The huge range of nightlife at Disney World Florida keeps the vast resort buzzing every night of the week; just because the theme parks close after the sun goes down, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Orlando’s Disney World presents literally hundreds of things to do at night, from checking out live theatre performances to watching free parades light up the streets and stunning firework and pyrotechnic displays.
There is also a long list of bars, pubs and clubs which offer more adult-friendly entertainment, although the vast majority of venues let the kids in too (this is Disney World after all). These include some world-class restaurants, massive live music venues and spirited taverns where the crowd often break out into mass sing-alongs as the night draws to an end (and the kids are already tucked up in bed).
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- SeaWorld Florida Tickets - Choose Your Adventure
If you like your music live and loud, there simply is only one place to head to every night at Disney World Resort, and that is the legendary House of Blues. The huge multi-zoned venue features live bands every night encompassing a range of genres, from blues (obviously), to indie, acoustic, country, folk and classic rock ‘n’ roll. It’s best to check their schedule before coming as they often host big-name acts in their main standing room. If you’re not in the mood for rocking out all night, grab a seat at the back or next to the bar, and enjoy the substantial range of food and drinks HOBs is also well-known for. Find it at the ‘Disney Springs’ area of the park in Downtown Disney. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30am to 11pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30am to 1am
- Location: Disney Springs, 1490 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-934-2583
Cirque du Soleil is so popular that it runs not once, but twice every night at Downtown Disney. The long-running acrobatics show tells the exciting story of how 2 opposing worlds (the ‘circus artists’ and ‘urbanites’) find a way to come together, in spite of their differences. Expect fantastic light shows, great acting and dazzling performances which impress both young and old guests. The show runs for 90 minutes, with tickets costing around $50 per person. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 6pm to 9pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays)
- Location: Disney Springs Area, 1478 Buena, Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-7600
For a raucous night of live entertainment – minus the kids – there’s no better place at Disney than the much-loved Jelly Rolls, situated at Disney’s BoardWalk. 2 pianists take to the stage every night to battle it out with classical takes on all popular hit songs, as well as requests from the crowd. Audience participation is encouraged too, with sing-alongs and even audience members being invited to swap seats with the pianists. There is a cover charge of around $12, but think of Jelly Rolls as more of a live show (this is Disney after all) and you won’t leave disappointed.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7pm to 2am
- Location: 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-560-8770
Player 1 Video Game Bar
Player 1 Video Game Bar is not actually part of the Disney franchise, but it’s very close by, located just outside the resort off International Drive. The clue with this bar really is in the name: expect video games, plenty of beer and a decent soundtrack to keep the atmosphere cool and trendy rather than geeky and stale. The lineup of consoles is more than comprehensive; they have a PS4, Xbox One, WII, first-person shooters, PC consoles and a host of puzzle and family games.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 4pm to 2am, Saturday–Sunday from 1pm to midnight
- Location: Vista Centre Shoppes, 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
- Tel: +1 407-504-7521
Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
For nature enthusiasts booked into any of Disney’s Animal Kingdom accommodation, the Starlight Safari tour is an absolute must. This immersive safari adventure takes you around in an open-sided safari vehicle. You might be wondering how much you can actually see after-dark – but there is a handy solution: night-vision goggles! These will help you see the array of animals, including zebras, gazelles, ostriches, and deer.
- Opening Hours: Daily at 8.30pm and 10pm
- Location: 2901 W Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-938-3000
Fantasmic! At Hollywood Studios theme park is Disney World Resort's nighttime extravaganza based on Mickey Mouse's imagination. The musical spectacular is a high-tech water show at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater and features Mickey Mouse and other famous Disney characters. The show’s filled with fireworks, lasers and water effects. The multi-media masterpiece includes segments from the Disney film Fantasia projected onto giant screens made of water. Read More...
- Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Perimeter Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-5277
Walt Disney World Resort's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is a light and sound show for the senses at Disney's Epcot Park. It's divided into 3 parts – the first is about the creation of the planet, and uses lots of fireworks and explosions, while the second part is all about the history of the globe and humanity's achievements so far. The final act showcases the future – and is a beautiful and hopeful display featuring stunning comets of light. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily at 9pm
- Location: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
- Tel: +1 407-824-4321
Disney’s BoardWalk may just be the most photogenic and lively spot in the whole of Disney World Resort come nightfall. This is basically a pretty promenade set next to a Crescent Lake, with an eclectic range of cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques creating a colourful reflection across the water. There are some fun arcade games for the kids, and if you’re planning on heading here for a night out, make sure you check out the excellent Jelly Rolls Bar for the ‘live dueling piano’ performances and tipsy sing-alongs. Read More...
- Location: 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA