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.
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 2014-2015, 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 has a special dinner event that affords great views of Cinderella's castle for the fireworks.
Epcot also has 2 separate displays, titled the IllumiNations and featuring music, fireworks, lights and lasers at the Future World Fountain stage - these shows take place at 6.30pm and then the New Year's Eve Countdown spectacular later at 11.40pm and are supported by music from live DJs.
Hollywood Studios this year will again be hosting their iconic event, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights down the Streets of America, with the buildings illuminated with spectacular lights with a myriad of decorated participants that includes angels, toy soldiers, plus of course Santa and his sleigh, all set to seasonal music.
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.
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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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