If you’re wanting to see the Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve Fireworks, you can do so on December 29, 30, and 31st. The show has been slightly modified from previous years, but maintains the same general format. As always, our advice is to catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks before New Years Eve itself and spend that day at one of the other parks, with Epcot being the most pleasant to be in when it’s extremely crowded. Did we mention just hanging out at your resort is an option?
In general, bring your patience and be aware of possible park closures due to capacity. Annual Passholders and Disney Resort guests are the last ones turned away. Dining reservations do not guarantee you entry to a park. Arriving early and camping out is often the best way to guarantee you wont be locked out.
Magic Kingdom closed fairly early last year and the Epcot parking lot reached capacity for part of the day. The monorail service was even suspended to everyone except the Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian guests who had their resort ID’s. Carry your resort ID with you at all times during this period.
If you’re going to WDW between now and the end of the year, you can view the Once Upon a Christmastime parade at the Magic Kingdom. The parade replaces the regular daytime parade for the remainder of the year.
This week several permits have been filed for installation of sets and interactive game equipment in several World Showcase countries for the upcoming Kim Possible interactive experience. Germany, Japan, France and the UK will definitely be part of the upcoming attraction. Guests will be sent on missions around the World Showcase as part of the game.
Assuring no one will starve during the mad rush in the coming days, Disney has released a whole plethora of additional offerings through the end of the year.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café will serve breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily, December 23- 31.
The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station will be open for lunch and dinner:
December 22 -28: 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
December 29-31: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
January 1-5: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
The Diamond Horseshoe will be serving quick service lunch December 23 – January 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, a full service traditional turkey dinner will be offered from December 24 – 31. Dinner will be served between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
El Pirata y el Perico Restaurante will open daily for lunch December 22 – January 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. December 28 – 31, El Pirata will offer extended operating hours until 8:00 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow will open for waffles daily at 7:00 a.m.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will open at 7:00 a.m. daily for “Coffee Express,” offering coffee, hot cocoa and pastries.
Additionally, several new kiosks will be open. A Tomorrowland Kiosk will serve burgers, sandwiches and a salad while another cart in Tomorrowland will serve hot wings and chili. In Fantasyland, a cart will serve a turkey wrap and Caesar salad. The Center Street Hog Dog cart will return on December 25.
The finale of the new Spaceship Earth has added a new feature: guest’s faces on animated characters.
The animation is based on guests choices on the new touchscreen feature. The ride has more formally opened with a press release on Thursday stating it would be open as of this Friday. The ride is expected to remain open until the grand reopening in February. Signs outside the attraction confirm the status as operating-when-possible until the attraction is completely finished and open.