What Is Magic Kingdom’s Kiss Goodnight?

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Cinderella Castle

Walt Disney World has no shortage of amazing shows!  All throughout the day, at all 4 parks, there is entertainment.  But the best show at Walt Disney World is probably one you have never seen before. I would venture to say it is most likely the most skipped show at the parks!  In fact, many people have never even heard of it.  So, what is this hidden gem?  It is a charming little show called The Kiss Goodnight. 

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Almost every night at Magic Kingdom, The Kiss Goodnight serves as the final show of the day. Played roughly 30 minutes following official park closing time, this is the park’s way of telling you goodnight.  It’s also your cue to leave, much like the ending credits for your favorite movie.  Of course it being Disney, this ending is done in style!  The show begins with the familiar sounds of “When You Wish Upon a Star”. This is accompanied by Cinderella Castle twinkling and changing colors.

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Then begins this message:  

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, on behalf of everyone here at the Magic Kingdom, we thank you for joining us today for a magic gathering of family, friends, fun, and fantasy. We hope your magical journey with us has created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Walt Disney said that the Magic Kingdom is a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, magic and make believe are reborn, and fairy tales come true. The Magic Kingdom is a place for the young and the young at heart. A special place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams can come true. Until we see you again, have a safe trip home. Thank you, and goodnight.”  

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Once the message is over, the music plays for a few more seconds and then, the Cinderella Castle goes dark.  It gives me goosies every time!  The entire show lasts only about 2 and a half minutes but is the perfect ending to a magical day! For me it feels like a goodbye hug from a friend.   Another perk of staying to watch The Kiss Goodnight is that by this time, Main Street U.S.A. is nearly empty.  This is a prime time to get some gorgeous photos with little to no crowds.  

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The Kiss Goodnight is shown every evening at Magic Kingdom with the exception of special event evenings such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, On evening Extra Magic Hours nights, guests can expect The Kiss Goodnight about 30 minutes after Extra Magic Hours end.  The show will be played again about an hour later.  As tired as you are, it’s definitely worth it to stay for this one last attraction.  

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TIP:  The Kiss Goodnight takes place entirely on Cinderella Castle.  This means the show is only seen, and heard, from in and around the hub and Main Street U.S.A. I like to grab some ice cream and find a good spot to sit and people watch until the show.  This helps the whole family relax and lets the crowds at the bus stops and monorail clear a little too.  

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