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Disneyland To Host First Official ‘Pride Nite’ In 2023

This year, Disneyland will host its first official Pride Nite to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite will happen at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California on June 13 and June 15 to coincide with Pride Month.

The new after-hours event starts at a time when Disney is still getting criticized for being inclusive and against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which limits speech in public schools about sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it’s not the first time a Disney park has had a Pride event. In 2019, Disneyland Paris Pride started, and every year, Disney creates Pride-themed items.

What Is Disney After Dark: Pride Nite?

Pride Nite is a part of Disney After Dark, a series of events that require a separate admission ticket. It takes place after the theme parks’ regular closing times.

Disney After Dark features a variety of special entertainment options. Meet-and-greets with featured characters, themed music and lighting, and exclusive offerings of food and merchandise are part of the experience. Temporary attractions offer guests the opportunity to capture their experience uniquely and memorably. Guests should bring their own snacks and drinks, as well as a camera to record their memories.

What Will Happen At Pride Night?

The special ticketed event starts each night at 9 p.m. after the park closes to people who didn’t buy tickets. Pride Nite guests can enter the park as early as 6 p.m., similar to other after-hours events.

There will be a Pride Cavalcade with Mickey Mouse and his friends dressed in new outfits. Dance with Stitch at the Ohana Dance Party in Tomorrowland or enjoy a separate dance party along the Rivers of America. Country line dancing will take place in the Golden Horseshoe and you can also capture unique photo opportunities with unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads. Special food and merchandise will also be available.

Guests at Pride Nite will also get a commemorative badge and a map, and they will be able to go to many popular attractions with likely shorter lines than during regular park hours.

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