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Three New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Reservations open July 11 for three ways to ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, which gives guests “can’t-miss” experiences that enhance the Walt Disney World Resort experience.

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park.

Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring the Academy Award winning classics of the legendary composer, Randy Newman, to life. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

Comments

  • Hi there, what number do we ring to book the Pixar nye from the UK? Thanks Candice

  • Attendee places are limited. Disney was having technical difficulties today with some of these reservations. I began online at 5am CT and 6am CT by phone. I wasnt able to follow thur with a reservation until 1130am online. I called multi times and was told to call back because they couldnt see the avail options either.

  • Do they really limit it to the 300 attendees?? I booked early this morning and there are still openings….I would have thought those 300 spots would have gone quick. I don’t want to be in there with a million people…that is the whole point of a special event.

  • Is there any news on the Epcot NYE event coming back at world showplace?

  • Yeah!!!! I booked this event. Seating is limited to 300 attendees and the CM told me that I was the first booking of the day. Be patient, there were challenges to book but it was resolved and I now see it in MDE.

  • I just got off the phone with Disney Dining asking about the pricing for all 3 events. Disney Countdown to Midnight is $250 per person. Pixar Party is $175 per person. Down in New Orleans fine dining is $450 per person. Booking starts tomorrow. If you are unable to book online, I would call.

  • Hi! Just wondering if there will be a NYE celebration dinner at LA Hacienda this year? It’ll be my first NYE in Disney and read about last year’s celebration, sounds awesome!

  • Hi! Any idea was the dinners will be price range? Is there age restriction on the fine dining option? I’m so excited for this announcement!! I have been waiting for the New Year’s Eve plans, it the only reservation I’m missing for our vacation 🙂

  • Hello, any information on the pricing of these events? Will online booking be available or only phone? Thank you!

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