The Magic Kingdom is what comes to mind for most people when Walt Disney World is mentioned. It is the most popular theme park on the planet, for good reason. It is simply breathtaking. While the Magic Kingdom is incredible during the day, there is something even more magical about it after the sun goes down. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself staring at Cinderella Castle in awe. Here are four things you’ll want to experience at the Magic Kingdom at night. There are many more.
4. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority (or the PeopleMover as it’s also called) is one of the most underrated rides at the Magic Kingdom. The lines are often short, even on busy days. The open air emission-free train takes you around Tomorrowland, including giving you a glimpse inside a couple of the rides. The view is great during the day, but it’s even better at night. Have your camera ready, you’ll be able to get some great shots of Cinderella Castle.
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Fantasyland and Frontierland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are both family friendly roller coasters. With height limits of 38 inches and 40 inches respectively, many kids are able to ride. Both coasters are great during the day, but they come alive at night. You’ll enjoy some fantastic views, even if they are quick. Since the crowds will die down somewhat towards the end of the day you might be lucky and have a reasonable wait. Even if there’s a line, it’s worth it to experience either ride after dark.
2. Once Upon A Time
Main Street, U.S.A.
As already mentioned, Cinderella Castle is amazing after dark. What is even more amazing is when it transforms before your eyes. During Once Upon A Time, the Castle becomes a storytelling screen. Scenes from some of your Disney favorites are shown, but in a way that you never expected. You have to see it to believe it. The show is set to music as well, adding to the experience. Once Upon A Time changes somewhat seasonally, so if you visit more than once a year don’t think that you can skip it.
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1. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
Wishes is the best way to end a day, period. It is one of the most famous and best fireworks displays on the planet. Jiminy Cricket will help you to “wish upon a star” and put a smile on your face. Don’t miss Tinkerbell’s flight! There are great spots to see Wishes throughout the park, but Main Street, U.S.A. is the most popular because it’s close to the park’s exit. If you want to make the show even more special, make a reservation for the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party. You will dine on cupcakes, ice cream, fruit, cheese, and other goodies, accompanied by alcohol-free beverages. After you’ve had your fill, you will be able to enjoy a reserved viewing area for the nightly display. Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is held only on select nights, and reservations are strongly recommended.