When the sun sets over the castle, the lights get even brighter at Disneyland. Don’t think that because you’ve been sitting in meetings all day that you missed out on all the fun and magic.
Robert Donahue, director of resort sales and service for Disneyland Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, says the parks offer a Twilight Ticket “specifically designed for the convention attendee to allow access into the park or parks…after 4 p.m.”
At D23 Expo the annual gathering for the official Disney fan club at Anaheim Convention Center, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced a special early preview of Fantasmic! The attraction re-opened in celebration of Disneyland’s 62nd birthday and the devoted followers had front row seats to the celebration.
Your group can also work with the Disney Meetings team to reserve a premium spot at park events.
“We can work with our meeting planners to get group reserved viewing for certain of our evening spectaculars and that includes World of Color and Fantasmic!” Donahue explains.
The possibilities are almost limitless. Donahue shared four options that might not be on all planner’s radars—yet.
- In front of the Ferris wheel and roller coaster at Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure Park, is a body of water that sits dormant during the day, but comes alive at night in the spectacular World of Color Small groups can host a private dessert reception during the show. Large groups can rent out the entire park or a land within the park after-hours for even more exclusive and customizable options. “Whether it’s a brand or a message from the organization to the attendees, we’re able to put that on 100-foot water screens,” Donahue says.
- Next year, California Adventure will be inheriting a super popular parade, Paint the Night, which previously marched down the streets of Disneyland during the Diamond Celebration from 2015-2016. Ask about getting a reserved place for your group on the parade route.
- Your 125 or so guests can have blast at a private dinner reception inside Tomorrowland at Starcade. “What’s great about that is it’s during park hours, so we’ll get the groups into the park and we can have a customized private group experience,” Donahue says.
- By day, the Disney Junior Theater, located in Hollywood Land inside California Adventure, is the site of a family-friendly stage performance. But at nighttime, it transforms into a reception space for private groups. “It’s got some AV capabilities that really help enhance the event or provide the meeting planner the opportunity to educate the team if they have specific presentations to do,” Donahue explains. “It’s a fully technology-enabled venue that transitions to a group venue after the park shows have closed.”