A kaleidoscope of colors and elaborate light displays will decorate the skies on the final night of 2008 at Walt Disney World. Dazzling fireworks showers, live entertainment and extended park hours on Dec. 31 make it a very popular spot to ring in the new year. Expect large crowds and arrive to your preferred park early as some of them may reach capacity.
At Epcot, a special version of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will be presented at 7:40 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. The park’s Dec. 31 operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will host “Fantasmic!” at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Revelers can “rock on” with live performances by in-park band “Mulch, Sweat and Shears,” plus a DJ spinning tunes at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. A special “Lights, Camera, Happy New Year” fireworks show brings in the new year at 11:50 p.m. The park will be open from 9 a.m. until midnight on Dec. 31.
Late-nighters can party at the Magic Kingdom until the wee hours with parades and fireworks galore. The park is aglow with “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” at noon and 3 p.m., followed by the “SpectroMagic” parade at 7 and 10:30 p.m. “Holiday Wishes” fireworks takes place at 8:30 p.m., capped with the grand finale “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. On Dec. 31, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Guests can enjoy one of the final presentations of the romping character cavalcade “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” at 3:45 p.m.