2023 Disneyland After Dark Events Guide

Disneyland After Dark are after hours events that take place at Disneyland featuring special entertainment, food, photo ops, merchandise, and more! These events are typically all centered around a specific theme ranging from Disney Villains to Star Wars.

Here is everything you need to know about 2023 Disneyland After Dark Events.

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Disneyland After Dark events are not included with regular park admission and require a separate park ticket purchase. These events include unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass for all your event photos, commemorative keepsakes, plus three hours of access to the parks before the party officially begins.

We now have the details for our first round of 2023 Disneyland After Dark events! Tickets are on sale now for all these events! Tickets to Disneyland After Dark events often sell out so be sure to grab yours soon!

We expect we might see even more announced for 2023 so stay tuned for more information. It is likely we will see the typical Star Wars after dark event run in May and the popular Villains Nite return as well.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite

(Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 5, 7, 9, 14 and 16 at Disneyland Park)

The seven nights planned for this event are the most nights ever for any Disneyland After Dark event. Here's what has been announced for the event so far:

  • Special themed fireworks show
  • Royal ball hosted by Aladdin and Jasmine near “it’s a small world”
  • Enjoy live jazz on the Mark Twain Riverboat in the evening
  • Live music from from a Polynesian trio drifting through the night air at The Tropical Hideaway
  • Special themed menu items
  • Photo opportunities will Disney couples and in photo spots themed to scenes from “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Little Mermaid”
  • Includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the party
  • Pre-party mix-in admission to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m., no theme park reservation required

Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite – New in 2023!

(March 7 and 9 at Disneyland Park)

  • Princess Minnie Mouse and Princess Daisy Duck will provide royal welcome at Disneyland train station with fanfare trumpeters
  • Concert from adventurous heroines including Moana, Merida and more accompanied by live vocalists
  • Candy-themed dance party in Tomorrowland with Vanellope Von Schweetz
  • Tiana dance party with live jazz in New Orleans Square
  • Special food items available for purchase
  • Photo backdrops inspired by Disney films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Princess Diaries”
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the party
  • Pre-party mix-in admission to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m., no theme park reservation required

See details on events from last year below. We expect that many of these events will also return in 2023. This page will be updated as more Disneyland After Dark events are announced.

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Star Wars Nite

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

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

May 3, 4 and 27, 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. 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

Villains Nite

This event will likely return in 2023, for now you see the information from last year 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: Grad Nite Reunion

Grad Nite Reunion

This event was brand new in 2022 so it's unknown if it will return in 2023, for now you see the information from last year to find out more! 

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!

  • 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

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 Events

Not all dining locations will be open in Disneyland and California Adventure during the events. You will be given a party specific park map to give you an idea of what is available during the event including attractions. We found that it made more sense to eat a big dinner before the party officially began so we could spend time enjoying the event rather than stopping to eat!

Nearly all attractions will be available, perhaps with the exception of Rise of the Resistance aside from Star Wars Nite, so you can enjoy rides with low wait times during the event.

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