Walt Disney World Details New Year’s Eve Offerings

Fireworks Finale

A trip to Walt Disney World has become one of the nation’s most popular options for ringing in the new year. Disney has responded by making New Year’s Eve one of the biggest fireworks shows of the year. The resort has just released a partial list of what’s in store for New Year’s Eve and it inlcudes fireworks, nighttime shows, revelry of other sorts scheduled throughout the vacation kingdom.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store:

  • At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios rock in the New Year with resident family of landscapers/rock and roll musicians, Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! “The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular” blasts off on a specially built stage in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios signature Sorcerer Hat icon and includes contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites. The four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects and lead up to ringing in the New Year with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears playing live accompaniment to a full scale fireworks spectacular in order to welcome the start of 2013 properly!
  • At DisneyQuest, located at Downtown Disney, there is a family-friendly cyber celebration from 8 p.m. -1 a.m. Guests are entertained with a DJ Dance Party, character meet and greets, plus unlimited access to games and DisneyQuest attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. There’s a confetti drop and festive party favors as the clock strikes midnight. Partygoers also get a coupon for a quick service entrée, side and drink. Tickets go on sale soon at 407-934-7639.
  • At Cirque du Soleil, located at Downtown Disney, all guests attending the Dec. 31 performances will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing contact 407/WDW/SEAT
  • Registered guests at select Disney resort hotels will be treated to music and entertainment. At Narcoosee’s restaurant (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), for instance, there will be a four-course dining experience for $161.85 for adults and $77.19 for children, plus DJ, balloon artist and special fireworks viewing.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort offers a special-ticket New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with a video DJ and limited viewing of Epcot’s Fireworks.

Looks like they’re adding plenty of hard ticket events for those who don’t want to mingle in the crowds. We typically do EPCOT as the fireworks tag there is always amazing. Do you have a favorite park for New Year’s Eve fun? Will you consider one of the hard ticket events?

3 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Details New Year’s Eve Offerings”

  1. I definitely recommend the Atlantic Dance Hall event if you’re 21+ and don’t have kids with you. It was a fantastic reprieve from the crowds of small children, a chance to drink, dance and have fun! The video DJ played all sorts of music and took requests, there was a mix of ages and dress (ranging from park wear to fancy cocktail dresses) and a champagne toast at midnight!

    Also, if you’re there for New Years and you have plans on the actual NYE, be sure to try to catch the preview of the fireworks the day before. They were incredible.

  2. I never personally been to the Epcot NYE party, but I worked It 3 years in a row. I must say Epcot knows how to throw a party! The crowds get crazy so you have to be there early, but i think its worth it. The atmosphere is amazing to just walk around and have fun. Don’t expect to actually achieve rides Unless you grab a fastpass, the lines are crazy.

  3. I went to Magic Kingdom last New Year’s Eve, and it was awesome! I was definitely impressed with the fireworks. They surrounded the park 360 degrees. The entire park lit up!! There was dancing and even though the park was packed it was still fun. We got there super early got to ride all the rides (excellent planning) including toy story twice. It did take a few hours to leave the park though to get to the car and then Disney had all the roads leading to Disney resorts closed, so we had to go off property to get back on the property to go to our resort. Next time I would use Disney transport as long I could could still get a front row view of rope drop. We would definitely go to Magic Kingdom again for New Years Eve!!

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