5 Ways the Disneyland® Resort Comes to Life at Night
July 7, 2022
When the sun goes down, the Disneyland® Resort transforms. The glow of the lamplights lining Main Street, U.S.A., the twinkling trees, the glimmering sky—everything feels enchanting after dark. From parades to glowing attractions and even shopping, there are plenty of fun ways to enjoy the Disneyland® Resort at night. As Roger Heartsner, Executive Producer for Disney Live Entertainment, says, “It’s a must-do part of the entire package for the Disneyland® Resort. It rounds out your experience.” And remember, as you explore the parks, redeem your Disney Rewards Dollars toward snacks and souvenirs.1
1. Nighttime entertainment abounds
Watch fire, light and water dance through scenes of Disney and Pixar stories in the classic World of Color spectacular in Disney California Adventure® Park. At Fantasmic! in Disneyland® Park, marvel at Mickey Mouse as his dreams come to life in a dazzling show of live performers, special effects, state-of-the-art projections and more. Last but not least, don’t miss the Main Street Electrical Parade—available for a limited time at Disneyland® Park—which has amazed Guests for 50 years with its iconic images and new twists, shining a light on the theme of togetherness.
“These are shows that people have seen for years,” says Heartsner. “They are perennial favorites.”
Be sure to check the dates and times for each of these shows, as the schedule is subject to change.
2. Disneyland® Resort fireworks add sparkle to the skies
For decades, fireworks have been a hallmark of the Disneyland® Resort experience. And with the limited-time spectacular, Disneyland Forever, the tradition continues. This fireworks show “speaks to the heart of Disneyland® park,” Heartsner says, as it uses all of Main Street, U.S.A., the Matterhorn mountain, Rivers of America and “it’s a small world” as its stage. As you embark on this amazing adventure that proves just how magical The Happiest Place on Earth can be, you’ll be immersed in a sparkling spectacle that combines fireworks, visual effects and a timeless soundtrack.
3. Attractions begin to glow
The nighttime vibes add excitement and wonder to the Disneyland® Resort. There’s just something about the lights and the atmosphere that shows a different side of attractions. The Mad Tea Party seems both madder and merrier with the unbirthday party lanterns glowing overhead. The shining stars and planets of the Astro Orbitor make your flight through the galaxy even more astronomical. And Pixar Pal-A-Round feels extra exhilarating when it’s all lit up in technicolor.
4. You can shop under the stars on Main Street, U.S.A.
After sundown, Main Street, U.S.A. continues to be a wonderful place to stroll. Even after attractions close, many shops stay open for a limited time, so you can keep looking for souvenirs at the old-fashioned Emporium, find illuminating art pieces at Disneyana and search for accessories and costumes at Disney Showcase.
5. Disney photo ops take on a new light
Light up the night with your smile when you snap fun nighttime pictures. At Disneyland® Park, catch the epic mood of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge all aglow or capture the majesty of Sleeping Beauty Castle as it shimmers. And at Disney California Adventure® Park, visit Cars Land at twilight to pose among the neon abounding in Radiator Springs. See how many Instagram-worthy photo ops you can discover after sunset.
Now that you’re ready for an unforgettable evening at the Disneyland® Resort, top off your dreamy night with dinner. See the Disney Rewards Dining Perks Guide to discover the locations where you can save 10% on most meals, most days with your Disney® Visa® Credit Card.23 However you choose to experience the parks after dark, you’ll witness the magic come alive. Enjoy!
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