Disneyland Holds First-ever Princess Nite At Disneyland After Dark


Disneyland After Dark has returned in 2023 with a variety of uniquely-themed events that are sure to be a hit among guests. From Sweetheart “date nights” to Star Wars Night these specially-ticketed after hours events are filled with fun and exclusive opportunities. For the first time ever, fans of Disney Princesses were invited to attend Disneyland After Dark for the inaugural dates of Princess Nite! Occurring on March 7 and 9, 2023, guests entered the land of happily ever afters during Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite and strolled up Main Street U.S.A. which dazzled in shimmering projections and were delighted by all of the princess-themed activities that the night had to offer.

Princess Meet And Greets

It wouldn’t be Princess Nite without having the opportunity to meet your favorite glowing gals. Upon entering, guests received a brochure that listed the available princesses and their locations which was helpful for planning purposes. Then, they found Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse dressed in their princess gowns welcoming guests in from the Disneyland Train Station. Also available to meet were:

In addition to character sightings and meet and greets, guests were delighted by the appearance of Giselle from the movie Enchanted in a royal cavalcade. Rolling by in a horse-drawn carriage twice each hour, Giselle waved to guests as the song Ever Ever After played along Main Street U.S.A.

There was no shortage of princesses to meet at Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nites! Photo by Disney

Music And Entertainment

Princess Nite allowed guests to dance to everyone’s favorite princess tunes! Soaring Melodies under the Skies, a live vocal concert featuring Disney Princesses, took place at three different times throughout the evening at Rivers of America. For a more upbeat and light-hearted party, guests visited a candy-themed dance party at Tomorrowland stage featuring Vanellope Von Schweetz! And if that wasn’t already enough, guests visited New Orleans Square to hear the undeniable, toe-tapping tunes of jazz music. In addition to all of these opportunities, select attractions were also open to all guests with very little wait time.

Tiana and Naveen
Tiana and Naveen can’t resist dancing to jazz music either! Guests were delighted by all of the entertainment available at Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite. Photo by Disney

PhotoPass Opportunities

Guests of Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite received unlimited PhotoPass photos to document their enchanting evening! Special step-into-the-scene backdrops inspired by Disney Princess films were available across the park including Beauty and the Beast on Main Street, U.S.A. and an Agrabah Night Scene, inspired by the movie Aladdin, available in Frontierland. In Fantasyland, guests found Cinderella’s Crystal Coach and a scene from The Princess Diaries. Romantic scenes from Lady and the Tramp and The Little Mermaid were also present!

Princess Nite
The Princess Nite brochure with the evening’s offerings and itinterary, including where to find PhotoPass photographers, were distributed upon entering the event.

Princess Nite Snacks

To top off the perfect night of princesses, guests were able to purchase more than 20 new princess-themed snacks and drinks! Desserts like the Daydreamer Macaron and the Princess Trifle appeased those looking for a sweet treat. A Premium Cinderella coach popcorn bucket was also available at all popcorn stands. It was priced at $30, but it is surely a collector’s item and wonderful (reusable) souvenir from a royally ravishing event.

Princess Nite snacks
Whether you were looking for sweet or savory, large variety of princess-inspired food and beverage items were available to purchase at Princess Nite. Photo by Disney

Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nites were a huge hit and we hope to see more events like this in the future. While Disneyland After Dark events last for four hours after park closing, guests with a valid ticket are allowed to enter the park beginning at 6:00PM. Thus far, dates for Disneyland After Dark have been released through May 2023 and we expect to hear about more opportunities to attend these themed events in the near future, so stay tuned to DVC Shop Blog for the latest information. Would you like to attend a Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite? Who would you like to encounter at this after hours party? Tell us in the comments below!

Featured Photo by Disney

Written by

Shelley Wehler

Contributing Writer

Shelley is a stay-at-home mother of two girls living outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her love of all things Disney has grown even more as she sees the magic come alive through the lens of her young daughters. She spends her free time keeping up with the latest in Disney news and daydreaming of her next trip to the parks!

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