Disney Announces Events for New Year’s Eve

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Walt Disney World is one of the most magical places to be during the holidays…and New Year’s Eve is certainly no exception. (Granted, it’s one of the busiest times of year, but it’s certainly magical).

Each year, Disney pulls out all the stops as it rings in the New Year. This year will definitely be the same. Partying will abound, and fireworks will light up the sky as the clock strikes midnight.

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. In addition, a buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., and the meal is 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 Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! “The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular” blasts off on stage in front of the Sorcerer Hat 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, 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, all guests attending the December 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 call 407-WDW-SEAT.

Disney Cruise Line offers a New Year’s Party complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, and a midnight countdown to guests sailing on select cruises departing in late December. For booking, call 888-325-2500.

Registered guests at select Disney resort hotels will be treated to music and entertainment.

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.

Of course, the Magic Kingdom will also have special offerings, but there is no specific information released as of yet.


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2 thoughts on “Disney Announces Events for New Year’s Eve

  • October 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Looking forward to see what will be doing at the Magic Kingdom, even though I don’t see myself there.

    I broke my oath never to visit the World between Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year. I am hoping to make the most of the non-park events, where possible.

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