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At Walt Disney World, the term "nightlife" takes on a little different meaning. Sure, there are plenty of adult-friendly, late-night establishments, but you won't find scantily-clad, hard-drinking party-goers here. This is Disney, after all. But that doesn't mean adults can't have some fun. Here are some of the best places to enjoy Walt Disney World nightlife. Closing hours vary by establishment and district. At Downtown Disney West Side and Pleasure Island, most establishments close down by midnight. Many places on Boardwalk stay open until 2AM.
Neighborhood: Magic Kingdom
The West Side is an entertainment district filled with shops, restaurants, movie theaters and nightclubs. The biggest draw is Cirque du Soleil, which has a permanent tent-roofed building for their show called La Nouba. The show features a cast of 65 performers of modern dance, acrobatics and more. For tickets call 407-939-7600. If you want to catch dinner before the show, try Bongos Cuban Café. Created by singer Gloria Estefan, this boisterous restaurant celebrates the colors, flavors and music of Cuba. The House of Blues along the shores of Village Lake doles out a different kind of experience. It serves up Southern-style comfort food, along with live music performed by a host of talented musicians. It’s also the home of Disney Quest, a multi-level entertainment complex filled with interactive virtual games, arcade machines and other activities. It’s also a good place to get out of the heat or keep the kids active on a rainy day.
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Neighborhood: Magic Kingdom
Pleasure Island was originally a gated, separately ticketed district with multiple nightclubs and entertainment stages, but the clubs were closed and the district joined to Downtown Disney West Side a few years ago. That said, there are still many ways to have fun on this six-acre island. If cigars and whiskey are your thing, stop by Fuego by Sosa Cigars. This funky cigar bar is open to guests 18 and up, and it can get a bit hazy inside. Raglan Road is an Irish pub with a fun-loving atmosphere and authentic Irish antiques. The food, by Irish wunderkind chef Kevin Dundon is excellent, and the pints of stout and other drinks flow freely along with live entertainment from step dancing to story-telling to Irish music.
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This nostalgic entertainment district just a short walk from Epcot offers a variety of nightlife, including a brewpub, a sports bar, a dance club and even a sing-along piano bar. You can check out star chef Cat Cora’s Kouzzina restaurant or start off with dinner and a beer at Big River Grille & Brewing Works, then walk over to Jellyrolls for some wisecracking, piano playing entertainment. (Jellyrolls has a $8-$10 cover charge.) After that, head for Atlantic Dance Hall to get your groove on. The dance club usually has no cover charge, and the music is always changing, depending on the DJ.