Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite 2024

Disneyland’s highly anticipated Star Wars Nite event is returning in 2024 bigger and better than ever! This after-hours party packed with galactic fun will take place over 8 nights from April 16 to May 9 during the Season of the Force celebration at Disneyland.

Event Details

The 2024 Star Wars Nite event nights will be:

  • April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
  • May 2, 7, 9

The separately ticketed event starts with early admission into Disneyland Park beginning at 6pm. The event then officially runs from 9pm to 1am, giving guests 8 hours to enjoy all the Star Wars offerings.

Ticket Information

  • Ticket Purchasing Process:
    • There will be a virtual queue system to purchase tickets when they go on sale to manage high demand
    • Magic Key holders get early access to purchase a limited number of pre-sale tickets before the general public
    • A new “notify me” option allows you to get an email when it’s your turn instead of waiting in the virtual queue the whole time

    Ticket Types:

    • One type of ticket for admission to the Star Wars Nite events, valid only for the specific date purchased
    • Tickets are for guests ages 3 and up. Kids under 3 are free.

    Ticket Availability:

    • Tickets will go on sale starting February 20th for Magic Key holders, and February 23rd for general public
    • Each event date has a limited number of tickets available
    • The event nights have historically sold out very quickly once tickets go on sale
  • Ticket Prices
    • April 16, 2024 – $159
      April 18, 2024 – $169
      April 23, 2024 – $159
      April 25, 2024 – $169
      April 30, 2024 – $159
      May 2, 2024 – $169
      May 7, 2024 – $159
      May 9, 2024 – $169

Event Highlights

Star Wars Nite includes exclusive Star Wars entertainment, characters, food, merchandise and more that you won’t find during normal park hours. Highlights include:

Entertainment & Characters

  • Star Wars fireworks show with music and projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • March of the First Order with Captain Phasma in Tomorrowland
  • Character encounters like Tusken Raiders, Jawas, Chewbacca, BB-8 and more
  • Lightsaber training session to handle a lightsaber like a true Jedi
  • Star Wars dance party with a DJ on Main Street
  • Photo ops with Star Wars backdrops
  • Access to rides like Millennium Falcon, Star Tours and Rise of the Resistance

Exclusive-Merchandise

  • Disneyland will offer special Star Wars Nite merchandise only available for purchase during the event nights. Here are a few of the items that will likely be offered based on past events:
    • Event T-Shirts: Short and long-sleeve shirts featuring Star Wars art and “Star Wars Nite 2024” text
    • Baseball Caps: Black caps with Aurebesh lettering spelling “Star Wars”
    • Souvenir Pins: Enamel pins with characters like Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, etc. Limited edition
    • Droid Factory: Build your own free-moving astromech droid with accessories and personality chips
    • Light-Up Toys: Lightsabers, character sippers, and glow cubes that light up in different colors
    • Specialty Ears: Mickey ear hats themed to Star Wars with characters and symbols
    • Commemorative Print: Unframed 8×10 photo print from the event for display

    There is usually a limit of 5 items per guest. The most popular exclusives like the pins, ears, and droid parts sell out quickly.

Food

Star Wars Nite will offer over 20 new food and drink items themed to Star Wars only available during the 8 Star Wars Nite event nights. Popular returning items likely include:

  • Blue Milk Panna Cotta
  • Darth by Chocolate Cake
  • Kylo Ren Waffles and Chicken Waffle Sandwich
  • C3-P0 Cotton Candy

New items may consist of:

  • Bantha Burgers: Plant-based Impossible burger with blue cheese, arugula, fried onions on a potato bun
  • Jabba the Hutt Pizza: Pizza topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon and extra cheese
  • Ewok Tots: Tater tots topped with chili, nacho cheese, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and cilantro
  • Dagobah Swamp Shake: Mint chocolate chip milkshake with a dark chocolate Darth Vader head on top

The most in-demand items like the Blue Milk Panna Cotta often sell out before the end of the night. Mobile ordering in advance is highly recommended.

Inside of the Millennium Falcon, four brown captain's chairs, green and red control pannel, greys and blacks as interior

Rides Open During Event

Popular Disneyland rides and Star Wars attractions that will remain open during the event include:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Hyperspace Mountain (Space Mountain with Star Wars theme)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Star Tours
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Shorter Wait Times

Since Star Wars Nite is a separately ticketed event with limited attendance, many of these rides will have significantly shorter wait times compared to during normal park hours. Some rides like Hyperspace Mountain, Millennium Falcon, and Rise of the Resistance often have little to no wait at all. This allows guests to experience more attractions and maximize their time during the 8-hour event. Historically, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean have been walk-ons during Star Wars Nite.

Priority Boarding Passes

Disneyland’s new virtual queue system for Web Slingers and Rise of the Resistance will remain active during the event. However, guests can access priority boarding passes for these attractions at kiosks in the parks, allowing expedited access.

Perks

Unlimited PhotoPass Downloads

Guests receive unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads to capture magical moments with Star Wars characters, at immersive photo backdrops, and on popular attractions. This allows guests to take home high-quality images to remember the galactic fun.

Photo-Op’s

  • Multiple Star Wars-themed photo backdrops featuring new places and characters from across the Star Wars universe
  • Photo ops with Star Wars characters like Chewbacca, BB-8, Jawas, Tusken Raiders and more
  • Photo backdrop on Main Street with Sleeping Beauty Castle illuminated with Star Wars projections
  • Photo spot with lightsabers by the Millennium Falcon
  • Photo ops with Captain Phasma and her Stormtroopers in Tomorrowland
  • Photo backdrop at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Photo spots along the route of the Fleet of Fandom costume cavalcade on Main Street

Early Park Admission

Star Wars Nite tickets include early 6pm park admission to take advantage of extra time in Disneyland before the 9pm event start. Guests can maximize their time at the limited-ticket event.

Commemorative Credential & Guide Map

Guests receive a themed credential for admission and an event guide map detailing offerings and schedules for the night. These serve as souvenirs to remember the special event.

Character Meet n Greets

In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:

  • Chewbacca
  • Rey
  • Vi Moradi
  • C-3PO
  • The Mandalorian and Grogu (Baby Yoda)

In Tomorrowland:

  • Darth Vader
  • Darth Maul
  • R2-D2
  • Emperor Palpatine and his Royal Guards

In Critter Country:

  • Queen Amidala

In Fantasyland:

  • R5-D4
  • Jawas

History of Star Wars Nite

Star Wars Nite first debuted in 2018 as part of Disneyland’s new Disneyland After Dark event series. The inaugural event was held on May 3, 2018 to coincide with Star Wars Day on May 4th. Since its debut, Star Wars Nite has become an annual tradition, typically taking place over several nights in late April/early May. The multi-night format was introduced in 2023, with events held on May 2, 4, 8 and 11.

Key aspects:
  • First held on May 3, 2018 as a one-night event
  • Became an annual, multi-night event starting in 2023
  • Usually timed to coincide with Star Wars Day on May 4th
  • Takes place inside Disneyland Park from 9pm-1am
  • Offers exclusive Star Wars entertainment, characters, food and merchandise
  • Has quickly sold out each year since its debut

In 2024, Star Wars Nite has expanded to 8 event nights – its biggest year yet – spanning April 16 to May 9. A new virtual queue system was also introduced for ticket purchases.

Tips for Attending

Follow these tips to make the most of your Star Wars Nite experience:

Arrive early – Take advantage of the 6pm early entry to maximize your time in the parks. Arrive even earlier to beat lines.

Have a plan – Review the event guide map ahead of time and make a plan so you don’t miss must-do activities.

Wear a costume – Dress up in your best Star Wars costume to get the full experience. Participate in the costume cavalcade on Main Street.

Mobile order food – Avoid long lines and maximize event time by mobile ordering food in advance.

Capture moments – Take advantage of unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads to get photos with characters and event backdrops.

Charge devices – Bring a portable phone charger so you can take photos and use apps all night without losing power.

Nighttime in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about Star Wars Nite 2024 at Disneyland:

What are the event hours?
Early admission begins at 6pm. The event runs from 9pm to 1am.

Can I dress up?
Yes! Costumes are encouraged but must follow Disneyland guidelines.

What characters will appear?
Characters will include Chewbacca, BB-8, Jawas, Tusken Raiders and more.

How late can I ride Rise of the Resistance?
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will remain open during the event, so you can ride with low wait times.

How much are tickets?
Ticket prices start at $159. Pricing varies by date. Check the Disneyland website for specifics.

When should I buy tickets?
Tickets go on sale starting February 20 for Magic Key holders and February 23 for general public, at 9am PT. They are limited.

Conclusion

Star Wars Nite 2024 is set to be an epic event packed with exclusive Star Wars experiences you won’t get any other time. With 8 event nights and more entertainment and offerings than ever before, it’s bound to sell out quickly. Plan ahead, purchase tickets early, and use these tips to make the most of your Star Wars adventure! May the force be with you!