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New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

2014 information not yet released

New Year's Eve at Disney World

If you plan on visiting a Walt Disney World theme park on New Year's Eve, here are some tips to help make your day as painless as possible:

1) You should arrive early in the morning at the park of your choice and be prepared to spend your entire day there. The parks will reach capacity with no further admittance allowed. Park hopping on New Year's Eve is not recommended.

2) It's a common misconception that guests staying in a Disney Resort are guaranteed admittance into every park. This is not true; as a Disney Resort guest you are promised to gain entrance into a park, but it may not be the park of your choice. Note that having a dining reservation does not mean that you will be allowed in if that park has already reached capacity.

3) For your comfort, arrive early and rent a locker. Should the weather be an issue, you can stow your warm clothes or raingear.

4) Fastpasses will run out quickly, so if there's an attraction on your "must-do" list, get yours as soon as possible. It's not uncommon to see waits of 2+ hours at the most popular attractions.

5) The parks will have live entertainment throughout the day/evening in addition to special midnight fireworks. Be sure to grab a Times Guide upon entering the park.

Theme Park Hours
New Year's Eve fireworks

not all 2013 info released yet - will be updated as it comes available

Magic Kingdom

December 31, 2012

7:00 am- 8:00 am (Extra Magic Hour Morning for Disney Resort Guests)

Park is open 8:00 am - 2:00 am

  • 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Parade
  • 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm: Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Celebrate the Magic! projection show (check Daily Times Guides)
  • 8:30 pm: Holiday Wishes Fireworks
  • 11:50 pm: Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks
  • DJ dance party in front of the castle (check Daily Times Guides)


December 31, 2013

Future World:  8:00 am - 1:00 am

World Showcase: 9:30 am - 1:00 am

  • 6:30 pm and 11:40 pm: Special ending to IllumiNations
  • Pick up party hats and horns in Future World West, Future World East, and the American Adventure Pavilion from 6:00-9:00pm.
  • DJ dance parties will take place at the Future World Fountain Stage, the American Gardens Theatre, China, Italy and the UK (check Daily Times Guides for specific times)
  • Temporary bars will line the walkway around World Showcase Lagoon in Mexico, China, Italy, Germany, American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France and Canada.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

December 31, 2013

8:00am - midnight, Extra Magic Hours from midnight - 2:00am

  • Mulch, Sweat and Shears and a live DJ dance party will take place on the stage in front of the Sorcerer's Hat beginning at 6:00pm.
  • The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special will take place in the Premier Theater at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00pm.
  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights - dusk to park closing
  • Fantasmic! will have showings at 6:30, 8:00 and 10:00pm.
  • Pick up party hats and horns at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show after 6:00pm. 
  • The Lights! Camera, Happy New Year! fireworks show will take place at midnight.

Fantasia 2013 - Close out the year at Epcot's World ShowPlace with a tribute to the film Fantasia.  The buffet will feature soups, salads, smoked pork, mahi mahi, red wine-braised chicken, pasta, sweet corn polenta pudding, baby green beans, saffron rice, assorted desserts and fresh fruit, salted caramel milk and Morello Cherry dark drinking chocolate.  Price is $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children ages 3-10 (tax and gratuity included).

Monsieur Paul is offering a special 3-course meal for $75 (plux tax and gratuity) from noon-6:30pm:

  • Appetizer - choose one
    • Escargot ravioli, cream of parsley
    • Mussel soup with saffron, light fennel cream
    • Blue cheese salad
  • Entree - choose one
    • Chicken stuffed with mushroom duxelle, white sauce
    • Maine lobster, veloute and baby vegetables
    • Beef short ribs slowly braises in red wine, served with a carrot puree
  • Dessert
    • New Year's Eve dessert

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Animal Kingdom

December 31, 2012

7:00 am - 8:00 am (Extra Magic Hour Morning for Disney Resort Guests)

Park is open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • 3:45 pm - Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade

Downtown Disney

December 31, 2013

Downtown Disney Marketplace: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pleasure Island Shopping: 8:00 am - 2:00 am

West Side: 8:00 am - 2:00 am

DisneyQuest is open until 7:00 pm

8:00 pm - 1:00 pm: DisneyQuest New Year's Eve Party

Cirque du Soleil will have a 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm performance

DJ dance parties and live entertainment in all three districts, plus food and beverage offerings, Disney Food Trucks, cocktails, beer and wine available throughout the area.

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.


New Year's Eve Celebration at Atlantic Dance

New Year's Eve Celebration at Atlantic Dance

Date:  12/31/13

Time:  8:00 pm - 2:00 am

2013 Price:  Standard Admission = $37 (gratuity not included)

          VIP Admission = $75

Standard event admission includes celebrating with a Video DJ on the main dance floor, a complimentary champagne toast to ring in 2014 and "party favors."  Additional beverages will be available for purchase from three bars.  Must be 21 or older to enter.

Dress: Business casual or formal.


Downtown Disney New Year's Eve Events

DisneyQuest New Year's Eve Party

Date:  12/31/13

Time:  8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Price:  Advance tickets = $55 (tax included)

          Tickets purchased day of event = $65 (includes tax)

Purchase tickets here or by calling 407-WDISNEY.

Guests will be able to play all DisneyQuest games as well as attend 2 DJ dance parties and countdown to 2014 with a confetti drop and party favors.  Character meet and greets will be available as well!  Meet Chip 'n Dale, Buzz Lightyear and Wreck-It Ralph.

Prices include a voucher for:

  • grilled chicken sandwich, grilled veggie wrap sandwich, cheesesteak sandwich or BBQ pork sandwich
  • side salad or chips
  • cupcake or fruit cup
  • soda or bottled water

DisneyQuest will end normal operating hours at 7:00 pm to prepare for this party.


Cirque du Soleil (2013 info not yet released)

Celebrate the New Year at Downtown Disney West Side's Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. There will be a special finale at each performance, a limited edition La Nouba trading pin for each guest and specialty drinks for purchase.

  • December 31, 2012
  • Two Performances: 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm
  • For tickets, contact 407-WDW-SEAT

Seating Category Ages 10 and up Ages 3-9
Front and Center


Splitsville Luxury Lanes New Year's Eve Party (2013 info not yet released)

Date:  12/31/12

Age: 21 and up


  • Bowling Package - $175 per person (minimum 4 people).  Includes 3 1/2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, one appetizer and one entree per person, two drink tickets, one bottle of champagne or house wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Table Package - $100 per person.  Includes 3 1/2 hour table reservation, choice of one appetizer or entree per person, two drink tickets, one bottle of champagne or house wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Ring in the New Year with bowling, food, drinks, a DJ, dancing, pool tables and more!

For more information, call 407-938-PINS or email SocialDirectorsOrlando@SplitsvilleLanes.com.

Bongos Cuban Cafe (2013 info not yet released)

  • 8:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Four-course dinner, champagne, party favors, live music and a midnight countdown!
  • To reserve a table, contact GRodriguez@BongosCubanCafe.com

Raglan Road

  • 6:00 pm
  • House band Creel and Irish dancing. Champagne toasts at 7:00pm and midnight!

House of Blues

  • 9:00pm
  • Reggae band SOJA will put on a concert suitable for fans of all ages.  $37-$40.
  • For tickets, check out the House of Blues website.


Schedule a pick-up order at least 48 hours in advance for December 30-January 1 and get a 20% discount.

Planet Hollywood

Through 12/31/12, buy two merchandise items and get the third free.


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Today's Theme Park Hours
Wednesday 8/20/2014
Magic Kingdom:
Epcot Future World:
Epcot World Showcase:
Hollywood Studios:
Animal Kingdom:
Typhoon Lagoon:
Blizzard Beach:
9:00 - 11:00
9:00 - 9:00
11:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:30
9:00 - 8:00
9:00 - 7:00
9:00 - 7:00

Extra Magic Hours Morning: Animal Kingdom