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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+ selection 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, 2018

Park is open 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties Grab your pardner and spin around the dance floor to toe-tappin’ tunes. Or blast into the new year at an upbeat gathering featuring futuristic beats. Both parties will take place on December 30 and December 31, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.


December 31, 2018

Future World:  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

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

As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear. Guests who are looking for lively dance parties should stroll around the World Showcase to encounter a variety of themed events in several country pavilions.

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

December 31, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Check back for details on New Year's Eve festivities at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Park hours, parades and fireworks are subject to change.

Animal Kingdom

December 31, 2018

Park is open 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 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 - New for 2018!

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

This New Year’s Eve, welcome in 2019 with a festive, family-friendly frolic through some childhood joys during Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Sarge from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films will welcome you as you arrive at the second floor of the resort. Once inside, you will discover spaces that have been transformed with scenes from beloved Pixar movies.

Highlights of the evening include:

Tickets are $190 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Disney Countdown to Midnight (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

This New Year’s Eve, dress up and party during Disney Countdown to Midnight – an evening of dining, dancing, and enchantment in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Come discover a world sparkling with magic – everything from a Mickey Mouse mirror ball to Disney Character topiaries – as you move and groove to the high-energy New Year’s Bash Band and a live DJ providing music all night long.

Other highlights of the evening include:

Tickets are $275, including tax and gratuity.

Ink and Paint Club experience (7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

Offered only as a VIP enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party and located adjacent to the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this special reception begins prior to the opening of the main event. At the Ink and Paint Club, guests will step back in time into a vintage Disney Animation-inspired room with silver Chiavari chairs, metallic tables and references to classic Disney Animation filling the room. Ticketed guests can visit the lounge throughout the evening, starting with a featured reception from 7-8 p.m.

Highlights of this special reception include:

Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club for $450 total per guest. Access to Ink & Paint Club must be purchased concurrently with the Disney Countdown to Midnight ticket and cannot be added on at a later date.

To purchase tickets for any of the above events, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground - New for 2018!

Guests can ring in the new year from Clementine’s Beach at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – a new dessert party serving up delicious sweets and specialty beverages with beautiful views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the fireworks spectacular from Magic Kingdom Park.

Kick off your evening by indulging in an assortment of freshly prepared desserts, seasonal fruits, cheeses, and refreshments - including beer and wine.

The party will take place on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on January 1, 2019. Cost is $99 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 to 9) not including tax; gratuity not included or required.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney Springs New Year's Eve Events

This section will be updated with 2018 information once it's made available.

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.


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