New Years Eve in WDW

Thinking of a MAGICAL way to ring in 2019?  Now is the perfect time to plan your Disney World New Year’s Eve vacation.  With special countdown shows planned at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, you have two awesome options to head out and celebrate at the parks.  Fair warning that the parks will be very crowded at this time. Longer hours, multiple firework/night shows and parades all help to keep crowds moving and provide some help in making the experience more comfortable.

My family headed down to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017.  We had a wonderful time, navigated the crowds extremely well and experienced fireworks, dancing, games and more!  We did all that and avoided the parks on New Year’s Eve. Here is what we did…

First, we decided that we did NOT want to spend New Year’s Eve in the parks.

Second, we decided whether or not we wanted to watch the Magic Kingdom show from another location (like the beach at Grand Floridian).  Again, we decided, no.

**Side note, Magic Kingdom had the New Years Eve show on December 30th as well as 31st so we made our decision to see it early:)

Third, we were deciding on whether to hang out at Disney Springs and hop around snacking at the kiosks and dancing with the street entertainers (or bowl a game, see a movie, try out different Coca Cola flavors, etc) when I decided to research if the resorts do anything special.  Turns out, they do! So we decided to not leave the resort.

The result?  We had an awesome New Year’s Eve that was perfect for us.

We were staying at Port Orleans Riverside and when we checked in, I asked for their daily entertainment schedule.  The Cast Member informed me that the New Year’s Eve special activities were posted on a sign outside of the lobby as we were walking to our room.  

DJ Ray Love kept the music pumping between games and trivia (prizes to the winners).  

Mickey was dressed for the special occasion and danced, stopped for photos as well took a formal photo by the water.  

Cast Members walked around handing out hats, glow items, necklaces and more!  

There was a bar set up with special New Year’s Eve recipes and of course you were conveniently located by the food court to grab snacks or refill your resort mug.  They had the countdown on a big screen so we wouldn’t miss the moment.


It was a perfect, memorable and less crowded way to ring in the new year at Disney World!


Jorie Fontana first joined on with Once Upon a Vacation in 2013.  She and her family have been to Walt Disney World for all kinds of holidays, festivals and events including participating in the Princess Half Marathon.  She loves to travel and experience all aspects of someplace new.  Jorie, Rob and her 3 children reside just outside of Chicago with their new puppy ‘Princess Leia’.  Find her on Facebook and Instagram @ouavjorie or email (


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