Best Nighttime Disney Attractions

Tower of Terror at Nighttime

For several Walt Disney World attractions, the nighttime brings a unique experience. Some of these attractions feel spookier after dark, while others just simply look beautiful lit up at night. Let’s take a look at some of the best attractions to experience at nighttime.

Tower of Terror is my favorite attraction to experience at nighttime. The darkness of the night, dimly lit gardens, the mist, and the 1930s music playing in the queue really add to the spookiness of the attraction. The atmosphere of the queue at night helps to immerse guests into the story of the five hotel guests who vanished from the elevator on Halloween night in 1939. You really feel as if you are about to enter an old abandoned and haunted hotel.

The Tower of Terror queue isn’t the only great thing about experiencing this attraction after dark. Once you’ve boarded your elevator and it begins it’s descent into The Twilight Zone,  you’ll also get a great view of Hollywood Studios lit up at night. This just might be one of the best views at Walt Disney World.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is another great attraction to experience after dark. Riding at nighttime is almost like experiencing a completely different attraction. While this mine train isn’t really very scary during the daytime, it can have a slight spooky feel to it at nighttime as you travel past bats and through mists in the mine. The little mining town you’ll pass on your ride seems to really come alive at night, more so than during the day. The lighting on the mountain at night is beautiful to see. My favorite part of experiencing Big Thunder Mountain after dark is towards the end of the ride when your trains travels past the bones in the side of the mountain. I love the mists, gysers, and the lighting on the bones right there at the end of the ride. It’s a completely different experience than during the daytime.

Though I haven’t personally experienced the Tomorrowland Transit Authority at night, I’ve heard it is one of the best attractions to ride after dark. I can definitely see why. The neon lights of Tomorrowland look fantastic at night! What better way to take in all of these beautiful lights than to take a ride through Tomorrowland on the TTA?! The Tomorrowland Transit Authority is one of my favorite rides during the daytime, so I can only imagine how much fun it would be at nighhttime. I have seen some absolutely amazing photos taken from the TTA after dark. I will definitely be making a point to experience this attraction after dark on my next Walt Disney World vacation.

Splash Mountain also offers spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom at nighttime.  If you time your ride just right, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the  Main Street Electrical Parade as it travel through Frontierland. Your journey to the briar patch will also include several opportunities to see Cinderella Castle lit up at night. One of the best views is when your log reaches the top of Chickapin Hill, just before you go down the big drop.

What is your favorite attraction to experience at nighttime? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to click the button below to check out all of the other great posts about Disney parks at night in this week’s Riding The Rails. Thanks to The Magical Blogorail for hosting!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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