Walt Disney World, Orlando
The Boardwalk is an area within the Disney World complex near EPCOT. It is a waterfront boardwalk that has a few bars and restaurants, as well as shops and carnival games. The bars stay open after the nearby theme parks, which make the Boardwalk a nice place to end a day at Disney World.
Spectromagic is the nightime parade at Magic Kingdom. It really is incredible. All the floats and characters are lit up. There is so much to see and take it you can get fuzzy eyed. The characters really come to life in their illuminated costumes and floats. I'm glad I saw the parade and the big firework finish at the castle.
Illuminations is the fireworks and laser show at Epcot. It really is an incredible sight with the glowing orb floating around the lagoon and the fireworks display. Watching the park go dark and see the differnt pavillions light up was really something spectacular. It's worth getting a spot early and watching the show.
Dress Code: Come as you are
Downtown Disney Imagine a city minus the cars, stray dogs, and panhandlers—that’s what you’ll find here. Pleasure Island is mostly about entertainment (Rock ’n’ Roll Beach Club, The Comedy Warehouse), and Downtown Disney West Side features a lively mix of shopping (Hoypoloi, Magic Masters), food (Bongos Cuban Café), shows (House of Blues), and spectacle (Cirque du Soleil’s enduring La Nouba).
Disney World's parks are always open in the evenings but the hours are shortened somewhat in the fall, winter and early spring. Evening hours in the parks are some of the most special and all the rides, shops and restaurant are still buzzing with activity and alive people who come just to see parades, fireworks and special performances.
One of the things I like to do most is check out to see who's performing in the America Gardens Theater by the lake at the American Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase situated right on the lake but almost all the way around. It's a great open air venue which can hold over a thousand people. There are great views of the stage from virtually every seat and trees lit by twinkly lights are scattered throughout the seating area making the experience even more exciting somehow.
When we were visiting in October, 2006, several bands were playing 3 day gigs, 3 shows per evening ranging about 45 minutes long. Of course I was very interested in going to see "STARSHIP", the latest evolution of the band "Jefferson Airplane" (aka, Jefferson Starship). They had some great hits in the past and some of their newer music is appealing too, but what makes it special to me is watching the bands live. I saw STARSHIP two nights in a row at the theater and it was a great two nights! They sang/played such crowd pleasers as "Sarah, " We Built This City," "Jane," and "Somebody to Love."
The crowd (OK, it was mostly baby boomers) really got into the spirit of things as did Mickey Thomas from the original "Jefferson Airplane" and the rest of the band, especially the bassist, Jeff Adams; Mark Abrahamian, lead guitar; Phil Bennet, Keyboard; Darrell Verdusco, drums all added vocals.
Dress Code: All performances in the Theater require no extra charge, just admission to the park itself. Go to one, two or all three performances each evening if it is a peformer you like! Performers usually stay for at least a couple of nights, but not always. If you visit Disney World for a few days or more you could potentially see several performers.
No special dress required, but in late fall, winter & early spring you will probably need a jacket or sweater for the evenings.
We had free access into pleasure island using our hopper passes, so we decided to give this place a try after having a meal at the Rainforest Cafe.
As we waited outside, we decided to sit right at the back in the corner to avoid being picked.
Warning - DO NOT sit at the end of a row near the telephones....they're not just for show ;)
I won't spoil the suprise but it's a great show, really funny & definitely worth a look. Lasts about an hour.
Dress Code: Casual - can come straight from a day at the parks or dress up if you're going onto clubs - up to you, you'll fit in either way!
In pleasure island there is a club called the adventurers club. This club is set in the twenties or thirties and has a huge cast of characters. These characters tell you about their wild adventures and include you in the show. Then you get to become an honorary member and learn the secret handshake. The humor is a little risque at times but the shows are great fun. They involve the audience a lot in all of the skits. Each character has their own show.... and all the shows are different. You can bring the kids or just enjoy it yourself. There is a bar, which is the central meeting hall and where you take the oath. If you visit, make sure to get involved. You'll have a ton of fun if you participate, just remember to bring a camera to capture tthose golden moments.
Dress Code: dress is casual.
Disney’s BoardWalk This ultimate feel-good venue offers a century’s worth of entertainment styles, all with food and drink. Choose from among dancing under the stars at Atlantic Dance, dueling pianos at the Gaslight Erastyle Jellyrolls, or 100 TV monitors at the ESPN Club.
I know that they have the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, and the parade that they have there is very good especially the light fantastic parade in the evening, but to my way of thinking the evening show at EPCOT around the lake takes some beating.
I'm sure that if I was an anorak i could find out how much explosive is used each night, but it is certainly an impressive amount.
The whole experience is about the world showcase. showing all the places of the world (that they have managed to build at the moment). all the buildings are outlined in lights, the lasers and fireworks are all set to music and although it seems as though the whole show (very dramatic it is as well) doesnt last more than 5 minutes, the memory of it will last a lifetime
you will have to wait for the picture as they are on my other computer
Dress Code: There is no dress code. What you went out in when you left the house is good enough
Inside Epcot's World Showcase, Italy offers a wine pairing each night. The wine is a dessert wine and the chocolate is a dark bitter type. The wine is available to take away from the wine shop, and nearby in Italy is a perfect vantage spot to view Epcot's nightly firework show, Illuminations - Reflections of Earth. This was such a magical way to end the day. Sipping champaigne, eating chocolate, and watching a breathtaking show.
If staying in the park then at night it is best to go to the board walk or this island of adult entertainment.. Many sports bars dance bars both big band and pop..etc.. Pretty much anything you could want.. All manufactured of course but a reasonable facsimile.
Dress Code: Casual.
In a city of choices, this is the metropolis of fun, featuring all the finest shops, dining and entertainment modeled after the world's greatest cities.
Party the night away at eight different clubs. Hop from disco and comedy to jazz and
rock 'n roll.
Dine under the lush canapy of a tropical forest at Rainforest Cafe or try the West Coast creations of avantgarde chef Wolgang Puck at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.
Afterwards, pepare to be amazed by Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba, a mesmerizing theatrical experience for all ages that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Visit the Comedy Warehouse at Disneys Pleasure Island
In the evening you'll have to pay to get on the Island but once your on it all the clubs are free. The Comedy Warehouse has stand-up comedians that interact with the public. Sometimes they're having trouble to keep up the disney spirit but they always get theirselfs out of tricky situations created by the audience.
Dress Code: Come as you are....but remember that disney is a kids world.
Pleasure Island has something for everyone, even the kids! Although I don't think I would have brought my sons here when they were little, I'm SURE they would be entertained now! There are many different types of music, indoor and outside, liquor is available, jello shots, whatever. You can just wander around in and out of the different clubs, or be entertained outside by musicians or just do some people-watching---it's very interesting!
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want.
Most attractionparks have a amazing closingshow with fireworks or/and laserlights. Disneyworld has few evenings the enchanting Lightparade (a true fairytale). In Orlando the Jazz-streets especially in the evening come to life and that is a very special entertainment: music, dance and also tasty.