Where to Ring in 2020 at Walt Disney World New Year’s Celebrations

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Fireworks at Disney's Gran Destino Tower

By: Colleen Bentley, WDW Park Planners 

New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest times at the Walt Disney World Resorts, and for good reason! There are so many festive options to ring in the New Year both inside and outside the parks. Keep in mind, the parks are likely to hit capacity on this day, so getting there early is key. For options outside the parks, dining reservations are a must.

Check out all of the New Year’s Eve fun around the Walt Disney World Resort this year…

Inside the Parks

Magic Kingdom

  • Extra Magic Hours from 7:00–8:00am
  • Standard Park Hours from 8:00am–1:00am

The highlight at Magic Kingdom is the fireworks display called Fantasy in the Sky, which is held on December 30 AND December 31. Each of those nights the fireworks display is done twice—at 6:30pm and at 11:50pm. If you have little ones and don’t think they’ll make it until midnight, this is a great option and a great way to celebrate. Or, better yet, go a day early to catch the magic!

NYE Fireworks at Cinderella's Castle

Epcot

  • Standard Park Hours from 8:00am–1:00am

World Showcase celebrates New Years around the globe. When each country hits midnight in its pavilion, there is a special display in the sky. In addition to the displays, many of the countries have fun parties and events.

Epcot forever runs at its normal display at 6:30pm and then an extended version at 11:40pm, where they do a special New Year’s Eve countdown. This park tends to be the most crowded but has the most to see and do on NYE.

Disney's Epcot lit up at night

Hollywood Studios

  • Standard Park Hours from 8:00am–12:00am

Details have yet to be released, but what we do know is that Hollywood Studios will have a countdown to midnight that concludes with the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM will also run at 6:30pm and Fantasmic will be at 9:00pm.

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular for New Year's

Animal Kingdom

  • Standard Park Hours from 9:00am–12:00am

For the first time ever, Animal Kingdom will be open until midnight to officially ring in the new year! There will be specialty food and beverages as well as lively DJs and music around the park. Don’t miss the special display on the Tree of Life to welcome in 2020.

NYE at Disney's Animal Kingdom

At the Walt Disney World Resorts

Bienvenidos 2020! New Year’s Eve at Toledo’s

  • Location: Toledo—Tapas, Steak & Seafood, Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs
  • Date: December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in at 7:30pm at the El Centro Lobby, event from 8:00pm–12:30am
  • Price: $400 per person, tax and gratuity included
Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Photo Courtesy of DisneyTouristBlog.com

This new hot spot is offering a high-end celebration for New Year’s Eve. With delicious dining around the rooftop, you will start 2020 feeling full and happy. Enjoy the Hollywood Studios fireworks display at midnight as you say Happy New Year!

Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade

  • Location: Topolino’s TerraceFlavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Date: December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in at 7:30pm at the El Centro Lobby, event from 8:00pm–12:15am
  • Price: $5500 per person, tax and gratuity included

Celebrate the new year European-style, complete with masquerade masks. This formal event will be one for the books—with tons of European inspired food options and tasty treats, you won’t go hungry. At midnight, watch both the Hollywood Studios AND Epcot firework displays from this incredible rooftop.

Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

  • Location: Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Date: December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7:00pm, event runs from 8:00pm–12:15am
  • Price: $299 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)

This is one soirée you won’t want to miss! Dinner, dancing and drinks are just the start of this high-end experience. Ring in 2020 with a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks—the perfect end to a fabulous night! The ticket price includes everything for the elegant evening, and reservations fill up quickly.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration

  • Location: Contemporary Resort Convention Center—Second Level
  • Dates: December 30th and December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7:30pm, event runs from 8:00pm–12:00am
  • Price: $199 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)

This family-friendly party has you fully immersed in all of your favorite Pixar movies. Enjoy a themed buffet and meet tons of your favorite Pixar characters. This is a great option for the whole family with lots of games and activities for all ages. End the evening watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks display as you welcome the new year.

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Countdown to 2020

  • Location: Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Date: December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in begins at 8:30pm, event runs from 9:00pm–1:00am
  • Price: $99 per person (tax and gratuity not included)
  • Age Requirements: Must be 21+

Dance the night away at the Atlantic Dance Hall. You might even see Mickey and friends out on the dance floor. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne to toast at midnight as you enjoy balcony views of the Hollywood Studios and Epcot fireworks.

California Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner

  • Location: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary
  • Date: December 30 and 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7:00pm, event runs from 8:00pm–12:30am
  • Price: $675 per person (tax and gratuity included)

Spend your last night of 2019 in the company of some of your favorite Disney characters at California Grill. With delicious food and spectacular entertainment, you can’t go wrong here. And what better way to end the night than with picture perfect views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks display?!

Narcoossee’s New Year’s Eve Dinner

  • Location: Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian
  • Date: December 30 and 31, 2019

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious evening with a special menu of local and global seafood offerings. Different seating times are offered for this dinner.

Seating 1

December 30, 2019

  • 4:45 PM to 8:15 PM
  • 4-course menu
  • $190 per adult—includes tax and gratuity
  • $72 per child—includes tax and gratuity

December 31, 2019

  • 4:45 PM to 8:15 PM
  • 4-course menu
  • $250 per adult—includes tax and gratuity
  • $99 per child—includes tax and gratuity

Seating 2

December 30, 2019

  • 8:30 PM to Midnight
  • 5-course menu with live music and fireworks viewing
  • $220 per adult—includes tax and gratuity
  • $99 per child—includes tax and gratuity

December 31, 2019

  • 8:30 PM to Midnight
  • 5-course menu with live music and fireworks viewing
  • $350 per adult—includes tax and gratuity
  • $140 per child—includes tax and gratuity

Outside Disney Parks and Resorts

Disney Springs Celebrations

  • Hours from 10:00am–12:00am

While there is so much to see and do at Disney Springs, the one attraction this New Year’s Eve celebration is missing is a fireworks display. If that doesn’t matter to your group, then this area will be fun and lively. With tons of great restaurants, bars and live music, you won’t want to miss it.

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