Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

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New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and as we say goodbye to 2015, there are a few things you should know about celebrating at the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Disney is the ultimate party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, so you want to make sure to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should know, both in general and park by park:

General Tips:

  • If possible, eat at off-peak times. Avoid dining from noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Stay in the parks after midnight to avoid the rush to the parking lot.

Magic Kingdom:

  • There will be two fireworks show on December 30 and 31: Holiday Wishes New Year Celebration – 6:30 p.m. and Fantasy in the Sky – 11:50 p.m.
  • Guests will be able to experience special dance parties on both December 30 and 31. One in Frontierland from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and one at the Castle Stage from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available for Guests on December 31 from midnight until 1:00 a.m. at Columbia Harbour House and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
  • Hats and Horns will be distributed on December 31 beginning at 4 p.m. in the following locations, while supplies last:
    • Near Splash Mountain
    • Near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • East FastPass+ viewing lawn


  • Illuminations will take place twice on December 31: Holiday finale at 6:00 p.m. and the New Year’s Countdown at 11:40 p.m.
  • Hats and horns will be distributed beginning at 4:30 p.m. and last until supplies run out at the Disney Performing Arts stage in Future World West, the Wonders of Life walkway in Future World East, and at the American Adventure.
  • DJs will be found at the following locations:
    • Future World West Fountain Stage
    • United Kingdom
    • Japan (Silent Groove)
    • America Gardens Theatre
    • Italy
    • China

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Lights! Camera! Happy New Year! Fireworks will take place at 12:00 a.m.
  • Hats and horns will be distributed beginning at 4:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The can be found at the following locations:
    • Echo Lake-entering at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner
    • Toy Story Midway Mania-Entering toward Toy Story Midway Mania and exiting at the Coke bottle.
    • Fantasmic! pre-show-the 7:00 p.m. show only

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Guests can enjoy continuous entertainment on December 31 from 3:30-8:30 p.m. in Africa, including Burudika Band, DJ Khalifa and character greetings with Rafiki and friends. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

For more information, be sure to check out the New Year’s Eve page.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at

One thought on “Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

  • December 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I have been fortunate to have been in the parks for a few NYE celebrations. The only enervating aspect of WDW’s hospitality are those 50 thousand one-note horns constantly sounding for hours and hours before midnight. My advice: bring aspirin and ear plugs.


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