There are many Disneylands. There is the Disneyland you enjoy with your toddler, the Disneyland that you enjoy your thrill loving tween, and the Disneyland you enjoy during the light of the day. But there is another Disneyland, Disneyland after dark. After the sun goes down, you can see Disneyland in a whole different hue and magical things happen in both the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure. Check out our eight favorite things to do at night at Disneyland.
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8 Disneyland Night Musts 1 of 10
See Cars Land at Night 2 of 10
Cars Land in California Adventure really takes on a beautiful glow after dark. As the sun sets, the neon lights that decorate the street began to turn on, and that moment - at dusk - is a magical one. The carved rocks of Ornament Valley are lit and look phenomenal when riding Radiator Spring Racers, so that is a must.
Fantasmic! 3 of 10
Fantasmic!, a multi-media experience that takes place on the Rivers of America, is an amazing combination of classic characters, fireworks, special effects, and music. And the story line, of Mickey Mouse battling evil, is captivating and totally entertaining.
California Adventure at Night 4 of 10
One of our favorite things to do at night is to go to the old-timey rides at California Adventure. The Jumpin' Jellyfish, Silly Symphony Swings and the Golden Zephyr all look amazing all lit up in the dark, and very old-school like you were transported to a bygone era. And if you time it right, you'll be able to see the fireworks over at the Magic Kingdom while riding the Golden Zephyr.
Have Dinner and Drinks at the Carthay Circle 5 of 10
The Carthay Circle is a grand and glorious tribute to old Hollywood and Disney history. The original Carthay Circle Theater was where Snow White premiered back in 1937. This Cathay Circle doesn't show movies but rather houses a stunning gourmet restaurant (with dishes such a grilled quail and Sierra golden trout) and retro style bar where you can get carefully crafted cocktails (like a Manhattan or Pisco Sour). It is a prefect way to end (or start) your evening.
Fireworks 6 of 10
Watching the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty's castle is a must, like not a maybe must, it a real MUST. The fireworks display that the pyrotechnic team at Disneyland puts together is a gorgeous display of lights, bursts and power. Plus there is always an engaging narrative that brings another magical level to the event.
Pixie Hollow 7 of 10
Make sure to swing by Pixie Hollow at night to see what enchantment Tinker Bell and her friends have sprinkled upon their little land.
World of Color 8 of 10
World of Color at California Adventure is an amazing feat of water, light and, yes, color. This stellar show, which continues to delight young, old and everyone in between is inspiring, innovative and completely unique.
World of Color – Glow with the Show 9 of 10
And if you happen to go the World of Color, the you just have to pick up the special ears that go with the performance. The "Glow with the Show," ears synchronize with the hues of the show, the lamps in the viewing area and with each other. Yes, it's just another act of Disney magic.
Ride Big Thunder Railroad at Night 10 of 10
One of the most magnificent ways to see the nightly fireworks show is from behind the action. One time, completely by accident, we ended up riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad right when the fireworks began to go off. It was a spectacular view, and very action packed, both physcially and visually.
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