Walt Disney World, Orlando
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
I have not been to Church Street or Universal City Walk- But I can attest that Pleasure Island is a blast. Thursday nights are Cast Member nights (employees of disney get in for free). Thursdays are a great night at PI along with weekends.
Dress Code: Dress to Impress and have fun!
The largest gather of all ages for every type of music is Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island. If you like heavy metal or disco or 70's or jazz and everything in between theres a club for you.
14 dollars gets you into all the clubs and whatever live music conserts planned for the outdoor Newyears bash, which is each and every night at midnight, Happy New Year.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
This is a great thing for the family... for dinner! It's a dinner show that's sort of like a luau. You can watch all sorts of hoola dancers and flame throwing, etc. It's really quite neat and you'll get some great food!!!
Dress Code: Just casual
Disney's Boardwalk Entertainment Complex - My favorite spot was the ESPN Zone - great place to watch sports.
Disney's Boardwalk Entertainment Complex
Post Office Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
Dress Code: Casual
Do ensure that you stay behind to catch all the fireworks display here at the respective theme parks.
ALL theme parks here end the night with some sort of spectacular fireworks display. My favorite ones are those at EPCOT CENTER and DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS. Spectacular's the word. Don't miss it.
Photo below: Magnificent fireworks display at the EPCOT CENTER.
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.