Sneak-Peek-Sunday: Celebrating the New Year at Walt Disney World

Well, folks, we’ve come to the end of our Christmas in July holiday season. (Side Now: I’m ready to get back to normal.) Just like the end of any holiday season, New Year’s Eve is that one last blowout before winter really sinks in, and for some of us, it’s nothing but snowfall for months. So lets party right? It’s the end of the year, and how would we celebrate at Walt Disney World? Well there are several options, depending on age or how hard you really want to party.

Lets start off with a tame evening over at the Magic Kingdom. If you’ve ever been to Disneyland’s sister park, you’d know that there is a lack of alcohol in the park. That means this is a kid friendly, exciting way to ring in the New Year. The park is open late and there are special presentations all night. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas parade kicks off the extra magic, followed by the Electrical Light Parade and then the Holiday Wishes fireworks. For those late night celebrators, a Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show will start right around midnight. Keep it going until 2am or later with so many popular attractions staying open.

If you are looking for a cocktail and a show, Epcot has two presentations of Illuminations, with the later showing being the midnight kick off. Don’f forget to grab a pint at the Rose and Crown pub, or any of your favorite stops along the World Showcase. Another option for the adult theme park goer is at Hollywood Studios. Not only will the park be open late, but there will be a one night only presentation of a great show called “Lights, Camera, Happy New Year” right on Hollywood Boulevard. The show is right behind the larger hat icon making it a great backdrop. Despite my love for Epcot and the Illuminations show, I think the show at Hollywood Studios may be the one to see between the two as it is a bit more special, and you can still grab a good beer around the park before the show starts.

If you aren’t interested in the fireworks, or being in the theme parks, I suggest all adults make there way to Atlantic Dance Hall on the Boardwalk area. The normally free dance hall does have a cover charge but the party is worth it, with extras for any guest that enters. Normal admission gets you a free champagne toast at midnight, plus a pin and a few other party favors. A VIP ticket, which is a bit more pricey, will get you free desserts and coffee from 9pm until midnight, as well as a balcony view of Illuminations fireworks show just across the pond.

If you are a teen, or just a video game lover, the party at Disney Quest in Downtown Disney might be the spot. With admission you can pull an all-nighter from 8pm until 1am on New Year’s Day. Admission gets you into the large arcade, plus a confetti countdown to midnight, a DJ on the Dance Floor, and a free meal anytime in the night.

with so many choices, New Years shouldn’t be a boring night, but one full of non-stop adventure. You have the choice to call it an early night, while still celebrating, or pull a late night while partying hard all around Walt Disney World. Depending on the traveler, there is something for everyone. If you are staying or could stay for the New Years celebration at Walt Disney World, where would you go? Leave your comments and until next time, see you soon.

Josh Taylor
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Email Me at disneyparkhistory@yahoo.com

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