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.

Dance and Sing the Decades Away

Put on your dancing shoes and belt out your highest notes!

  • Join a high-energy moving pep-rally on the parade route featuring Mickey’s glee club and Goofy’s dance team amped up with music by the All-American College Band
  • In Cars Land, enjoy a Route 66 street party throwing back to the 60s, including “Hot-Rod” the DJ spinning classic tunes from the 60s, plus learn the Hully Gully and more with dance instructor “Cam”
  • In Hollywood Land, enjoy a graduating class dance party as a DJ plays multiple present-day hit tracks, including top genres, like Hip Hop, Cumbia, Reggae, Punk, Funk and more
  • In Pacific Wharf, sing all night long in our totally retro disco karaoke to the greatest disco hits of the 70s & 80s

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!
The OG Hot Dog from Award Wieners in Hollywood Land

The OG Hot Dog from Award Wieners in Hollywood Land: Bacon-wrapped all-beef footlong hot dog with grilled onions, mayo, mustard, spicy ketchup and pickled jalapeno relish served on a toasted bun with choice of mandarin oranges or filmstrip fries.

All That and a Berry Cereal shake from Schmoozies! in Hollywood Land

All That and a Berry Cereal shake from Schmoozies! in Hollywood Land: Vanilla ice cream shake with crunchy cereal topped with whipped cream and berry cereal.

Stupendous Sriracha & Bacon Pizza Slice from Pym Test Kitchen in Avengers Campus

The Stupendous Sriracha & Bacon Pizza Slice from Pym Test Kitchen in Avengers Campus: Spicy sriracha pizza with spicy candied bacon and fried eggs, served with kale Caesar salad.

It’s Like a Unicorn Raspberry Cheesecake Ration from Terran Treats in Avengers Campus

It’s Like a Unicorn Raspberry Cheesecake Ration from Terran Treats in Avengers Campus: Yellow raspberry-flavored spiral churro with cheesecake icing.

Cherry Cone-vertible from Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land

Cherry Cone-vertible from Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land: Vanilla soft serve served in a cinnamon bread cone with warm cherries.

Cheeseburger Mac Burger from Smokejumpers Grill in Grizzly Peak

Cheeseburger Mac Burger from Smokejumpers Grill in Grizzly Peak: Double burger patties topped with cheeseburger mac, burger sauce, pickles and cheese sauce served with crinkle-cut fries.

Bling Bling Cereal Churro from Goofy's Churro Cart

Bling Bling Cereal Churro from Goofy’s Churro Cart: Classic churro rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs topped with cereal mix and condensed milk.

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite Review!Disneyland After Dark

We experienced the event Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite on May 27th 2022 and we learned a lot about how to navigate after dark events regardless of what the current theme is.

Your ticket to the Disneyland After Dark event includes admission to Disneyland starting at 6PM. Take advantage of this early entry and be prepared at the park gates! We had a bit of a line to contend with arriving right at 6PM so in hindsight next time we'd arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event time to get a good spot.

Star Wars Nite

Many of the photo ops were available before the party officially started- some with a PhotoPass photographer already taking photos! We were able to get our picture taken at many of the themed photo ops before the event officially began.

Disneyland After Dark

The Disneyland After Dark events technically only last four hours as they're scheduled to officially begin at 9PM and end at 1AM. That is not a lot of time to try and fit in all the activities that are offered! We knew from the get go that we weren't going to be able to do it all so we made a list of priorities with our top two being the special fireworks and the lightsaber meet up in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. After that, we focused on our top favorite characters we wanted to see. But be warned- character lines will often be the longest lines you will experience since these events are often when Disneyland rolls out all the limited characters!

Disneyland After Dark

If we weren't interested in the fireworks, this would have been a great time to meet characters instead as many guests of the party were watching the fireworks in front of the castle. So you can see the process of weighing your must dos!

Disneyland After Dark

Some popular characters (the Ewoks were hands down the most popular!) had lines forming even before the event officially began which was a smart move for some guests, they were right in line when the event already began.

The attractions were nearly all walk ons with the exception of the Star Wars attractions (it was Star Wars Nite!) so we did walk on to a few rides as we went about our evening. In fact, for some guests purchasing a Disneyland After Dark event ticket might be worth it just to experience rides with no waits!

Disneyland Star Wars Nite

Overall, we had a great experience at our Disneyland After Dark event. We weren't able to do everything we wanted to but we decided in advance what our top priorities were and managed them quite well.

Star Wars Nite

We mobile ordered food before the party began which allowed us to skip any long food line waits. If a Disneyland After Dark event takes place during your next vacation, I'd recommend checking it out whether you're going for the specific theme or just utilizing the no wait times for rides!

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.

Past Disneyland After Dark EventsStar Wars Nite

Star Wars Nite

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

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.

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!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

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 Visit Anaheim, 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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