The Magic Heats Up When the Sun Goes Down at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Who says the fun has to end when the sun goes down? At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and play with summer-only and new premium events, plus special packages that pair with year-round favorites.

Here’s what Walt Disney World fun looks like after dark:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! A guest favorite, this chilly experience is going on now through September 28. Fans of “Frozen” have been flocking to the flurry of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since July 5, enjoying immersive experiences like the “For The First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” and ice skating (on real ice!) inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland. Anna, Elsa & Kristoff are also welcomed by guests daily in an 11 a.m. processional down Hollywood Boulevard while ice cutters, skaters and skiers join the cavalcade.

Nearly all of the event’s components will occur daily, with the exception of the “Frozen Fireworks” spectacular. The fireworks show will be presented each night (except August 23) through September 1, and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from September 5-28.

“The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package,” which offers special viewing for three of the new experiences, includes an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area while viewing the Frozen fireworks. Packages cost $69 for adults and $39 for children (including tax and gratuity) and are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September. For more information, guests may call 407-939-1939.

Fantasmic! – Mickey Mouse’s imagination comes to life during this nighttime show featuring favorite Disney heroes and villains at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fantasmic! immerses spectators in Sorcerer Mickey’s dreams by using stunning pyrotechnics, laser lights and dramatic effects. This show plays nightly, weather permitting.

Epcot:

The 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a record-breaking 53-days this year. This extravaganza will give guests the chance to sample food, wine, beer and cocktails reminiscent of favorites from all over the world.

Brand new premium experiences that will leave the palate satisfied:

  • Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney (Oct. 24) $99 per perspm or $119 per person
  • Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island (Sept. 20) $99 pp
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — Boot Camp Series interactive epicurean adventure (Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2) $119 pp
  • Food for Thought (Fridays, plus Saturday Oct. 11) $169 pp
  • Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing (Wednesdays) $55 pp
  • Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) $295 pp

Festival favorites that will also be returning:

  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining(more than 20 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
  • Shake and Indulge Like the French Featuring Grand Marnier (Saturdays beginning Sept. 27) $55 pp
  • Cheese Seminars (Saturdays) $79 pp
  • Party for the Senses (Oct. 4, 11, 18 and Nov. 1) $149, $189 or $299 pp
  • Party for the Senses Featuring Disney Chefs from Around the World (Oct. 25) $149, $189 or $299 pp
  • Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays and Thursdays) $55 pp
  • Sunday Mornings With . . . (Sundays) $99 pp

Additional special events slated will include Italian and French pairings and lunches, a Japan “Hibachi Experience” and a Mexican tequila lunch. Guests also can book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($15), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine Seminars ($15). To make reservations, call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Inside-the-park festival dining experiences as well as culinary and beverage programs require park admission fees.

Guests can book seminars and demos, Party for the Senses and Disney’s 3-D Dessert Discovery at epcotfoodfestival.com.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — The story of Earth unfolds dramatically during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. In this stunning retelling of Earth’s history, lasers, fireworks and water effects leap across the sky around the World Showcase Lagoon each night, weather permitting.

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party – Enjoy IllumiNations while tasting sweet treats from select World Showcase nations at the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party.

Sample Tiramisu from Italy, Vanilla Pot de Crème from France, Shortbread Cookies from the United Kingdom, Traditional Baklava from Morocco, Sugar Dusted Cronis with strawberries and whipped cream from America, and Disney Parks ice cream novelties. Paired with the perfect international sparkling wines, everyone is sure to find something to please their palette.

Guests can book the experience by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by visiting Disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot for more information. (Entertainment subject to change without notice.)

Epcot After Hours Wind Down – In an intimate experience set at one of four authentic and exclusive lounges at Epcot, award-winning Epcot chefs and sommeliers treat guests to a beverage flight and a sample of cultural cuisine with the Epcot After Hours Wind Down experience.

The wind down takes place after the nighttime spectacular Thursday through Sunday from 9:20 p.m. to 11 p.m. at: La Cava del Tequila (Mexico), Spice Road Table (Morocco), Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy), Rose & Crown Pub (United Kingdom).

The menu includes a selection of appetizers and one beverage flight. The price is $35 per person/per location, and a cash bar option is available. For more information, visit Disneyworld.com/spring or call 407-WDW-DINE.

Magic Kingdom:

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Not-so-spooky goblins and ghosts reappear this fall at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. On 26 select nights from September 1 through Halloween night October 31, the Magic Kingdom will host this spooktacular after-hours party from 7 p.m. – midnight. Party dates for 2014 are: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28 and October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 & 31. Advance purchase (prior to event day) savings are available for select dates. Guests may visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween for party dates and prices, or call 407-W-DISNEY.

Guests also can purchase tickets to a new dessert party taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle. Set within the majestic halls of Cinderella’s Royal Table, guests can meet a menagerie of malevolent special guests while they indulge in decadent desserts and specialty non-alcoholic beverages and listen to live music.

By purchasing a ticket to both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle, guests will receive preferred viewing for the 8:15 p.m. performance of Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. For dates, prices and to make reservations for the dessert party, guests may call 407/939-5262.

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular – Skies above Cinderella Castle blaze in all colors as the story of the power of believing unfolds. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom delights guests of all ages, lighting the nighttime sky with dazzling fireworks. Disney favorites like Tinker Bell and Jiminy Cricket even make an appearance during the nightly show.

Main Street Electrical Parade — The streets of Magic Kingdom glow and twinkle as Tinker Bell and friends make their way down Main Street, U.S.A, as part of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade, which features more than half a million dancing lights and catchy electronic tunes, has been delighting crowds since 1972. Join Tink and other loveable Disney characters twice nightly at 9 and 11:00, weather permitting.

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party – A perfect view of Cinderella Castle and the sights and sounds of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular can only be made sweeter with one thing: dessert. Enjoy the combination of sweets and fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom.

Tables at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant are brimming with pastries, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and many more mouthwatering desserts with a nearly unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle and the sky above.

This delicious fun takes place one hour before is scheduled to begin. (Note: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular can be canceled or rescheduled without prior notice.) Guests may call 407-WDW-DINE to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Special after-dark dining experiences:

Discovering nighttime family meals where eating is entertaining has never been more fun. Walt Disney World Resorts are home to three guest-favorite dinner shows around property:

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort hosts the “Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show” which features authentic Polynesian dancing with a cast from the South Pacific. Highlights of “Polynesian Luau” include traditional drumming and music, and dances including the hula.

Show times are 5:15 and 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Prices are $67.99, $62.99 and $58.99 for ages 10 and over and $35.99, $30.99 and $29.99 for ages 3 to 9. Prices include tax and gratuity.

“Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pioneer Hall is one of the longest-running dinner shows in the United States, offering a down-home musical and comical revue with all-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, fried chicken, corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake and beverages.

The show times are at 4, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. nightly. Prices are $65.99, $58.99 and $54.99 for ages 10 and over and $33.99, $28.99 and $27.99 for ages 3 to 9. Prices include tax and gratuity.

“Mickey’s Backyard BBQ” offers an all-you-care-to-eat country-western hoedown at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pavilion. Set in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer’s old stompin’ grounds, the covered pavilion hosts this outdoor picnic where kids and adults alike can line dance alongside their favorite Disney characters with toe-tapping beats from a live country-western band.

This dinner show is only offered on select nights from March through December. Prices are $59.99 for ages 10 and over and $36.99 for ages 3 to 9. Price includes tax and gratuity.

All three dinner shows are available to the general public. For reservations and information, guests may call 407-WDW-DINE.

At Downtown Disney West Side, nightlife is hot, hot, hot. The fantasy of Cirque du Soleil comes to life twice nightly, five days a week with La Nouba. Live performances by chart-topping musical groups are on the menu along with authentic Mississippi Delta cuisine at House of Blues. A taste of Miami’s South Beach sizzles at Downtown Disney with Bongos Cuban Café, which is backed by superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband/producer, Emilio.

At nightfall, Disney’s BoardWalk captures the charm of yesteryear at the mid-Atlantic seashore. Take a stroll down the twinkling boardwalk, rent surrey bikes, try out amusing carnival games or visit themed restaurants and showplaces. Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall open their doors to folks looking to sing-along or boogie the night away.

After-dark choices are endless – and endlessly exciting – at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

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