By the co-author of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook ever -- The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


New Years Eve 2015 at Walt Disney WorldNew Year’s Eve festivities will happen on December 31, 2015 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.

Hours may be extended, but here’s what’s currently likely:

  • Epcot is scheduled to 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. Hours at the Magic Kingdom likely will be extended to 2a
  • The Magic Kingdom will have Wishes, likely at at 7.30p, and special New Year’s Eve fireworks at 11.50p
  • Epcot will have its Illuminations fireworks show at 6p and 11.40p, plus DJs in various pavilions.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios will 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 have the same fireworks at the same times on 12/30. This date will likely be a little less crowded than 12/31.


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 Animal Kingdom the least likely.

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1 Jeannine { 07.10.15 at 8:24 pm }

Where are some of the best places to veiw NYE fireworks outside of the park?

2 Dave { 07.11.15 at 9:48 am }

None, really, Jeannine.

3 Brooke { 07.14.15 at 9:55 pm }

We are going to do NYE at Epcot with our two children. Where would be the best place to dine that evening before fireworks?

4 Dave { 07.16.15 at 7:15 am }

Brooke, I would choose based on cuisine or what looks like fun to you.

5 Barry D { 07.19.15 at 12:36 pm }

Hi Dave
Just found your website very nice Dave.
My question is we are going to Disney for 3 weeks over Christmas, what would be the best way to do our park tickets. We have never done Disney for 3 weeks before so its all a bit new to us .
We arrive on 21 December 2015 and go home on the 11th January 2016 and we would like to do all the parks to see the Christmas magic.
we are coming from the UK.

Hope you can point us in the right direction

Thanks Dave

6 Dave { 07.20.15 at 10:28 am }

Barry, there are special ticket deals available to UK residents that I don’t track. A UK-focused Disney forum/board,, can help. Tell ’em Dave from sent you!!

7 Danny Megilld { 07.30.15 at 9:09 pm }

which park will be the least crowded? Other than AK

8 Dave { 07.31.15 at 7:29 am }

Danny, all but AK will be mobbed so much that you won’t be able to tell if one is “less” crowded. That said, my guess is HS.

9 C { 08.26.15 at 4:55 pm }

Approx what time does Disney typically have to close the park to new visitors?

10 Dave { 08.27.15 at 6:34 pm }

C, can’t tell you. Mid-late morning is likely the earliest…

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