New Year's Eve 2016 at WDW

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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 Wishes New Year's Celebration at 7:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year's Eve countdown.

Also, the Disney Parks Blog will livestream "Fantasy in the Sky" on New Year's Eve starting at 11:45 p.m.

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 PARTIES

"Disney Countdown to Midnight – A New Year's Eve Celebration" at Disney's Contemporary Resort

This ticketed event will take place Dec. 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the hotel's Convention Center in the Fantasia Ballroom. There will be dancing to music spanning from the '60s to today, and "best-of-the-best" bites and wine pairings from California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee's. The group Alter Ego will perform their extravagant music- and dance-filled revue. There will also be a unique musical act playing songs of today with a retro twist outdoors. The event will be highlighted with Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and receive a souvenir to commemorate the night. Complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Tickets for this all-ages special evening are extremely limited and cost $225.00 per guest (includes tax and gratuities). Reservations will open on July 4. To purchase or for more information, visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-3463.

SPECIAL DINING

  • 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

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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