15 Vintage Photos of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight



By Keith Mahne

Walking the Magic Kingdom at night is always an extraordinary time. It’s like the Park transforms into a whole new world. What would it be like to walk the park under the stars in the early days? Let’s find out in today’s new article featuring 15 vintage photos and even a video of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight…

Spending time in the Magic Kingdom is always special. But at nightfall the park REALLY comes alive. As you’ll see in the photos and video below and as you can imagine, this memorable experience was just as amazing in the early days of the park as well. Have a look for yourself…

Let’s begin by taking a look at this wonderful shot of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and Cinderella Castle under the stars…



Are how about this 1975 nighttime shot of the castle and the original trees that no longer exist in the hub…

Aren’t these old Tomorrowland photos stunning…

The Liberty Square Riverboat was and continues to be breathtaking after dark…

I just love this one of Frontierland featuring the Diamond Horseshoe which was still-in-operation at the time of this photo…

Now this one just may be my personal favorite… Adventureland at night in the early days was so beautiful. Just look at that “The Enchanted Tiki Birds” sign all lit up and notice how beautiful the Sunshine Pavilion Tower is as it illuminates in the Florida night sky…

Of course, we have to stop by and see how the birds are doing…

Let’s head on over to Main Street and soak up the beauty of it all at nightfall…

Naturally, no tour of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight would be complete without those magical fireworks, even back in the 70s…

Now for the grand finale! Let’s travel back to a 1981 Magic Kingdom at night in this vintage home video…

(Please pause the Disney Avenue Music Player in the top left-hand corner of this page prior to starting the video below if you are on a desktop computer.)

…I don’t know about you, but I loved every single second of that footage.

Whether it was during the early days (or nights rather) of the park or today, there truly is nothing like the Magic Kingdom by Starlight.

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

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