A vacation to Orlando, Florida, is nothing short of spectacular. I’ve been taking family vacations there for as long as I can remember, and have always managed to come away with a different experience. And while magical theme parks and one-of-a-kind attractions were the initial draw, I discovered that a whole new world of exciting possibilities ran wild at night. As a child, I was thrilled to experience new nighttime adventures with my family; and as an adult, I have had even more fun exploring Orlando at night.
There is so much more to an Orlando vacation than what you can do during the day. Tap into your imagination and experience some of the most memorable nighttime adventures during your next vacation to Orlando!
A trip to Orlando isn’t complete without a trip to International Drive (I-Drive). This massive tourist-oriented strip is filled with small attractions and amusements of nearly every description. Simply put, it’s the epitome of family fun. And the best part is, the fun doesn’t stop once the sun goes down! Take your pick of dinner shows, comedy acts, dancing, and more—all open well into the night.
11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Universal’s CityWalk is by far one of the most perfect places to enjoy exciting nightlife. Known as the “The Entertainment Capital of Orlando”, this I-Drive entertainment complex boasts themed bars, top-notch eateries, shops and cinemas and plenty of fun for the whole family. Be sure to check the calendar of events throughout the year for concerts and special events. A major perk to visiting at night is the parking in the main Universal parking garage is free after 6 p.m. and there is never an admission charge to CityWalk® itself.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
Show times Vary
One thing’s for sure; you’ll have an absolute blast in the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, located off I-Drive. Outrageous characters will seat you in one of three intimate theatres, where you’ll become part of the show. As dinner is served, clues will be presented and hilariousness will ensue as you work with your table to solve the crime. At the end, the detective will unveil the criminal and hand out fun prizes to those who helped catch him. This show offers the perfect mixture of comedy, mystery and downright fun.
Downtown Disney® Area
As another one of Orlando’s great entertainment districts, Downtown Disney is a must if you’re looking for a truly magical night of fun. Although it’s in the middle of a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs, there are many exciting changes guests can experience now. Explore a collection of world-class restaurants, live music venues and unique shops. Sample some of the best dining options and discover exciting special events. Better yet, parking and admission is complimentary.
Downtown Disney® West Side
8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Take a walk over to West Side—home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and attractions. You’ll be swept away by Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, let loose in the five-story Disney Quest arcade, or even get your thrills on an hot air balloon ride (open daily until 12 a.m.).
Downtown Disney® Marketplace
8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
The Marketplace resembles a small-town shopping district with a wide range of highly themed shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for a fun place to dine or the perfect souvenir, this is the perfect place to go.
Downtown Disney Boardwalk
8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
With its fair share of entertainment, dining and recreation, Downtown Disney’s Boardwalk is worth a visit. At night, street performers will serenade you as you stroll along the water’s edge.