New Year's Eve 2017 entertainment line-up

Dec 13, 2017 in "Holidays at the Magic Kingdom"

Posted: Wednesday December 13, 2017 9:55am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Here is the entertainment line-up for celebrating the New Year countdown to 2018 at Walt Disney World.

As always, there are no fireworks at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs, and the Magic Kingdom will be offering its celebrations on both December 30 and 31.

Magic Kingdom

Park hours on December 30 and 31 2017 are 8am to 1am.

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks ­– Guests will ring in the New Year in front of Cinderella Castle with the cherished fan-favorite fireworks show that will take place Dec. 30 and 31, 2017, beginning at 11:50 p.m. Additional showings will light up the sky both nights at 6:30 p.m.

Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties – Put on your dancing shoes and boot-scoot with a hoppin’ beat ‘til midnight in Frontierland. Or jump start the New Year with an upbeat get-together in Tomorrowland, blasting into 2018 with futuristic tunes.


Park hours on December 31 2017 are 9am to 1am.

New Year’s Countdown Fireworks – Say “au revoir” to 2017 around World Showcase as dazzling fireworks light up the sky to welcome 2018 in a booming big way! This one-night spectacular starts at 11:40 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Parties – A DJ dance party will have guests dancing and grooving “around the world” with special entertainment at the America Garden Stage, Future World Fountain Stage and other areas throughout the park. Just for New Year’s Eve, you can move to your own beat with music playing in your headphones at the “Silent Groove” dance party that will take place at Future World Center.

New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner – Sip and dip your way into 2018 by indulging in a lavish buffet of savory foods and decadent desserts at this ticketed event in World Showplace. For reservations, visit or call (407) WDW-DINE (3463).

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Park hours on December 31 2017 are 9 am to midnight.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party – Revelers will get the party started with a DJ dance party all around Center Stage in front of the Chinese Theatre with special projections on the theatre. The fun starts at 7pm on December 31. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, the nighttime holiday show will take place at 8 pm wrapping fireworks, state-of-the-art projections, special effects and music into one grand spectacle. The elaborate nightly themed firework show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, will bring in the New Year with a special twist at midnight!


Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney Countdown to Midnight – Guests will clink glasses at midnight after an unforgettable evening of live music and dancing in the Fantasia Ballroom. Taste buds will be celebrating, too, with savory bites and wine pairings from the California Grill, Flying Fish, Citrico’s and other signature Walt Disney World restaurants. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends will also join in the fun! Festivities begin at 8pm on December 31. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to attend. For reservations, visit or call (407) WDW-DINE (3463).

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience – This dining extravaganza brings New Orleans to Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve. It’s a night filled with exquisite dishes, champagne toasts, and the ultimate viewing location for Magic Kingdom fireworks. Exclusive for guests 21 years of age or older. For reservations, visit or call (407) WDW-DINE (3463).

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (SOLD OUT) – A family-friendly celebration, Pixar Party immerses guests in the beloved Disney-Pixar films with lively music, a mouthwatering buffet, Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing, character meet-and-greet opportunities and more. For reservations, visit or call (407) WDW-DINE (3463).

California Grill New Year’s Eve Hollywood Hideaway (SOLD OUT) – Swing in the New Year with “stars and starlets” high in the sky at this cool and classy California Grill get-together. Schmooze the last hours of 2017 away at this “Rat Pack” inspired shindig where favorite Disney characters make a guest appearance and the evening caps off with spectacular views of Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ (SOLD OUT) – Mickey and friends invite guests to join in a rootin’ tootin’ celebration that includes a scrumptious unlimited BBQ feast. Bluegrass music and a DJ are sure to have everyone on their feet to ring in the New Year. The celebration begins at 7:30pm on December 31.

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DznyRktektJan 02, 2018

TheTimTracker has some nice coverage on his YouTube channel highlighting the crowds, DJ's and fireworks.

durangojimJan 02, 2018

Spend $200K to go to med school and anything is possible;)

larryzJan 02, 2018

Google "Orlando conferences 2018," pick a group, and join them. Note: some of them are pretty specialized, so be sure you qualify for membership...

surfsupdonJan 02, 2018

Agreed. Any idea how we can join a convention group???

smileJan 01, 2018

9P close... research suggests very few animals seem to appreciate our jubilation over the passage of time, and even fewer can competently wear a party hat.

willtravelJan 01, 2018

How was NYE at Disney Springs? That's where I would have been.

durangojimJan 01, 2018

Even better if you can go as part of a conference. We’ve stayed at the YC many times doing that and the discount is like icing on the cake.

durangojimJan 01, 2018

There is literally nothing better on NYE than spending it at EPCOT or DHS and then walking back to the hotel. It’s like having a FP for Pandora Times 1000.

disney4life2008Jan 01, 2018

I was in explore. It was deadlock for about an hour. But it was a great night.

surfsupdonJan 01, 2018

We will book sometime in February when we can see airfare. We have been lucky to spend about a dozen NYE throughout the years at an Epcot Deluxe.

larryzJan 01, 2018

Better reserve that room today, if it isn't already too late...

monykalynJan 01, 2018

Well NYE in Epcot was amazing. Have a couple new glow cubes to brin home lol(the cosmo bowls from France). Having a dinner reservation in Japan was perfect- caught the first show at 630 then checked in for dinner (and got to use relatively uncroweded bathroom). Also discover d that the bathrooms right outside IG are clean and no lines! Left my bag with hubs dashed out and back in no fuss. Missed our early afternoon fastpasses so kept checking for others- managed to snag a FEA FP for 930pm. That ride is NOT worth more than a 3 minutes wait (first time we've been on it). Slept in- the new beds at CSR are amazing! Happy New Years!!

wishiwere@wdwJan 01, 2018

That’s a major bummer. We got lucky I guess because we started walking out with the crowd from over by Mexico right after the fireworks and went straight to the car in the Wonder lot. Actually managed to be out of the parking lot by 12:30 but it did look like it was a tough time getting out of the other parking lots.

SonconatoJan 01, 2018

It closed at 9:00, so it was not too crowded.