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Top 10 Magic Kingdom Rides At Night

Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is a favorite of many as it is home to tons of classic Disney attractions and magical experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Guests who spend time in the Magic Kingdom can enjoy viewing Cinderella Castle, explore the exotic rivers of the world, fly high with Dumbo, interact with hitchhiking ghosts, and take a soaking trip to the Briar Patch. With so many amazing experiences to be had in the park, guests always want to make the most of their time there often staying once the sun goes down to continue the fun. Nighttime in the Magic Kingdom is a wonderful time where special lighting and nighttime entertainment transform the park into an even more magical place. While all of the attractions in the Magic Kingdom are special in their own right, some of them become even more enjoyable at nighttime for different reasons. Here are the top ten Magic Kingdom attractions to experience at night.

10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad –

This attraction takes guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness as they whip around a mine town through caves and past saloons. Once the sun goes down, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad becomes even more thrilling as the track can’t be seen particularly well and all of the twists and turns become even more suspenseful. In addition guests can also enjoy other beautifully lit buildings while moving around the mountain like Cinderella Castle and nearby Splash Mountain.

9. Splash Mountain –

Like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain becomes more thrilling at night as guests who move through the attraction spend a decent amount of time outside of the mountain. Splash Mountain allows guests to follow Br’er Rabbit as he searches for more adventure in his life and ends up bring flung down into the Briar Patch by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. Experiencing the attraction at night is especially fun as guests can enjoy scenic views of the Magic Kingdom from certain vantages on the mountain as well as a splendid view across the park from the top of the massive hill into the Briar Patch. Guests who time their experience on Splash Mountain with Happily Ever After can also have amazing views of the fireworks that can’t be found anywhere else!

8. The Haunted Mansion –

While the Haunted Mansion is one of the eeriest attractions in all of Walt Disney World, it takes place entirely indoors making many guests wonder why is it one of the top attractions to experience at night? The answer is the queue! Before entering into Gracey Manor, guests pass through an spooky interactive graveyard where tombstones lurk on the grounds and Madame Leota’s even opens her eyes to look around! Once night falls, the graveyard becomes extra creepy as special lighting and dark shadows make every turn feel as though a ghost is waiting!

7. Dumbo The Flying Elephant –

Each night Storybook Circus comes to life with white popcorn lights which give the area a real carnival feel. Dumbo The Flying Elephant features two spinners which take to the skies high over Storybook Circus and fountains that are lit with bright colors. Guests who enjoy a ride on Dumbo The Flying Elephant after the sun has set are treated to beautiful nighttime views of Storybook Circus and New Fantasyland and the chance to look straight down on the wonderfully lit colorful water below.

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6. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train –

The newest addition to New Fantasyland is The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which bring guests through the sparkling mines where the Seven Dwarfs work each day. Most of the attraction has guests moving smoothly around the mountain while gently swaying from side to side in mine carts. Guests who enjoy The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at night can enjoy beautiful views of nearby Fantasyland and New Fantasyland lit up beautifully for the nighttime hours.

5. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel –

One of the most beautiful attractions in the Magic Kingdom to enjoy at nighttime is the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The attraction features intricately detailed horses which guests can ride on while enjoying classic Disney music played in a calliope style. Once the sun sets, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel lights up with beautiful white lights making it seem like a beacon in Fantasyland.

4. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover –

One of the most underrated attractions in Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover which brings guests on a serene journey on the highway in the sky. Guests who board the attraction can kick back and enjoy a light breeze, sweeping views of the land below, and glimpses into nearby attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain. Each night, Tomorrowland comes to life with futuristic neon lights and one of the best ways to enjoy the ambiance is by taking a spin on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

3. The Walt Disney World Railroad –

Another underrated attraction in the Magic Kingdom is The Walt Disney World Railroad which continually circles the park stopping at stations on Main Street, in Frontierland, and in Storybook Circus. In addition to an enjoyable ride, the attraction can also be a convenient way to move about the park when guests are tired and looking to take a quick rest. Once the sun sets, guests love taking a ride on The Walt Disney World Railroad as they are offered beautiful views of nearly every land in the park lit up for the evening hours.

2. The Jungle Cruise –

The world famous Jungle Cruise takes guests on an exotic trip into lush jungle landscapes and down the most famous rivers of the world. Guests who enjoy the attraction are treated to a hilariously corny narration by the skippers, a glimpse at wild animals like lions and elephants, and a chance to see the famous backside of water. Once nighttime falls in the Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise becomes an even more enjoyable experience as the rivers and jungles seem more filled with mystery in the moonlight.

1. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin –

This spinner style attraction in Adventureland offers guests the chance to board magic carpets and take to the skies high over the marketplace while circling a magic lamp. Guests who experience the attraction at night are treated to wonderful aerial views of Adventureland and some of nearby Frontierland which are lit for the nighttime hours beautifully.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.