Did You Know: Disneyland Used To Have Official Date Nights

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Some people go to Disneyland with their kids, others go with groups of friends, and still others go to the theme park on dates. But, several decades ago, in the 1950s and 1960s, did you know there were designated date nights at Disneyland?

Yep, the Friday-and-Saturday affairs were called “Date Nite at Disneyland,” and people dressed up in their Sunday (or dancing) best and went to the park all night long—well, from 9 p.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.

1960 Disneyland Happiest Show on Earth 05 - Don't Forget Date Nite

Only adults were allowed, and couples would go on rides or dance—like “moonlite dancing aboard the Mark Twain riverboat.” Awww.

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Of course, the nights ended in fireworks. And all this cost… just $6.50… for two people! These days, tickets run $97.50, for one person.

Bummed you missed out? You can still listen to the bandstand music from the old Date Nites, via an album Disney released in 1956, Date Nite at Disneyland With the Elliott Brothers Date Niters Orchestra, so get your dancing shoes ready.

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An iTunes review of the album by Jefferino called it “A true gem of Disneyland’s hey-days. Date Nite At Disneyland is a fun and catchy album that I’m sure many people would enjoy if they just give it a chance.”

So… what are you waiting for?!

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