WDW Magazine - - Front Page - BY KIMBERLY MASIMORE

There’s so much to do at Walt Dis­ney World. Day or night, you have your choice of plenty of op­tions. But did you know that night­time at Dis­ney Springs of­fers many ex­pe­ri­ences that are com­pletely dif­fer­ent than day­time?


Dis­ney Springs has re­ally sprung to life, lit­er­ally, with the ex­pan­sion and tran­si­tion from Down­town Dis­ney. There are cur­rently 110 shop­ping lo­ca­tions, 54 din­ing op­tions, and 13 en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, as it has nearly dou­bled in size.


A va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences take place at Mar­ket­place Stage. Just out­side of the World of Dis­ney, you can groove to a DJ Kids Dance party, see live per­for­mances, and en­joy spe­cial con­certs be­side the wa­ter. This lo­ca­tion of­ten cel­e­brates school-age bands and choirs as guest per­form­ers through­out the year. Be sure to check out the mar­quee in front of the stage for daily en­ter­tain­ment in­for­ma­tion. The wa­ter-side lo­ca­tion makes for a great evening back­drop and is the per­fect place to un­wind af­ter a day of shop­ping.


If you love Latin mu­sic, head to Par­adiso 37 En­ter­tain­ment. The “37” in Par­adiso 37 rep­re­sents the 37 coun­tries found through­out North, Cen­tral, and South Amer­ica. If you are a te­quila fan, they have over 50 kinds. En­ter­tain­ment here con­sists of live mu­sic, DJS, and, of course, danc­ing. How could you not dance when Latin mu­sic is apart of the equa­tion? Live mu­sic starts at 5:00 PM and con­tin­ues un­til clos­ing.

Raglan Road fea­tures live Ir­ish mu­sic on its pa­tio stage from late af­ter­noon un­til around 1:00 AM most days. If you don’t want to sit out­side (or the weather isn’t fa­vor­able), don’t worry; their main stage is just as lively, seven days a week. The menu is as tempt­ing as the en­ter­tain­ment. If you want to get a sense of the at­mos­phere be­fore you go, head straight to the of­fi­cial Raglan Road web­site, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Live en­ter­tain­ment can be found in River­boat Square, lo­cated just out­side Por­to­bello Coun­try Ital­ian Trat­to­ria (which is closed for re­fur­bish­ment un­til Fall 2017) and Pad­dle­fish. It’s a nice area to hang out as you wait for your din­ner reser­va­tions, or some­thing to con­sider en­joy­ing af­ter a nice meal as the evening ar­rives.

Water­view Park gets its name from the beau­ti­ful wa­ter view of Lake Buena Vista. The open am­phithe­ater fea­tures a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment from ap­prox­i­mately 7:00 PM un­til 11:00 PM, de­pend­ing on the sea­son. You don’t re­ally need to plan ahead for this venue—just stop by and en­joy!


Springs Over­look is ex­actly what it sounds like, an out­door venue that over­looks the Town Cen­ter at Dis­ney Springs. En­ter­tain­ment lasts about 30 min­utes per per­for­mance and varies. It is sub­ject to be can­celled with­out no­tice due to weather or time of year.


If it’s rain­ing or you’re not in the mood for mu­sic, head to AMC Movies at Dis­ney Springs 24 for some evening en­ter­tain­ment. You can even have din­ner right at your seat in the the­ater!

Soar 400 feet above Dis­ney Springs, check­ing out views up to 10 miles away in a teth­ered bal­loon at Char­ac­ter in Flight. The bal­loon ac­cepts guests from early morn­ing un­til around mid­night most days. The views at night are com­pletely dif­fer­ent than dur­ing the day. If you time your flight right, you might even get a glimpse of the fire­works at Ep­cot. Cur­rent prices are $20 for adults and $15 for chil­dren.

The hour and a half per­for­mance of Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba will have you “oohing” and “aah­h­hing” long af­ter the show ends. Acro­bats, trapeze artists, jug­glers, and more, cre­ate the tal­ented cast of this amaz­ing, col­or­ful the­atri­cal show. La Nouba is ap­pro­pri­ate for the en­tire fam­ily; my 3-year-old was in awe the en­tire time. Per­for­mances take place most Tues­days through Satur­days at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Don’t wait, if you’ve ever wanted to

see this spec­tac­u­lar show—the fi­nal per­for­mance is De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

You have your choice of a va­ri­ety of tempt­ing food trucks at Ex­po­si­tion Park. From around 7:00 PM un­til ap­prox­i­mately 11:00 PM (ex­act times may vary, de­pend­ing on time of year). En­ter­tain­ment con­sists of DJS, con­tem­po­rary bands, and more. Plus, food. That al­ways makes for a great com­bi­na­tion.

House of Blues is the place to be for se­ri­ous mu­sic lovers. En­joy de­li­cious food and a va­ri­ety of live en­ter­tain­ment as you eat. World-fa­mous mu­si­cians, as well as ris­ing stars, also give con­certs in the per­for­mance hall for an ad­di­tional fee.

Splitsville Lux­ury Lanes isn’t your typ­i­cal bowl­ing al­ley. The lanes are sec­tioned off into groups, and it al­most feels like you are at­tend­ing a pri­vate party! The at­mos­phere is fun, and the food is good too. With two floors of fun, live mu­sic, danc­ing, and two sushi bars—you can’t go wrong.

Sun­shine Highline is a par­tially shaded out­door venue with a nice view. The mu­sic here tends to be more eclec­tic, fea­tur­ing in­stru­ments such as a didgeri­doo, as well as clas­sic in­stru­ments. Al­though you can find mu­sic dur­ing the af­ter­noon here, evening

en­ter­tain­ment starts around 7:00 PM and con­tin­ues through 10:30 PM most evenings, with slightly later hours on the week­ends.


When the sun goes down, con­sider tak­ing the fam­ily to Fan­ta­sia Gar­dens and Fair­ways or Win­ter Sum­mer­land Minia­ture Golf. Lo­cated be­side the Walt Dis­ney World Swan Ho­tel, Fan­ta­sia Gar­dens and Fair­ways Minia­ture Golf of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar view of The Twi­light Zone Tower of Ter­ror. You can find Win­ter Sum­mer­land Minia­ture Golf just out­side of Dis­ney’s Bliz­zard Beach. There are two fun cour­ses here, one is win­ter-themed, and the other is sum­mer. Both golf cour­ses are open un­til around 11:00 PM (al­though the time may vary, de­pend­ing on the sea­son). Due to the pow­er­ful Florida sun, vis­it­ing the minia­ture golf cour­ses at night is a lot more re­lax­ing and en­joy­able.

There are many other night­time ex­pe­ri­ences through­out Walt Dis­ney World. For great things to do at night on Dis­ney’s Boardwalk, for ex­am­ple, make sure you see our ar­ti­cle on Re­sorts.


There’s a lot of fun out­side of the Walt Dis­ney World theme parks. Dis­ney Springs of­fers great op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore on your day off from the parks, in the evening, or even as a day be­fore your Walt Dis­ney World va­ca­tion “of­fi­cially” starts. Not all of the magic is hap­pen­ing in­side of the Dis­ney theme parks. Some of the best magic lies in the world around you, while wan­der­ing around Dis­ney Springs at night.

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