Disneyland Nights: Suggestions for Nighttime Fun During D23 EXPO 2015

Steven Miller

by , Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney World Resort

I’m looking forward to attending the D23 EXPO 2015 this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Expo will be held August 14-16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. After spending the daytime immersed in all things Disney, I can’t wait to visit Disneyland Resort at night. Here are some of my favorite places, in case you are looking for something to do as the sun sets in the California sky.


Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
My number one nighttime destination is Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. While I love finding hidden treasures inside the bar area (look for a hidden Orange Bird figure), I also enjoy sitting outside on the torch-lit lanai listening to live music. If you are hungry, try the Ahi Poke or the Slow-roasted Kālua-style Pork Sandwich. For beverages, I highly recommend the HippopotoMai-Tai or, if you are sharing, the Uh Oa!, named after the tiki goddess of disaster.


Beignets and Live Music at Downtown Disney District
I like strolling through Downtown Disney District after picking up some beignets and coffee from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express. From 6-10 p.m. this month at Downtown Disney District, each night of the week will be devoted to a different musical style . During the D23 EXPO 2015 weekend, look for these performances:

  • Friday, August 14 – Tupua Polynesian variety show
  • Saturday, August 15 – Phat Cat Swinger (I love that swing dancing is still a tradition!)
  • Sunday, August 16 – Top 40 Music Jam features Dead Ringer


Carthay Circle Lounge on Buena Vista Street
The little details on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park are fantastic (see my fellow author Tyler Slater’s article for a sampling). I also like Carthay Circle Lounge, which offers handcrafted cocktails by mixologists who use unique glassware, gourmet garnishes and drink-specific ice (try the Manhattan as seen in this video).


Dole Whips in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland Park
There is nothing greater than enjoying a Dole Whip while sitting in the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park. I love watching the Tiki gods of the garden come to life as seen in this video.

Do you have a favorite hangout in Disneyland after dark? Please share in the comments below.


  • love all those places and the special fireplace at the Grand Californian

  • Steven,

    In regards to the D23 Expo, will the Merchandise session talk about the Shop the Parks app coming soon? I’m anxious to know when it will be released! (As you might imagine! And hey, it may mean less questions from me!!)


  • I always enjoy grabbing a Racer5 from Flo’s and watching the sha-boom moment at DCA.

  • Hi Steven! Just a note, try the mickey shaped beignets at the mint julep bar at New Orleans Square in Disneyland! My husband and I tried them for the first time on my birthday, August 01 and they were EXCELLENT!!! Andrea from Las Vegas

  • Don’t forget the Mad T party at DCA and the entertainment at Tomorowland Terrace for night time fun!

  • I love Trader Sam’s Tiki bar! I wish there was a little more space inside though, often it’s impossible to find a seat.

    As for the Beignets, I’ll have to check them out when I’m there at the end of the month. I often see a line there, I’m guessing for them! 🙂

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