New Year’s Eve 2014/2015 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

2014 NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DISNEY WORLD

Fireworks at the Magic KingdomNew Year’s Eve festivities will happen on December 31, 2014 at Disney World’s Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks, and also at the Magic Kingdom on December 30.

The Animal Kingdom has no special New Year’s Eve events.

Disney World New Year’s Eve festivities have not yet been announced, but are expected to occur December 31, 2014 at Disney World’s Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks, and also at the Magic Kingdom on December 30. The Animal Kingdom has no special events.

Here’s what’s expected:

  • Epcot will be open until 1a on New Year’s Eve; Disney’s Hollywood Studios until midnight for the general public, and 2a for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests; and the Magic Kingdom until midnight or later
  • The Magic Kingdom likely will have Wishes at 9p and special New Year’s Eve fireworks at 11.50p
  • Epcot likely will have its Illuminations fireworks show at 6p and 11.40p, plus DJs in various pavilions.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios will likely have fireworks at midnightand several sets over the evening from “Mulch, Sweat and Shears,” a live band
  • Note that alcohol is not available at the Magic Kingdom, but is available at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Magic Kingdom will likely have the same fireworks at the same times on 12/30. This date will likely be a little less crowded than 12/31.

DISNEY WORLD PARK CLOSURES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Disney closes parks due to crowding often on New Year’s Eve. “Closes” means closed to additional guests–those in the parks do not have to leave.

See this for more on how Disney World park closings work.

The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the most likely parks to close, and Epcot the least likely.

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16 comments

1 S { 06.12.14 at 11:30 am }

How can I be put on a list to be notified when WDW announces NYE events for 2014/5?

2 Dave { 06.13.14 at 7:05 am }

Sorry, S, I don’t know.

3 Natalia { 06.24.14 at 8:31 am }

Hello! Is it necessary a special ticket for New years Eve in Epcot?

4 Natalia { 06.24.14 at 8:31 am }

Hello! Is it necessary a special ticket for New years Eve in Epcot? Thanks!

5 Dave { 06.24.14 at 4:16 pm }

Nope–your regular park ticket will get you in…unless of course the park is closed due to overcrowding…

6 Art { 07.01.14 at 2:20 am }

I go to epcot every year for New Years. It’s absolutely insane, just a neverending sea of people. Half of whom will be drunk by nights end. If you plan on eating at one of the restaurants I suggest reserving six months in advance. The climax is always the fireworks show at the touch of midnight. There will be an earlier illuminations show around 9:00 but it is nothing compared to the finale. The week leading up to Christmas and after New Years is the busiest time of year at disney. It will be very crowded, if the weather is good it will be overcrowded beyond belief.

7 mariel { 07.02.14 at 12:15 pm }

Hello from Argentina,
Which is the best restaurant where we can eat and see the fireworks in new years eve (2014-2015)
Thanks and regards,
Mariel

8 Dave { 07.02.14 at 3:18 pm }

Mariel, you can see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Contemporary Grill and the Epcot fireworks from the Rose and Crown

9 Lauren { 07.14.14 at 12:26 pm }

We will be in Orlando Dec. 27th-Jan. 3rd this year. I have read that parks on any given day during this week generally close due to full capacity.. We were thinking of doing Magic Kingdom Monday, Dec. 29th to try to avoid the ridiculous crowds on NYE and New Years day. Is it true that the parks do close often during this week, other than on the holiday?

10 Lauren { 07.14.14 at 12:47 pm }

Also– can you see the fireworks from any of the Disney resorts? We will NOT be staying on Disney property during our stay, however, when making some dining reservations, I see that there are many options to eat at the Disney hotel restaurants. Is there a good option to view NYE fireworks from a Disney hotel?

11 Dave { 07.15.14 at 7:32 am }

Lauren, crowds will be ridiculous all week long. Avoiding MK the 30th and 31st is a great idea, but closures still happen on other days too…

12 Dave { 07.15.14 at 7:32 am }

Lauren, the only place to reliably see the fireworks from a resort is the California Grill at the Contemporary.

13 Tiffany { 07.17.14 at 2:41 pm }

Can you see the fireworks from one of the Disney resorts? Like Disney Caribbean Beach resort, just in case the crowd is an issue

14 Dave { 07.18.14 at 7:19 am }

Tiffany, the only resort with great fireworks views is the Magic Kingdom side of the Contemporary. You can also see them from the beaches and docks at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian. There are some corners of CB in the Barbados and Martinique sections from which you can see an itty bit of Epcot’s fireworks–but so little that it’s more of a nice surprise than an actual fireworks view.

15 Ron O { 08.11.14 at 1:42 pm }

Hello, Is there a special admission for Magic Kingdom for New Years Eve or is it the general admission ticket? And what the latest do you think people should get to the park so they dont get locked out from the over crowding? Thanks

16 Dave { 08.12.14 at 7:55 am }

Ron, no additional ticket is need beyond the regular tix. While the park likely will close and re-open and close etc over the day, the timing of that is unpredictable, so the only safe time to arrive is before opening…

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