4. See Nighttime Spectaculars
As a WDW lover, nothing disappoints me more than a newbie who doesn’t attend nighttime shows. Each park offers some kind of spectacle featuring fireworks, pyrotechnics, dancing water fountains, or all three combined! Inspired by Walt’s childhood love of fireworks, he wanted his guests to always end their park visit on a literal bang. Therefore; guests can enjoy IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at EPCOT, Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios, Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom, or Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom. No matter what the sacrifice may be (e.g. eating a faster dinner, skipping a FastPass+ reservation), you do notwant to miss seeing any of these jaw-dropping productions. Visually stunning and unaccompanied by beautiful scores, these shows aren’t like your local 4thof July displays. Worth planning your entire day around, every show is a “must-see”.
5. Get a Kiss Goodnight
Speaking of charming ways to wrap up your day, the Magic Kingdom’s “Kiss Goodnight” may be the best-kept secret in WDW. This simple, two-minute show plays at the castle (almost) every night about a half hour after park closing. Featuring “When You Wish Upon a Star”, the castle twinkles with lights as a narrator reads a heartwarming message about the ‘spirit’ of Disney. While this isn’t a technically advanced show, most fans will be hard-pressed to not tear up at this sweet tribute. If you can muster up the energy to stay, the “Kiss Goodnight” will wrap up your day with the most sentimental bow.
While the number of fabulous Disney experiences is too long to list, we hope that this helps you hit the best highlights! With a good attitude and an openness to new things, you are sure to experience an unforgettable vacation.