Have you ever noticed that some Disney attractions are just better when you ride them at night? When the sun sets at Walt Disney World a whole new world comes alive throughout the parks. Most noticeably is the Magic Kingdom, each land around the park lights up the night in its own special way. We are going to walk through our favorite rides that we love to ride at nighttime when stopping the Magic Kingdom.
Under the Sea, Journey of The Little Mermaid
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid is beautifully lit at nighttime.
Why did Under the Sea wind up at Number 10? Well it’s actually because the attraction itself takes place indoors however the exterior is so well lit that it deserves a place on our Top 10 Attractions to ride at Night!
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel lights up the night behind Cinderella’s Castle.
Do we love the carrousel? Absolutely! It brings us back to a simpler time of the past and allows some of us to really focus on the beginnings of the Disney Parks. Why is it better at night? Well besides the lights…it’s actually quieter! With families (usually) calling it an early night, the bigger kids amongst us get a chance to search for Cinderella’s horse on the Regal Carrousel!
Liberty Belle Riverboat
Doesn’t the Liberty Belle Riverboat just look stunning at sunset?
The Liberty Belle Riverboat usually closes early nightly, but if you have the opportunity to make the trip around Rivers of America when the sun is going down…you’re in for such a treat!
Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyers Island and of course the Haunted Mansion…PHOTOS GALORE! Or, you can just enjoy the fact that you’re only about 500 feet away from Cinderella’s Castle and put it all in perspective:)
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Soar high in the sky on a whimsical flight over Storybook Circus aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant. At night time you can see the whole park lite up be sure to bring along your camera! Copyright Disney.
When Dumbo moved from Fantasyland into their new location in New Fantasyland within the walls of Storybook Circus, we were hesitant to see how the attraction would fare after the sun went down.
Not only did the attraction keep the original charm but it “plus-ed” the entire area by utilizing amazing lighting techniques! Some of our favourite photos are taken while riding Dumbo!
Pilot your very own spaceship high in the sky above Tomorrowland on the Astro Orbiter.
Is the Astro Orbiter one of our favourite attractions in the Magic Kingdom? Nope. In fact, we feel as though it needs a huge overhaul to satisfy the location within the most popular theme park in the world!
That being said, the neon abundance within Tomorrowland is absolutely spectacular when the sun goes down. The best place to see it is by far is from the rockets on the Orbiter! Oh, and the lines are usually manageable during Extra Magic Hours:)
Splash through Splash Mountain under the stars for a whole new take on this log flume attraction. Copyright Disney.
On the opposite scale of entertainment is Splash Mountain. This classic Disney attraction is a perfect blend of story-telling and thrills…and when you mix that with dusk…amazing!
The main suggestion that we have is to bring a poncho with you for this ride, even if it’s not raining. It gets a little chilly when the sun goes down and you’re soaked from a 60ft drop!
Did you know that bad jokes are better in the dark? Jungle Cruise proves this with their evening boat rides through the jungles of the world. Copyright Disney.
My first ride on the Jungle Cruise was at night and ever since that experience, an 8pm Jungle Cruise FastPass+ reservation has been the norm. Not only do you get a more “spooky and eerie” river adventure, but the Skippers are a little more loose on their storytelling and that translates into a hilarious and memorable experience for everyone in the boat!
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This outdoor attraction was built to ridden at night, it makes the diamonds sparkle brighter. Copyright Disney.
Probably the best overall attraction (queue line, ride vehicle, thrill factor, family friendly) within the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is by far and away a better experience when the sun goes down. You get the extra details that the imagineers hid in the background that most guests miss during the daylight.
Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of the best rides for catching the evening firework show! It adds a lot of extra thrill to your firework viewing and many new spots to see them from! Copyright Disney.
Arguably the best “Mountain” in the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder’s charm is brought to an entirely new and fantastic level at night. The rock-work is as close to a Radiator Springs on the East Coast that we’ll get…until the Cars franchise makes its way out here in a big bad way!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Zip through the skyways of Tomorrowland! I just love catching the views of the castle while riding this attraction at night. Copyright Disney.
By far, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority is the best attraction to ride at night!
- You get the full neon-amazement of Tomorrowland after the sun goes down
- The lines are always a walk-on!
- …just do it! You’ll thank us:)