Guests Encouraged to Wear Costumes to Disney’s New Holiday Event

in Disneyland Resort

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Disney Merriest Nites are coming to Disneyland Resort! Not only will Disney Guests get to see rare characters, beautiful lights, and Santa himself, but also for the first time at a Holiday event, Guests are encouraged to wear costumes!

Previously, festive Christmas sweaters, headbands, and accessories were welcome, but now full costumes can be donned for everyone during this special Disney Park after-hours event taking place at Disneyland Resort for the very first time.

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Costume Guidelines at Disney Merriest Nites

Of course, Guests in costume will not be able to sign autographs or pose for photos, and guidelines stand much like any other party. During the regular business day, Disneyland Guests will need to don regular theme park wear, stashing their fabulous costumes for the after-hours event. Of course, if you are uncomfortable in a full Disney costume, don’t worry! Disney bounding is always in style!

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Disney costume guidelines and dress code for the Merriest Nites are much like those laid out for the current Halloween events like Disney After Hours Boo Bash and Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, as well as past events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But as many times as we’ve dressed up for these parties and events, we’re reading up to make sure we understand these important guidelines.

From Disney, we get the nitty-gritty rules for costume choices at Disney Merriest Nites:

Costumes are encouraged—but be sure to review these important guidelines. Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All Guests may dress as their favorite character during the event, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney:

  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character during the event, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any items that resemble (or could easily be mistaken for) an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp/pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses).

For a Guest Age 13 and Under, costumes and some costume masks may be worn as long as the entire face isn’t covered and eyes are visible. Face coverings may be required; please see the current policy regarding face coverings.

For Guests Ages 14 and Older, capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist. Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are permitted. Acceptable accessories include transparent wings, plastic lightsabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face. Costume masks of any kind may not be worn. Face coverings may be required; please see the current policy regarding face coverings. Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry and/or removed from the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

While creativity is encouraged, we also value safety and good judgment. The above rules apply only during event hours—standard theme park attire rules apply during all other times. All rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change without notice. 

Merriest Nites
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Merriest Nites tickets will go on sale on September 14, 2021, for this special event at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California! General admission tickets start at $165 per person for this special holiday event. Tickets will be on sale no earlier than 9 a.m. on Disneyland.com as well as on the Disneyland app on September 14. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight, though Guests can begin entering the Park at 5 p.m. Find more ticket information here.

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If you need help purchasing your tickets or planning your upcoming Disneyland Resort vacation, simply call up the Disney authorized travel planners at Academy Travel. They can suit you up for the perfect “snoapy” vacation you’ve been dreaming of! Call them at 609-978-0740.

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