Pictorial: Disneyland After Dark: 80s Nite is a Radical Return to the 80s

On January 29, 2020 Disneyland celebrated the 80s with a special ticketed event. Disneyland After Dark: 80s Nite was a return to the 80s through the lens of the Happiest Place on Earth! The night included special photo ops, entertainment, characters, food, merchandise, and more! Unfortunately, due to the weather the planned fireworks for the night weren’t able to be presented as planned. However, the night was a lot of fun as people dressed their 80s best and returned to a Disneyland that lives on for some in their memories, and for others only in their imagination.

The event officially began at 9:00 PM after Disneyland closed at 8:00 PM on Wednesday. However, several event photo locations opened hours before the party officially began. The DAPS MAGIC team enjoyed the offerings in Tomorrowland. This included meeting some Ewoks with some photo locations in the Starcade, a Tron exhibit and some photo ops in Star Wars: Launch Bay (merchandise was also available there), and meeting Captain Rex in the extended queue for Star Tours!

As the park closed for daily guests it emptied out quite quickly. A quick stroll around the park gave a glimpse as to what would be offered for the night. While not everything was open or set up, there were still some photo ops to be seen and had. It was particularly fun to stroll through a very quiet Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For the night Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance was not open but Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was giving guests the chance to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!

At 9:00 PM the night kicked off. Surprisingly enough, the park wasn’t packed. It was quite enjoyable to see so much open space and also have the opportunity to experience so many things without too many long lines. There were some places were people lined up (Mousercize Mickey and DuckTales being prime examples), however there were lots of opportunities to not wait forever in line as well. The characters were also located in positions that allowed people to just walk by and see them if they didn’t want to wait in line. This was a very good choice and seemed to be appreciated by many guests who opted out of waiting in line for a personal picture with the characters.

The night began for the DAPS MAGIC team on Main Street as the opening announcement was made. Within moments, Mickey Mouse in his Mousercize outfit made his way to his photo op near the firehouse. This was incredibly popular throughout the entire night and Mickey Mouse was incredibly energetic! It was really quite fun. The next stop was Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where we bumped into C-3P0 and R2-D2! Both experiences were awesome!