New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are some of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World, and with the excitement of a new year it’s no wonder why! The Disney parks are open later than ever and there’s entertainment you can’t find anywhere else. 2023 is almost here and if you’re ringing in the New Year at the Most Magical Place on Earth, we’ve got the ultimate guide for you!
If you’ve scored a theme park reservation for Magic Kingdom on December 31, 2022, get excited. The Vacation Kingdom will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM on New Year’s Eve this year. As a part of the celebration, guests will get to experience entertainment offerings from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration at 7:45 PM, 9:00 PM, and 10:00 PM. While Disney Enchantment won’t take place on New Year’s Eve, guests can still expect to see fireworks at the Magic Kingdom! Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks will happen at 6:30 PM and again right before midnight at 11:50 PM.
Since Magic Kingdom is open until 1:00 AM, there’s plenty of time to ride your favorite attractions and experience all of the New Year’s Eve entertainment!
EPCOT is the hot spot on property to ring in the New Year. Similar to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM on December 31, 2022. Since EPCOT is home to the many countries of the World Showcase, guests can spend the day celebrating the New Year! You see, every pavilion will celebrate the New Year when it’s midnight local time in their country. So Japan celebrates at 10:00 AM, China celebrates at 11:00 AM, France, Italy, Germany, Morocco, and Norway celebrate at 6:00 PM, the United Kingdom celebrates at 7:00 PM, and Mexico celebrates at 1:00 AM.
For fireworks fun, guests will see Harmonious at 6:30 PM instead of its normal 9:00 PM time slot and Countdown Fireworks will begin just before midnight!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
While Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t open as late as Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, you’ll still get some major hours out of your park ticket. The park is open from 8:30 AM to midnight on December 31, 2022. Guests can count on The Wonderful World of Animation at 9:00 PM and Fantasmic! at 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on New Years Eve. While there aren’t currently plans for fireworks in this park right at midnight, you can still expect a memorable experience ringing in 2023 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Although the other three parks will be open until midnight or later, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will only be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on December 31, 2022. If you’re planning to ring in the New Year from your Disney Resort Hotel, Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be the perfect New Year’s Eve park experience for you! With their closure quite a few hours before the clock strikes midnight, you’ll have time to parkhop to one of the other three parks, grab dinner at a nearby resort, and get settled in for the night in your room.
The shops and restaurants at Disney’s shopping and dining district are open until 11:30 PM on December 31, 2022, which means plenty of time to explore Disney Springs!
One New Year’s Eve extravaganza that never disappoints is at The Edison. Guests will experience cabaret, aerialists, and stilt walkers, a delicious menu of appetizers, dinner and dessert, and even a toast at midnight to ring in 2023! Guaranteed seating is available for $145-$175 per person with entry starting at 8:30 PM. Reservation includes all food and drink for the evening. General admission tickets will be available at a later date, but the numbers are limited. These $55 tickets include appetizers, desserts, and the midnight toast, plus entry into The Edison at 9:00 PM.
New Year’s Eve is sure to be memorable no matter where you spend it on Walt Disney World property! If you’re still planning your night of ringing in 2023, we hope this ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve at the Most Magical Place on Earth helped.