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New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World



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) If there's an attraction on your "must-do" list, try to make a FastPass+ reservation for it. 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


Magic Kingdom

December 31, 2016

Park is open 8:00 am - 1:00 am


Other entertainment may have adjusted times to accommodate the holiday schedule. 


December 31, 2016

Future World:  8:00 am - 1:00 am

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

A few Epcot attractions will have different operating hours than the rest of the park on 12/31/16:

Colortopia - open 8:00am-7:00pm

Frozen Ever After - open 8:00am-1:00am

Agent P World Showcase Adventure - open 9:30am-3:00pm

Turtle Talk with Crush - open 9:00am-11:40pm

Universe of Energy - open 8:00am-11:00pm


New Year's Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace 2016 - all-you-care-to-eat family night with photo ops, fun vignettes for posing and Disney music playing in the background.  Seatings from 3-9pm. Cost is $72.90 for adults and $44.38 for children (ages 3-9).  Afterwards, head out to watch the holiday version of IllumiNations.


Monsieur Paul New Year's Eve Dinner 2016 - Six seatings are available for the four-course classic French meal, priced at $110.81 per person (plus tax and gratuity). These seatings will be at 11:45am, 12:00, 2:15, 2:45, 5:45, and 6:15pm.  There will also be a late-night four-course premiere dining event will take place with two seatings from 8:45 to 9:45pm for $305.03 per person (plus tax and gratuity). At the late-night seatings, an enhanced French menu will be served.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

December 31, 2016

8:00am - midnight


DJ Dance Party at Center Stage - begins at 7:00pm

Celebrate with a countdown to midnight and fireworks celebration! 

Two nighttime spectaculars will also be shown - "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" at 9:00pm and "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" just after midnight!


Animal Kingdom

December 31, 2016

Park is open 8:00 am - 8:30 pm


There will be no New Year's fireworks at Disney's Animal Kingdom.




Disney Countdown to Midnight - Disney's Contemporary Resort

December 31, 2016 - reservations now open!


This event will be held in the Convention Center's Fantasia Ballroom beginning at 8:00pm.  Ring in the New Year with music from across the decades, from the '60s until today.  Food and drinks will be from California Grill, Flying Fish, Citricos, and Narcoossee's and feature the "best-of-the-best" bites and wine pairings.


The group Alter Ego will perform a music and dance revue.  Guests can then head outside for a musical act playing songs of today with a retro twist.  Themed photo backdrops will be available for you to use in creating the perfect souvenir to commemorate the night.


End the night with a champagne toast during the Magic Kingdom fireworks. 


For reservations, call 407-939-3463.


Victoria & Albert's New Year's Eve Dinner - This evening will feature "butler-style" service, live harp music, and personalized keepsake menus.  Seatings between 6-7:45pm.  $600 per person.


Narcoossee's New Year's Eve Dinner - 4-course menu with seatings between 5-5:45pm will be $150 for adults and $70 for children (ages 3-9).  From 8:30-9:25pm, a 5-course menu will be served with live music. $255 for adults and $95 for children (ages 3-9).

Disney Springs

December 31, 2016


Food and beverage carts will be located througout Disney Springs serving cocktails, beer, wine, and small bites.  New Year's Eve menus are available at: Bongos Cuban Cafe, Paradiso 37, Wolfgang Puck Dining Room, Frontera Cocina, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, and STK.


Roads are expected to be extra congested around the Disney Springs area, so guests should anticipate delays.  Resort guests are encouraged to use WDW transportation. 


As of 10:00pm on 12/31, Taxi pick ups and drop offs will be on Ring Road behind AMC Disney Springs 24.  Guest pick up and drop off by personal vehicle (including Uber) will be in the Strawberry parking lot and Suntrust parking lot as of 10:00pm on 12/31.

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.


Disney Springs New Year's Eve Events

Cirque du Soleil

Celebrate the New Year at Disney Springs 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.