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The Big Debate: Do night-time shows keep you in theme parks longer?

Disney Dreams

In this week's poll, we ask if you stay later at theme parks in order to view night-time shows, or if you're tucked up in bed long before the first firework shoots up into the sky.

With Disneyland Paris set to launch its highly-anticipated new Disney Dreams night-time show at 10.30pm on March 31, I can't help thinking back to visits to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, gazing in bewildered awe at the incredible Wishes fireworks display and Fantasmic! shows. I began to ponder whether I would have stayed as late as I did if it hadn't have been for the shows.

In a similar spirit to Fantasmic! at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as World of Color at Disney California Adventure, the Disney Dreams show will see scenes from classic Disney animated movies projected onto enormous water screens. It will use a combination of projections, laser effects and powerful water fountains to create a stunning spectacle in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Is the thought of lights, fireworks, water fountains and classic scenes from unforgettable Disney films enough to make you plan to stay at Disneyland Paris later into the evening?

Why miss out on such a treat?

For many, night-time shows may be a highlight of their theme park visits, and something that they wouldn't miss for anything. Disney is particularly successful in creating truly amazing shows that literally leave you standing with your mouth wide open in sheer amazement.

After a long day of enjoying rides (and probably standing in queues), it can be something of a treat not to have to queue for hours to experience one of a theme park's offerings. The shows are usually also very different to the other attractions at a park.

Long days are too exhausting...I'd rather chill in my hotel

Night-time shows may not be everyone's idea of fun. Waiting around in large crowds for a show to begin, and craning your neck to see over the person in front may not get your heart racing like the thrill of your favourite rollercoaster, so it is worth the bother? Waiting for a late show may not be the most relaxing experience if you are competing with everyone else in the park to get the best vantage point.

Although you can roll up a minute before the show starts, it is often inadvisable. For the most popular shows, you probably have to start getting in position at least half an hour before a show starts and even then the likelihood is that a small child will be handily hoisted up onto a parent's shoulder just before the "boom" of the first colourful firework! It may also be pretty miserable standing around in the rain dodging dangerous umbrella spikes or trying to keep the blood flowing around your hands in icy cold.

Vote now!

Do shows like Fantamsic!, World of Color and Disney Dreams keep you in theme parks late into the night? Let us know by voting in our poll below.

Do night-time shows keep you in theme parks longer?

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