• On Aug 24, 2011
    Colleen from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    45 days away from our for WDW vacation and getting so excited!! I am planning some of the cannot miss shows and notice that they start when the Park close so I am not sure how that works..

    Hi Colleen!

    Some of the huge nighttime spectaculars do start after the parks posted closing time!  A good example is Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios which sometimes doesn't start until after the park is officially closed.  What that really means is that guests can't enjoy any of the other attractions in the Studios, but guests can still shop on the main streets, line up for Fantasmic! etc. until Fantasmic! starts.  So basically Fantasmic! is the last thing guests can do before leaving for the day!

    By the way, a lot of guests like waiting until all of the attractions are closed to start shopping!  I don't think that's a good strategy.  The stores will usually be packed and things can be very chaotic.  Stores on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom are always packed after the attractions close for the evening!  I think it's best to do the majority of shopping earlier in the day and only get something at the last minute if it's an "emergency"!

    Enjoy planning and have a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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