Walt Disney World gets better after dark
By Carl Trent
With the coming of winter and the long winter nights, Let's look at some of the things at Walt Disney World that are better after dark.
The Boardwalk Area
The Boardwalk area comes alive after dark. During the day, you can ride the bikes, you can see some of the entertainers, you can grab food, but everything seems a little quiet.
Then, the sun goes down, the lights come on, the music starts and guests come pouring on to the Boardwalk. Entertainers become more animated and more numerous. The Dance Hall gets going, the piano bar gets started, the lounges get going and the party starts.
The Disney World Resorts
Some of the Disney World hotels are actually better after dark. For example the Polynesian Resort is better after dark. Right at sunset, a Disney Cast Member dressed in native garb (ladies you don't want to miss this) runs through the resort lighting the "Tiki" torches. The torches bring a magical island touch to the whole place. Also, after dark, you can hear the luau going on in the distance. The tribal drums and music of the luau give the resort an authentic island feel.
Spaceship Earth or as I like to call it, the Big Silver Ball in the front of Epcot is an impressive technological marvel. It's imposing, it's interesting, it's silver, it's big, it's round, but after dark it comes alive. After dark, the Big Silver Ball turns into a big green or orange or red or ... you get the point. It's kinda like one of those vintage silver Christmas trees that changed color depending on the colored light on them. Now, during Illuminations, there are even lasers that make designs on that Big Silver/Red/Orange/Green Ball.
Fireworks and Parades
Yes, fireworks. In the 80's, Disney had an afternoon fireworks show around the lake in Epcot. They even made a big deal of the "daytime" fireworks. It was interesting, but, fireworks are better after dark. (It's usually cooler after the big yellow ball goes down.)
Parades are also better after dark. The Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom is the best parade anywhere (except for the Christmas Parade). The daytime parades are hotter, sweatier, and harder to see. The lights on the floats, Tinker Bell starting the show, the castle as a backdrop, knowing the fireworks are coming all this and more make the parades better after dark.
Extras? Yes, extras. Through the years Disney has added extra attractions that come alive after dark. The lights on the castle, the dancing fountains in Epcot, the spookiness of the Haunted Mansion grounds and the Tower of Terror, the Christmas lights during the holiday season. All over the parks there are extras the pop up after dark.
All in all there is a lot of Walt Disney World that is better after dark.
Carl is a noted Walt Disney World expert. He has a great site called Dad's Guide to WDW. Dad's guide is a comprehensive look at the "most magical place on earth." Come over and see how to get ready for a magical family vacation.
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