Holiday Travel: New Year’s Eve at Disney

Disney World

We’re in the middle of one of Disney World’s busiest weeks of the year. The park sees increased attendance from Christmas to New Year’s and this year is no exception. The parks at Disney World are so popular during this time that you should plan to arrive as early as possible and avoid park hopping. Parks will fill up and close to new visitors so research which attractions are the most attractive and make a decision

Magic Kingdom
Disney - Castle Fireworks

  • Open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM with morning Extra Magic Hours for resort guests from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
  • Parade and Fireworks Schedules:
    • 3:30 PM: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade
    • 7:00 PM: Spectromagic
    • 8:30 PM: Holiday Wishes Fireworks
    • 11:50 PM: Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Epcot

  • Future World open 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM, World Showcase open 9:30 AM to 1:00 AM
  • Illuminations can be seen at 7:30 PM and 11:40 PM
  • Head to La Hacienda de San Angel for a special 6-course dinner featuring live music, dessert and champagne. Dinner starts at 9PM and starts at $199 for adults. End your meal with a viewing of Illuminations. Menu can be seen here. Book at 407-842-1107 or [email protected]
  • Bistro de Paris is offering a special seating featuring salmon, lobster, scallops, sea bass, beef fillet or venison. You’ll end your meal with a dessert for $150, $225 with wine pairings. Book at 407-617-2788.

Hollywood Studios
Disney - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  • Open 8:00 AM to midnight with evening Extra Magic Hours for resort guests from midnight to 3:00 AM
  • Fantasmic! viewings at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM
  • “Lights, Camera, Happy New Year” fireworks show at 11:55 PM

Animal Kingdom

  • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM with morning Extra Magic Hours for resort guests from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
  • Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at 3:45 PM

Downtown Disney

  • DisneyQuest is open to the general public through 7:00 PM. Open 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM for the DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve Party.
  • DisneyQuest’s NYE Party will have a DJ on hand, all your normal fun and games, a coupon for pizza and soda, party favors and a countdown to 2011. Advanced tickets run $39 and run $45 at the door.
  • Cirque du Soleil has shows at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM and tickets are still available.

Resorts

  • Disney’s Boardwalk includes the Atlantic Dance Hall, a nightclub overlooking Crescent Lake. The New Year’s Eve Party here from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM costs just $35 to dance to the DJ, get party favors, and enjoy a champagne toast. Upgrade to VIP for $75 and enjoy private upstairs seating, a view of Epcot fireworks, warm drinks, a dessert bar, and premium bar. Book at 407-WDW-DINE.
  • Head to the Contemporary Resort for dining at the California Grill. For $525, you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive meal featuring food stations, an open bar, gaming, dancing, music, live entertainment, Disney characters, and views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks shows. You’ll find extravagant treats including caviar, Kobe beef tenderloin, lobster, bison, sushi, seafood, cheeses and desserts. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Disneyland
The processional marches through New Orleans Square on the way to Tiana's Showboat Jubilee

  • Open 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM with Magic Morning Hours from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
  • “Believe…In Magic” Fireworks at 8:40 PM
  • “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM
  • Fantasmic! will be performed at 9:00 PM, 10:15 PM, and after the midnight fireworks show
  • Head to Sleeping Beauty Castle and Small World Promenade for dancing to a DJ mix
  • Tomorrowland Terrace, Carnation Plaza Gardens and New Orleans Square will all have live music
  • Head to Festival Arena near Big Thunder Ranch for NYE party supplies

Disney California Adventure

  • Open 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM
  • World of Color performed at 8:00 PM, 9:15 PM, and after the midnight fireworks show
  • Pixar Play Parade at 5:15 PM
  • ElecTRONica street party at 6:00 PM
  • Head to Condor Flats near the vintage airplane just west of the entrance to Soarin’ Over California for NYE party supplies

Downtown Disney

  • Visit the Roll into 2011: Rebelution Party with the Aggrolites and Stranger from 9:00 PM till close at the House of Blues
  • Across the Downtown Disney area, find performances from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM from David Wayne Gulley, Brother Yusef, Rumble King, Robert Simon, and Drew Tretick.

Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the info!

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