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Magic Kingdom Rides to Experience at Night

We love how Walt Disney World rides can be a completely different experience at night.  Looking at Magic Kingdom specifically, we have some rides that we would highly recommend riding at night.

Take a look at our list of Magic Kingdom rides to experience at night and make sure you add them to your list for your next Walt Disney World vacation.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The wildest ride in the wilderness becomes a little more exciting at night under the lights.   Since the majority of the ride is outside, riding at night brings a new level of excitement and thrill.

Some aspects of the ride come to life even more in the night, under the lights and there is something magical if you can catch part of the fireworks show while on the ride.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is always a favorite in Magic Kingdom and riding it at night makes it even more exciting in our opinion.

People Mover
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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

One of the best parts of the PeopleMover in Tomorrowland is that you are able to have amazing views of the castle and Tomorrowland and the Theme Park overall.  Riding it at night allows you to see these views under the beautiful lights.

If you don’t want to be in the middle of the fireworks crowd, riding the PeopleMover during the nighttime show is a great way to experience the magic in a different way.

We always love the calmness of the PeopleMover and the nighttime vibe is even more magical.

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Jungle Cruise

Another great Disney ride to experience at night in the Magic Kingdom is the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.  Even though the ride and jokes are the same overall, there is something different about the experience at night.

We enjoy seeing the different scenes light up and it also makes some of them a little more spooky.  Experiencing it at night is just different enough from the daytime that we suggest trying it out once during your trip to Magic Kingdom.

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Storybook Circus has a whole new feel at night as it comes to life under the lights.  We love riding Dumbo at night because of the beautiful lights that illuminate the ride.

We also like how we can see the lights of the Magic Kingdom as Dumbo flies us around.  This can be true for Magic Carpet of Aladdin in Adventureland as well if you prefer views of that area at night.

AStro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

Another great ride that allows Guests to see the beauty of Magic Kingdom at night is Astro Orbiter.  Since it is high above Tomorrowland, Guests can truly take in the beauty that is Magic Kingdom at night.

This is a fantastic ride during fireworks if you can plan it right.  Seeing the castle, Space Mountain, and the fireworks all come together is an amazing experience.

Haunted Mansion
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Haunted Mansion

If you are looking for a little more of a thrill to your evening, consider riding the Haunted Mansion at night.  Even though nothing changes about the ride, there is something a little more spooky about approaching the mansion at night.

We love how the windows and the graveyard have an eerie feel to them in the evening that is a little more intense than during the day.  It is fun to experience the Haunted Mansion in the evening just once to feel the difference.


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Not only is the wait for this extremely popular ride shorter in the evenings, but the ride experience is also slightly more thrilling as well.

Riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the evenings makes the twists and turns a little more exciting.  It is also fun to come out of the mine into the dark or under the fireworks.

We enjoy this ride in the evening hours as it has a completely different feel to it.

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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Another beautiful ride to experience in the evening is Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland.

The beautiful design of this ride comes to life even more during the lights of Fantasyland.  We love the beauty and calmness that it has to offer as you watch the fireworks or take in the beauty of Cinderella Castle as well.

Tomorrowland Speedway
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Tomorrowland Speedway

Although we don’t typically enjoy this ride in Tomorrowland, we do find it more enjoyable in the evening.  Part of that is because it isn’t so hot but it also provides some amazing views of Tomorrowland and the fireworks when timed right.

The wait times are typically shorter in the evenings making it easier to get on and less traffic on the road as well.

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Space Mountain

This one might seem silly because it is inside, but we do feel like Space Mountain seems darker and more intense in the evening hours.

If you are looking for lower wait times and a higher thrill, consider checking out Space Mountain during the evening.

Splash Mountain
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Splash Mountain

Another ride that we find to be stunning at night is Splash Mountain.  We love the beautiful views from the ride and there is something breathtaking about seeing Magic Kingdom Park from the top of the big drop.

We enjoy riding Splash Mountain at night and being able to see all the lights of Magic Kingdom.

No matter if you are looking for low wait times, a unique view of the fireworks, or a different ride experience, trying out these Magic Kingdom rides at night can be a great option.

We love how the different rides have a whole different feel to them in the evening hours!  What Magic Kingdom ride do you prefer to ride at night?

Looking for more ride information for a Disney Park?  Check out our Current Top Rides in Walt Disney World.  Want to know what to skip and what not to miss?  Check out our post HERE!

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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