S and I were invited to an Annual Passholders party at Disneyland last Tuesday. The event started at 9pm and lasted until 1am. Only Annual Passholders and guests were invited, so we went out of curiosity... What actually happens at a Disneyland Annual Passholders' Party?
It turns out... not that much.
Well... let's say nothing much is different from your normal Disneyland activities. They're still holding their 60th Anniversary events, including their newest nighttime parade: Paint the Night. Other activities included enjoying a cover band in Tomorrowland (a normal summer/weekend Disneyland occurrence) and see some characters you wouldn't normally see. Like Mickey... and the Avengers...
The only thing that was actually different than your average Disney Day was the amount of people there! There was absolutely no one! If we felt like ordering fries, we could just walk up to the counter. If we suddenly felt like going on Pirates, we just walked right on. I was even able to get the image below without a single person bumping into me on Main Street.
The experience was something unique.
I've been lucky enough to have it before; while working for the park:
Strolling in front of the castle at 6am. Hearing nothing but the rough noise of a plastic cart being rolled around in the distance. Occasionally seeing a cat scurry across your path right before the sunrises above the Matterhorn. You can't get that sensation anywhere else. With no other human beings in sight... Disneyland becomes otherworldly.
Mornings were Walt's favorite time of day in Disneyland as well. Those early morning walks were the only Disney visits that were stress free for me. Every other time I've gone there was at least one stresser: Are the people I'm with happy? What ride has a long line? Why is it so hot? Why are there so many children here!?
But the mornings alone are just bliss.
The Annual Pass holder event was very similar to those morning experiences, but with a slight crowd. People mainly stuck to the rides that have recently been redone like Peter Pan and The Matterhorn.
If you're ever able to attend a Disneyland party, I highly recommend them. Nothing makes me love Disneyland more than a crowd-less Disneyland.