DID YOU KNOW? FACTS ABOUT WDW AF­TER DARK

WDW Magazine - - Front Page - BY TERRI MILLER

Dec­o­rat­ing the roof tow­ers of the Haunted Mansion are chess pieces—you’ll no­tice a cou­ple of pawns, rooks, kings, queens, etc... How­ever, there is no knight chess piece be­cause it is al­ways "night" in­side the Haunted Mansion. Let’s dis­cover some more night­time fun facts!

All Dis­ney Re­sorts of­fer pool­side movies in the evening. They are usu­ally dis­played on a gi­ant in­flat­able screen, which is lo­cated near the pool area. En­joy a dif­fer­ent Dis­ney film each night.

The most dif­fi­cult part of putting on Ep­cot’s nightly show, IL­LU­MI­NA­TIONS: Re­flec­tions of Earth, is ac­tu­ally get­ting the globe to the cen­ter of World Show­case La­goon. When it’s trans­ported from back­stage through the canal, there are only six inches on each side for the Led-cov­ered orb to pass through, which ex­plains the dark scratch lines on the walls!

Dis­ney pays in­cred­i­ble at­ten­tion to de­tail, right down to the side­walk. On Main Street, the dif­fer­ing col­ors help to sub­con­sciously guide guests and keep them from trip­ping at night.

Ev­ery sin­gle evening, just be­fore the last guests leave Magic King­dom at clos­ing, some spe­cial re­marks are made called The Kiss Good­night. This 2-minute spe­cial au­dio mes­sage is played ev­ery 30 min­utes af­ter park clos­ing, and be­gins by Cin­derella Cas­tle be­ing lit up with twin­kling lights, ac­com­pa­nied by the song, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” While this is play­ing, a nar­ra­tor greets the guests with a wish­ful mes­sage about mak­ing dreams come true.

Did you know about camp­fires at se­lect Dis­ney Re­sorts? Have some fun, roast marsh­mal­lows, and make s’mores with other Guests. A fa­vorite camp­fire lo­ca­tion is at the Fort Wilder­ness camp­grounds. Here, Chip and Dale will join Guests for a sing-along! The two chip­munks will also come around and take pic­tures.

If you were to spend one night in each and ev­ery Dis­ney Re­sort Ho­tel room, it would take you 68 years!

Na­ture’s very own daily sun­sets helped Dis­ney Imag­i­neers in choos­ing which col­ors to shine on Space­ship Earth ev­ery night at Ep­cot.

Back when it was still called Dis­ney’s MGM Stu­dios, the orig­i­nal fire­works show, dis­played nightly above the Chi­nese The­atre, was called Sorcery in the Sky.

The Elec­tri­cal Wa­ter Pageant sails be­tween the Magic King­dom Re­sorts each night, and of­fers a fun dis­play of sev­eral large ‘screens’ that light up with cor­re­lat­ing tunes across the Seven Seas La­goon. This pa­rade lasts 5-10 min­utes in front of each Re­sort, but takes about 30-45 min­utes to com­plete its full route. Be sure to check with your Re­sort for the times.

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