Disneyland After Dark

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Disneyland After Dark, extends into 2019. See which Disneyland After Dark events to attend in 2019 including Sweethearts’ Nite and 90s Nite.

Disneyland after dark
Disneyland after dark

Disneyland After Dark was reintroduced in early 2018, and is making a comeback in 2019. These limited time, special ticketed events sell out quickly. Read up on the details for these limited time eventss and how to create your own throw-back night on any night at Disneyland.

Disneyland After Dark Tickets

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Partners Statue
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Partners Statue

Regular park admission does not grant you access to after hours events. If you are visiting Disneyland Park on a “Disneyland After Dark” event day, the park will close at 8 pm or 9 pm, check the daily schedule for specific details up to 6 weeks in advance..

Each Disneyland After Dark evening will feature a new theme and goes from 8:00 or 9:00 pm until 1:00am and requires a special ticket beginning at $99 per person.Tickets details for Annual Passholders general public available here. If you’re looking to enjoy Disneyland after the sunsets on other evenings, be sure to get your Disneyland tickets at a discounted price here.

Disneyland After Dark Official Events

“Come dressed in your best to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth under a million twinkling lights, swinging to the tune of the bands and enjoying your favorite rides in the cool moonlight ‘till the clock strikes 1 a.m.!” –Disney Parks Blog

Night views of Tomorrowland.

Each Disneyland After Dark evening will feature a new theme and goes from 8:00 or 9:00pm until 1:00am and requires a special ticket. Regular park admission does not grant you access to this after hours event.

Your ticket to Disneyland After Dark (starting at $99 per person) includes:

  • Access to Disneyland Park with limited admission tickets sold (i.e. smaller crowds)
  • Admission to Disneyland Park beginning 2-3 hours before official event start time
  • Park at Mickey & Friends (additional fee)
  • After-hours attractions (varies according to event date and schedule)
  • Character meet and greets
  • Live music and dancing at various locations throughout Disneyland Park
  • Specialty throw-back food and drinks
  • Tribute fireworks show (certain events only)
  • Complimentary keepsake upon entry
  • Free PhotoPass downloads during the event

Remember, event attire is encouraged to create an authentic themed vibe at Disneyland After Dark.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite

The first in the Disneyland After Dark special event series in 2019 is “Sweethearts’ Nite” on February 7, 2019. Here’s what’s going down:

  • Disneyland Sweethearts’ Nite tickets available at $99 and up, you may arrive as early as 6:00 pm, but the official event runs from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.
  • Dress in a “darling outfit inspired by your favorite Disney Character” is encouraged.
  • You may enter Disneyland Park beginning at 6:00pm on February 7, 2019.
  • Park at Mickey & Friends (additional fee)
  • Iconic attractions like “it’s a small world,”Storybook Land Canal Boats, Space Mountain and more. and more will be open (see my list of top romantic rides here)
  • Rare couples and character meet and greets, “including Eugene and Rapunzel, Aladdin and Jasmine, and of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.”
  • Sweetheart music playing live throughout the park along with a imperial ball near “it’s a small world,” where guests can dance the night away alongside Disney Characters.
  • Sweetheart inspired food and drinks.
  • Mickey’s Mix Magic fireworks and dance party display.
  • Complimentary keepsake upon entry
  • Free PhotoPass downloads during the event, including photo ops in front of iconic romantic backdrops like Ariel and Eric’s moonlit rowboat ride, the lantern scene from Tangled, Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride and more.

Disneyland After Dark: 90s Nite

Details coming soon!

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

Star Wars at Disneyland
Star Wars at Disneyland; character meet and greets, Star Wars Launch Bay and more.

SECOND Star Wars Nite added May 9th, ticket on sale May 1st. 

The second in the Disneyland After Dark special event series is “Star Wars Nite” on May 3, 2018 going into the early morning hours of Star Wars holiday- May the Fourth. Here’s what to expect for this Star Wars event:

  • Tickets on sale March 27 for Annual Passholders
  • Tickets on sale March 29 for general public
  • If you plan to arrive before the event, you’ll need a regular park ticket as well
  • Dress in Star Wars attire encouraged
  • You may enter Disneyland Park beginning at 6:00pm on May 3rd
  • Park at Mickey & Friends (additional fee)
  • Select attractions, including Hyperspace Mountain will be open
  • Star Wars character meet and greets
  • Star Wars inspired food and drinks
  • Complimentary keepsake upon entry
  • Free PhotoPass downloads during the event

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Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite

This Disneyland After Dark event has concluded.

Mad Tea Party after dark
Mad Tea Party after dark

The first in the Disneyland After Dark special event series is “Throwback Nite” on January 18, 2018. Here’s what’s going down:

  • Tickets available at $95 and up, if you plan to arrive before the event, you’ll need a regular park ticket as well
  • Dress in 50s and 60s attire encouraged
  • You may enter Disneyland Park beginning at 6:00pm on January 18th
  • Park at Mickey & Friends (additional fee)
  • Iconic attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and more will be open
  • Character meet and greets
  • 1960s tribute band playing live on Disneyland Railroad platform over Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Jazz and swing music in front of “it’s a small world”
  • Live DJ broadcasting around Sleeping Beauty Castle and taking special dedications
  • Music aboard Mark Twain Riverboat sailing Rivers of America
  • Food and drinks from the park’s earliest days
  • Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display
  • Complimentary keepsake upon entry
  • Free PhotoPass downloads during the event

    Skyway Photo Op at Disneyland After Dark. Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort.
    Skyway Photo Op at Disneyland After Dark. Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland After Dark Hotels

Disneyland After Dark. Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland After Dark. Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort.

After your late night riding after dark attractions and dancing to live bands, you’re gonna need a place to crash. Check out all the hotels within walking distance or a short drive and save an extra $10 when you stay 2 nights or more with promo code HAPPIEST10.

Disneyland After Dark Unofficial Events

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad after dark.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad after dark.

Experiencing Disneyland after sunset is simply magical! If you can’t make it to one of the official “Disneyland After Dark” events, choose to visit during extended park hours which usually fall on weekend, during holidays and school breaks.

Most nights in the summer Disneyland stays open until midnight, giving you ample time to explore the parks after dark. Some of my favorite attractions to ride after dark include:

  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain

Plus, Galactic Grill serves up some incredible late night snacks most evenings including french toast dippers, cheesy potato bites, quesadillas and more.

Looking for more ways to make a night of it at Disneyland? Check out our Date Night at Disneyland article for tips and ideas.

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

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