New Years Eve at Walt Disney World: Start the New Year with a Magical Experience

Updated 11/27/18. New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is one of the most popular nights of the year in the parks. Christmas time at Walt Disney World is still in full swing with the festivities usually going until after the New Year.

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If you plan on spending your New Year at the Most Magical Place on Earth then you should use our guide to help you have a magical time!

Celebrate the New Year with a Variety of Festivities

New Year's Eve at Epcot

Walt Disney World has plenty to see and do to celebrate the New Year! We recommend picking one park and sticking to it as sometimes the parks can fill to maximum capacity on New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom tends to be a crowd favorite so make sure you are prepared to get there early!

New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom offers two DJ parties and the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display.

Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties each have their own style of beats. You can expect some country favorites in the Frontierland Dance Party and some futuristic beats in Tomorrowland. Both parties will take place on December 30 and December 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM until midnight.

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks takes place December 30 and December 31, 2018, beginning at 11:50 PM. Additional shows will take place both nights at 6:30 PM.

Ringing in the New Year at Epcot

New Year's Eve at Epcot

Epcot has plenty of international fun to offer guests along with a stunning fireworks show.

Celebrations Around the World Showcase allows you to ring in the new year multiple times.  As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear. You can also expect to see dance parties around the World Showcase to celebrate the fun.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the World Show Place Pavilion offers a fabulous buffet dinner for guests. Reservations fill up quick and must be paid in advance.

Live Music at the America Gardens Theatre takes place near the lagoon so you can sit and enjoy the music while you anticipate the fireworks.

Enjoy the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks at the World Showcase Lagoon at 11:40PM followed by a countdown to 2019 and a special New Year’s Eve display.

Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New Years Eve at Hollywod Studios

Last year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offered a live DJ dance party to celebrate ringing in the New Year. A midnight countdown follows the party with a fireworks display.

Avoiding New Year’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Everest roller coaster at Walt Disney World

If New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is not your thing then head over to Animal Kingdom because this park does not have any New Year’s Eve celebrations. Which can be a great thing for guests that are looking to avoid the New Year’s Eve crowds!

Disney Springs Entertainment and Cuisine

The Edison at Disney Springs

While there may be no fireworks shows in Disney Springs, there is plenty of live entertainment and fine dining to enjoy ringing New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World.

The Edison put on a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration last year and we expect this year will be no different! There is plenty to see and do in Disney Springs and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Disney Springs is also a great option for adults that are looking for a more refined New Year’s Eve experience.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Events

Disney Ink & Paint Club

There are a few great ticketed options available at the Disney Resorts to celebrate the New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World.

Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration is held at the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Enjoy live music, culinary shows and cuisine, and sip champagne as you watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom park.

  • Time & Date: Check-in begins at 7:00 PM and the event will run from 8:00 PM on December 31, 2018 to 12:15 AM on January 1, 2018
  • Price: $275 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)
  • Location: Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • To purchase a ticket now, please call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Disney Ink & Paint Club is an elegant enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party. Enjoy premier access to a Hollywood themed lounge with decor that pays tribute to the iconic Ink and Paint department of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

  • Time & Date: Official check-in will begin at 6:30 PM on December 31, 2018 at the Convention Center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Disney Ink & Paint Club will be available from 7:00 PM until 12:15 AM; the Reception menu will be available until 8:30 PM
  • Location: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Price: Disney Ink & Paint Club is ONLY available as a combination ticket to Disney Countdown to Midnight. Total ticket price is $450 per Guest—tax and gratuity included.
  • Dress Code: To preserve the elegant ambiance of this festive gathering, you are asked to adhere to a dress code for Disney Ink & Paint Club and Disney Countdown to Midnight Events. They recommend dress pants or slacks and a collared shirt for men, and a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse for women.
  • Mix and Mingle: After the reception, you will be assigned seats for Countdown to Midnight, and multiple parties will be seated together.
  • How to Book: To purchase a ticket, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration is a kid friendly New Year’s Eve celebration with a Pixar theme. Meet your favorite Pixar characters including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story; Joy and Sadness from Inside Out; Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles; Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc.; Dug and Russell from Up; and various characters from Finding Nemo—while Sarge acts as the premier performer!

You can also enjoy theatrical backdrops, a DJ dance party, dramatic set pieces and props that help create the fantastic Pixar worlds, and a fun and family-friendly Pixar buffet. Plenty of kids activities include Boot Camp with Sarge, Pixar face painting, and a Pixar balloon artist.

End the night with a with a viewing of Magic Kingdom’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks.

  • Time & Date: Check-in begins at 7:30 PM and the event will run from 8:00 PM on December 31, 2018 to 12:00 AM on January 1, 2019
  • Price: $190 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)
  • Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center – Second Level
  • How to Book: To purchase a ticket, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Top Tips for a Magical New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular days of the year at Walt Disney World. It’s good to plan ahead so you can have the most magical experience.

  • Make sure to make dining reservations in advance especially for parties so your evening dinner is secured.
  • Read the fine print- some of the New Year’s Eve celebration dining requires a 48 hour cancellation instead of the usual 24 hours.
  • Annual Passholder and Tables in Wonderland discounts do not apply for special dining celebrations.
  • Disney Dining Plans are accepted at most dining options but not for the parties.
  • Set aside extra time to grab your spot if you plan on watching the fireworks in the parks. The fireworks are always busy any time of year but especially on New Year’s Eve!
  • Show up early in the day so you can enjoy attractions before the crowds arrive.
  • Spend your afternoon enjoying entertainment options and your evening enjoying dinner and fireworks. The attraction lines will be long, long, long in the evening so your time is better spent reserving your spot to watch the fireworks.
  • Bring your patience! Crowds can be stressful but remember- you’re at the most Magical Place on Earth!

Plan Your New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

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