2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DISNEY WORLD
Disney World’s final 2019 New Years Eve calendar is not yet out. Based on what is available and on prior years, here’s what I expect:
New Year’s Eve festivities and fireworks will happen at Disney World on December 31, 2019 at Disney World’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom theme parks, and also at the Magic Kingdom on December 30.
The Animal Kingdom in the past has had no special New Years fireworks events–usually attributed to not troubling the animals. This makes it the best park to visit for those trying to avoid crowds. Everything will be wildly crowded, but the Animal Kingdom will be less so.
The schedule will look like this:
- Epcot will likely be open until 1a on New Year’s Eve; Disney’s Hollywood Studios likely until at least midnight, and the Magic Kingdom until 1a or later
- The Magic Kingdom will have special New Year’s Eve fireworks at 6.30p and 11.50p
- Epcot will have its Epcot Forever fireworks show at 6.30p and at 11.40p, plus DJs in various pavilions
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios may have fireworks at midnight
Magic Kingdom will have the same fireworks at the same times on 12/30/19. This date will likely be a little less crowded than 12/31.
Note that alcohol is not available at the Magic Kingdom (other than at a few restaurants), but is available at the other three parks
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.
IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING MY HIGH-CROWD ITINERARY
My recommended itinerary puts you in Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve. High crowd indeed. From a crowds point of view, the best park choice is Animal Kingdom, so you could swap First Sunday and Tuesday.
If you want to see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom, but on the (slightly) lower crowd 30th, swap instead Monday and Tuesday.