Walt Disney World Resort Rings in a Happy New Year 2009 With Parties, Extended Hours and Fireworks Galore.
The Disney Studios are aglow with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Millions of sparkling lights adorn the Streets of America backlot through Jan. 6, 2009. Special New Year’s Eve park hours: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Special entertainment includes a trio of “Fantasmic!” fireworks shows at 6:30, 8:30 and 10 p.m., plus a special showering of fireworks at midnight.
Donning hats and noisemakers, revelers can party on until 1 a.m. at Magic Kingdom with double the parades and fireworks. Guests can count down to the magical hour with the “SpectroMagic” parade at 7 and 10:30 p.m., plus “Holiday Wishes” fireworks at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. The park is open from 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
A special version of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser-light spectacular will be presented at 7:30 and 11:40 p.m. at Epcot. Latin crossover band Papo’s Groove and the energetic DJ Indio Davila will entertain partiers at America Gardens Theatre, while the big band swing music of the Tom Butler Orchestra will fill World Showplace. Rockers can boogie down at Scooter’s dance party at the Fountain Stage, plus techno rock at the China pavilion and classic rock ‘n’ roll at the Italy pavilion in World Showcase. The park is open from 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
“Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade,” an outrageous street party starring favorite Disney friends, winds through Disney’s Animal Kingdom at 3:45 p.m. Theme park hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
At Downtown Disney, Cirque du Soleil fans can celebrate the New Year La Nouba style with two presentations of the theatrical production, at 6 and 9 p.m. A champagne toast celebration, souvenir program, glow sticks and gift are included in the special ticket price. Tickets are from $67 to $139, plus tax, depending on category.