If I learned anything during my six months as a Professional Intern at Walt Disney World, it was how to spend a night at the parks. It became a near-nightly ritual to run home from work at 5:00 PM, grab a quick sandwich, and be in Magic Kingdom’s bag check line by 5:45 PM. From then, the night was mine–from my favorite nighttime attractions to post-Wishes Mickey Bars and everything in between. So whether you’re a local passholder looking for a magical hiatus from your weekday routine or a park hopper trying to catch Wishes, here’s the guide to your ultimate evening at Magic Kingdom!
Grab those FastPass+ Selections
Fire up your My Disney Experience app and grab those FastPass+ Selections at the beginning of the day, if not earlier! Try to make your selections for time slots before Wishes; That’s when the park is most crowded. My favorite nighttime trifecta: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion.
Magic Kingdom’s bag check can get pretty sticky during peak season, especially around 5:00-6:00 PM when many people are trying to get back into the parks after an afternoon break. If you can, ditch the bag and just bring the necessities (credit card, phone, wallet, MagicBand, etc.) so you can stick to the middle lane and cruise by bag check. You’ll only be in the parks for a few hours, so no need to go all out with a full park bag.
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Walt Disney World and Disneyland are inviting guests to get in touch with the Holiday Season during the newest round of Limited Time Magic offerings.
Starting at Walt Disney World, from now until January 4, guests can enjoy two delightful “presents” that are happening at the Magic Kingdom. First, you are invited to take in a showing of the Holly Jolly Trolley Show where the Citizens of Main Street perform great Holiday classics. That evening, enjoy the Celebrate the Magic Castle Projection show, which includes a special holiday finale and a brand new sequence inspired by the upcoming movie, Frozen.
At Disneyland, guests can get into the festive spirit by “Glowing With The Show” during the new World of Color – Winter Dreams show that’s showing at Disney California Adventure. Guests who wear their Glow With The Show ears can experience the dazzling new show from a special viewing area available to Guests with valid World of Color FASTPASS tickets! The viewing area is on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is very limited.
Oh, what fun there is to have at the Disney Parks this Holiday Season!