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Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

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

Ring in 2020 in the most magical way during an elegant, all-inclusive event like no other at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Musicians, dancers and singers perform onstage in sparkling outfits

A Dazzling Affair

Join us for an evening filled with sensational seasonal cuisine, live music, dancing and plenty of unique photo opportunities.

The Countdown Experience
Starting at 8:00 PM on December 31, 2019, Disney Countdown to Midnight gives Guests the opportunity to welcome the new year at an extraordinary soirée 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, it’s time to marvel at a stunning display of culinary sorcery, as the Disney chefs produce incredible “cheftainment” behind animated shadowboxes. Enjoy personal interaction with the chefs, as they build sensational seasonal bites right before your eyes!

Delight in delectable creations inspired by such signature restaurants as California Grill, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Narcoossee’s and Tiffins. Menu highlights include barbecue-spiced wild Florida shrimp and grits with cherrywood-smoked bacon, pan-seared sablefish with leek fondue and cassis red wine reduction. Or, sink your teeth into a New York strip steak, carved to order with fingerling potatoes, baby spinach, fried capers and a maple bordelaise sauce. For dessert, indulge in a white-chocolate-raspberry crème brûlée or a Florida Key lime bar with toasted meringue, raspberry and passion fruit—or why not have both?

As the evening continues, take the party to the next level with the high-energy sounds of the New Year’s Eve Bash Band. Enjoy as the group takes over the main stage, keeping you dancing, dining and drinking all the way into 2020.

Finally, Guests are invited outside to the Porte-Cochère for an invigorating toast as the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular lights up the night from Magic Kingdom park!

Throughout the evening, you can capture memories with a variety of themed photo ops and backdrops.

It’s all remarkable—and it’s all included with the price of your admission. This event will book quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot!

Fireworks erupt in the sky near Disney's Contemporary Resort

Schedule and Pricing

Start planning for an unforgettable evening with important details about this fun-packed event.

  • Time & Date: Check-in begins at 7:00 PM and the event will run from 8:00 PM on December 31, 2019 to 12:15 AM on January 1, 2020
  • Price: $299 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)
  • Location: Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Reservations
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made on this page up to 180 days prior to your visit. Same-day reservations can be made on a limited basis and are subject to availability.

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A VIP Experience – Make the Evening Extra Special

Upgrade your Countdown to Midnight celebration with an elegant private reception in the Disney Ink & Paint Club lounge.

Ring in the new year in the glamorous style of a bygone era—amid décor that recalls the legendary offices of the original Walt Disney Animation Studios.

This premier party package includes all the sumptuous food, libations and festivities included with the Countdown to Midnight event. Plus, you’ll have access to this intimate and “animated” gathering featuring a live pianist and special surprises.

Price
Disney Ink & Paint Club is ONLY available as a combination ticket to Disney Countdown to Midnight. Total ticket price is $499 per Guest—tax and gratuity included.

When & Where

  • Check-in begins at 6:30 PM in the Convention Center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • Disney Ink & Paint Club will be available from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • The reception menu will be available until 8:30 PM.

Access to Countdown to Midnight in the Fantasia Ballroom will be available until midnight. If you choose this enhanced experience, you will receive a special wristband and Ink & Paint wristband that confirms your access to both events.

Reservations
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made on this page up to 180 days prior to your visit. Same-day reservations can be made on a limited basis and are subject to availability.

Chefs prepare menu items in a ballroom

Know Before You Go

View important details about this event, including dress code, transportation and more.

Dress to Impress
To preserve the elegant ambiance of this festive gathering, you are asked to adhere to a dress code for the Disney Countdown to Midnight event. For men, we recommend dress pants or slacks with a collared shirt. For women, we recommend dresses, skirts, pants and blouses. Jeans may also be worn if in good condition (no holes).

Not permitted are tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops and tennis shoes.

Mix and Mingle
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 include that information in your reservation, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Parking
Limited parking is available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. View important Transportation details below.

Other Important Information

  • Official check-in for the event will begin at 7:00 PM at the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The event itself will start at 8:00 PM.
  • Guests must be 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 120 hours of the event will forfeit the entire event price.
  • Guests who do not cancel their reservation within 120 hours of the event will not receive a refund.
  • All menu items and event experiences are subject to change without notice.

The monorail in motion, passing by Bay Lake Tower in the evening

Celebrate Responsibly with Resort 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 for this event:

  • From Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Take the Resort Monorail.
  • From Other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: Take the Resort bus to Magic Kingdom park. From the Magic Kingdom bus stop, you can walk or board a special event shuttle that will take you the rest of the way to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • From Hotels Outside of Walt Disney World Resort: Take your hotel’s transportation to Magic Kingdom park. From the Transportation and Ticket Center, take the Resort Monorail to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Returning from this event:

  • To Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Take the Resort Monorail.
  • To Other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Disney Springs: Take one of the special event shuttles leaving directly from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The only 2 scheduled departure times for provided transportation are at 10:30 PM and at 12:15 AM.
  • To Hotels Outside of Walt Disney World Resort: Consult your hotel’s transportation schedule from Magic Kingdom park.

Note: Shuttles will follow pre-determined routes and make stops at multiple Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Minnie Van Service
Minnie Van™ service is available for a fee. This convenient personal ride service enables you to get around Walt Disney World Resort quickly and in comfort—all while in a Disney-owned, Disney-operated vehicle.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations – for One and All!

Discover the variety of exciting events taking place this New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World Resort!

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