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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, 2017

Park is open 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. with Extra Magic Hours 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.


Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.


December 31, 2017

Future World:  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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

New Year's Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace 2017 - all-you-care-to-eat family night with photo ops, fun vignettes for posing and Disney music playing in the background.  Seatings from 3-9 p.m. 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 2017 - Seatings are available between 12:00 and 6:30 p.m. for a prix-fixe classic French meal, priced at $89 per person (plus tax and gratuity). There will also be a late-night prix-fixe premiere dining event that will take place with seatings beginning at 9:00 p.m. for $245 per person; $310 with wine (plus tax and gratuity). At the late-night seatings, an enhanced French menu will be served.

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
December 31, 2017

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Uniquely Themed Parties - reservations now open!


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).

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’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ - Join Mickey, Minnie, and their friends for a family-friendly barbecue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground as they ring in the new year at Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ. During this special finger-licking, foot-stomping barbeque event, guests can feast on mouth-watering items such as Bacon Jam Burger Sliders grilled on site, Wagon Wheel Mac’n’Cheese for the kiddos, and Mini S’mores served in Mason Jars! In addition to this all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread, enjoy the sounds of a live bluegrass band and a DJ. After dinner, cowpokes can mosey on over to the dance floor for line dancing led by Disney Friends! Then it's time to count down to midnight and watch the world-famous Magic Kingdom fireworks from a special viewing area.

To book the hoedown of the year, visit Disneyworld.com/dine or call (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa:

Victoria & Albert's 2017 New Year's Eve Dinner
- This evening will feature "butler-style" service, live harp music, and personalized keepsake menus. Seatings between 6-7:35 p.m.


Narcoossee's 2016 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).

Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea – Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

Guests can kick off the new year at Flying Fish with Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a cocktail hour with scrumptious hors d’oeurves and a gorgeous and delectable seafood display, followed by a spectacular family-style dinner spread with sustainable seafood offerings and accompaniments. Enjoy a complimentary character artist drawing throughout the night and the opportunity to dance all night long to the tunes of a live 3-piece jazz band. Then toast to the new year with champagne and a midnight celebration! Guests of this exclusive event will also have the opportunity to hop on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall to enjoy the Epcot fireworks and midnight festivities. Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter.

For reservations, call (407) 939-2398.

Disney Springs New Year's Eve Events

December 31, 2017


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.


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.