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Walt Disney World Issues Update for New Year’s Eve; Pre-Recorded Fireworks Will Be Available to Stream on In-Room Televisions

Walt Disney World has issued a finalized update for New Year’s Eve activities, plus park hours as we ring in the New Year. As previously issued, all parks and Disney Springs will close prior to midnight to allow for proper adherence to new COVID-19 guidelines, with no announced countdowns or festivities as has traditionally taken place in years prior.

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Update for New Year’s Eve

Everyone here at Walt Disney World Resort is looking forward to welcoming you at The Most Magical Place on Earth. As we continue to celebrate the season and enjoy the splendor of the holidays, we’d like to share information about this year’s New Year’s Eve activities.

All four Walt Disney World Theme Parks as well as Disney Springs are decorated for the season and feature extended operating hours. On New Year’s Eve, however, these locations will close prior to midnight as we continue to follow health and safety measures put in place during our phased reopening to help foster physical distancing.

New Year’s Eve Hours of Operation

  • Magic Kingdom: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • EPCOT: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Disney Springs: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Disney Resort hotels will offer fun and festive activities. Full details will be provided upon arrival. Additionally, pre-recorded fireworks and other holiday offerings will be available to stream on in-room televisions to help you ring in the new year. You can even purchase a New Year’s Eve party basket designed for the occasion. View details here or call your Travel Professional.

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year, and may 2021 be your most magical year yet!

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11 months ago

No fireworks for NYE, but here we have a special basket you can buy instead. Of course everyone staying knew that there wasn’t going to be fireworks when they booked. Sure many were hoping that Disney would have returned to some sort of fireworks by now. In room prerecorded fireworks just isn’t the same.

11 months ago

This was the responsible way to go. There is just no feasible way to keep people six feet apart during such a celebration (I’m very curious to see how Now York City’s annual celebration will or will not play out this year). I like that they will allow resort guests to stream past fireworks on their TVs. For the rest of us, there is YouTube. And, honestly, there are some fantastic videos out there (it doesn’t compare with being there to see them live, and I get that, but…it’s better than nothing). Some of those videos may even surpass whatever… Read more »

dawn L vasquez
dawn L vasquez
11 months ago
Reply to  Ahnsael

I dont see why there cant be fireworks in the sky. We are OUTSIDE, WITH MASKS- you dont need to be 6 feet apart if everyone is outside in masks. THATS THE POINT OF MASKS. ughhh