Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 fireworks, events and times

Walt Disney new years eve 2010, 2011

It’s time to find out what’s going on for Walt Disney new years eve 2010, 2011! As always expect all the theme parks, including all the Disney parks to be packed full for new years.

In fact most Disney parks will fill to capacity around the middle of the afternoon or so. Once that happens you will NOT be allowed inside. So my advice is, pick one Disney park and stay there all day.

Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 should be a blast at all the parks this year. Many choose the Magic Kingdom so they can see the new years eve fireworks go off behind Cinderellas castle.

However Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park has some great fireworks too, some very unique you can only see there. You’ll just have to decide for yourself what park to take in new years eve!

I’ll make it a little easier for you by posting the Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 times, events and firework shows you can expect at each park, okay? Here we go:

Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 times, events for The Magic Kingdom
Dec. 31st, 2010
Park times: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
:) 3:30 PM: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade
:) 7:00 PM: Spectromagic show
:) 8:30 PM: Holiday Wishes Fireworks
:) 11:50 PM: Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

The Magic Kingdom is the most popular Disney park to be at on new years eve, not surprisingly.

Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 times, events for Animal Kingdom
Dec. 31st, 2010
Park times: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
:) 3:45 PM: Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade

There’s never a whole lot going on here on new years because they don’t want to disturb the animals.

Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 times, events Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Dec. 31st, 2010
Park times: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
:) 6:30 and 8:00 PM: Fantasmic fireworks and water show
:) 11:55 PM: Lights, Camera, Happy New Year fireworks show

These are pretty good shows, and the final fireworks display in the evening is very bright and intense!

Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 times, events for Epcot
Dec. 31st, 2010
Park times: Future World, 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM World Showcase: 9:30 AM – 1:00 AM
:) 7:30 and 11:40 PM: Special version of Illuminations

I’ve always liked the fireworks and laser show at Epcot. For new years eve it’s always bigger and better. So if you enjoy Epcot it’s a good park to be at on new years eve.

So there you have it, all the events, times and firework shows that will be going on for this years Walt Disney New Years Eve 2010, 2011 activities. At least in the theme parks.

There will be smaller shows going on at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Downtown Disney and so on. But it’s the shows and events in the theme parks that most will be going to.

Again, it will be crowded at every Disney theme park on new years eve, so pick the one you want to be at and stay there for the day. Oh,,, hope my little smiley faces were not too much! 😉


  1. Hi,
    I would like to know if I need to buy a ticket in advance to enter on Walt Disney new year`s day.
    I didn`t find this anywhere.
    It is just a regular ticket?
    Can I buy a ticket online to pick it up there?
    How early do you think I should arrive there to be able to enter on Epcot?
    Thank you!

  2. HI there Thais. Yes, all Disney theme parks are just a normal, regular ticket for new years eve or new years day. You can just buy it right there at the theme park your going to on that day.

    However it’s easier to buy a ticket online, you can even save a few bucks that way. Just go to the Disney website and look under “tickets”. I would get to the parks as early as you can, but I think you will be safe even if you don’t get to Epcot until noon or so. Have a great time! :)

  3. Hi! Thanks for your post. I’d like to know if there’s a night parade on the december 31.
    Thanks a lot for your help.

  4. Hi there Fernanda, thanks for asking. The only park that will have a night parade is the Magic Kingdom. That is the Spectromagic show, which starts at 7:00 PM.

    It will be totally dark by that time and the Spectromagic show, or parade, is very good with lots of lights and cool floats. I recommend it if you want to see a night parade. Happy Holidays! :)


  6. Hi there Edvin. Sure, there are plenty of rides she can go on. The Magic Kingdom park is the best one for small kids, so I would recommend that one. Have fun!

  7. My friends and I are planning on going to Epcot New Years Eve for my 30th brithday. My husband has to work so we will not be able to go to the park until the evening time. Do you think it will open back up and let people in after the 7:30 light show ends? I was hoping we would be able to go from 8-1am after a lot of familes leave.

  8. HI there Kellee! I did you a favor and called Disney about your question. Frankly they said it’s very hard to predict if Epcot would still be allowing people to enter that late.

    The customer service person said that the Magic Kingdom always closes down on that day. Because of that, many people go to Epcot later that evening, just as you are planning.

    So it’s a very iffy situation. They could still be letting people in, but they could be closed. Going the earlier is better, even if only around 6:00 PM or so.

    You also can call before you go to find out at:

    Hope that helps, happy Birthday and new years to you! :)

  9. Hi, we did Magic Kingdom new year before with the parade and that stuff. We want something different. What would you recommend to us? Epcot or Hollywood?

  10. Hi there Juan. Hmmm, Epcot or Hollywood Studios for New Year’s Eve, that’s a tough one.

    For the fireworks show, Epcot has a nice long one that includes lasers and other things out in the lake. However the show at Hollywood is a bit more intense and brighter, IMO.

    So I guess it comes down to what types of rides and attractions you want to see and do. You should check out all the rides at Epcot and compare them to Hollywood and see what you’d like best.

    Epcot is mostly slower rides and lots of looking, whereas Hollywood has more thrill rides but is a smaller park. Both parks have a good fireworks show. Hope that helps.

  11. Is it true that annual passholders can still get in the parks on New Years Eve, even if it says they’re closed?

  12. Hi there Sherri. No that is NOT true. I assume you mean when a park is filled to capacity and they no longer allow anyone else in.

    Once that happens they will not let anyone else in, even if you have an annual pass. What they will do is tell you what other parks are open and recommend that you go there.

  13. we are attending the citrus bowl on saturday, but arriving in a downtown disney area hotel new years eve around 8pm. do you think downtown disney will be filled to capacity by then? will we be able to see any fireworks from there? thanks!

  14. Hello there Gigi. I don’t think they ever have had Downtown Disney fill to capacity. There is actually 3 parts to it; Disney’s west side, what is left of Pleasure Island, and the main downtown Disney marketplace.

    So no, I think everyone can go at any time, but it will be crowded of course. If your in walking distance I highly recommend you do that, as the parking lot may indeed fill to capacity.

    If you do drive, go all the way over to the west side, you always find more parking spots there than the one close by the marketplace area.

    As for fireworks, you will not be able to see any of them going off in the Theme parks as they are too far away. You might catch glimpses of them but that’s all.

    I don’t think they will have any real fireworks right at Downtown Disney. Maybe a few confetti burst and very small blast but that’s about it.

    So if you really want to see fireworks, you need to go into one of the theme parks, except for Animal Kingdom, which has no fireworks. Hope that helps. :)

  15. I know New year’s Eve will packed and full of events, but is there anything interesting happening at any of the parks on New Year’s Day when, presumably, the crowds will be smaller?

  16. Hello there JP! Tomorrow and Sunday will still be very busy days at all the theme parks. In fact the most popular ones, like the Magic Kingdom, could still fill to capacity over the holiday weekend.

    However don’t let that scare you away. Just pick a park you like and get in early. They still will be having their holiday parades and firework shows so the weekend will still be a great time to see everything! :)

  17. Will there be fireworks at Disney Boardwalk?

  18. I usually go to Downtown Disney to celebrate New Years…but i looked it up, & supposedly this year, Downtown Disney will not have any fireworks this year. is this true?

  19. Hello there Jess and APL214! First, there are no fireworks at Disney Boardwalk. HOWEVER you can see the fireworks show coming from Epcot since it’s very close to that park.

    It will not be as good as right there inside Epcot, but you will be able to see some nice burst and even the lasers. But again, there are no fireworks actually going off right in Disney Boardwalk.

    Next, There actually will be some fireworks at Downtown Disney. However as I said a few comments above, they are not all that much. At least not compared with the big fireworks at the theme parks.

    But if you want to avoid the hassle of the theme parks and take in the sights at Downtown Disney, then it will be a nice small display that is better than nothing. Hope that all helps.

    It’s getting late, so everyone get going and have a great New Years Eve party! :)

  20. So i can watch a fire work show in downtown Disney in Anaheim, and it will start at 12

  21. HI Andres. Anaheim is in the Disneyland area of California, not Walt Disney World in Florida. I’m talking about the one in Florida, sorry.

    I really have no idea what they are doing in the Disneyland parks and places in California, sorry. :)

  22. Hello, we are Florida residents trying to do something different this year for New Year’s Eve, and we thought maybe going to the Disney area. Anything different or any advice for 2011?? I checked out the Swam and Dolphin hotels and was thinking of spending the actual New Year’s at the Boardwalk, but you posted there are no fireworks there… is that still the case. Any restaurants you recommend in that area?