Ringing in the New Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

The calendar has flipped over to December, and we once again find ourselves on the cusp of another incredible new year. For anyone planning to welcome 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort, we have quite a party in store. Here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment planned for this year’s celebration.

  • Epcot – It’s a party throughout Epcot from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., with unique entertainment including a DJ at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing to a DJ under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a blast to the past with British Invasion in the United Kingdom, a Euro-pop DJ and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a “Silent Groove” 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 the New Year beginning at 7 p.m. with a high energy DJ dance party at Center Stage, leading up to a countdown to midnight and fireworks celebration. You can also enjoy two incredible nighttime spectaculars, with “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at 9 p.m. and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” just after midnight.
  • Magic Kingdom Park – 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 Friday, 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 7:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year’s Eve countdown.

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


  • I was wondering who the DJs were last night at Epcot. Especially the one at the fountain stage?

  • Very disappointed to learn that British Invasion is not performing. It will be British Revolution. What happened?

  • We plan to spend our first NYE at Magic Kingdom, instead of home watching TV like we usually do, so we are super excited!

    • Gregory – You might have a few more folks celebrating with you than you’ve had in the past! I hope you have a great time.

  • All the events are open to any body? I mean you don´t need to be a Guest at the Disney Resort

    • Jose – Yes! Everything described in this post is available as part of regular theme park admission on the dates indicated. Happy New Year!

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