12 Favorite Magic Kingdom Rides At Night At Walt Disney World

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1. Haunted Mansion

The theme of the Haunted Mansion obviously lends itself to being a unique nighttime experience. While the ride experience itself does not change, the eerie atmosphere of walking through the queue and into the mansion in the evening can really add to your visit. Another perk of visiting the Mansion at night, like many of the attractions on this list, is that the line is typically shorter, meaning you will most likely encounter a shorter wait, and a less crowded push into the stretching room.


2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Unlike the Haunted Mansion, the appeal of riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night come with the ride experience itself. As most of the ride is outdoors, guests will experience a completely different feel for the ride at night. With certain thematic elements only noticeable in the dark, plus the added excitement of catching the fireworks from the lift hill if you can time it just right, Thunder Mountain can easily be one of the most exciting nighttime rides in the Magic Kingdom.

3. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is quite enjoyable at night for similar reasons to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While most of the ride does take place indoors, the final 52 foot drop and view of the park just before it are much different at night. Like the Haunted Mansion, the line for Splash Mountain tends to be smaller at night. With less guests looking for a splash to cool them down from the hot Florida sun, you can often hop on Splash Mountain in the evening hours with little or no wait.

4. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover does not usually have a wait time at all, and can often act as a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Tomorrowland. This area has a different vibe at night, and what better place to get a view of all the action than from above Tomorrowland aboard the Peoplemover? The Peoplemover is the best place for people-watching after all.


5. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Couldn’t get a FastPass for this popular New Fantasyland attraction? No worries—as long as you don’t mind staying at the Magic Kingdom late into the evening (which if we’re being honest you probably don’t!) you shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting on with at least a slightly shorter wait. This ride won’t be a walk-on for the foreseeable future, but for now getting in line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at night should give you a shorter time waiting in line than the middle of the afternoon would.

6. Tomorrowland Speedway

The Tomorrowland Speedway may have a love/hate relationship among some Disney fans (kids tend to love it, adults sometimes not so much). But perhaps both parties can agree that this ride is more enhanced at night. With different views and a shorter wait time, nighttime in the Magi Kingdom can be the perfect time to go for a drive.

7. Astro Orbiter

Have you ever dreamed of soaring high above the Magic Kingdom at night? Love experiencing stellar views of Disney’s Contemporary Resort? Don’t miss out on experiencing the Astro Orbiter at night during your next visit to the Magic Kingdom. Shorter wait times and excellent views make this a must-do nighttime attraction!

8. Jungle Cruise

The corny jokes skippers tell guests at the Jungle Cruise are entertaining during any time of the day, but this cruise does take on a more relaxed feel at night. While the ride itself is essentially the same experience as it is during the day time hours, the Jungle Cruise is a fun attraction to visit once in a while when it gets dark just for a change of scenery (and a change of pace as Adventureland usually becomes a bit quieter the later you visit).

9. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is one of the most beautiful parts of visiting Fantasyland at night. The music, combined with the gorgeous hand-painted horses, and the lights make this at least a must-see/must-take-a-photo of, but the best way to experience this attraction of course is to go for a ride. Although carousels are among the most classic and beloved amusement attractions, it is one of the more overlooked attractions in the Magic Kingdom. If you’ve been skipping this one in favor of other attractions, make a stop there during your next nighttime visit to the park.

10. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Another area in the Magic Kingdom that comes alive with a new personality at night is Storybook Circus. While the Barnstormer at night isn’t as worthwhile as some of the other attractions in this area (due to its extremely short ride time) Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a fun, whimsical experience that the whole family can enjoy any time of day.

11. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight offers only one (very important) difference when it comes to riding at night as opposed to during the day: shorter wait times! This classic Fantasyland dark ride has wait times that exceed 80 minutes during the day, but most nighttime visits to the park would allow you to leisurely explore the interactive queue without ever feeling like you’re truly waiting.

12. Space Mountain

Similarly Space Mountain offers only a shorter wait time at night, but like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this can come in handy if you were unable to secure a Fastpass. If you don’t mind missing the fireworks during one evening of your trip, most guests tend to be on Main Street during this time and not in line for Space Mountain, making the wait time much more doable.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."