NIGHT­TIME MAGIC IN THE PARKS

Truth be told, for my fam­ily, any time of day that we can hop on a Walt Dis­ney World at­trac­tion is mag­i­cal, but there’s just some­thing even more beau­ti­ful about rid­ing them at night. The vibe is dif­fer­ent, the air is cooler, and the all over am­biance has

WDW Magazine - - Front Page - BY KARYN LOCKE

Here’s our list of top Walt Dis­ney World at­trac­tions that are even more mag­i­cal at night, and why you should try them both ways.

ASTRO OR­BITER

Astro Or­bitor is fun any time of day, but some­times we just can’t fathom wait­ing in a sun-drenched line, only to have to squint dur­ing the ride’s en­tire length. Rid­ing at night, how­ever, is our fa­vorite! The Magic King­dom lights are on and twin­kling as they per­fectly do, the sun is down and we don’t feel like we’re melt­ing, and the air in our faces is much cooler. If you’re plan­ning a visit to Magic King­dom for Hal­loween or Christ­mas and will be at­tend­ing a Mickey’s Not-so-scary Hal­loween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party, and want a spec­tac­u­lar view of the fire­works, try to time it right to make your ride dur­ing the fire­works. It was a com­plete fluke for our first MNSSHP, and Hal­low­ishes was beau­ti­ful from high in the air.

PRINCE CHARM­ING RE­GAL CAROUSEL

A chance to ride on this Dis­ney carousel is mag­i­cal no mat­ter what, but with its lights and clas­sic Dis­ney mu­sic play­ing, it’s the per­fect way to see Cin­derella Cas­tle. If you re­ally want an ex­tra-spe­cial mo­ment, look for Cin­derella’s own carousel horse on the ride—it’s the one with gold bow tied around its tail.

HAUNTED MANSION

It’s all about the out­door am­biance and the standby queue for Haunted Mansion. The mansion is beau­ti­fully lit up, mak­ing the queue is even more creepy and fun. And a tip for those who have trou­ble with light ad­just­ment: it’s much eas­ier to see all of the gor­geous de­tails in the ride if your eyes have al­ready ad­justed to dark con­di­tions.

SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fan­ta­sy­land is the su­per pop­u­lar at­trac­tion at Magic King­dom right now—no mat­ter what time of day. Score a Fast­pass+ se­lec­tion for dusk or later and you’ll spy Cin­derella Cas­tle lit up, as well as the New Fan­ta­sy­land Ex­pan­sion, if you can keep your eyes open rac­ing down the hilly track.

BIG THUN­DER MOUN­TAIN RAIL­ROAD

It’s all about the at­ten­tion to de­tail for this one. Take a ride on Big Thun­der Moun­tain Rail­road in Fron­tier­land at night, and you’ll see Haunted Mansion and the Lib­erty Belle as you never have be­fore, and the de­tails around the track seem much more vi­brant.

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