When the Sun Sets, the Fun Rises . . . Disney After Dark Shines Brightly

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — What could top a magical day in the Vacation Kingdom? How about Disney after dark, featuring lively entertainment, world-class cuisine and other ways to light the night?

When the sun sets over Disney’s four world-famous theme parks, the fun rises throughout Walt Disney World Resort with a galaxy of nighttime options such as top-name entertainment, dueling pianos or delicacies by award-winning chefs. Here’s a peek at what’s in store…

At Downtown Disney West Side,a waterfront district with eclectic eateries and top-name entertainment offerings, nightlife is hot, hot, hot. Highlights:

  • The fantasy of Cirque du Soleil comes to life twice nightly, five days a week with La Nouba, a dramatic production that combines acrobatics, artistic dance and gymnastics in a permanent, free-standing theater.
  • Chart-topping musical groups performing live jazz, country, gospel and R&B are on the menu along with authentic Mississippi Delta cuisine at House of Blues.
  • A five-story, 100,000-square-foot interactive playground, DisneyQuestis a “theme park in a box” with innovative virtual reality and interactive fun for the whole family.
  • Backed by superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband/producer Emilio, Bongos Cuban Cafébrings a taste of Miami’s South Beach to Downtown Disney with Latin rhythms and cubano cuisine.
  • Culinary delights created by Wolfgang Puck himself at Wolfgang Puck Café and Dining Room include wood-fired pizzas, full sushi bar and other signature dishes.
  • The latest flicks are on the big screens of two dozen theaters — some with stadium seating — at the AMC 24 Theatres complex.
  • At nightfall, Disney’s BoardWalk captures the charm of yesteryear at the mid-Atlantic seashore. Guests can stroll the twinkling boardwalk, rent surrey bikes, try out amusing carnival games or visit themed restaurants, clubs and showplaces:

  • Partiers can join in a raucous sing-along to favorite tunes at Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar set in an old warehouse.
  • Dancing to the sounds of a variety of music in a grand dance hall is a reality at Atlantic Dance. Hand-rolled cigars, specialty martinis, cognacs and light appetizers are offered at this elegant dance venue.
  • The best in sports is captured on more than 80 television monitors at ESPN Club. Trivia contests, a sports-themed video arcade and full-service restaurant round out the fun.
  • Kid-friendly dinner shows, a romantic table for two, or trendy tapas headline the menu of hundreds of dining options at Walt Disney World Resort. Here’s just a taste:

  • Victoria & Albert’s is the creme de la creme of Disney dining at the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Whether a romantic evening out or a special celebration, the impeccable service and ever-changing menu are unparalleled. It has earned a AAA 5-Diamond distinction.
  • A panoramic lookout over Magic Kingdom isn’t the only view at the award-winning California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests look on as chefs craft culinary creations in an open kitchen in this award-winning L.A.-style restaurant.
  • Located at Disney’s BoardWalk, Kouzzina by Cat Cora features a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to Chef Cora’s Greek roots.
  • A family favorite since 1974, “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” is a wacky saloon-hall dinner show with a hollering troupe of performers and bottomless bucket of barbecue, beers and strawberry shortcake. The popular show is staged three times nightly at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
  • For family dinner-show fun that brings the flavor of a far-away island paradise to the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, there’s the Polynesian Luau” at Disney’s Polynesian Resort where guests can enjoy the interactive “Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.”
  • Before you leave the theme parks, how about a kiss goodnight? “Wishes” at Magic Kingdom and “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot are two spectacular fireworks shows that dazzle the night sky with bright bursts of color. “Fantasmic!” is a brilliant display of lasers, fireworks and water animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And when the lights go out on select nights at Magic Kingdom, the lights of the “SpectroMagic” parade shine brightly and twinkle as the parade makes its way across the theme park with beloved Disney characters in tow.

    For more information, guests can call 407/824-4321 or visit www.disneyworld.com.