Disneyland Resort will host its first ‘Pride Nite’ as part of Disneyland After Dark

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  • Published on April 17, 2023
  • Last Updated June 8, 2023

On Thursday, Disneyland announced that on June 13 and 15, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., they will host their inaugural official LGBTQ Pride Nite

This June, “Pride Nite” will make its way to Disneyland.

On Thursday, Disneyland announced that on June 13 and 15, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the park will host its inaugural formal LGBTQ Pride Nite. Guests can purchase Pride Nite tickets beginning on April 20 for $139. The event will be part of the “Disneyland After Dark” series.

Officials at Disneyland Anaheim said they were inspired byDisneyland Paris when planning Pride Nite. Official pride celebrations began in 2019 with Disneyland Paris’ event. This summer will see the event’s comeback after a three-year break.

The Burbank-based theme park’s announcement comes as Disney continues to receive criticism in Florida over its stance against the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Disney and the state of Florida have been at odds since last year, when Disney voiced opposition to a law that bans teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida’s elementary schools. Disney’s former chief executive Bob Chapek asserted he spoke with DeSantis to “express our disappointment and concern” about the law before it was brought into effect in the spring after being pressured to do so by Disney employees.

As a result, DeSantis and the state abolished the special tax district that gave Disney near-total control over the operation of Walt Disney World, Epcot, and other resorts, according to theLA Times.

Reactions on social media to Disneyland’s news that Pride Nite will be heading to the West Coast were varied. Numerous people voiced their enthusiasm and made suggestions for cameos from Disney characters including the Country Bears and Ursula.

The after-hours party features a variety of Disney characters, unique photo ops, themed food and beverages, official event merch, and more. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT, there is a three-hour pre-party mix-in, and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. PT, there is a private party, during which visitors can ride some well-known attractions after regular park hours. A reservation for a theme park is not necessary.

There will be a Pride Night Cavalcade, an Ohana Dance Party in Tomorrowland with Stitch, a Pride Night Dance Club at the Rivers of America, and a country line dancing event at the Golden Horseshoe, among other special event experiences.

Limited tickets will be available for presale to Magic Key holders beginning on April 18 at 9 a.m., and to the general public beginning on April 20 at the same time. Be sure to visitdisneyland.com for further details.

Evie Blanco is a journalist with nearly a decade of experience who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, New York. She is extremely well-versed in hip-hop music and culture and is always aware of any developments within it. Whether it’s the latest in pop culture, a fascinating foreign destination, a truly amazing new restaurant, or breaking news, she loves to write about it all.

This story was originally published April 17, 2023 10:55 AM.