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Disneyland After Dark After-Hours Events Returning to Disneyland Resort in 2022

The popular Disneyland After Dark after-hours events are returning to the Disneyland Resort in 2022. Today Disney announced that Sweethearts’ Nite, Villains Nite, and Star Wars Nite. This time around, there will be more nights offered for each.

Disneyland After Dark events run for four hours after the conclusion of Disneyland’s normal operating day. They include special themes with unique entertainment, character offerings, merchandise, foods, and access to most of the attractions at the park with shorter wait times. Tickets to events also include unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads and a pre-party mix-in where guests can enter the park 3 hours before the party begins.

Disney has shared details about each of the three Disneyland After Dark events. Check them out here:

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite

Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10 and 14, 2022, at Disneyland Park

(Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Dec. 9, 2021, no earlier than noon PT)

Sweethearts’ Nite will be hosted at Disneyland park on five separate evenings in Feb. 2022. There’s sure to be heartfelt fun for everyone as Valentine’s Day is celebrated during Sweethearts’ Nite. Here’s some of what you can expect:

  • A special themed fireworks show
  • Projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.
  • A jazz ensemble aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, plus other live entertainment, including a Royal Ball and a dance party with a DJ
  • Spot the most darling Disney couples, and take selfies with your favorites
  • Fun photo opportunities featuring romantic scenes from iconic Disney films
  • Lovely décor, along with food and beverage offerings around the park
  • Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required

Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite

March 8 and 10, 2022, at Disney California Adventure Park

(Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Jan. 11, 2022)

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: Star Wars Nite

May 3, 4 and 27, 2022, at Disneyland Park

(Tickets on sale on Disneyland.com, beginning Jan. 11, 2022)

Star Wars Nite will be the ultimate Star Wars extravaganza, packed with galactic fun on three separate nights at Disneyland park in May 2022. 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

Those guests who already had purchased a ticket for 2020’s Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite or  Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite can exchange their tickets for one of the nights for next year’s events that has the same theme. This can be done at any time between now and January 8, 2022. Exchanges for the 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite ticket for a ticket to May 27, 2022’s event, can be made but the price difference will have to be made up by the guest. More information can be found at Disneyland.com/ExtrasUpdates. To make the exchange, call Guest Information Ticket Sales at (714) 300-7807 by Jan. 8, 2022. Be sure to exchange any 2020 Disneyland After Dark by January 8 as they will not be valid for any of the 2022 Disneyland After Dark events.

For those who do not wish to exchange their 2020 Disneyland After Dark tickets, call (714) 300-7807 for options. This also applies to those who miss the January 8, 2022 exchange window.

More details about the Disneyland After Dark events can be found at Disneyland.com/DisneylandAfterDark. Take note that parking is not included with the ticket price to one of these events. There will also be a limited amount of tickets sold for each event so plan on grabbing tickets as soon as they become available.

What do you think of these Disneyland After Dark events returning to Disneyland in 2022? Which one are you most excited about? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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