Ringing in the New Year at Disney World is fun at all four theme parks. Here is a park-by-park guide detailing Disney World New Years Eve, complete with park hours and times for special shows and events.
- Park is open 9:00 am – 1:00 am; Extra Magic hours 8:00 am – 9:00 am
- Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: 6:3o pm and 11:50 pm
- A DJ dance party in front of Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Check showtimes upon arrival at the park.
Tips: The Magic Kingdom is the busiest of all the Disney Parks, and they host the most kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Luckily, you can experience the same events on December 30 complete with the midnight countdown. Think of it as a rehearsal for the big night on the 31st! If you do plan on a December 31 visit, arrive before 10:30 am as parks will fill to capacity early. Fireworks for the Magic Kingdom show are a spectacular sight. They are shot over the castle and all around the park perimeter. Even the countdown to midnight is done in fireworks forming numbers in the sky.
If you’d like to view the show outside the park, the observation deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort, beaches of the Polynesian Resort, marina dock at The Grand Floridian and restaurants such as California Grill and Narcoossees offer fantastic viewing spots. Please note, alcohol is not available at Magic Kingdom NYE celebrations, excluding beverages accompanying dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
- Park is open at 8:00 am – 1:00 am
- Celebrations Around the World Showcase: Look for celebrations and fireworks in each respective pavilion as the clock strikes midnight in each country.
- New Year’s Eve Countdown Fireworks at 6:30 pm and 11:40 pm
- Live music at the America Gardens Theatre
- DJ dance parties will take place throughout the park. Check for time party times upon arrival at the park.
Tips: The Midnight Fireworks show at Epcot features a special salute to each country, with dazzling fireworks lighting up the sky over each pavilion, accompanied by traditional music.
Epcot is a wonderful place for adults to ring in the New Year. Look for Live DJ dance parties throughout the park at places like the Fountain Stage at Future World and America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, as well as courtyards in Italy, United Kingdom, and China. In addition, temporary bars are set up on the promenade, usually in Mexico, China, Italy, Germany, American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, and Canada. All dance party locations also have free noisemakers and party hats.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Park is open 9:00am to 12:00am
- Midnight fireworks display and stunning fireworks spectacular
Tips: To get the best viewing spot for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fireworks find a spot on Hollywood Boulevard facing The Great Movie Ride. The fireworks show is shot from the roofs of the buildings surrounding that area. This park is generally less crowded than Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Plus, temporary bar kiosks are set up throughout the park.
- Park is open 9:00am – 12:ooam
- DJ dance parties in Discovery Island, DinoLand U.S.A. and Asia
- Special countdown to midnight on the Tree of Life
Disney World Resorts
Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Swing to the sounds of a live big band from 8:30 pm-1 am. Admission ($99 per person) includes party hats and horns, and a champagne toast, as are viewing of the Epcot fireworks at midnight. To make your New Year’s Eve even more magical, step out onto the balconies on the first and second floors to get a special viewing of the fireworks spectacular at Epcot.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Countdown to Midnight is an elegant affair and pricey ($299 per person!) but promises to be a memorable NYE experience. The gala features elaborate food stations, complimentary alcoholic beverages, an interactive DJ and spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. In addition, there is a Pixar Party New Year’s Eve Celebration the whole family can enjoy. For $199 per person, treat yourself to an evening with your favorite Pixar characters as you dance, dine and enjoy kid’s activities like face painting and balloon artists.
Narcoose’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
There are two NYE dinner celebrations at Narcoose’s:
Early Dinner: Seating is between 4:45 pm – 8:15 pm and the price is $250 for adults and $99 for children, prepaid (tax and gratuity included).
Late Dining Event: Seating is between 8:30 p.m. and Midnight. Price is $350 for adults and $140 for children, prepaid (tax and gratuity included).
Victoria & Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian
Enjoy a champagne reception and degustation wine dinner at Victoria & Alberts, the only 5 Star Five Diamond Restaurant in Florida. The evening is $650 per person.
Get Ready to Celebrate!
Clearly, there are a lot of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Disney World Orlando. Even better, all park events are included with the purchase of Disney tickets. Where will you celebrate?