A ~Toadally~ Groovy Guide to Throwback Nite at Disneyland (2023)

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Hey Daddy-o! The Frog Family is taking on a Disneyland After Dark event once again. Throwback Nite is returning for two nights this year, and we are more frogcited than ever! This special Nite takes guests back to the dawn of Disneyland Resort, allowing guests to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy retro-inspired entertainment, attractions, dining and decor reminiscent of the park's early days. There are so many things to see at this event and such little time to see them. With that said, let's hop into everything you need to know to fully enjoy Throwback Nite!

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  • Overview
  • Dates
  • Characters
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  • Entertainment
  • Dining
  • Attractions
  • Merchandise
  • Tips

A ~Toadally~ Groovy Guide to Throwback Nite at Disneyland (3)

Overview of Throwback Nite at Disneyland

Calling all cool cats (and frogs)! The Disneyland After Dark event, Throwback Nite, is returning to Disneyland in 2023! Only the second year it has occurred at the park, this event transports guests to the debonair days of the 1950s and 1960s. Offerings for this year's Throwback Nite event can be found on the Disneyland app. (Make sure to search for Throwback Nite in the app.)

With a ticket to this after-hours event, you can enjoy a blast from Disney's classic past, with vintage live music, classic characters, unique photo opportunities, distinguished dining and plenty of nostalgic entertainment (including the first fireworks show ever held in the park). Additionally, many scrumptious eats from the park's early era will be available for purchase! Ya, dig?

Throwback Nite Tickets and Dates

For two nights in April, specifically April 18 and 20, Throwback Nite festivities will envelop the park! Guests can begin to enter Disneyland at 6 p.m. the day of the event (and mix with regular day guests), with the actual festivities beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 1 a.m. As soon as the clock strikes 8 p.m., the park closes and exclusively hosts Disneyland After Dark ticketed guests.

Tickets for this event went on sale on the Disneyland website Feb. 23, 2023, with tickets still available for purchase! Magic Key holders were able to purchase these tickets starting Feb. 21, 2023.

Characters and Photo Locations at Throwback Nite

Get into the swing of things by posing for a photo with a classic Disney character! There are also some vintage photo backdrops inspired by the first two decades of Disneyland magic. Enjoy unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the party. Scan the QR code on your event wristband into the Disneyland app for unlimited access to photos captured during the event.

Classic Characters Meet and Greet Locations

Throwback Nite features some of the most fascinating, classic Disney characters in its entire history. You can find these early-era characters throughout the park:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (included in PhotoPass)


  • Dumbo
  • Pinocchio & Friends
  • Cinderella & Friends
  • Aurora & Friends
  • Hyacinth Hippo (from "Fantasia") (included in PhotoPass)
  • Mademoiselle Upanova (from "Fantasia") (included in PhotoPass)
  • Alice & Friends


  • Peter Pan & Friends

Critter Country

  • The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf


  • Mother and Father from Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress (included in PhotoPass)
  • Tomorrowland Space Couple (included in PhotoPass)
  • Mr. Morrow (from "Flight to the Moon") (included in PhotoPass)

Classic Photo Opportunities

Flashback to yesteryear with toadally vintage photo opportunities, centered on timeless attractions and posters, such as Skyway and Autopia and antique Disney films. These precious flicks are captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers at the party.

Here are the locations of the special photo scene opportunities and backdrops for Throwback Nite:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Walt Disney's Disneyland Park
  • Disneyland Marquee


  • Mighty Microscope
  • People Mover


  • Skyway


  • Rainbow Caverns Mine Train

New Orleans Square

  • Disneyland Railroad

Throwback Nite Attire

Arrive in style, sporting the most dapper attire around for this party of the past! Guests can dress up or down for this event but must keep in mind Disney's specific costume guidelines when putting an ensemble together for this night.

Disneyland After Dark costume guidelines:

  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length dresses).
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • All guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any items that resemble (or could easily be mistaken for) an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp/pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
  • Layered costumes or props surrounding the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.

For Guests Ages 13 and Under

Costumes may be worn, as well as some masks, as long as the entire face isn’t covered and the eyes are visible.

For Guests Ages 14 and Older

For adults and teens, keep safety and good judgment in mind and adhere to these guidelines:

  • Capes cannot go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are permitted.
  • Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
  • Headwear may not cover the face.
  • No masks of any kind, except for medical purposes.

These rules only apply during event hours (and mix-in time when you're allowed to enter the park three hours early for the event). Standard theme park attire rules apply during all other times. All rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change without notice. If you don't adhere to the guidelines, Disney may remove you from the event, unless you can modify the costume to meet the above standards.

Entertainment at Throwback Nite

Bask in the night with a variety of musical entertainment at Throwback Nite. Dance parties and DJs will make you do the mashed potato. You can also bunny hop to the beat of the live bands and musicians inspired by the era.

Take the time to gaze upon the nighttime fireworks spectacular “Fantasy in the Sky,” which is the same show that first illuminated the park in 1957! This show will happen once at 9:30 p.m.

In 2018, the event enlisted the musical talents of the Dapper Dans, Tupua, Atlantic City Boys and more. There was also a Musical Riverboat Cruise show and frogcinating exhibits, such as Circa Vision and Skyway Bucket.

This year, a Mariachi Espectacular will take place at Zocalo Park in Frontierland at 9 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. Swing Dancing will also occur at the Royal Theatre in Fantasyland at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. Be ready to dance the night away!

Dining at Throwback Nite

Indulge in delicious delicacies from the Golden Age during Throwback Nite. Don't froget to snack like it's 1955 with treats from the park’s early days, made once again just for this event!

Here is a list of treats that will be available during the event and where to get them:

Refreshment Corner

  • Circus Pretzel
  • Main Street Sunrise Drink

Jolly Holiday Bakery & Café

  • Jelly-filled Donut
  • Baked Pineapple & Ham Toasted Sandwich
  • Sundae Cupcake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Espresso Cookie Sandwich

Plaza Inn

  • Home-style Meatloaf Dinner (Plaza Inn)

The Tropical Hideaway

  • Tropical Punch Dole Whip Float

Blue Bayou Restaurant (reservations recommended)

  • Monte Cristo Fritters
  • Empanadas
  • Cuban Slider
  • Escabeche (plant-based)
  • Ahi Tartare
  • Chicken Gumbo
  • Young Coconut
  • Zombie Cocktail

Harbour Galley

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Apple Spice Milk

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Reuben Burger
  • Impossible Sloppy Joe Fries (plant-based)
  • Glitter and Gold Funnel Cake

Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Ta-cup Trio

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Bacon Caramel Sundae

Stage Door Cafe

  • "So, a Taco went for a Walk..."
  • Float Funnel Cake

Red Rose Taverne

  • Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
  • Patty Melt Loaded Bites
  • BLT Flatbread
  • Orange-Vanilla Cream Soda

Galactic Grill

  • PB&J Burger
  • Orange Vanilla-Cream Soda

Castle Hub, Tomorrowland & Frontierland Churro Carts

  • Root Beer Float Churro with Root-Beer flavored Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream Drizzle

New Orleans Square & Critter Country Churro Carts

  • Glitter and Gold Churro with Banana Pudding, Peanut Butter Sauce and Gold-coated Bacon Bits

Fantasyland & "it's a small world" Churro Carts

  • Milk & Cookie Churro rolled in Cookie-flavored Sugar served with Condensed Milk Dipping Sauce

Attractions Open for Throwback Nite

In 2023, Throwback Nite guests can enjoy after-hours access to iconic Disneyland attractions such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise!

Here is a list of the attractions that were available during the first Throwback Nite event in 2018:

  • Big Thunder
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tarzan's Treehouse
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Autopia
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Autopia
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Main Street Cinema
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Throwback Nite Merchandise

For Throwback Nite, each ticketed guest receives a complimentary commemorative map and lanyard with credentials. How frogciting!

There will be special event merchandise available at The Star Trader, Disney Showcase, Emporium and Pioneer Mercantile.

Tips for Throwback Nite at Disneyland

Here are some tips to maximize your time at Throwback Nite:

  • Arrive early (use those early three hours to visit attractions that close early or to eat).
  • Dress for the weather (it can get chilly or wet).
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Eat a meal early or eat between 8 and 9 p.m.
  • Mobile order food for the party in advance. Do not arrive for food until you receive the notification that it is ready. We have found mobile ordering to be slow on party nights.
  • Make a list of your must-see activities in advance, since time flies once the party begins.
  • Find out if a line to meet a character cuts off before the end of the night so you do not miss out on your meet and greet.
  • If youhoppen to be in a line when the park closes, you can stay in line.
  • Get all of your shopping done early in the evening. The stores all close at 1 a.m.
  • Consider staying on-site or in a hotel close by so you can get to bed as soon as possible after the party ends.
  • Access the event guide in the Disneyland app for easy access to all of the important event information. You can even download the event and food guide to your phone, in case your internet connection isn't the strongest while at the park.
  • Magic Key holders can stop by the Magic Key destination, near Pooh Corner, for a special keepsake.

Most of this information is from the first Throwback Nite event ever held, in 2018. Event details are subject to change for this year! Stay tuned for more updated information on Throwback Nite!

Are you attending Throwback Nite this year? Let us know your plans in the comments! While we don't currently sell tickets to the Disneyland After Dark events, we do have some hoppin'deals onhotelstays andmulti-day Disneyland theme park tickets.

Related: What to Expect at Disneyland After Dark Parties

Hoppy planning!


What is throwback night at Disneyland? ›

Disneyland guests can step back in time to relive Disney's classic past at the Disney After Dark Throwback Night. The night is filled with classic character meet-and-greets, iconic rides, dancing to vintage music, and snacks from the early days.

Can you pay extra to skip lines at Disney? ›

Paid FastPass is officially at Walt Disney World!

Genie+ and Lightning Lanes have debuted, meaning from now on you'll be paying to skip the lines at Walt Disney World. This post covers free vs. paid Fastpass at every Disney park in the world, including how much the paid Fastpass option costs.

Can I skip all of the lines at Disney? ›

Disney Genie+ is a paid service that allows you to skip the standby line and use the Lightning Lane entrance at select attractions. Guests can book their first Genie+ ride selections starting at 7 AM on the day of their visit. This applies to both those who stay at a Disney Resort Hotel or stay off-property.

What does 13 minutes mean at Disneyland? ›

If either attraction has a wait time of 13 minutes for the standby line, get in line! 13 minutes is a 'code' for no wait time at all. In the case of these two attractions, number 13 happens to be a lucky number! ( Photo Credit Meeko)

Is there a secret room in Disneyland? ›

The property is hidden behind the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in New Orleans Square and was originally designed for Walt Disney and his wife Lillian to stay in, but it wasn't finished until after he died in 1966.

What is GREY stuff Disneyland? ›

Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom serves The Grey Stuff as a dessert for their Prix Fixe dinner meal or as a topping on dessert for The Master's Cupcake during Quick Service Dining at lunch. While the exact recipe is a secret, The Grey Stuff is a creamy vanilla topping put on flavored sponge cake.

Is Disney free on your birthday? ›

Disney does not give you free admission on your birthday but they do give you special treatment, free food, and other perks. Let's take a look at the benefits of celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort. Ready to celebrate your birthday at Disney World?

Does Disney pay people to stand in lines? ›

Once they hit 5 rides they get a $5 bonus for the day. At 10 rides they get a $10 bonus and so on. The story gets deeper. Disney has control over which rides they will let their line waiters get paid for.

Who gets to skip lines at Disney? ›

Guests of Disney World hotels get three big perks to help them avoid long lines: Early booking windows for Individual Lightning Lane attractions starting at 7am, while everyone else has to wait until the park opens. Access to a select Disney World theme park 30 minutes early before park opening, every day.

Can kids with ADHD skip lines at Disney? ›

Sign up for 'DAS pass'

Guests with any condition (including ADHD) that prevents them from waiting in extended lines can obtain one. While a DAS pass won't give you immediate access to a ride, you'll get a return time comparable to the ride's current wait time.

What is the slowest day at Disneyland? ›

What day of the week is Disney most crowded? Generally speaking, weekends tend to be the most crowded days at Disneyland. If you can swing it, try to go on a weekday instead. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the least crowded days, so those are good options if you're able to take time off work or school.

Does Disney kick you out of line when they close? ›

Like all of Disney's parks (and most theme parks), just because Magic Kingdom closes at some time doesn't mean you have to be out of the park by that time. The closing time is the when guests will stop being allowed to line up for rides.

What is door 33 at Disneyland? ›

What is Club 33? If you're not familiar with Club 33 at Disneyland, it's a members only club “hidden in plain sight” in Disneyland Park's New Orleans Square. Guests who are members of the Club are allowed access to its facilities that include a bar, restaurant and courtyard.

What is the $185 shot at Disneyland? ›

You'll discover that the mystery liquor in the boujee shot is Remy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac, which sells for about $4,000 a bottle.

What is the average wait in line at Disneyland? ›

In 2019, the monthly average attraction wait time was 25 minutes, while in 2022, it was 30 minutes. In 2021, when the parks reopened after being shut down due to the pandemic, the Register reported that the monthly average attraction wait times was 21 minutes.

Why are there no mirrors in Disneyland bathrooms? ›

No, the theme park didn't forget to install mirrors in the bathroom facilities, but instead made the tactical decision to remove them to help keep the lines flowing, according to Apartment Therapy.

Are there cameras in Disneyland bathrooms? ›

The only place we know there AREN'T cameras in Disney World is in the restrooms since that's generally illegal. Other than that, anywhere in the parks is pretty much fair game. Besides the video surveillance, there are also a lot of plainclothes security guards throughout the parks.

How do you get into room 33 Disney? ›

Is There a Special Ticket for Club 33? The simple answer is, no, there is not a special ticket you can purchase for Club 33. You must either become a member, have a corporate pass, or hope you have a friend who is a member. The value of a Club 33 membership lies within its exclusivity, privacy and its hospitality.

Why does Disneyland scan your finger? ›

In short, they're trying to prevent guests from beating the system. To do this, they ensure that every Disney ticket corresponds with a specific person. If the finger scan is not a match, they know that ticket's not really yours.

Can adults not dress up at Disneyland? ›

Disney parks don't allow costumes or masks for anyone 14 or older, except at certain special events. Because the company has its own costumed characters that interact with guests, it doesn't want those likenesses to be misrepresented.

What is the hidden bar in Disneyland? ›

Club 33 is located above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and next to Walt Disney's former apartment. The entrance of the club was formerly located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at "33 Royal Street" with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it.

Can you skip queues at Disneyland? ›

Got one attraction you just can't wait to ride? With Disney Premier Access One, book a time slot to overtake the regular queue one time for one of our most popular attractions!

How do you avoid queues at Disneyland? ›

It is essential to get to the park early. Lines are shorter, and jumping in line for the first ride you see is often not worth it because of short waits. Instead, head for the rides that you're looking forward to so you can enjoy your time there more before it starts to get crowded.

How much is the skip the line pass at Disneyland? ›

How much do FASTPASSES cost? Nothing! Digital FASTPASSES are included in the cost of your ticket. MaxPass costs $20/day per person.

Can you skip the lines at Disneyland with a wheelchair? ›

As part of this commitment, the Disability Access Service (DAS) is a program offered at the Disneyland Resort theme parks to assist Guests who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queue environment due to a disability. View Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the fastest way to get through Disneyland lines? ›

Use the Single Rider Line to Get On Faster

If you're alone or with others who don't mind splitting up, look for Single Rider lines at selected busy rides. Cast members use people from that line to fill single empty seats, and the wait is much shorter. Rides that have the option are listed on the Disneyland Ride Sheet.

Can people with ADHD skip lines in Disneyland? ›

Sign up for 'DAS pass'

Guests with any condition (including ADHD) that prevents them from waiting in extended lines can obtain one. While a DAS pass won't give you immediate access to a ride, you'll get a return time comparable to the ride's current wait time.

What happens if you miss virtual queue at Disneyland? ›

As I mentioned above, you'll have another opportunity to join the virtual queue at 1:00 PM. Here's an important data point though: for the 7:00 AM window, you can join the virtual queue from outside the theme park.

How do you beat the Disney queues? ›

How to Beat the Queues in Orlando
  1. Get there early. ...
  2. Do the newest, most popular rides first.
  3. Go to the back of the park first and work towards the front.
  4. Pre-purchase real tickets, not vouchers. ...
  5. Avoid US School holidays if you can. ...
  6. Buy Disney Genie+ for days when you are visiting a Disney Park.

How do you pass time waiting in line at Disney? ›

If you find yourself waiting in line at a Disney park, here are some constructive ways to pass the time.
  1. Select Your Next FastPass. ...
  2. Apply Sunscreen. ...
  3. Take and Go Through Pictures. ...
  4. Have a Snack. ...
  5. Enjoy the Interactive Line Queues. ...
  6. Find Hidden Mickeys. ...
  7. Map Our Your Next Adventure. ...
  8. Play Games and Apps.
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Why is Disney queue so long? ›

It's not the lack of FastPass that keeps the lines long. It's the lack of meets, parades, and shows that previously dispersed crowds. Until Disney brings back more entertainment and other experiences to pull Guests out of the lines, they will only get longer.

Does Disneyland offer front of the line passes? ›

Disneyland – FastPass

DisneylandⓇ Resort's front-of-line ride system is called FastPass. It works the same as FastPass at the Walt Disney WorldⓇ Resort in Orlando, but it only applies to certain rides.

How many Genie Plus rides per day? ›

On average, Guests can enter 2 to 3 attractions or experiences per day using Lightning Lane entrances, if the first selection is made early in the day. You can enjoy a Disney Genie+ service Lightning Lane entrance once per day.

Can you pay to cut lines at Disneyland? ›

Spend Less Time Waiting in Line!

Our Lightning Lane entrances are available at a variety of attractions through Disney Genie+ service and as an “à la carte” purchase.

Can I get a DAS pass for anxiety? ›

To get a DAS pass, you'll have to go to Guest Relations at Disney. We know it can be anxiety-inducing to even tell someone you have an anxiety disorder, but rest assured that the Cast Members will be understanding and judgment free. They just want to help make your experience more magical!

Why do I need a lanyard at Disneyland? ›

Lanyards are ideal for holding your tickets, money, credit card, etc and they come in all sorts of varieties. (They're available for purchase at the park, too.) You'll want to have your tickets in easy reach to grab Genie+ throughout the day. Don't count on kids to carry their own (please God, no, just don't.)

Does diabetes qualify for DAS at Disneyland? ›

Disabilities Access Service (DAS) Card

Guests with Diabetes do qualify for the DAS card. Please see our DAS FAQs for information about how to get this pass.


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