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June 28, 1957 – The First Date Nite in Disneyland Event is Held

Date Nite

“Let’s dance at Disneyland! Date Nites are late nights at Disneyland!”

On June 28, 1957, the first Date Nite in Disneyland event was held in the Carnation Plaza Gardens. The park’s hours were extended until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer season, and couples would come in to dance the night away with some of the best names in entertainment. Several bands were invited to play in sections of the park, including The Elliott Brothers, who headlined at the Plaza Gardens. The Golden Horseshoe Saloon was also featured as a venue for dancing, as was the Space Bar in Tomorrowland. In 1958, an album by the Elliot Brothers called “Date Night at Disneyland,” which featured recordings of the band playing popular songs of the time that would have been played during the event, including a track called “Let’s Dance at Disneyland.”

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