New Year’s Eve at Disney World

(Article last updated: December 9, 2018)

Whether you have planned a Christmas trip that spans across New Year’s Day or you’ve decided you just want to ring in January 1st with Mickey, New Year's Eve at Disney World offers lots of options for both dining and entertainment.

Because the holidays are some of the busiest times of the year, whatever you decide to do we recommend you review our tips for handling the crowds at Disney World.

While the offerings might differ slightly from year to year, here’s a taste of what you can expect to find if you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve.

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New Year's Eve at Disney World: Entertainment

Magic Kingdom

Unlike the other 3 parks, the Magic Kingdom does not serve alcohol (outside of the limited selections in the table service restaurants), so if you are looking to ring in the New Year with a toast you'll have to do that elsewhere. What it lacks in adult beverages, however, the Magic Kingdom makes up for with a spectacular fireworks display that is shot off "in-the-round" and includes fireworks over the castle as well as along the perimeter of the park.

It is not uncommon for the Magic Kingdom to go into a phased closure during extra busy times such as New Year's Eve.

Fantasy in the Sky fireworks

When: scheduled at 6:30 pm and 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31 in 2018

This spectacular fireworks show is one of the best shown at the Magic Kingdom. In 2018 you will be able to catch this show both New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Eve's Eve at both 6:30 pm and 11:50 p.m. To maximize your New Year's experience plan to catch the fireworks here on December 30 for (slightly) less crowds and then spend New Year's Eve in another park.

Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year's Celebration Dance Parties

When: Scheduled from 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Grab a partner and prepare to dance 2018 away with family-friendly dance parties located in Frontierland and Tomorrowland.  Starting at 7:00 pm you can find a DJ spinning tunes all the way until midnight.

Epcot

At Epcot, New Year’s Eve takes on a "global party" feeling. For 2018 you'll find themed music and DJs in the World Showcase, special dining options, and a showing of Illuminations at 11:40 p.m. This special showing of Illuminations includes a countdown to midnight and a “pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.”

Out of all 4 parks, Epcot can hold the most crowds and while it will still be quite busy, the World Showcase provides lots of space for people to spread out making it a good choice if you want to be in the parks for New Year's Eve.

Illuminations

When: New Year's Eve edition - scheduled for 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 31 in 2018

Hollywood Studios

In 2018, guests visiting Hollywood Studios are treated to three nighttime shows: Fantasmic, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM, and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

Fantasmic!

9:00 PM

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

When: scheduled for 9:30 p.m. in 2017 - no schedule announced yet for 2018.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

When: midnight

In the past, guests at Hollywood Studios also had the opportunity for a dance party, however, nothing has been announced yet for 2018.

New Year's Eve Dance Party at Center Stage

When: Starting at 7:00 pm in 2017 - no schedule announced yet for 2018,.

Before, in between, and after the showings of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,  you can dance it up with a DJ at Center Stage.

Animal Kingdom

In years past, Animal Kingdom has not hosted anything special (beyond some live music) for New Year's Eve and the park has closed before midnight. The lack of fireworks and the early closing makes Animal Kingdom your best option if you're looking to avoid the crowds.

Disney Springs

If you're looking to avoid a park on New Year's Eve but you still want to party Disney-style, Disney Springs will have live music and plenty of spots to grab a drink. Like the parks, though, this will be a popular spot, so if you are staying at a Disney resort plan to use Disney Transportation or take a Taxi/Uber to avoid traffic congestion in and around Disney Springs.

You can find more information on New Year's Eve at Disney Springs on the official Disney World website.

The Edison New Year's Eve

When: 7:30 pm to 12:00 am
Price: $150 per guest (plus tax and gratuity)

This event for guests 21 and older at The Edison will include live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, food stations, desserts, and a selection of wine, beer, and spirits as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets for the event can be purchased on The Edison website.

New Year's Eve at Disney World resorts

Every year Disney World offers special dining events for New Year’s Eve. In 2017, you'll find lots of different options for dining and partying the night away.

New Year's Eve at the Contemporary Resort

For reservations to any of these events you can call (407) WDW-DINE.

New Year's Eve at Disney World

Disney Countdown to Midnight

When: 8:00 pm to 12:15 am
Price: $275 per guest (price includes tax and gratuity)
Location: Fantasia Ballroom
What’s included: This adults-only experience is probably the most elegant of all offerings. Not just a meal, Disney bills this experience as an "event" which includes a dress code, all-you-care-to-enjoy dining including a complimentary bar and unlimited wine by the glass featuring the "best of the best" bites and wine pairings from some of Disney's top restaurants.

In addition to free flowing food and beverages, guests are also entertained by several characters including Mickey and Minnie. Of course, the main focus of the evening is the wine are the fireworks at midnight from the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary's superb location make this an ideal spot to catch those.

Want to up the fancy another notch?

Guests looking to extend their evening can add-on some time at the "Disney Ink & Paint Club". This V.I.P. lounge experience begins before the main event (6:30 pm) and includes drinks and a special menu (available until 8:30 pm). This addition brings your total ticket price up to $450/person.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

When: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Price: $190 per guest (price includes tax and gratuity)
Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center - Second Level
What’s included: This family-friendly event is the place to be if you love Pixar. Included in your evening is a restaurant-style buffet meal while surrounded by Pixar-themed vignettes and backdrops and of course some of your favorite Pixar characters. It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a DJ and and dancing and when it comes time for fireworks you'll be able to watch those from the Porte Cochere at the front of the Contemporary Resort.

Chef Mickey’s New Year’s Day holiday dinner

Restaurant: Chef Mickey's  at the Contemporary Resort
Cost: $53 adults/$32 child (prices for 2016)
Day & Time: New Year’s Day, 11:00 am - 9:00 p.m.

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What’s included: The only difference between this experience and eating at Chef Mickey’s on any other day are some of the offerings on the buffet line. All of the regular buffet items are there but you’ll find seasonal and holiday items mixed in as well.

California Grill's 80's Throwback Bash

Restaurant: California Grill at the Contemporary Resort
Cost: $675/guest (same price for adults and children)
Day & Time: 7:30 pm - 12:00 am

California grill fireworks

What’s included: A 1980s themed party with a live DJ, a buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, and characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.

New Year's Eve at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels

Restaurant: Garden Grove
Cost: $55.99 adults/$27.99 children
Day & Time: New Year's Eve dinner served from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm

Garden Grove New Year's Eve Buffet menu

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What’s included: A “gourmet” buffet which includes main dishes such as chicken schnitzel, short ribs, wild mushroom ravioli and snow crab legs, lots of sides and several soup options plus desserts. There is a menu and a selection of food for children if the food on the buffet doesn’t appeal to them. For reservations call: 407-934-1618.

Restaurant: Il Mulino
Cost: $135 adults/$40 children
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve 7:15 until 11:00 p.m.

Il Mulino New Year's Eve menu

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What’s included: A prix-fixe 4 course dinner, however alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost. For reservations call: 407-934-1199.

Restaurant: Shula’s Steak House
Cost: $145 adults/$60 children
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve 7:15 until 11:00 p.m.

Shula's New Year's Eve adult menu & Shula's New Year's Even children's menu

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What’s included: A prix-fixe multi-course meal, however alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost. For reservations call: 407-934-1362.

Restaurant: Todd English’s bluezoo
Location: Dolphin
Cost: $60/guest
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve 4:00 until 11:00 p.m.

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What’s included: A “New Year’s Eve Dinner” which includes dry-aged bone-in filet with chive whipped potatoes, bacon braised spinach, brown butter parsnip puree, grilled asparagus, sauce bearnaise. For reservations call: 407-934-1111

New Year's Eve at Disney's Grand Floridian

Restaurant: Victoria and Albert’s
Cost: $600/guest
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve dinner service

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What’s included: Prix fixe, multi-course meal

Restaurant: Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s
Location: Grand Floridian
Cost: $725/guest
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve dinner service

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What’s included: An intimate, in-the-kitchen experience including a 10 course meal with 9 wine pairings all while seated close enough to the chefs that you can interact with them while they cook.

Restaurant: Narcoossee's
Location: Grand Floridian
Cost: $211 adult/$93 child (early dinner) and $342 adult/$125 children (late dinner)
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve, early dinner seats between 5:00 and 5:45 p.m. and late dinner seats between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

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What’s included: Delicious local and global seafood selections, steaks and a view of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom.

New Year's Eve at Fort Wilderness

Restaurant: New Year's Eve Beach Party
Cost: $99/adult, $59/child
Day & Time: 10:00 pm -12:30 am on December 31st, 2018

Fort Wilderness

What’s included: Dessert Party on Clementine Beach at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort featuring various cheeses, desserts, fruits, and beverages, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Party guests will be able to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach.

New Year's Eve on Disney's Boardwalk

Location: Flying Fish
Cost: $122 adult/$64 child (early dinner) and $154adult/$84 children (late dinner)
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve, early dinner seats between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. and late dinner seats between 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Flying Fish

What's included: A prix fixe, multi-course meal

Location: Atlantic Dance Hall
Cost: $75/person (tax and gratuity not included)
Day & Time: New Years Eve from 8:00pm - 2:00am
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What's included: Guests 21 years of age and older can party the night away with a DJ and champagne toast at midnight as well as 2 drink vouchers and light bites. This location also has views of the fireworks at Epcot.

Special New Year's Eve dining at Epcot

Restaurant: Monsieur Paul
Location: Epcot
Cost: $111/person
Day & Time: New Year’s Eve lunch has 4 different seating times - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and dinner has 2, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m..

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What’s included: A special multi-course menu

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