The Date Nite at Disneyland Experience

By Keith Mahne

In the ’50s and ’60s, Disneyland promoted special “Date Nites” which ran on Friday and Saturday evenings, featured live music, dancing, and even tickets to “romantic rides.” As many of you know, music plays a huge part of With that in mind, today I’ve created a Date Nite at Disneyland experience just for you. You’ll see and hear photos and music of past Date Nites at Disneyland which will really transport you to a time when Walt Disney himself was walking the parks and enjoying the festivities. Friends, Disney Avenue is excited to present the Date Nite at Disneyland Experience

(Before we begin, I highly suggest putting on a pair of headphones and pausing the Disney Avenue Music Player in the top left-hand corner if you are on a desktop computer.)

Above is your ticket book to our Date Nite at Disneyland Experience. As you can see, $6.50 was the price of admission for two. Today, that’d be equivalent to about $50 or $60. Don’t worry though, this experience is free.

Date Nite kicked off after the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 9 pm, and ran until midnight. Let’s join the rest of the gang and follow the music up Main Street and have a little fun…

I hope you’re ready to dance the night away because I hear The Elliott Brothers playing right now over at Plaza Gardens. Can you hear it…

(Please click play below to start the show.)

The theme song for Date Nite was “Let’s Dance at Disneyland” and was performed by The Elliott Brothers Orchestra. The live music you’re hearing was also by the Elliott Bros. and recorded at Disneyland. 
As you listen to the magical music of Date Nite, let’s take a look around the park at all the love birds…


You never know who you might see at Date Nite dancing and having a grand ol’ time…
Annette Funicello dances at Disneyland

 Even Walt couldn’t resist joining in the fun…
If you’ve been cutting a rug a little to long and need a break, there is a wonderful little spot right over here…
The time flies by when you’re having fun. Date Nite is almost over and it’s time to start heading to the front gate…
This looks like the perfect place to wait for our ride under the starlight of Disneyland…
Spending a magical Friday or Saturday night under the stars at Disneyland with your love was really special. I can’t think of a more magical place I’d rather be with mine. I love seeing how people use to dress. It was an innocent time and one I wish I could travel back to. Until that technology becomes available, we’ll just have to settle on this wonderful music by Lloyd and Bill Elliott, and of course, the Disneyland “Date-Niters”…
This Date Nite at Disneyland Experience has now been added to the Disney Avenue Music Player above. Feel free to enjoy it by clicking the playlist button at the top right whenever you’d like and enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars at Disneyland with your love.

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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