The Walt Disney World Resort is hugely popular with those looking for family-friendly entertainment on New Years Eve, somewhere you can take the kids to enjoy a party and amazing fireworks displays without worrying too much about rowdy crowds of revellers spoiling the occasion, although make no mistake, the place will still be absolutely packed - this is a popular time of year here, with the warm Florida weather only adding to the appeal.
Main focal points on NYE at Disney World include the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood studios, all of which hold special events for the occasion, topped of course with the inevitable fireworks that take place at various locations in the resort across the evening.
Please note that the details on this page are based on previous years new year events at Walt Disney World, the actual details for this year won't be confirmed until nearer the time. we will update as and when we get them.
The Magic Kingdom starts is the focal point for some of the biggest fireworks displays, with spectacular pyrotechnics above the Cinderella Castle - there are 2 shows again on new year's eve 2016-2017, an earlier version at 9pm targeted at those families with younger children and this is followed of course by the main Fantasy in the Sky event at midnight (gets underway at 11.50pm, so make sure you're there in plenty time!).
If you don't mind watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a little further away then we can recommend drinks in the lounge at Cítricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or perhaps cocktails and dining at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
It's worth noting that if you really prefer to avoid the crowds then the Magic Kingdom also has displays at the same times on December 30th.
The Tomorrowland Terrace typically features a New Year’s Eve fireworks dessert party, with 2 events on both the 30th and 31st December to coincide with the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.
Epcot also has 2 separate displays, titled the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and featuring music, fireworks, lights and lasers at the Future World Fountain stage - these shows take place at 6pm and then the New Year's Eve Countdown spectacular later at 11.40pm and are supported by music from live DJs.
Top Epcot dining options include La Hacienda de San Angel offering a 5 course spectacular dinner with fabulous fireworks views and a New Year buffet dinner attended by some of your favourite Disney characters at the Epcot World ShowPlace,
If you're looking for new years dining options in the area then there is the usual eclectic range to choose from - favourites include Traders Island Grill Restaurant at the Lake Buena Vista Hotel and Andiamo Italian Bistro and Grille at the Hilton - see all the restaurant options here.
Places to watch live online:
The new year fireworks from the Magic Kingdom have in recent years also been shown as a live stream online, we will provide the link here if this is repeated for new year 2017.
If you're planning on visiting WDW over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommended, and there are some decent special offers worth looking out for if you check the official site directly. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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