 300-7807 by Jan. 8, 2022, to make that exchange. Disneyland After Dark tickets purchased in 2020 will not be valid for admission to any event and must be exchanged to participate in an event.

If you do not wish to exchange your 2020 Disneyland After Dark event ticket to the new event dates or you missed the exchange window, you may call (714) 300-7807 for your options.

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!

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 long lines! 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 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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Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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