New Year's Eve 2018 entertainment line-up at Walt Disney World

Dec 28, 2018 in "Holidays at the Magic Kingdom"

Here is the entertainment line-up for celebrating the New Year countdown to 2019 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 firework celebrations on both December 30 and 31.

Magic Kingdom

Park hours on December 30 and 31 2018 are 8am to 1am, with Extra Magic Hours from 7am to 8am.

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks ­– Guests will ring in the New Year in front of Cinderella Castle with the fireworks show that will take place Dec. 30 and 31 2018, 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 – 6:45pm to 1am.

Castle Stage DJ - 6:45pm

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - noon and 3:30pm.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 12:15, 1:10, 2, 3:50, 4:45, 5:40pm.

A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6pm.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration - 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45pm.


Park hours on December 31 2018 are 8am to 1am, with World Showcase opening at 9am.

Hats and Horns will be distributed from 4pm near to Innoventions West, Wonders of Life and The American Adventure.

New Year's Countdown Fireworks – The spectacular starts at 11:40pm. IllumiNations will also play at 6:30pm, with holiday finale.

New Year's Eve Parties

  • Fountain Stage 7pm – 1am.
  • Near Pin Central (Silent Groove) 7 - 11:35pm.
  • United Kingdom - 7:20-8, 8:25-9:30, 9:55- 10:30,10:55-11:35pm., 12:25-1am.
  • Italy 7pm - 1am
  • China 7pm - 1am
  • America Gardens Theatre: DJs - 1:00pm - 5pm, 7pm - 7:20pm, 8pm - 8:50pm, 9:30pm - 10:05pm, 10:45pm - 11:35pm, 12:40am -1am.
  • America Gardens Theatre: Corazon A Contemporary American & Latin Band 7:20pm - 8pm, 8:50pm - 9:30pm, 10:05pm - 10:45pm, 12:05am -12:40am.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Park hours on December 31 2018 are 9am to midnight.

Fantastic! will play at 9:00pm and 10:30pm. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, the nighttime holiday show will take place at 9:30pm. The nightly themed firework show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, will bring in the New Year with a special twist at midnight!

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Article Posted: Dec 28, 2018 / 8:36am ET
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WDW MonorailJan 04, 2019

Dominic in China and Mark Sanchez in Italy have been doing an incredible job creating the atmosphere for parties in those countries for over 10 years. The best New Year’s Eve of my life was a couple years ago spending a good 3 hours non stop dancing pretty wildly with a group of guys and girls I had just met right infront of Mark’s stage in Italy. We gathered quite a crowd ourselves. It helped that some of us knew every track played and the lyrics as well. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in environments of that nature with trance and progressive house tracks but that night may have been the most fun of any similar event I have been to. It’s also nice to see DJ Elliot at the Silent Groove booth, another familiar face at WDW dance parties.

GeorgeJan 03, 2019

Having done NYE fireworks at MK for the 1st time, I think most of the entertainment comes from trying to keep your group together. Shelled out for the dessert party with garden view. Fantastic decision. Also, circlevision 360 fireworks are cool. Post midnight fireworks rode BTMRR and JC with no wait. There were only 7 on our boat (8 with Skipper) to enjoy the impromptu King Louie overlay.

AJH219Jan 03, 2019

No they were not

steel_phantomJan 03, 2019

Were the "countdown" fireworks used this year at MK? I didn't see them in the streamed video.

AJH219Jan 01, 2019

It simply means an addition that is "tagged" onto the regular show

StarBurstJan 01, 2019

pardon my ignorance but what does the term TAG mean?

AJH219Jan 01, 2019

The big finale to 2018!

iHeartDisneylandCatsJan 01, 2019

LOL I think it's funny how Dick Clark is censored. :hilarious: Happy 2019!

iHeartDisneylandCatsJan 01, 2019

Yeah, I briefly watched Dick Clark a few minutes ago to see the countdown for the Central time zone, and compared to watching RoE online at 11, I was amazed at how terrible it is. They had some girl yelling "get a room" at the crowds at midnight, and then some performers that were 100% lip-syncing came on and performed their "songs". I think in the future I'm just going to pretend the TV specials don't exist and watch Disney fireworks online or go brave the roads to go to a club.

iMaxJan 01, 2019

Happy New Year everyone! If this was indeed the final countdown tag ever, I'm glad I was there to witness it.

EvilChameleonJan 01, 2019

It really looked like whatever effects they were holding back from previous Peace On Earth tags, they let them fly in the NYE tag tonight. Goodness.

disney4life2008Jan 01, 2019

The TV specials are horrible. Dick Clark with Ryan Seacrest is a bore and Steve Harvey is even worse. I turned off Ryan when a performer started singing about throwing it down from the back.

iHeartDisneylandCatsJan 01, 2019

The party in Italy at EPCOT looks epic!

jrhwdwDec 31, 2018

No mines or Screamers, but the rest of POE tonight was at full level! Thank God! and Thank You Epcot! It's been a very intresting POE Season!!!! Hopefully no bad surprises with 11:40 ROE tonight, Epcot lost if they screw that up!