In 2018, Disneyland introduced special after-hours themed events called Disneyland After Dark. The two themed events, “Throwback Nite” and “Star Wars Nite” were huge hits, selling out quickly and bringing in a ton of extra revenue for the Resort. Plus the events give us something that is much needed at the Resort – an experience created for the adult Disney fan.
These events aren’t officially marketed as events for grown-ups, but let’s face it … a late night, after-hours party until 1am? With themes such as Throwback Nite and Sweethearts Nite? It sounds like a good excuse for adults to get out of the house, leave the kids with a sitter, and enjoy Disneyland without the massive crowds.
The events were incredibly popular last year, so it’s no surprise Disneyland After Dark is back in 2020 and the number of events have doubled! Disneyland After Dark is also being extended over to Disney California Adventure!
*Exact party times are subject to change
Hot on the heels of last year’s successful 90s Nite, first up is 80s Nite which will take place on January 29, 2020 from 9pm to 1am. The event officially starts at 9pm but guests with a ticket can enter Disneyland Park as early as 6pm. Obviously everyone is going to want to rock their 80s fashion and 80s Disney movie Disneybounds!
Special offerings will include an “exclusive” fireworks show, a “Throwback to Videopolis” at the Fantasyland Theater, 80s themed photo backdrops, rare character encounters, decade-inspired menu items, and special merchandise. Visit the 80s Nite Disneyland website for more information.
Sweethearts Nite will take place on February 12 and 13, 2020 from 9pm to 1am. The event officially starts at 9pm but guests with a ticket can enter Disneyland Park as early as 6pm. Expect to see a lot of cute couples Disneybounds at this event.
Special offerings will include Love song-themed dance parties, a glitzy royal ball, rare character “Disney couples” encounters, romantic themed photo backdrops, and specialty menu items. Visit the Sweethearts Nite Disneyland website for more information.
PIXAR Nite will take place on March 5, 2020 from 8pm to Midnight at Disney California Adventure. The event officially starts at 9pm but guests with a ticket can enter Disney California Adventure as early as 5pm. Guests are encouraged to wear their Pixar-best!
Special offerings will include interactive dance parties, character meets with Pixar pals, fun photo opportunities, and special food and merchandise. Visit the PIXAR Nite Disneyland website for more information.
Villains Nite will take place on April 30, 2020 from 9pm to 1am at Disney California Adventure. The event officially starts at 9pm but guests with a ticket can enter Disney California Adventure as early as 6pm.
Special offerings will include a “Villains Cabaret,” DJ hosted dance parties, character encounters, photo opportunities, and themed decor, food, and merchandise. Visit the Villains Nite Disneyland website for more information.
*All events include access to select attractions, plus unlimited PhotoPass digital downloads taken during the party.
*Availability for these events will be limited and they WILL sell out. So plan ahead and get your tickets early! For more details, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
*The cost for these events is $109 per ticket. Children under 3 years are free. There is no AP discount, but AP pre-sale tickets start December 3, 2019. General tickets are on sale December 4, 2019. Visit the Disneyland website to learn more and purchase tickets.
Wondering what it’s like to attend a Disneyland After Dark event? They are probably very similar to the after-hours Annual Passholder events Disneyland used to offer to Annual Passholders for free a few years back. You can read about my experience with these events here.
Do you plan on attending a Disneyland After Dark event this year?
Updated November 2019.