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Last-Minute Ideas for New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World Resort

UPDATE: All dining plans will be accepted for the World Showplace “Fantasia 2011” event.

New Year's Eve showing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot

OK, procrastinators, though plenty of spots are booked, we found three Walt Disney World Resort ideas for New Year’s Eve fun.

If you’re looking for something intimate, book a table at fab Bistro de Paris at the France Pavilion at Epcot. We love the tucked-away upstairs dining room, just minutes from lively World Showcase Promenade – a true oasis for a romantic dinner. Enjoy the quiet, then stroll and watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth to end your evening.

Dinner is the creation of Chef Francesco Santin who worked for 12 years with Chef Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. The menu includes truffle soup or lobster salad; a choice of snapper with Champagne sauce, coquilles St. Jacques (scallops), beef filet or stuffed quail; and a beautiful French dessert. Each course is paired with wine for an additional $75 per person.

You’ll need park admission. The four-course dinner is $175, with seating times at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. To book, call Bistro manager Philippe Girard at 407-284-0202.

Also at Epcot, for more casual family fun, World Showplace is hosting “Fantasia 2011,” a tribute to Walt Disney’s exceptional fusion of sight and sound. Inspired by memorable scenes from Disney’s classic animated feature films, “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000,” this delightful evening is fun for the whole family.

The menu includes salads, pulled pork, lobster and seafood pie, thyme-roasted chicken, braised beef, a pasta station and lots of gooey desserts. For kids, there’s fried chicken, pasta, mac ‘n cheese and cupcakes for decorating.

Reservations are available starting at 4:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Cost is $73.95, $47.54 ages 3 to 11 (pay when you book). Park admission required.

If you’re in the mood to dance, head to Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney’s BoardWalk from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. With a video DJ keeping energy high on the dance floor, there are three cocktail bars and a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the New Year (no food service). Cost is $35 (due at time of booking), and you must be 21 and older. VIP seating is sold out.

At midnight, you can always step outside to catch the fireworks at Epcot. Happy New Year!


  • Well apparently there has been some problems with the fireworks at Disneyland and there hasn’t been a show since last Thursday

  • Any NYE tips for the SoCal parks?

  • Can I pre-book for the Atlantic Dance Hall?

  • Dinner at Bistro de Paris sounds amazing!

  • How I would love to be there….it’s my birthday. Just can’t swing it this year, unfortunately.

  • For the Atlantic Dance Hall, do you have to pre-book or can you go the day of new years eve and still get in??

    • Hi Mady – Atlantic Dance Hall will be accepting walk-up guests for New Year’s Eve.

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