Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Eve’

Three New Year’s Eve Parties at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

by on July 7, 2017

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It’s only July, but who’s ready to ring in the new year? This year, Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be holding three different soirées that Guests can choose to participate in.  The best part is there are parties available for all ages!

With Disney Countdown to Midnight, Guests will be able to enjoy dining, music, drinks, and more. There will also be an interactive band and a DJ. Oh and Mickey and Minnie may make an appearance too! When the clock strikes midnight, toast with a glass of bubbly and catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. The Countdown to Midnight lasts from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom and is intended for Guests ages 18 and up.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

by on December 29, 2016


It’s the most hectic time of the year! Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 in a way only the resort knows how to…with an explosion of fireworks!

At Epcot, Guests will be able to enjoy two different showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. At 6:00 p.m., you’ll be able to catch the show with the beautiful and touching holiday tag. Then, beginning at 11:40 p.m., get ready to usher in 2017 with a show that’s unlike any other.

In addition, Epcot will feature DJs in both Future World and World Showcase. They will be found from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • the Future World Fountain Stage
  • China – flame effects and smoke-billowing dragon
  • United Kingdom – British Invasion
  • Italy – Euro-pop and lasers
  • Japan – “Silent Groove” party
  • America Adventure – America Gardens Theatre Stage, joined by a Latin band

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How To Survive New Year’s Eve at Epcot (and Magic Kingdom)

by on December 27, 2016

Epcot’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are unlike any other show at Walt Disney World.

So you’re thinking about doing New Year’s Eve at Disney? Most people would think that’s ridiculous given the massive crowds, but after a few years of experience under my belt doing this very thing, I’m here to tell you, it can be a really fun day in Walt Disney World. Below, I’ll outline a few of my hard-learned secrets to a successful Epcot New Year’s Eve along with a few crowd-sourced tips from my colleagues here at TouringPlans for handling Magic Kingdom, as well.

Julia and Dani have already given some great tips on staying sane during phase closures and planning for crowds at Universal, and many of these rules also apply here, too. Though Epcot does not normally phase-close on New Year’s Eve, the same tips work for surviving the busiest days in any theme park. Dani’s tips about setting up Touring Plans ahead of time are also super helpful for making the most of your theme park visits during the last few weeks of the year.

Why Not Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve?

Despite the crowds, New Year’s Eve is a fun day, unlike any other you’ve spent in a park. One of the toughest parts of the day, though, can be actually getting in to a park. As Julia explained, phased closures are very common for this time of year, particularly at Magic Kingdom. This means that, depending on your ticket type and whether you have an existing dining reservation, you may not be able to enter or even hop on transportation to your chosen park.

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Walt Disney World December 2016 Preview

by on November 30, 2016

Walt Disney World December 2016

Walt Disney World December 2016

Welcome to TouringPlans’ Walt Disney World December 2016 preview – we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Who’s with us and ready for December? The holidays, which started as soon as the Halloween decorations came down are in full swing. We’ve got food booths at Epcot, Christmas parties, and TENTS.

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Let Loose on New Year’s Eve with Disney Countdown to Midnight Celebration

by on June 30, 2016



Celebrate good times and ring in 2017 with a fun party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! With Disney Countdown to Midnight, you can celebrate the New Year in style with an unforgettable experience.

The fun will take place at the Fantasia Ballroom where Guests will be able to enjoy the “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings from favorite restaurants such as California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee’s. In addition, Guests who are 21 years of age and older can enjoy a cocktail or two.

From there, you’ll be able to dance the evening away courtesy of tunes from an interactive DJ who will play music spanning from the ‘60s to today! You’ll also be able to catch the band Alter Ego who will perform a dance-filled revue. The evening will continues as you stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today—complete with a retro twist.

Concludes the night as you watch the incredible “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular from the Magic Kingdom which will officially celebrate the arrival of 2017, alongside a champagne toast.

There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and Guests will receive a special souvenir to commemorate the night.

In addition, complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

This ticketed event will cost $225 per Guest (tax and gratuity included), and takes place from 8:00 p.m. on December 31 (with official check in beginning at 7:00 p.m.) to 1:00 a.m. The party is for Guests of all ages and is an all-inclusive affair.

Tickets are limited and Guests may begin booking this option starting on July 4.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

by on December 30, 2015



New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and as we say goodbye to 2015, there are a few things you should know about celebrating at the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Disney is the ultimate party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, so you want to make sure to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should know, both in general and park by park:

General Tips:

  • If possible, eat at off-peak times. Avoid dining from noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Stay in the parks after midnight to avoid the rush to the parking lot.

Magic Kingdom:

  • There will be two fireworks show on December 30 and 31: Holiday Wishes New Year Celebration – 6:30 p.m. and Fantasy in the Sky – 11:50 p.m.
  • Guests will be able to experience special dance parties on both December 30 and 31. One in Frontierland from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and one at the Castle Stage from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available for Guests on December 31 from midnight until 1:00 a.m. at Columbia Harbour House and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
  • Hats and Horns will be distributed on December 31 beginning at 4 p.m. in the following locations, while supplies last:
    • Near Splash Mountain
    • Near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • East FastPass+ viewing lawn

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Your Survival Guide to New Year’s Eve at The Disneyland Resort

by on December 20, 2015

Disneyland Sunset

A perfect view of Disneyland.

Can you believe that it is almost 2016 already? It feels like the summer just ended a couple of weeks ago. Nevertheless, 2016 is coming and we should all have a great time ringing in the New Year, and there is no better place to celebrate than Disneyland! However, there are things you need to know and understand before going to the park on December 31st.

New Year’s Eve at the Disneyland Resort is one of the busiest days of the entire year. TouringPlans has crowd levels rated 10 out of 10 for this day. Since I have been to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during New Year’s Eve before, I thought I would share with you all my basics strategies to surviving at The Resort during New Year’s Eve.

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Guests Can Countdown to Midnight at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club on New Year’s Eve

by on December 2, 2015



Are you looking for ultimate fun for New Year’s Eve? Consider attending the Countdown to Midnight party at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club’s Convention Center. This party will have three different themed experiences including Club Live which will feature a nine-piece dance band; Club Vinyl, which wall feature a seven-piece band celebrating the golden age of music, and a trip back to the Adventurer’s Club with a reunion of your favorite characters from the infamous Pleasure Island club.

Guests will also be able to enjoy tasty bites from the buffet stations, as well as decadent desserts. As midnight approaches and the final countdown commences, Guests will be able to raise a keepsake champagne glass and toast 2016, as balloons drop and confetti falls.

This special event begins at 8:00 p.m., however check in begins at 7:30 p.m. The party is only available to Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The cost is $300 per person (tax and gratuity included). Beer, wine, mixed drinks and a champagne toast are included, as well as the all-you-care-to enjoy menu.

Also, keep in mind that there will be no on-site parking at the Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on the night of the event. Guests are highly encouraged to utilize complimentary bus transportation that will be available to and from select Walt Disney World Resorts.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style at Walt Disney World

by on October 6, 2015

New Year's Eve


Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Ok, maybe not quite yet, but it is time to start planning for those who are considering a trip to Walt Disney World during the New Year’s holiday. I mean what better place to ring in the new year than in the ultimate party atmosphere with fireworks, entertainment, and great dining.  Here’s what you can expect to experience if you decide to head down to Florida to ring in 2016.


Magic Kingdom – Guests can welcome 2016 on not one night, but two. The Magic Kingdom will present the incredible Fantasy in the Sky fireworks on both December 30, and December 31 at 11:50 p.m.

Epcot – Guests can celebrate all night long as DJs and live music will take place around World Showcase. Of course, there will be a fireworks spectacular courtesy of two showings of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth–one at 6:00 p.m. featuring the holiday tag and one at 11:40 p.m., which will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Rock ’n’ roll into the New Year with a brilliant fireworks spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show will be presented on December 31 near the Hyperion Theater at midnight.


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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: January 8, 2015

by on January 8, 2015

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. Fair warning, there is a TON to share this week! We’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Then we’ll be spending some time at Universal Orlando Resort and finishing off with the reopening of Typhoon Lagoon! Let’s go! 🙂

It’s pretty widely known that the Magic Kingdom celebrates New Year’s Eve on the 30th and 31st. This year I decided to ring in the new year twice to bring you double the coverage! The night of the 30th, I arrived a little before 9pm and used my FastPass+ for The Haunted Mansion. I don’t want to jinx it, but FastPass+ has been working great lately. The weather was also a big help: it rained consistently all night which ran off a lot of the crowd. Want to see more from New Year’s Eve Eve? Click to read more!

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