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New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

Experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World during the holiday season makes for a very special vacation, but being there on an actual holiday like New Year's Eve can require a bit of planning ahead along with a whole lot of patience. We've put together some information that we think will help you plan your New Year's visit in addition to any special happenings that will be taking place around Walt Disney World property.

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New Year's Eve fireworks

Operating hours for New Year's Eve (subject to change):

Magic Kingdom
December 31, 2021
Park is open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

December 31, 2021
Park is open 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
December 31, 2021
Park is open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Animal Kingdom
December 31, 2021
Park is open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The information below is from New Year's Eve 2020 and will be updated when Disney announces details for this year!

Select Resort hotels around Walt Disney World property sometimes hold special dining events for New Year's Eve. Visit our New Year's Eve Dining page to learn more.

Disney Resort hotels typically offer fun and festive activities for registered guests.

In addition, pre-recorded fireworks and other holiday offerings will be available to stream on in-room televisions to help guests ring in the new year. A New Year’s Eve party basket designed for the occasion will be available for purchase as well.

  • Create your own in-room celebration with food, beverages and other celebratory items available for purchase
  • Disney Floral & Gifts holiday baskets are available for purchase, including champagne and room decor, along with hats and noisemakers
  • Select Resort merchandise locations will be open late on December 31st until after midnight and will sell champagne in full and individual-sized bottles, along with board games and other activities to enjoy in-room
  • Fireworks (previously recorded) streaming on in-room TV and the My Disney Experience app including Minnie’s holiday fireworks, Candlelight Processional and New Year’s Eve Fireworks
  • Scavenger hunts and New Year’s Eve crafts, varying by Resort locations
  • Quick-service restaurants, pool bars and lounges at Disney Resort hotels will be open late until after midnight on December 31st

These New Year’s Eve offerings are subject to availability and subject to change at any time.


Disney Springs will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve

Food and beverage carts will be located througout Disney Springs serving cocktails, beer, wine, and small bites.


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. 


While Disney Springs will have an assortment of dining and entertainment options, there will be no fireworks displays.


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 often reach capacity with no further admittance allowed.

2) Guests staying in a Disney Resort are not guaranteed admittance into the parks and must have a Disney Park Pass reservation plus valid ticket media in order to enter. 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) Roadways at the Walt Disney World Resort are extremely busy on New Year's Eve. It is important to plan extra travel time and to pay close attention to road signs, as road closures and redirects are typically in place across the entire property on December 31st.


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