Disneyland’s popular after-hours events known as “Disneyland After Dark” are returning in 2024 with some fan favorite themes and a brand-new event – Disney Channel Nite. These separately ticketed events allow guests to experience the Disneyland Park after regular hours with unique entertainment, characters, food, merchandise and shorter ride wait times. In 2024, Disneyland will host more After Dark event nights than ever before over the first half of the year. The lineup kicks off with 8 nights of Sweethearts’ Nite in late January and early February around Valentine’s Day.
Disney is also bringing back the immersive Star Wars Nite in conjunction with the Season of the Force celebration in April and May. Additionally, for the second year, Disneyland After Dark will celebrate love and diversity with 2 nights of Pride Nite in June. The newest event is the first-ever Disney Channel Nite on March 5 and 7, which will take guests on a nostalgic trip back through various eras of Disney Channel shows. From High School Musical pep rallies to Phineas and Ferb dance parties, photo ops with classic Disney Channel backdrops, and more, it’s certain to delight kids of all ages.
Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite
Jan. 23, 25, 30
Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14
Numerous Disneyland Resort visitors relish attending our Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite events! These separately-ticketed, romantic evenings include after-hours theme park and ride access, unique entertainment, beloved character appearances, specialty food and drink, plus commemorative keepsakes. In 2024, we will host more ‘nites’ than ever before, with some popular themes returning, plus an all-new one…Disney Channel Nite!
Every Disneyland After Dark event starts with a three-hour pre-party mix-in at Disneyland Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT before the party officially commences. In addition to the themed entertainment exclusively for the event, admission also comprises unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads to capture treasured memories. Whether you’re a romantic, Disney Channel enthusiast, Star Wars fan or want to show Pride – these limited-time offerings are made for you!
Sweethearts’ Nite will offer many heartwarming offerings across eight nights celebrating relationships: A royal cavalcade through Disneyland Park; dancing with beloved characters at an evening ball near “it’s a small world”; a dance party hosted by Stitch and Angel in Tomorrowland; unique photo backdrops to step into iconic Disney love scenes; delightful lighting, projections and music; plus themed treats like a shortbread cookie churro with strawberry dipping sauce.
Reservations are recommended at Plaza Inn, Café Orleans, River Belle Terrace and Carnation Café for specialty menu items, subject to availability. Tickets will be available first for Magic Key holders on December 12, 2023 at 9am PT via Disneyland.com, then open to the general public on December 14 (pending availability).
Disneyland After Dark: Disney Channel Nite
Mar. 5 & 7
Prepare for an all-new, nostalgic celebration as Disneyland After Dark: Disney Channel Nite debuts! This event will highlight offerings from beloved Disney Channel shows across various eras with great music, unforgettable characters, high-octane dance parties, distinctive photo opportunities, and more!
Join fellow Disney Channel fans in the amusement with fantastic offerings like: A High School Musical pep rally parade; a Phineas and Ferb dance party in Tomorrowland with character appearances; Camp Rock karaoke and a Disney Channel trivia challenge inside The Golden Horseshoe; plus a Descendants cruise on the Rivers of America.
Guests can also picture themselves in playful photo backdrops representing classic Disney Channel shows and movies such as Lizzie McGuire, The Cheetah Girls, and Teen Beach Movie. A selection of themed foods like mini banana burritos and tropical punch will be available too. Magic Key holders can access pre-sale tickets starting December 12, 2023 at 9am PT via Disneyland.com. Any remaining tickets will go on sale December 14 to the public, subject to availability.
Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite
April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May 2, 7 & 9
Star Wars Nites return with more nights than ever before! Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure during Star Wars: Season of the Force, occurring April 5 – June 2, 2024. Stay tuned for more details and ticket information in the coming months!
Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite
June 18 & 20
After a momentous debut in 2023, Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite is back across two spectacular June evenings at Disneyland Park celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community! Anticipate further details and ticket sales info for Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite over the next few months. We eagerly await the return of these magical events!
Food & Dining
Disneyland After Dark is a series of special after-hours events at Disneyland Park featuring unique entertainment, characters, food, and more. For 2024, there will be four themed events:
The Sweethearts’ Nite event on January 23, 25, 30 and February 1, 6, 8, 12, and 14 will offer several food and beverage options with a romantic theme:
Specialty menu items at Plaza Inn, Cafe Orleans, River Belle Terrace, and Carnation Café. Reservations recommended.
Sweet treats like chocolate almond churros with strawberry cheesecake dipping sauce and Café Daisy’s fried heart-shaped ravioli.
Themed snacks and desserts like mini banana burritos and tropical banana punch at Red Rose Taverne and s’mores donut skewers from Café Daisy.
Disney Channel Nite
The all-new Disney Channel Nite event on March 5 and 7 will feature food inspired by Disney Channel shows:
Mini banana burritos and tropical banana punch at Red Rose Taverne based on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
Chili cheese loaded nachos and s’mores donut skewers from Café Daisy inspired by “Phineas and Ferb”
Star Wars Nite
While details are still forthcoming on the April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and May 2, 7, 9 Star Wars Nite event, previous years have included themed food and beverages like:
The June 18 and 20 Pride Nite will likely feature rainbow-themed food and drinks to celebrate, as it did during the inaugural 2023 event.
Sweethearts’ Nite (Jan 23, 25, 30; Feb 1, 6, 8, 12, 14): Tickets start at $139 per guest (ages 3+)
Disney Channel Nite (March 5 & 7): $139 per guest (ages 3+)
Star Wars Nite (April dates TBD): Pricing not yet announced
Pride Nite (June 18 & 20): Pricing not yet announced
The Sweethearts’ Nite and Disney Channel Nite events have ticket pricing starting at $139 per guest aged 3 and up. Specific pricing varies by date, with some dates costing up to $169 per ticket based on demand.Pricing has not yet been announced for the Star Wars Nite and Pride Nite events in 2024. However, previous years’ pricing for these events has also started around $139-$169 per ticket.
Most rides and attractions will be open during the events, with a few exceptions:
Toontown is usually closed during the events
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is sometimes closed if it doesn’t align with the event theme (for example, it will be open during Star Wars Nite)
Critter Country is sometimes closed
Fantasyland dark rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, Alice in Wonderland, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride are typically open
Popular rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are open with very short wait times
Most major rides are open for guests to enjoy with minimal waits during the Disneyland After Dark events. The events provide a great opportunity to experience many attractions in a short period of time. Just be aware that land closures can vary a bit by event. Checking details closer to the event date is advised to know exactly what will be open.
With 4 different event themes and a total of 20 nights planned, Disneyland After Dark 2024 is shaping up to be bigger than ever. From romantic Sweethearts’ Nite to the immersive Star Wars Nite and festive Pride Nite to the all-new Disney Channel Nite, these after-hours parties offer unique entertainment and park experiences you can’t get during normal operating hours.
Advance planning is highly recommended as these events are very popular and often sell out quickly once tickets go on sale. By announcing so many details upfront, Disneyland is allowing guests to plan their 2024 vacations around these special events more easily. With so much already revealed about entertainment, offerings, and dates, Disneyland After Dark 2024 is a can’t miss opportunity for fans to make magical memories.