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We’ll ad­mit it, a lot of Epcot at night is re­ally for par­ents: The glit­ter­ing Eif­fel Tower in the France Pav­il­ion and cock­tails un­der the stars as you walk around the World Show­case add some grown-up ro­mance to a fam­ily va­ca­tion. But kids will also love nib­bling their way around 11 coun­tries, stop­ping for gelato in Italy, watch­ing per­form­ers in China, and fol­low­ing the twin­kling path­ways in Fu­ture World to reach the il­lu­mi­nated danc­ing foun­tain.


The glass-en­closed Chefs de France brasserie has Eif­fel Tower views and is great for evening peo­ple-watch­ing while you slurp up gooey French onion soup.


Shoot­ing across Test Track in the dark makes it feel even faster, and en­ter­ing the shim­mer­ing Space­ship Earth at night to ride into the in­te­rior stars is an added thrill.


In the court­yard at the China Pav­il­ion, the cir­cus-like troupe of Jeweled Dragon Acro­bats tum­ble and fly through the air in hourly per­for­mances from 4:30 to 8:30. But the real high­light of an evening at Epcot is Il­lu­mi­na­tions: Re­flec­tions of Earth, a com­bi­na­tion of soar­ing mu­sic, balls of fire, heart-tug­ging videos, and fire­works, all cen­tered around a re­volv­ing globe on the la­goon in the World Show­case. “Since it’s al­ways held at 9 p.m., and Epcot closes right af­ter,” says From­mer’s au­thor Cochran, “it’s an easy one to plan in ad­vance with your kids.”

Me­an­der around Epcot’s World Show­case be­fore en­joy­ing the nightly fire­works show.

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