Ring in 2017 at the New ‘Disney Countdown to Midnight’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

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Ring in 2017 at the New ‘Disney Countdown to Midnight’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Are you already starting to plan out your Walt Disney World Resort vacation for the holiday season? Earlier today, we shared the first update on the Candlelight Processional, a must-do for many guests during the holiday season. Now, let’s talk New Year’s Eve.

Of course, Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are great options for fireworks and family fun on New Year’s Eve. If you’re more of a partygoer, you may wish to consider the “Disney Countdown to Midnight – A New Year’s Eve Celebration” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

This ticketed event will take place December 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the hotel’s Convention Center. There, guests can ring in 2017 in the Fantasia Ballroom by dancing to music spanning from the ’60s to today, and trying “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings fromCalifornia Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee’s. Guests can also enjoy the group Alter Ego as they perform their extravagant music- and dance-filled revue, then stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today with a retro twist. The event will be highlighted withMagic Kingdom Park fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and receive a souvenir to commemorate the night. Plus complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Tickets for this special evening are extremely limited. Guests with a resort reservation can purchase tickets starting today.

Reservations will open to all guests on July 4.

Additional Information from the Walt Disney World Web Site:

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, Cítricosand 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.


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