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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 and Events
New Year's Eve fireworks

Magic Kingdom

December 31, 2017

Park is open 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.


Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.


December 31, 2017

Future World:  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

World Showcase: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

The entertainment listed below is from 12/31/16 - the 2017 info will be posted as soon as it becomes available:

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

December 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.


New Year's Eve Dance Party at Center Stage - The party begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by a performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at 9:00 p.m. After a park-wide countdown to midnight, a special presentation of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will take place. The DJ will return and finish out the night until 1:00 a.m.

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.

Animal Kingdom

December 31, 2017

Park is open 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


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

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.  

Disney Resorts New Year's Eve Events
Disney's Contemporary Resort


Disney Countdown to Midnight” will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom and will feature an evening of dining and dancing exclusively for guests ages 18 and up. Cost is $250 per guest (tax and gratuity included).

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. and will provide families a way to ring in the New Year together with a buffet-style, Disney Pixar-inspired dinner. Cost is $175 per guest (tax and gratuity included). (SOLD OUT)

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” is inspired by The Princess and the Frog. This event is all about fine dining and will take place in the Grand Republic Ballroom that will be elegantly decorated in French Quarter-style to transport you to the Big Easy. The hours of this party are from 7:00 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. Cost is $450 per guest (tax and gratuity included).


For reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney Springs New Year's Eve Events

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, 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/Lyft) will be in the Strawberry parking lot and Suntrust parking lot as of 10:00pm on 12/31.


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.