Walt Disney World Announces New Year's Plans

Any day inside the Walt Disney World (WDW) theme parks is a magical experience, but New Year’s gives you that and much more.

It’s such a spectacular event that special events sell out well before Christmas most of the time and some parks reach capacity several hours before the countdown begins.

 To help with your WDW New Year’s planning we want to share some pertinent information that will help you make the most of your vacation.

Hollywood Studios Celebrations

At  you can celebrate in rock ’n’ roll style. 

The magnificent firework display will begin at midnight near the Hyperion Theater.

 You don’t need to get front row seating to enjoy this show and the display shoots dozens of meters in the air. 

You should still try to find an unobstructed view of the sky near the theater well before midnight.

Epcot Celebrations

You want to head over to Epcot if you are looking for an evening long celebration. 

Here you will find live music throughout the World Showcase. 

There will also be multiple firework displays that light up the sky, the first is set to begin at 6pm followed by another at 11:40pm. 

The first two displays are showings of the “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth,” capped off by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.

 If fireworks are your forte then you want to plan to be at Epcot on New Year’s Eve.

Enjoy celebratory dining options across the World Showcase at Epcot. Special event dining options are available in Canada, France and Mexico in addition to the Epcot World ShowPlace.

Magic Kingdom Celebrations

The most popular destination at WDW is by far Magic Kingdom. In order to give more guests the opportunity to enjoy the beyond belief firework display of “Fantasy in the Sky” the park will feature this presentation on both 

December 30th and again on the 31st at 11:50pm. 

If you plan to ring the new year in at Magic Kingdom you should consider arriving early and spending the entire day at the park so that you are there before the park reaches capacity –which it does every year.

At Magic Kingdom you can reserve your seats at the Tomorrowland Terrace up to two weeks in advance.

 Here you can enjoy a decadent dessert party as fireworks light up the sky.

Disney Resort Festivities

Many of the WDW resort hotels will also host special event dinning options. You can choose from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Victoria & Albert’s at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Narcoosee’s at Grand Floridian.

 Attention to detail is key at these events as well. You will find tantalizing food options, personalized menus and once in a lifetime experiences.

For those over the age of 21 there is also an evening long party-taking place at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk. 

Tickets start at $37 per person and grant you access to a toe tapping evening that includes a live band and champagne toast at midnight. 

VIP tickets are available for $80 a pop and provide you with access to the second floor balcony and dessert party. Watch Epcot’s firework display as you dance the night away.

No matter which park you end up at, make sure that you and the rest of your party use the restroom well in advance.

 If you get separated from your group you may have trouble reconnecting with the throngs of park guests exciting the parks. 

To book any of the specialty dining options or for more information click here.

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