New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

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SPECIAL PARTIES

Reservations opened July 11, 2017, for three 2017 New Year's Eve celebrations that will be held at Disney's Contemporary Resort:

-- "Disney Countdown to Midnight" includes dining, live music with an interactive band and DJ, and more. (Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance.) Also included are a glass of champagne to welcome in 2018 and an outdoor viewing of the Magic Kingdom's New Year's Eve fireworks. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older. Cost is $250 per guest, tax and gratuity included.

-- "Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration" is a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired buffet dinner. Sarge from the Toy Story films welcomes guests to the Ballroom of the Americas. The evening will include theatrical backdrops, set pieces and props that re-create the worlds of Pixar films and favorite characters from "Toy Story," "The Incredibles," "Cars" and "Up" will be on hand. There will also be Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, as well as an interactive DJ spinning hits from Radio Disney. At midnight, there is an outdoor viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Price is $175 per guest, tax and gratuity included.

-- "Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year's Eve Dining Experience" will be held in the Contemporary's Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film "The Princess and the Frog," the room will be decorated in the style of New Orleans' French Quarter. Dining stations will feature treats such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep's milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk. Entertainment will be provided by a jazz band during dinner, followed by a vocalist performing the Academy-Award-winning music from the film. Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne just before midnight to ring in the new year, with the chance to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a private viewing area. Hours are 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Cost is $450 per guest, tax and gratuity included.

For reservations for any of these events, call 407-WDW-DINE.

THEME PARKS

NOTE: The following is 2016 information -- we will update with 2017 information once it becomes available!

Epcot - It's a party throughout Epcot from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., with unique entertainment including a DJ at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing to a DJ under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a Euro-pop DJ and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a "Silent Groove" party in Japan. Cap it all off with one of two showings of "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth." The 6 p.m. show will include the holiday finale, while the 11:40 p.m. performance will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.

Magic Kingdom - Get a head start on the festivities with a special New Year's Eve eve presentation of "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Friday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31. For families looking to wrap things up a little earlier, both nights will also feature the Holiday New Year's Celebration at 7:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year's Eve countdown.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Ring in the New Year beginning at 7 p.m. with a high energy DJ dance party at Center Stage, leading up to a countdown to midnight and fireworks celebration. You can also enjoy two incredible nighttime spectaculars, with "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" at 9 p.m. and "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" just after midnight.

SPECIAL DINING

NOTE: The following is 2016 information -- we will update with 2017 information once it becomes available!

  • New Year's Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace. The spacious World ShowPlace Events pavilion opens for an all-you-care-to-eat extravaganza. Great photo ops with fun vignettes for posing (but no Disney characters) and Disney tunes make this a real family affair. Soups, salads, hearty dishes and desserts – and the kids get their own station with favorites like mac 'n cheese, meatballs, chicken fritters and more. Seatings available from 3-9 p.m., $72.90, $44.38 ages 3 to 11. Later in the evening, head out to the promenade for fireworks over World Showcase Lagoon to welcome 2017.
  • Monsieur Paul New Year's Eve Dinner. The elegant upstairs dining room at the France pavilion at Epcot will offer six seatings on New Year's Eve: 11:45a.m., noon, 2:15p.m., 2:45p.m., 5:45p.m. and 6:15p.m. A four-course, prix fixe menu of classical French cuisine reflects the traditions of Chef Paul Bocuse, one of the most famous chefs in France (for whom the restaurant is named). Cost is $110.81. A special late-night dinner with two seatings at 8:45p.m. and 9:45p.m. offers and enhanced French menu, including Paul Bocuse's famous Soupe aux Truffles V.G.E. Cost is $305.03.
  • California Grill New Year's Eve Dinner. The talented California Grill chefs create a dine-around style gala, with cooking stations throughout the restaurant. And we hear that the Disney characters will make appearances – along with Baby New Year. Wine and cocktails are included. And of course a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks! 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $650. (Dinner jacket required for men.)
  • Victoria & Albert's New Year's Eve Dinner. Enjoy a luxurious evening in this AAA Five Diamond restaurant with gracious "butler-style" service, live harp music and personalized menus to remember the special evening. Dinner is 10 courses, including eight savory courses and two desserts including eclectic wines from around the world. Seatings between 6-7:45 p.m. $600.
  • La Hacienda de San Angel New Year's Dinner. This special evening at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot World Showcase starts at 9:30p.m. and ends at 1a.m., and includes a five-course prix fixe dinner, live music with the mariachi band and a fabulous view of the Epcot IllumiNations holiday show. Start the evening with a welcome margarita, then try the tequila pairing with the appetizers. Wine is served with the main course (surf n' turf) and a dessert liqueur with the sweet ending.
  • Narcoossee's New Year's Eve Dinner, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. A generous four-course menu is offered with seatings between from 5 and 5:45p.m. A five-course menu is offered with seating from 8:30-9:25p.m. for a late-night celebration with live music. The menus both feature favorites such as Narcoossee's lobster bisque, seared Wagyu beef and pan-seared halibut. First seating $150 for adults, $70 children ages 3-9. Second seating $255 for adults, $95 for children ages 3-9.

AT THE RESORTS

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

Be sure to check with your resort for activities.


DISNEY SPRINGS

NOTE: The following is 2016 information -- we will update with 2017 information once it becomes available!

Guests can wish upon a New Year’s Eve star at Disney Springs over the West Side waterfront during "Starbright Holidays | An Intel Collaboration" with shows at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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