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Special New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, 2015 has certainly been fun, and now here we are on the cusp of another incredible new year! For those of you planning to welcome 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, we have quite a party planned for you. Here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment lined up for this year’s celebration.

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  • Epcot – It’s a night-long party throughout Epcot, with unique entertainment including a DJ and light show at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a British blast to the past in United Kingdom, Euro-pop and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a “Silent DJ” party in Japan. Cap it all off with one of two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The 6:00 p.m. show will include our holiday finale, while the 11:40 p.m. performance will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Ring in a most unforgettable New Year with a Disney character dance party at Center Stage, leading up to fantastic fireworks set to the soundtrack of favorite films and memorable moments from across Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Note: ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ will not be presented on Dec. 31)
  • Magic Kingdom Park – You can get a head start on the festivities, with a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31. For families looking to wrap things up a little earlier, both nights will also feature the Holiday Wishes New Year’s Celebration at 6:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year’s Eve countdown.

If you can’t join us in person for New Year’s Eve, be sure to tune in right here to Disney Parks Blog, where we’ll be hosting a live stream of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, direct from Magic Kingdom Park on December 31. Watch for more details coming soon!

So tell me… What are you doing New Year’s Eve?


  • Watched from Buffalo NY. Thanks so much!!

  • does Magic Kingdom do the Holiday Wishes fireworks every night through the season and just adds the “countdown” for new years or is this particular Wishes showing only available to be seen on the 30th/31st? I am going to MK on Jan 2nd but wanted to go watch the fireworks on the 30th from outside the parks since we will be doing NYE at Epcot but if the only thing different about the 6:30 fireworks is the countdown I will only go for the 11:50 Fantasy in the Sky ones…thanks

    • Darcy – That’s correct. The only difference in Holiday Wishes on those two dates is the countdown and New Year finale (the same finale that happens with Fantasy in the Sky at midnight). It’s really intended to give families with younger children an opportunity to “ring in the New Year” without having to stay up so late. That said, you should know the last day Holiday Wishes will be presented this season will be Dec. 31. The show on Jan. 2 at 8 pm will be our regular Wishes nighttime spectacular.

  • The GF and I will be at Epcot having a great time. Went to Epcot for NYE 2015 and had a blast. Looking forward to it again in 3 days!!!!

    • David – Epcot is a great place to celebrate! I especially love the bursts of fireworks in World Showcase as the New Year is welcomed across each time zone.

  • I agree with Rosewitha, what are the Disneyland plans/menu items please? Our family is leaving Wednesday for Disneyland and is planning on spending all of New Year’s Eve at Disneyland. Thank you in advance.

    • Rosewitha and Susan – On Dec. 31, Disneyland Park will present Fantasy in the Sky fireworks at 9 pm and 11:59 pm. At Disney California Adventure Park, World of Color – Winter Dreams will be presented at 8:30 pm and World of Color – Celebrate! will be shown at 10:15 pm and 11:59 pm, with that showing preceded by a New Year’s Eve Fountains & Fireworks Countdown. Both parks at the Disneyland Resort will also feature live entertainment and DJ parties throughout the evening.

  • I will tell my memories to my daughter about this fantastic place because 2016 I will be back…. with her!

  • What about at Disneyland? What’s going on there for New Year’s?

  • sleeping…………….I’m old 🙂

  • New Year’s Eve, my family and I are setting sail on the Disney Dream for my 14-month old son’s first (but certainly not last) Disney Cruise. We are so excited!

    • Jeffrey – That sounds amazing!

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