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, watching free parades light up the streets and stunning firework and pyrotechnic displays, with Wishes Nighttime Spectacular over Cinderella’s Castle being the most famous of them all.
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). Below, find our top 10 things to do at night in and around Disney World Florida in Orlando.
- 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: 16:00-23:00
- Location: Downtown Disney, 490 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407-934-2583
The spectacular Wishes Nighttime show, the iconic firework show that illuminates Cinderella’s Castle at The Magic Kingdom every night, simply is one of the must-do things at night when visiting Orlando. The first firework illuminates the sky at exactly 20:00 or 22:00 (depending on the day), with the show lasting 12 minutes in total. Day-pass holders for Magic Kingdom can get up close for the best vantage points at the end of Main Street, although the firework display can also be enjoyed from outside the park – as long as you have a good view of the main castle, you’ll be able to enjoy the display for free! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 22:00-22:15
- Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando
This world-famous show is so popular that it runs not once but twice every night at Downtown Disney, making it one of the most popular things to do at night in the whole area. The long-running Disney show tells the exciting story of how two 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 (starting at 18:00 and 21:00) with tickets costing around $50 per person. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-19:30 & 21:00-22:30
- Location: Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando
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. Two 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 – unless pianos really aren’t your thing.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 - 02:00 daily
- Location: Disney’s Boardwalk, 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407-560-8770
Player 1 Video Game Bar
This fun nightlife spot 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 too. Beers from around the world are on tap plus a few excellent local craft beers which we highly recommend.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-012:00 daily
- Location: 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836, United States
- Tel: +1 407-504-7521
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Night Safari
For nature enthusiasts booked into any of Disney’s Animal Kingdom accommodation, taking this hour-long night safari is an absolute must. Starting at 22:00 every night, the tour takes your round 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, deer, and much more.
- Opening Hours: 22:00-23:00
- Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando
Another live show well-worth checking out at Disney is the long-running Fantasmic!, great for all the family – plus it’s free! The thirty minutes of spectacular fireworks, sparklers and water fountains features many of Disney’s most famous characters that are sure to bring a smile to your kids’ faces, and probably yours. Find it at Sunset Boulevard next to Disney’s Hollywood Studios every night starting at 19:00 and 21:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00-19:30 and 21:00-21:30
- Location: Sunset Boulevard (next to Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando
Yet another dazzling pyrotechnics show that runs every night, this time at the hugely popular Epcot theme park. The show is set over Epcot’s central ‘World Showcase Lagoon’, with the lights reflecting off the water making it even more impressive. With thirty minutes of professionally-choreographed fireworks, fountains, lasers, pyrotechnics and thunderous music, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth has scooped the ‘Best Outdoor Night Production Show’ at the Golden Ticket Awards for the last 11 years! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 21:00 every night
- Location: World Showcase Lagoon, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando
Probably Disney World’s most photogenic spot, Disney BroadWalk offers visitors a feast of leisure opportunities right next to the pretty Crescent Lake, not too far away from Epcot. Come day or night, the activities here are plentiful, with a great lineup of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops sitting next to one another on the spacious promenade. 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’ for the ‘live dueling piano’ performances and tipsy sing-alongs. The best time to take a stroll along the promenade is after dark, when the bright lights of each bar and restaurants reflect off the water, and the area becomes alive with activity. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Venue opening times vary
- Location: Disney's BroadWalk, Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade
There’s lots of action going on all-day and into the night at Walt Disney World, with live shows, parades and performances almost at every turn. One of the most beloved you can only catch after dark is the Main Street Electrical Parade. Making its way up and down the prominent road that stretches through Magic Kingdom, audience member are treated to a photogenic display of glowing floats and lively narration, all of which showcases some of Disney’s most famous characters. If you miss the first parade at 19:00, you can always catch the later (and less busy) second parade at 21:00.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 and 21:00 daily
- Location: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Florida, Orlando