Back in the day...at least until as recently as the 80's and perhaps early 90's...
Companies and large groups would rent out Disneyland on Friday and Saturday nights for groups of about seven-to-ten-thousand people.
On Fridays, the park, in the off season, would close at 6pm and re-open from 8pm to 1am for the "private party". Saturdays, with a 7pm closure, the park would often re-open 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM.
Did any of you take part in these events? Or know anyone who did?
As a rule, all park restaurants and attractions normally open during the off-season were available (if not closed for annual rehab or the like).
I worked a lot of those party nights. With those crowds it was pretty easy money compared to summer and holidays!
Many times on Sunday they'd have what they called a "mix-in" party...with the park closing at 7, the "party" would be from 4pm to 12 midnight. They'd stop selling tickets to the public at 7pm, but no one was asked to leave til midnight.
Anyone else remember "Angels Disneyland Fun Day"? Decades before Disney owned the team, there was a special Sunday promotion once a year. Buy the special comination ticket, and you got a seat at the Angels day game, and as soon as the game at Anaheim Stadium ended, admission to the park and all rides until midnight. I did that one at least twice.
I've given you a lot to remember, possibly, here.