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Disney After Dark – 10 Things You Must Do Around Walt Disney World At Night

We’re all familiar with the magic of Walt Disney World during the day.  But did you know that it is just as magical at night?  Here are some of our favorite musts to experience in and around the parks after dark.

10. Glow-in-the-Dark Pandora

Animal Kingdom’s newest section, Pandora – The World of Avatar, is a must-see at night, when it transforms into a colorful, glow-in-the-dark spectacle.  Pandora’s bioluminescent waterfalls, plant life and pathways will truly make you feel like you’re on another planet!

9. Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!, in Hollywood Studios, is an evening show not to be missed in Walt Disney World.  The show dazzles with impressive technical components like pyrotechnics, and touches the heartstrings with classic Disney villains and heroes and a timeless storyline.  Of course, there are also glow-in-the-dark souvenirs and specialty snacks!

8. Ride Again – in the Dark

Even if you’ve ridden them during the day, there are certain Walt Disney World rides that more adventurous guests should definitely ride again at night, for a completely different experience.  Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train all feel much faster and thrilling in the dark.

7. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

After your tour of the World Showcase, stick around for IllumiNations, Epcot’s magnificent, award-winning fireworks show.  IllumiNations tells the story of Earth’s past, present and future through pyrotechnics, water  and fire effects, lasers, searchlights and a massive, moving Earth Globe.

6. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

For Halloween lovers, this is by far the best night-time event at Disney World!  There’s a Boo to You Halloween Parade (starring the Headless Horseman), HalloWishes (hosted by Haunted Mansion’s Ghost Host and starring your favorite villains), Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, and spooky harmonies sung by the Cadaver Dans.  Wear favorite costume and come trick-or-treating; allergy-friendly options are available!

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5. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Star Wars fans will be thrilled by Hollywood Studios’ night-time show.  Pairing the iconic musical themes of Star Wars with projection effects, pyrotechnics, lasers and fireworks, the show takes you inside your favorite Star Wars scenes for a stunning space battle you’ll never forget!

4. Happily Ever After

Magic Kingdom’s newest night-time show uses Cinderella Castle as a backdrop for a journey through some of Disney’s most beloved movies.  You’ll listen to some of your favorite Disney songs while watching a stunning display of fireworks, pyrotechnics, projections, lasers and light displays.  You’ve never seen Cinderella Castle like this!

3. Electrical Water Pageant

A dazzling sea monster heads up this night-time water parade at the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, and it’s full of natural and fantastical sea creatures.  Accompanied by Disney songs and flashing American flags, this is the perfect patriotic pageant that Poseidon himself couldn’t pass up.

2. Nocturnal Safaris

It’s now possible to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris at night, to get a whole new look at African animals who aren’t active during the day.  This attraction, and Animal Kingdom in general, have previously been off-limits to guests after dark, so there’s a whole new world to explore!

1. Tree of Life Awakenings

Magical enough during the day, the Tree of Life becomes even more enthralling at night.  Every 10 minutes, glowing fireflies bring to life colorful spirits out of the many animals carved into the tree’s trunk.  It’s an inspiring visual spectacle you won’t want to miss.

About Jason Dick

Jason is a Disney addict. Walt Disney World trips are an annual occurrence that his partner has had to come to terms with. In between Disney trips, he spends his time running the theatre company he started in 2007. As Artistic Director, he picks musicals to bring to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada that have never been produced in the area. Traveling is definitely a passion and in addition to his trips to the happiest place on earth, he and his partner also travel the world, most recently to India and Nepal. A carnivore by nature, Jason loves the incredible amount of steakhouses Walt Disney World has to offer - they are always at the top of his list for each and every visit.