Planning for NEW YEAR’S EVE in Disney World

Thinking of spending NYE in Disney World? This is how we did it.

Disclaimer: I am by no means, in any way responsible for any vacation you make take, including but not limited to Disney World. This was our experience and how we enjoyed it. Even if you were to plan it exactly the same it the experience may alter.

First: How-To

  • Plan
  • Know expectations
  • Dining Reservations
  • Prioritize
  • Don’t Over Schedule This Specific Day

⭐️ It is now October- so if you’re planning on going to Disney for NYE or Christmas you’re going to need to start planning NOW⭐️

Plan Ahead For Major Crowds

When I say Major Crowds, I mean Magic Kingdom was packed to capacity by 11am New Years Eve December 31, 2019. Walking inside Magic Kingdom shoulder to shoulder with people filling all empty space. Small World had a 2 hour wait. This was right before Covid plagued the World and things were running normally. Everything was open and we had the Deluxe Dining Plan.

Keep Your Expectations Low

Due to the crowd levels inside of the most magical place on Earth at this time of the year, we knew we had to keep our expectations low. Since we travel to Disney World at least once a year or more, we were not worried about “getting everything in” as we always know we will be back. We did however have all of our dining plans in place, and at the time – Fast Passes. In fact we were out of Magic Kingdom by 4pm this day to head to our dining reservations.

PRIORITIES

My number one priority was to make sure we got to see the Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom since we only flew in the night before New Year’s Eve and it would only show twice that day and be done until the following November. So I planned our lunch dining plans around the timing of the parade and camped out early for a perfect spot. But keep in mind – people filled up all around us. We did not plan to stay for fireworks and headed out about 4pm to head to Disney Springs for dinner.

We Stayed at a Magic Kingdom Resort

This trip we were so lucky and fortunate to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian. For New Year’s Eve we had a Lagoon View so it was like having our very own personal fireworks display right from our bedroom! We didn’t even need to leave the room!! No matter what room you have, you can view the fireworks from outside the quick service by the boat docks on the hotel.

***You are able to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from any surrounding hotel grounds – which includes: The Polynesian, Fort Wilderness, The Wilderness Lodge, The Contemporary and the Grand Floridian. ***

My Regret

Not booking a dining reservation at our resort. Instead we had reservations for the Rainforest Cafe in an extremely crowded Disney Springs… even though we had reservations we had to wait ALMOST an entire HOUR before we were seated!! The stores were shoulder to shoulder… it was a complete waste of time.

Sample Disney Plan New Years Eve (without being in a park for Fireworks)

  • Reservations for preferred park in advance
  • Dining reservations for inside that park
  • Up and at the park early
  • Leave park by 4pm
  • Dinner Reservations at the resort where you are staying or maybe a resort that has a view of a park for fireworks .
  • *Some restaurants have seated viewing of Fireworks – for example: The California Grill at the Contemporary Resort has seating for Magic Kingdom Fireworks.
  • If you want to stay inside a park but don’t want to hold your place for 6 hours, try a restaurant with firework seating. Cinderella’s Royal Table for Magic Kingdom. Restaurants inside Epcot have seating for fireworks as well.
  • Most resorts have great shopping and lounge options – so many things to do!

Are you planning on visiting Disney World this holiday season?

Check out what Disney was like with NO DINING PLAN – click here!

Why I Only Have ONE Disney World Annual Pass

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