There’s no arguing the fact that Disney parks are wonderful no matter what time of day you happen to visit. That said, there are some things that are decidedly better during the day, and others that must be seen at night. Of course, most things are somewhere in between and would be great seen while the sun is up or when it’s down. However, there is yet another category. This one is reserved for places and things all guests should see both during the light of day and the dark of night, and it’s quite a small category so seeing each of these things during two different parts of the day shouldn’t be a problem at all. If you’re planning a Disney trip, you may be wondering which sights should be worked into the schedule both in the daytime and during the nighttime. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of 8 Disney World locations that fall into this category. Read on to learn more!
1. Cinderella Castle
Obviously, if you’re going to Magic Kingdom, you’ll have no choice but to see Cinderella Castle at least once. That said, we highly recommend taking the time to admire this beauty on the way into the park in the morning and on the way out after the sun has set. During the day, the castle is the perfect backdrop for a family photo. It’s bright and fills everyone around with anticipation and excitement. At night, the very same castle transforms into a gorgeous display of lights which reflect playfully on the water, making it well worth a second stop.
Tomorrowland is a super cool place. It presents a fantastic view of the future that anyone could get excited about, and turns us all into space and science nerds. This land is a must-see during the day due to the fact that it’s so intricately detailed. After all, you’ll need the benefit of sunlight to truly capture and appreciate all those details. That said, nighttime in Tomorrowland couldn’t be any more thrilling. The colorful lights that fill the streets, skies, and surfaces in this land are truly a sight to see, meaning everyone should pay the land a second visit in the evening,
3. Main Street, U.S.A.
Main Street, U.S.A. is a lovely take on a bygone era that leaves us all feeling a bit nostalgic. It’s the perfect place to start your Disney day, and in the mornings it’s filled with the hustle and bustle of the townspeople characters, street performers, and the usual park excitement. At night however, the space takes on a completely different feel. The streets are lit by old-style street lamps, and the shops fill up with people picking up last-minute gifts on their way out of the parks. The vibe is one of contentment instead of anticipation, and this is a wonderful feeling at the end of a long day.
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4. The World Showcase
Epcot’s World Showcase is one of our favorite sections for any park. We love visiting with the characters during the day and stopping to check out the various street performers. Once the sun goes down, we enjoy checking out the band playing in the United Kingdom Pavilion, admiring the lights reflected in the water, and having an adult beverage or two.
5. Fountain of Nations
Another Epcot spot that’s great in the daytime and at night is the Fountain of Nations, located just behind Spaceship Earth as you enter from the front of the park. This fountain is unfortunately often passed over entirely, meaning many people never get to enjoy just how spectacular it actually is. This amazing fountain puts on a water and music show at timed intervals throughout the day. When the hot Florida sun is out, we love to stand near the fountain and enjoy the show and the occasional splash. At night, the fountain is lit up, adding an extra magical element to the performance.
6. Disney Springs
Disney Springs is a great place to visit for some daytime shopping and cute entertainment. During the holiday season, you may even find Santa Claus hanging out here while the sun is still out. Once the sun goes down, the whole vibe changes. Splitsville, the Disney Springs bowling alley, fills up with people out to have a good time, and certain restaurants change their menus and dress codes to fit the change. Many adults stay out at Disney Springs way past the kiddos’ bedtime, making this the place to be if you’re looking for late-night fun.
7. The Tree of Life
In Animal Kingdom, the park centerpiece is the enormous and intricately detailed Tree of Life. When entering the park, you’ll likely want to stop and get a photo in front of the tree. Be sure to check out all the amazing creatures that were so painstakingly added to the trunk of the tree. It’s an amazing work of art, to say the least. After dark, head back to the tree to see those creatures come to life in a nighttime awakening. These awesome projection shows are super magical and well worth seeing.
8. Pandora – World of Avatar
Finally, we must mention Pandora – World of Avatar. This new land is breathtakingly gorgeous and so well detailed you could easily spend the entire day admiring the thought put into it. For this reason, we highly recommend visiting for during the day. Seeing the land while the sun is still up will allow you to fully appreciate the intricacy of it. Additionally, since it will probably be hot, you’ll enjoy the various Pandora creatures that like to spray passersby with water.
All that said, nighttime is somehow even more beautiful in Pandora. The land features numerous bioluminescent plants, and the whole place glows in a variety of colors that make the land feel quite enchanted.