7 Unique Experiences To Visit After Dark At Epcot

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With its headliner attractions, beautiful scenery, beloved character interactions, and top-notch dining, Epcot is an amazing park. Exciting rides and attractions  like Test Track, Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and Mission Space await! Plus, the potpourri of shops and international restaurants in the World Showcase, guests of all ages can spend a fun-filled day. Many guests even enjoy Epcot over several days to really experience everything this park has to offer. When the sun goes down; however, a magical glow settles over the park, dusting the flowers, topiaries, and attractions. The fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, is without a doubt a perfect way to enjoy Epcot at night.  Epcot has much more to offer, so check out these experiences and see for yourself how special this park is when the stars are twinkling in the warm Florida sky.


7. Fountains in France Pavilion

Grab a sweet treat and a drink and stroll around the France pavilion. The area twinkles beautifully with lights, with little tables available to enjoy the romantic ambiance and quaint shops to browse. I love having dinner in the cozy glow of Chefs de France and watching guests walk by on the promenade. Check out the illuminated fountains in the courtyard area for a perfect spot for a picture and to enjoy the magic of the night.

6. An Evening Performance of the British Revolution

While listening to this band is fun anytime from the gazebo in the United Kingdom pavilion, it’s even more thrilling to catch an evening performance. The night air is electric as the band plays favorite songs from The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and many more hit British groups. With the heat of the day over, the crowd enthusiastically sings along and dances to familiar favorites.

5. Test Track

Take a spin on Test Track at night, and experience a more intense ride. This attraction is thrilling no matter what time of the day you choose to go on it, but this vehicle design and road testing ride is amazing at night.  Once your car is designed and goes through the indoor paces of the road test, it quickly accelerates and speeds out the doors to the open track. Zipping around the track in the dark at over 60 miles per hour with a glowing Spaceship Earth in the background is a must-do on every one of my Epcot adventures.

4. Dinner at the Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room

Try for a dinner reservation on the outdoor patio at this eatery. If you time it right, you can have a perfect viewing of the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show.

3. Photo Opportunity

Stop in front of Spaceship Earth on your way out of the park and have your photo take in front of a beautifully illuminated geosphere. PhotoPass photographers are there to get your entire group in the picture.


2. Festival Magic

If you’re visiting during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you can enjoy the amazing topiaries during the day and at night too. Many of the topiaries have special lighting and effects visible at night. If you’re visiting during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, be sure to grab a seat at the America Gardens Theatre for one of the popular bands or solo artists that perform nightly in this lovely open air setting. Festival of Arts and Festival of Holidays, offers stunning decor and nighttime foods that is well worth a visit.

1. Sidewalk Pixie Dust

At the end of the night, look for the twinkling sidewalks between Spaceship Earth and Innoventions. The pavement looks completely normal in the day, and at night fiber optic glitter and sparkle, showing more magic before guests leave the park.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!