Some amusement parks undergo a dazzling transformation after the sun sets. Strung lights illuminate the midways, large lightbulbs attached the lifthills of roller coasters turn a black sky into a glowing array of light designs. The below amusement parks transform into beautiful, glowing paradises that provide for the perfect ending to a long day of thrill-seeking. Below are my top seven parks that you have to see at night:
Disney California Adventure
© Disney California Adventure
The World of Color and Paradise Pier makeover have drastically changed the nighttime landscape of Disney California Adventure. The World of Color show immerses guests in a water-inspired montage of Disney’s most famous animated films, while California Screamin’ and other Paradise Pier attractions provide a beautiful backdrop for the nighttime spectacular.
Nestled in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens comes to life at night with its spectacular lighting displays and brightly-illuminated architecture. The historic park features beautiful buildings lined with twinkling lights, along with coasters and other attractions that seem to glow in the night sky.
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It’s not a day at Epcot without a viewing of the epic Illuminations: Reflection of Earth nighttime spectacular. After the sun sets, Epcot’s World Showcase buildings become the backdrop of Illuminations as beams of light are shot through the foggy night sky along with other pyrotechnic effects. The illuminated Spaceship Earth provides a memorable farewell shot to guests exiting the park.
© Cedar Point
Cedar Point’s new-for-2012 Luminosity nighttime spectacular show adds a dynamic element to a day at the world’s largest amusement park. The new Celebration Plaza provides guests with the perfect place to watch the high-octane laser light and music show, while the park’s famous roller coaster skyline provides an excellent backdrop to the show.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
© Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
The country’s newest seaside amusement park is already proving to be a beautiful nighttime sight to see. The Iron Shark roller coaster was recently adorned with bright LED lights that make for a bright, sharp contrast against the dark night sky.
Luna Park (New York)
Luna Park may be a relatively new addition to the Coney Island lineup of entertainment options, but its beautifully-lit attractions fit in just fine within the glowing seaside leisure area.
Six Flags New Orleans
Six Flags New Orleans may be closed, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be a nighttime spectacle. The park is serving as the setting for the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters film and crews have illuminated some of the former star attractions for filming. The parks seems even more eerie with added lights, whereas normally the dark structures would blend seamlessly with the night sky.
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