Let’s face it– Central Florida can be a very hot place in the summertime! The mid-afternoon heat and high humidity can make Orlando feel like it’s about 12 inches from the surface of the sun, which is why many of its world-famous theme parks have created family-fun attractions that happen after sun down.
Here’s a list of after-dark favorites to help you have fun and beat the summer heat in Orlando!
Summer Nights at SeaWorld® Orlando: This nighttime marine extravaganza starts at 9 p.m. and showcases Shamu, the iconic SeaWorld orca, performing jaw-dropping feats of strength, speed, grace and dexterity along with other killer whales in an all-new, high-energy show called Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night.
Shamu’s high-energy show is followed by the hilarious duo of Clyde and Seamore in Sea Lions Tonite, a variety show that spoofs popular TV shows that is sure to have every member of the family laughing out loud! This sea lion and sea otter team are known for their crazy onstage antics, so sit back and enjoy all the comedic action. After the show, hit the rollercoasters and enjoy the thrill of ride under the stars. Summer Nights runs from June 20 through August 9, 2015.
Did you know that over 16 million colored lights illuminate the castle when the sun sets at the end of each day?It’s a sight that shouldn’t be missed on an evening visit to the Magic Kingdom®, and is only surpassed by Celebrate the Magic, a nightly spectacular when the skies over this iconic fairytale palace explode in a dazzling array of fireworks that capture the imagination of kids and adults of all ages. With spires and ornate turrets that soar 189 feet into the air, the castle provides a spectacular backdrop for a pyrotechnic extravaganza accompanied by synchronized music that enhances this magical setting.
Tinker Bell kicks off the show as she soars over the castle turrets sprinkling fairy dust, which magically transforms the castle into a paper canvas. An animated paintbrush brought to life by Tinker Bell then becomes the host of the ten-minute show, which traces the history of Disney storytelling and all of the most beloved Disney characters, from classics like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Snow White, to the most recent ones including Elsa, Anna and Kristoff from Disney’s hit animation feature, Frozen. It’s a breathtaking visual and musical journey that culminates in a fireworks spectacular.
For the best views, find a spot anywhere on Main Street, USA, or at the Castle forecourt or on any of the surrounding bridges. Show times are subject to change, so be sure to use the My Disney Experience mobile app for scheduled show times. Afterwards, you can tour the park until midnight!
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth: This stunning evening spectacle takes place each night at 9 p.m. in the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot®. Lasting only twelve minutes, the three-part production uses a combination of pyrotechnics, dramatic laser and lighting effects, video, music and narration that centers around a 350,000-pound Earth Globe–the world’s first spherical video display system. Viewers become witnesses to the history of our planet, from its fiery beginnings to the achievements of mankind throughout time. You’ll enjoy great views anywhere along the perimeter of the expansive Lagoon.
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Treat your family to a night of classic rock at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot®. This is the venue for a summer concert lineup of high-energy tribute bands that pay homage to the music of The Eagles, Journey, Boston, Pat Benatar, U2, and even Billy Joel! Admission is included in your park ticket, so stick around after the sun goes down and enjoy this celebration of summer sounds that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Fantasmic! Head on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios before 9p.m. on select nights to catch this breathtaking 30-minute nighttime fireworks and water extravaganza featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Through the magic of pyrotechnics, laser lights, 50 costumed performers and a million gallons of water, Mickey conjures up your favorite Disney heroes and villains from classic Disney features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and many more!
Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the schedule and show times.