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.