10 Top Places to Visit Both During the Day and Night in Walt Disney World

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While it’s pretty standard to visit Disney during the day, sometimes there’s even more magic happening at night! There’s plenty of appeal: dinners, fireworks, light shows, not as hot, less crowds, the list goes on. Here are my top ten places in Disney that are awesome both during the day and at night!


1. World Showcase

I think we can all agree that World Showcase rocks during the day. As half of Epcot, it’s a beautiful representation of the world. World Showcase has dozens of restaurants and attractions to keep you busy during the day. At night, World Showcase opens up by light, with IllumiNations at the center of it all. There are fantastic dining packages to pair with the show, making World Showcase nighttime must!

2. Pandora

Pandora is hugely impressive during the day. The floating mountains were made to be seen from far away. But the detail of Pandora was made for nighttime. The bioluminescent lights built in to the ground, flora, and structure make this part of Animal Kingdom absolutely stunning. Another bonus about visiting at night is you’re more likely to find shorter wait times!

3. Polynesian

During the day, the Polynesian Resort is a hub for all things tropical and a great monorail stop. The Polynesian has some of the best restaurants on property, not to mention a great bar and pool area. All of these things are true at night, too, but the Polynesian gets a serious boost. The Polynesian’s beach is a fantastic viewing spot for Magic Kingdom fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant!

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4. Disney Springs

Disney Springs has so much to offer! It’s a great destination for a break in Park days. It has a ridiculous number of places to shop, dine, and play. And none of that stops at night. At night Disney Springs sort of turns into a party. While it’s appropriate for kids, it is catered largely for adults. I love all the storefronts lit up and the restaurants that just call your name!

5. Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land is pretty much the most popular thing to do in Hollywood Studios right now because it’s new and flashy. But it turns out it’s new and flashy at night too! Toy Story Land is great during the day because it’s easier to pick up all of the extraordinary details. But it’s a treat at night too for its fun lighting and perspectives!

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6. Fantasyland

Fantasyland is a Magic Kingdom must do. Guests flock to this part of the park for Dumbo, and Be Our Guest, and more. There are so many classic attractions in Fantasyland to check off during the day. But at night it comes alive in a different way. I adore Mine Train at night because you can see everything illuminated from the top of the peak. And it’s a super cool experience to watch the fireworks from behind Cinderella Castle!

7. Tree of Life

With the hype of Pandora, Animal Kingdom stepped up other elements of the Park. The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of the whole Park. Everyone knows and loves this tree. During the day, it’s awesome for pictures and finding animals. At night, the tree awakens. Tree of Life Awakenings is a nightly spectacle of light and storytelling on the tree itself. It’s so cool and beautiful, too!

8. Boardwalk

The Boardwalk offers so much during the day: lots of dining opportunities, transportation to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios, bike rides and more! But there’s even more to explore at night on the Boardwalk. Disney often has fun acts like magicians that roam the Boardwalk to entertain guests and make the place feel even more authentic. I just love how the whole thing lights up and sparkles at night!

9. Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge is such a gem no matter what time of day it is! During the light hours, the Lodge is awesome for a Boma breakfast or lunch, keeping cool, or checking out the savanna. But at night I love it for dinner at Jiko and trying out night vision goggles out on the savanna. The animals relax a bit at night and it’s fun to talk to the cast member that hands out the goggles!

10. Tomorrowland

I love that you can see Space Mountain and the Astro Orbiter from pretty much anywhere that surrounds Magic Kingdom. But I love it even more at night. Space Mountain is always lit up in some fun color and Astro Orbiter whirls in a solid stream of light! The colors of Tomorrowland absolutely pop when the sun goes down and the stars come out. Everything looks and feels even more futuristic and exciting!

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."