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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 2019 in the most magical way during an elegant, all-inclusive event like no other at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Fireworks erupt in the sky near Disney's Contemporary Resort

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, 2018, Disney Countdown to Midnight gives Guests like you 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 chefs create incredible “cheftainment” behind animated shadowboxes. You’ll delight in seasonal bites from such signature restaurants as California Grill, Flying Fish Cafe, Jiko – The Cooking Place and Narcoossee's, before you’re invited to soak up the high-energy sounds of the New Year’s Eve Bash Band.

Later, stroll outside to the Porte Cochère to sip champagne 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 ticket. Tickets are limited, so be sure to act soon before this special event sells out.

Schedule and Pricing
Start planning for an unforgettable evening! Explore important details about this all-inclusive event:

  • Time & Date: Check-in begins at 7:00 PM and the event will run from 8:00 PM on December 31, 2018 to 12:15 AM on January 1, 2018
  • Price: $275 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)
  • Location: Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

How to Book
To purchase a ticket now, please call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Online booking is also available. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Bottles of champagne lean together in a large bucket of ice waiting to be uncorked

A VIP Experience – Make the Evening Extra Special

Enhance your Countdown to Midnight celebration enjoying 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, a visit from Mickey and Minnie and special surprises.

How to Book
To reserve this all-inclusive VIP package, visit the Disney Ink & Paint Club page to book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 year of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

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

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 and Resort Transportation
Limited parking is available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We encourage Guests to take Resort transportation 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 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: Take one of the special event shuttles leaving directly from the 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: Busses will follow pre-determined routes and make stops at multiple Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Minnie Van™ Service
Looking for a more flexible transportation option? Our Minnie Van Service works with the Lyft app to take you to your destination for a fee—giving you a personal ride on demand in a Minnie Mouse-themed vehicle driven by a friendly Cast Member. This convenient service is available on a first-come, first served basis. Cars are typically minutes away; however, you may experience longer-than-usual wait times on New Year’s Eve.

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 ticket price.
  • All menu items and event experiences are subject to change without notice.

A group of smiling kids high five Woody and Jessie

Pixar Play Zone

Give your children a Pixar-packed evening of fun, games and Character encounters—with special extended hours on New Year’s Eve. Separate from the Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration, this is a kids-only experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort that offers hours of enjoyment for your favorite Pixar fans!

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