Celebrate good times, come on!
We’re nearing the end of 2019, everybody (and it has been one magical year!). Although it might be time to say goodbye to this year, you can make some new magical memories in 2020, starting in Disney World during New Year’s!
So, bring your good times and your laughter too (and don’t forget to put on your 2020 Ears) while you check out every place to party on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Disney World!
Disney World Resorts
Are you ready to raise a glass to the new year and boogie to some great music?? During Disney Countdown to Midnight, guests will be able to show off their best moves on the dance floor listening to the New Year’s Bash Band and DJ, while also viewing the New Year’s Fireworks in Magic Kingdom.
Disney chefs will also “produce incredible ‘cheftainment’ behind animated shadowboxes” for the party-goers. The menu for the evening will include items like barbecue-spiced wild Florida shrimp and grits with cherrywood-smoked bacon, pan-seared sablefish with leek fondue and cassis red wine reduction, and New York strip steak with fingerling potatoes, baby spinach, fried capers, and a maple bordelaise sauce. Dessert will feature the white-chocolate-raspberry crème brûlée and a Florida Key lime bar with toasted meringue, raspberry, and passion fruit.
The party runs from 8 PM until 12:15 AM for $299 per guest (tax and gratuity included). Guests must be 21 and over to consume alcoholic beverages. You can visit the Walt Disney World event page to learn more and book a reservation.
If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your New Year’s, the Disney Ink & Paint Club VIP lounge experience can be added as an enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight Party. The themed lounge features decorations inspired by the era when animated legends debuted on the big screen and the Ink and Paint department at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
While a pianist will be setting the mood (and tune!) for the evening, Mickey and Minnie will be greeting guests in their best party outfits. The event begins an hour before Disney Countdown to Midnight and features multiple action stations like the Cones & Shooters Station, the Cold Tapas Station, the Hot Tapas Station, and the Action Carving Station. Guests will also be able to sip on cocktails, champagne, and cordials throughout the night and indulge in dessert during the fireworks. You can check out the menu highlights here.
The Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club for $499 total per guest. Visit the Walt Disney World website to learn more and to book a reservation.
Ready to groove with your favorite Pixar friends? We are! The Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration will bring families together on the second level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center for a night of entertainment and fun! Sarge starts the party off, setting the scene with vignettes inspired by Toy Story, Up, and more with character meet-and-greets with friends from Inside Out, The Incredibles, Up, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.
While the adults relax, kids can participate in Pixar face painting, balloon art, Boot Camp with Sarge, and dance to Radio Disney hits spun by a DJ. A buffet dinner will be served to everyone (see the full menu here), and the Magic Kingdom Fireworks will signal the start of 2020 at midnight. The party runs from 8 PM until midnight for $199 per guest (tax and gratuity included). Visit the Disney World webpage to learn more and book a reservation.
You can pour a glass of glass champagne, watch a magician, pose for a portrait painted by an artist, watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from California Grill‘s observation deck, and MORE during An Elegant Evening Under the Stars on New Year’s Eve. Guests will also be able to spot Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy as they have a late-night evening of food and drinks. Check-in is at 7 PM, while the event runs from 8 PM until 12:30 AM for $675 per person (tax and gratuity included). Note that the event has a dress code with dress pants or slacks with a collared shirt, tie, and jacket for men and dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses for women. Reservation can be made by calling (407) 824-1391 with full payment at the time of booking.
Topolino’s Terrace at the new Riviera Resort is hosting a ball fit for princes and princesses with their Italian Masquerade on New Year’s Eve! The event will include food, beverages, a DJ traditional Italian musicians, and vocalists on top of one of the best views of Epcot’s and Hollywood Studios’ fireworks. Guests can check-in at 7:30 PM with the event running from 8 PM until 12:15 AM. Mezzanotte will be $550 per person (tax and gratuity included). Note that there is an event dress code, which calls for dress pants or trousers and a collared shirt for men, and dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses for women. Disney also suggests that guests wear red since this is an Italian tradition! Visit the Disney World webpage to learn more and book a reservation.
If you want to continue the party from Mezzanotte, there will also be a New Year’s Day Character Brunch on January 1st, 2020 at Topolino’s! The event will run from 9 AM until 2 PM with dishes inspired by Italian and French eats and treats with a complimentary mimosa for guests 21+! According to Disney, everyone will be able to “Delight in such fresh-baked pastries as delicious danishes, muffins, and croissants. Your choice of entrées follows: Quiche Gruyère, Lobster Benedict & Caviar, Brioche French Toast, Wood-fired Butchers Steak, King Salmon, hand-crafted pasta, and more. Finally, finish with sweet confections like macaroons or chocolate bonbons.”
Plus, Mickey Mouse will be making his way to the event with his friends to celebrate the start of the new year with your family! The event prices are $59 per adult and $37 per child (tax and gratuity included) and you can book your reservation online now. If you want to join in on the Italian tradition, you can wear red to signify the beginning of 2020 at the brunch!
Coronado Springs Resort
If you’re ready to dine on Spanish New Year’s cuisine and listen to some great music (a flamenco guitarist!!), then you can head to Feliz Ano Nuevo: A New Year’s Eve Party at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, located at the new Gran Destino Tower. Guests can check-in at 7:30 PM in the El Centro Lobby before heading to the party from 8 PM until 12:30 AM. This event will cost $400 per person and can be booked by calling (407) WDW-DINE or visiting Disney World’s website.
Talk about a swingin’ good time! Disney’s BoardWalk Countdown 2020 at Atlantic Dance Hall will include “views of the Epcot Fireworks, a live DJ, party hats and horns, a confetti drop, a mouthwatering light-bite menu with savory and sweet eats, and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.” Guests will be able to dance all night long and even snap a pic with Mickey and his friends in their party clothes. The event will have check-in at 8:30 PM and run from 9 PM until 1 AM for $99 per person (tax and gratuity not included). The dress code for the night includes dress pants or slacks with a collared shirt for men and dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses for women. You can visit the Disney World webpage to make reservations.
You can make your way down the BoardWalk to the Flying Fish for a lovely seafood dinner! Chef Tim Majoras will present a multi-course, pre-fixe menu during this dining event with two seatings from 5 PM until 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM until 10 PM on New Year’s Eve. During the second seating, there will be a sustainable seafood tower and an intermezzo included. The event costs $150 per person (tax and gratuity included) and can be booked on the Disney World website.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for a relaxing night of conversation and laughter, Grand Floridian has got you covered with its New Year’s events! On December 30th and December 31st, Narcoossee’s will host A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where guests can indulge in a 4-course menu earlier in the evening or a 5-course menu later. The earlier dinner time will be more relaxed, while the later event will have an upbeat experience with a band and a dance floor. You can visit Disney World’s website for more information and pricing, or call (407) WDW-DINE to book!
If you’re looking to have a fancy date night or a luxurious New Year’s Eve, Victoria & Albert’s is the place to go! Guests will be able to enjoy a Champagne Reception from 6 PM until 6:45 PM, followed by the Degustation Wine Dinner from 7 PM until 11 PM at the only 5 Star Five Diamond Restaurant in Florida. A live harpist will accompany the evening, adding a final toast to the new year. Note that there is a strict dress code stating men must wear business formal to black-tie attire with required jackets, while women must wear long dress gowns or dress pants with blouses. The event costs $652.47 per person (tax included, but gratuity is not included), and reservations can be made on Disney World’s website.
Information, menu highlights, prices, times, and calendars are populated for each of the events on the Walt Disney World website as accessible through links above, and online booking is now available. Interested guests may also call (407) WDW-DINE for more information.
Port Orleans French Quarter
Port Orleans is takin’ us down the bayou and over to the French Quarter for a night of fun during New Year’s Eve! The whole family can roast some marshmallows at the Glittering Gold Campfire from 5:30 through 7:30 PM and then decorate their own toast glasses from 8 PM until 9 PM! Any purchase of a glass includes one glass full of sparkling cider (so even the kiddos can enjoy it!). Since the holidays are about spending time with the people you love, everybody can join in on the fun at the All That Glitters: A New Year’s Eve Celebration from 9 PM until midnight in the Lobby Courtyard! You can dance to music spun by a DJ, meet some characters (we can’t wait to see who will be there!!), and have a blast with games and giveaways. As an added bonus, you can also purchase crafts for kids to make so the adults can toast the New Year at 11:45 PM!
Wilderness Lodge is sooo excited for 2020 that they’re celebrating from December 30th through January 1st! On New Year’s Eve Eve, you can party with friends and family with pool-side activities, the Celebrate the New Year Pool Party, Free Play at the Arcade, a showing of Toy Story 4 underneath the stars, the Firework Watch Party, a special viewing of the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks from Magic Kingdom, and more! Plus, the celebration continues the next day on New Year’s Eve with additional pool-side activities, another pool party, a Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and even more. You can also end the night with the New Year’s Eve Bash from 8 PM until 12:30 AM with music, character meet and greets, a donut eating contest, and an entire evening full of fun! And, you’ll have another chance to watch the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at 11:50 PM to wrap up 2019! Buuuut, guests can welcome 2020 on January 1st with the New Year “Jump Start” Nature Walk from 10:30 AM until 12 PM, where there will crafts and activities along the way too! You can check out everything to do at Wilderness Lodge for New Year’s here!
Disney World Parks
If you’re ready to party before New Year’s has even started, you can head to Magic Kingdom to watch the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at 6:30 PM and 11:50 PM on December 30th! Annnd, the fireworks will be showing AGAIN the next day on New Year’s Eve at the same times! The more fireworks, the better, right?? Plus, you can dance like it’s 2020 with DJ parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland both nights too.
We’re combining a lil bit of the present with a lil bit of the future ’cause you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in the World Showcase AND Future World in Epcot! From 7 PM until 1 AM, there will be multiple dance parties around the World Showcase Pavilions as well as live music at the America Gardens Theatre. You can also find a dance partner and party at the “Silent Groove” party in Future World! To wrap the night up, there will be two showings of “Epcot Forever” at 6:30 PM and 11:40 PM. Buuut, the later showing will be followed by a 2020 countdown and a pyrotechnic New Year’s display (so you might want to stay up for this one!!).
It’s time to party, Hollywood-style!! A DJ dance party will kick off the evening at the Center Stage at 7 PM so you can move and groove the whole night long. Guests can also watch the new “Wonderful World of Animation” at 6:05 PM, followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at 6:30 PM and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” right after midnight (an out-of-this-world start to 2020)!
Who let the (animals) out?! For the first time (!!!), Animal Kingdom will be joining in on the New Year’s Eve festivities by staying open until midnight! You can party in the park by hopping on your favorite rides, spotting the holiday decorations, and even twirling around at the DJ dance parties starting at 6:15 PM in Discovery Island, Asia, and DinoLand, U.S.A. Since 2020 will be another year in the Circle of Life, you can start it off by watching the “Tree of Life – Awaken the New Year” right before midnight on Discovery Island!
You might have your own New Year’s traditions, but Jaleo is giving us a taste of Spain with the “12 Grapes of Luck” (or las doce uvas de la suerte) celebration for New Year’s Eve! While you’re there, you’ll be able to participate in the century old tradition starting at 5 PM with á la carte specials and the New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu for $120 per person. After you’ve listened to DJ Luis Pastrana at 10 PM, you can also snack on the 12 grapes and cava toast at midnight to begin 2020!! Guests will receive a few party favors as well to remind them of their newly discovered tradition! And, what’s a party without some food?? The New Year’s Eve Specials for the event include chilled lobster, pork ‘canelones,’ the Spanish 75 cocktail, and MORE eats and drinks! You can check out the full menu here and make reservations for New Year’s Eve at Jaleo here.
As a New Year’s Eve baby, I’m super excited about these events in Disney World!!
We will continue to update this post as we learn of more exciting New Year events taking place across Disney World!
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