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Disney Countdown to Midnight

The pool area at Disneys Contemporary Resort illuminated at night with a view of the fireworks

Revel in the past, present and future while enjoying a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

A view of the sky illuminated by fireworks near Disneys Contemporary Resort

Food, Live Music, Libations & More

Welcome 2017 in the most magical way imaginable during an unforgettable soiree at Walt Disney World Resort!

The Countdown Experience
Starting at 8:00 PM on December 31, 2016, Disney Countdown to Midnight gives Guests like you the opportunity to ring in the New Year at an extraordinary event held within the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

The fun begins as you head to the heart of the party in the Fantasia Ballroom, where you can indulge in an assortment of libations—including adult beverages for Guests 21 years of age and older—before moving and grooving to dance tunes from our interactive DJ, featuring music spanning from the ‘60s to today!

Then, after a delightful culinary experience boasting “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings from such restaurants as California Grill, Flying Fish Cafe, Cítricos and Narcoossee's, you’re invited to soak up the sounds of the group Alter Ego as they perform their extravagant music- and dance-filled revue.

The evening continues as you stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today—complete with a retro twist—and then concludes as the New Year’s Eve “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular lights up the night from Magic Kingdom park, officially celebrating the arrival of 2017!

Plus, to help you capture memories along the way, be on the lookout for a variety of themed photo backdrops and props.

It’s all incredible, and it’s all included with the price of your ticket—but tickets are limited! Be sure to act soon before this special event sells out…

Schedule and Pricing
Disney Countdown to Midnight is an all-inclusive, all-ages event available for $225 per Guest (tax and gratuity included), and takes place from 8:00 PM on December 31, 2016 to 1:00 AM on January 1, 2017.

To purchase a ticket, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

A vibrant evening showcase exploding above Cinderella Castle at the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party

Know Before You Go

View important details, including check-in times, transportation options and parking information.

Event Details 

  • Official check-in for the celebration will begin at 7:00 PM at the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The event will run from 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM.
  • Guests must be at least 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please keep a valid form of identification on hand at all times to verify your age.
  • Guests who do not cancel their reservation within 48 hours of the event will forfeit the entire ticket price.
  • All menu items and event experiences are subject to change without notice.

Dress to Impress

To preserve the elegant ambiance of this event, we ask that you adhere to a dress code when attending Countdown to Midnight. We recommend dress pants or slacks and a collared shirt for men, and a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse for women. Jeans may also be worn if in good condition (no holes). Please no tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops or tennis shoes.

Event Seating

Tables for this event will be assigned, and multiple parties will be seated together. If you are attending the event with another party and would like to sit together, please leave us a voicemail at (407) 827- 1362, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Parking and Transportation

  • Limited parking is available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We encourage Guests to take Resort buses to avoid driving and parking on New Year’s Eve.
  • Getting to Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • From Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: take the Resort Monorail.
    • From other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: take your Resort bus to Magic Kingdom park. From the bus stop, you can walk or board a special event shuttle to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
    • From hotels outside Walt Disney World Resort: take your hotel’s transportation to Magic Kingdom park. From the Ticket and Transportation Center, take the Resort Monorail to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • Returning from the event
    • To Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: take the Resort Monorail.
    • To other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: take one of the Special Event Shuttles leaving directly from Disney’s Contemporary Resort at 10:30 PM or 1:00 AM. Please note: these are the only scheduled departure times. These buses will follow predetermined routes, making stops at multiple Disney Resort hotels.
    • To hotels outside Walt Disney World Resort: consult your hotel’s transportation schedule from Magic Kingdom park.

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