Should you be among the brave guests who have chosen to fight the crowds in Walt Disney World over the next week, kudos to you! You are by far more adventurous than I! The crowds this time of year tend to reach capacity with many of the parks closing because there isn’t room for one more person. Hard to comprehend, huh? For those of you who will be ringing in 2015 in Walt Disney World, here are some of the activities scheduled per Disney Parks:
Countdown at Magic Kingdom
The new year will kick off in the Magic Kingdom with fireworks galore. Along with “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” you can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, capped off with a breathtaking musical show. This special fireworks display will be presented on December 30 and 31, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. The following YouTube video, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” is presented by iThemePark.
New Year’s Around the Globe at Epcot
All across the World Showcase in Epcot, you can explore each countries’ traditions at participating pavilions – including Morocco, Italy, China, France, the United Kingdom and the USA – as you soak up the sounds of favorite bands and DJs.
World Showcase promenade is the place to be as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky with a message of peace and goodwill. Two showings of this nighttime spectacular will take place on New Year’s Eve, at 6:00 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.
Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests of all ages will enjoy the fabulous family-style fun and entertainment that New Year’s Eve unveils at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Come nightfall on Dec. 31, 2014, the “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears takes the stage for a set of iconic songs.
And, as midnight approaches, the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. You can watch in wonder as majestic fireworks glitter, glisten and inspire awe in one and all.
Dining and Entertainment at Downtown Disney
If you wish to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney, please be aware there are NO FIREWORKS DISPLAYS!
However, there are a variety of exciting offerings to enjoy this year at Downtown Disney, including special New Year’s Eve food and beverage tents, merchandise stands and entertainment. Guests can also enjoy dining experiences, movies, bowling, Cirque du Soleil, shopping and more. Or, you can explore some of the newest offerings including the Food Trucks at Exposition Park and the flagship Starbucks location at Downtown Disney West Side, as well as the Marketplace Co-Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.
If you are arriving in your own vehicles, please follow signs to available parking, which may be located adjacent to the Downtown Disney area. It is recommended that Guests arrive at least 60 minutes in advance of all reservations and planned activities. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it is recommended that you utilize the complimentary transportation, as parking may be limited.