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7 Experiences You Should Visit After Dark in the Magic Kingdom

One of the most magical places in the world is Walt Disney World thanks in part to the four amazing theme parks found there. Each park is filled with unforgettable experiences and attractions for guests to enjoy, but the most popular park by far is the Magic Kingdom. The park opened with the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971 and has been delighting guests ever since with tons of classic and thrilling attractions like Splash Mountain, It’s A Small World, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan’s Flight. While the Magic Kingdom is magical at every moment of the day, certain attractions found there become even more amazing at night thanks to the sun setting. With new views, added spooks, and beautiful nighttime lighting, some attractions in the Magic Kingdom are totally worth experiencing at least once at night. Here are seven experiences that guests should visit after dark in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom is home to some of the park’s biggest thrills including one that takes on a whole new experience at night. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad invites guests into the mining town of Tumbleweed where they can rocket throughout the mountain and through caves. While the attraction is tons of fun during the day, once the sun sets it becomes even more thrilling as guests are essentially outside for the entire experience. This means amazing views of the nighttime sky and stars, beautiful lighting on the mountain itself, and glimpses of other lit up buildings and structures like Splash Mountain and Cinderella Castle in the distance.

6. Splash Mountain

Located right next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland is another thrilling attraction which brings guests deep into a mountain. Splash Mountain invites guests to set off on an adventure with Br’er Rabbit as he constantly avoids capture by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. While some of the attraction is housed inside the mountain, there are extensive outdoor portions which are amazing to enjoy at night as they are rather elevated and offer fantastic views of the Magic Kingdom. The highlight of Splash Mountain is the final drop which plunges guests over fifty feet into the Briar Patch below. At nighttime, the drop is even more thrilling as guests can see all the way to the nearby Contemporary Resort which is lit beautifully.

5. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Adventureland invites guests to tap into their adventurous side and partake in exotic and thrilling travels around the world. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is located in the heart of Adventureland and brings guests to the sky as they fly on magic carpets around a central golden magic lamp. Adventureland takes on daring and intriguing look at nighttime thanks to low theme Some of the best views of Adventureland can be found from The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, including amazing nighttime sights!

4. Haunted Mansion

One of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom is the classic Haunted Mansion which can be found in Liberty Square. The beloved attraction brings guests into a stately manor house where nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts create all sorts of eerie and spooky occurrences. While the entire attraction takes place inside, the Haunted Mansion is definitely worth visiting at night thanks to its interactive outdoor graveyard. The graveyard features plenty of creepy tombstones which guests can directly interact with that become much eerier once the sun sets.

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3. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Many guests consider there to be one attraction which they can’t skip on a Walt Disney World vacation. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a classic that is loved by many and can be found in the Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Circus. The attraction features two spinners outfit with plenty of different colored Dumbos that soar high over beautiful fountains below. Guests will love a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant at any time of day, but especially at night when the fountains below are beautifully lit and guests can enjoy a unique vantage of Storybook Circus with its nighttime lighting.

2. Astro Orbiter

Once the sun sets each day, Tomorrowland is transformed into a futuristic space hub thanks to beautiful futuristic lighting. One of the best ways to enjoy the area at night is by hopping aboard the incredible Astro Orbiter. This attraction can be found in the very heart of Tomorrowland and brings guests high above to rocket around a compilation of planets and out of this world objects. Since the Astro Orbiter is so high up, guests can enjoy amazing views of Tomorrowland and other areas of the Magic Kingdom with their nighttime lighting.

1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Another great attraction found in Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Found just underneath the loading area of the Astro Orbiter, the attraction brings guests on a bird’s eye tour of Tomorrowland with special glimpses into nearby attractions like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Since guests are offered so many incredible aerial scenes of Tomorrowland and special glimpses of nearby Cinderella Castle, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is an amazing attraction to enjoy at nighttime at the Magic Kingdom!

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.