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Parks After Dark: Top Things to Do in the Evenings at Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk

Kissimmee is full of fun in the sun, but when nighttime comes, the good times are just getting started at Disney Springs® and Universal CityWalk. These exciting districts offer shopping, dining, and attractions for everyone! And today, we’re taking you on a tour of some of our favorite after-dark, must-stop spots.

Disney Springs – Where Excitement Springs to Life

Whether it’s a relaxed date night or an unforgettable outing with friends under the stars, Disney Springs has everything you need for a memorable evening out on the town.

Late-Night Dining at Disney Springs

Your taste buds are in for a serious treat when you visit Disney Springs, especially if you’re craving a late-night snack (or…full meal). From inventive dishes to comfort-food classics and delicious desserts, there’s plenty of flavor to savor.

An exterior shot of Morimoto Asia
East meets West at Morimoto Asia. (Photo: @grind96)

At Morimoto Asia, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto blends traditional Asian dishes with Western influences. Inventive as it is entertaining, Morimoto Asia features a unique exhibition kitchen, meaning you’ll get a first-hand look at how your meal is prepared (spoiler alert: you won’t want to miss it).  

A couple rides in a amphicar
Looking for a meal and experience you'll never forget? Come to The BOATHOUSE (Photo: @rodophotographer)

Set sail for The BOATHOUSE® - a dining experience unlike any other. This is the only restaurant in the world that offers the incredible opportunity to see and experience the vintage Amphicar. That’s right – a car that drives on land and water! Take a Captain’s Guided Amphicar Tour of Disney Springs’ landmarks, followed by waterfront dining for the entire family. 

An exterior shot of Paradiso 37
Dinner at Paradiso 37 is definitely like dining in paradise (Photo: @disney_photo_tour)

In the mood for a piece of pizza perfection? Head over to Pizza Ponte, where they’re serving up satisfying slices morning, noon, and night. And let’s face it, the only thing better than pizza as a late-night snack is pizza for breakfast. You can also go on a culinary tour of the Americas at Paradiso 37, where you can sample the best food from North, Central, and South America. Craving the perfect cut of beef? STK Steakhouse is a chic choice, complete with an innovative menu and late-night happy hour. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Just make sure to save room for dessert. At Vivoli il Gelato, try hand-crafted Italian gelato and sorbet that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Choose from more than 20 delicious flavors and build your own sundae or enjoy a signature gelato shake or float.  

If you scream for ice cream, Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is the place to be. Decadent sundaes, house-made hot fudge, classic banana splits – it’s the best way to cap off the day. Looking for a little boost of energy to extend your evening? Visit Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company. As the official specialty coffee provider of Walt Disney World® Resort, it’s safe to say you’re in for a great cup of joe. Hot tip: Ask your barista to decorate your latte with Disney Character art for a fun treat!

An sundae from Ghirardelli's
A cool treat on a warm evening at Disney Springs (Photo: @jakebadulake)

Celebrations at Disney Springs

Disney Springs is the place to be if you want to have fun all night long. Sip a frosty drink while overlooking the water at Dockside Margaritas, or check out the scene at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – an airplane hangar transformed into a one-of-a-kind dive bar. In search of a little luck o’ the Irish? Make your way to Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant for an authentic Emerald Isle experience, complete with jigs and reels by award-winning dancers. 

A band performs at House of Blues Orlando
The house is rockin! (Photo: @hannah_so1o)

Slip into Enzo’s Hideaway & Tunnel Bar for Prohibition-era cocktails at a 1920s-style speakeasy. Hit the dance floor at the House of Blues®, featuring live bands and DJs to keep the tunes going. Escape to an age of invention and innovation at The Edison, where cabaret dancers, aerialists, and musical acts shine in a multi-level restaurant and entertainment venue.

AMC Movie Theatre and Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs
There's fun for all ages in Disney Springs. (Photo: @thewdwcouple)

If you prefer fun for the entire family, there are endless possibilities at this energetic destination. From live nightly entertainment at Marketplace Stage and Exposition Park, to entertainment on the big screen at AMC Dine-In Disney Springs 24 – plus, the beats blaring at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ bowling alley – the whole family will be going all night long!

Universal CityWalk – Let’s (City)Walk and Roll

A stylized look at Universal CityWalk
Looking for fun? You've come to the right place!

Food, fun, music, and more – it’s all waiting for you at Universal CityWalk. Here are a few of our favorite things to do when the sun goes down.

Late-Night Dining at Universal CityWalk

After a day of thrills and adventure, your stomach is sure to rumble. Luckily, there are plenty of options to satisfy your hunger during a night out at Universal CityWalk.  


The Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk
Be sure to save room for an encore! (Photo: @unitedthrills)

Let your appetite take center stage on a trip to Hard Rock Café® Orlando, the largest Hard Rock Café in the world! Sink your teeth into their Legendary® Burger, share an order of classic nachos, and when it’s time for an encore, go for one of their rockin’ desserts.

Are you a hot dog connoisseur? If so, be sure to try the best of the best at the Hot Dog Hall of Fame. Get your mitts on a Milwaukee bratwurst, feel the power of a New York sauerkraut dog, taste why Chicago natives take their hot dogs so seriously, and more! Best of all, the unique, stadium-style seating makes it feel like you’re enjoying a night game at your favorite ballpark. 


An evening shot of the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
The perfect spot to satisfy that sweet tooth. (Photo: @tharinwhitephotography)

A feast for your eyes (and stomach) awaits at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™. Here, the steampunk style is as mesmerizing as the meal, and you’ll enjoy braised short ribs, fettuccine alfredo, classic gnocchi, and more – all while surrounded by gadgets that are sure to fascinate. Of course, we have to mention their delectable chocolate treats. From vanilla chocolate cocktails and chocolate stout chicken wings, to triple chocolate bread pudding for dessert, this is the place to be for any serious choco-holic! 

At Universal CityWalk, you can even take your taste buds on a trip around the world. There’s delizioso Italian cuisine at VIVO, where you can watch the chefs craft pizza, pasta, and more in the expo kitchen. Searching for something from south of the border? Head on down to Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food™ for made-from-scratch Mexican street fare that’s fun and flavorful (complete with a live Mariachi band playing on select nights). Conclude this culinary world tour with quick-service Japanese fusion flavors at Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar™, and a new spin on surf and turf at The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar

Midnight donuts are on the menu at Voodoo Doughnuts. In fact, there are more than 50 different types available daily, all of which are delightfully different and delicious. And for a cool treat, visit Menchie’s® to craft your very own, custom-made frozen yogurt. 

Celebrations at Universal CityWalk

The illuminated sign at Margaritaville
Vacation Vibes Welcome. (Photo: @travelplanwithsam)

They don’t call this place the Epicenter of Awesome for nothing! Universal CityWalk is the perfect spot for a night out. Enjoy an ode to island life at Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® (where you’ll never have to worry about finding your lost shaker of salt). Or slip on down to the Lone Palm Airport for margaritas, frozen drinks, and more under the wings of the Hemisphere Dancer—Jimmy Buffet’s iconic seaplane. 

For a Vegas throwback with a touch of the tropics, make tracks for the Red Coconut Club. Here, you can sip signature cocktails and specialty drinks while soaking up the starlight from the picture-perfect patio. 

Did you pack your dancing shoes? Because you’ll want to wear them to the groove™, where the music is pumping, and the dance floor is lively all night long. Bust a move with your buddies as resident and special guest DJs spin tunes that are sure to have your hips shaking. Or go all out with special VIP seating and table service.  

A Universal CityWalk Evening with bustling crowds
The nights come alive at Universal CityWalk. (Photo: @thomasteissl)

For a live reggae band that is sure to make you “get up, stand up” every evening, visit Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom℠, a venue inspired by the legendary Jamaican musician’s love of music. Rock hard at Hard Rock Live® Orlando, where the biggest names in music and comedy often take the stage. And if you want to actually be in the show, make a stop at CityWalk’s Rising Star™, where karaoke is next-level complete with backup singers and a live band. Ready for your big break? Warm up those pipes and get ready to sing your heart out!

Nighttime is the Right Time

With fun, food, and entertainment for everyone, Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk are must-visit destinations for your cool Kissimmee nights. Start planning your vacation today! And to stay up-to-date with all things Kissimmee, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

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