A Guide To Ringing In The New Year At Hollywood Studios

Mickey Mouse Fantasmic

As the clock ticks down to midnight, there’s no better place to welcome the New Year in style than Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With its dazzling lights, iconic attractions, and enchanting atmosphere, spending New Year’s Eve at this cinematic wonderland is an experience like no other. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of the festivities:

Plan Ahead

Kick off your New Year’s Eve adventure by securing your tickets in advance. Hollywood Studios is more relaxed on New Year’s Eve versus Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, however, they are still just as busy. To avoid any last-minute hassles, secure your tickets and park reservations in advance.

Beat the crowds by arriving early. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a multitude of attractions, shows, and experiences to offer, and starting your day with a head start ensures you make the most of every magical moment. Take advantage of early hours for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort guests to accomplish everything on your itinerary.

Galaxy's Edge
Explore Galaxy’s Edge and fly the Millennium Falcon!

Explore Hollywood Studios Rides and Shows

Grab an Oga’s Cantina reservation and jam to the beats of DJ R-3X

Plan your day by highlighting the must-ride attractions and must-see shows for your group. Whether it’s the thrilling rides like “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” or the captivating performances like “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular,” making a plan will ensure you are prepared to take on the best of Hollywood Studios.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away. Explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Join the resistance on “Rise of the Resistance” and pilot the Millennium Falcon on “Smugglers Run.” If possible, secure a dining reservation at Oga’s Cantina, where you can toast to the new year with unique drinks like the fuzzy tauntaun.

Dining in Style

Hollywood Studios boasts a multitude of various dining options, from casual to fine dining. Make reservations at your preferred restaurant to indulge in a delicious New Year’s Eve meal. Consider Hollywood Brown Derby for a touch of glamour or Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater for a uniquely immersive experience. Whichever you choose, be prepared to be blown away by the delectable meal that awaits.

Disney's Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby. Photo: Emily Murray. 

Nighttime Shows

As the sun sets, make your way to catch the spectacular nighttime show, “Wonderful World of Animation.” Starting at 8:30 pm, this thrilling projection promises to take you on an extraordinary journey spanning over 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation.

Don’t miss the chance to experience Fantasmic! – Hollywood Studios’ iconic nighttime spectacular. This dazzling show combines fireworks, water effects, and beloved Disney characters for an unforgettable performance. Secure your spot early for either the 8 pm or 9:30 pm showtimes.

As the clock approaches midnight, gather around Hollywood Studios’ iconic landmarks for the grand countdown. The park comes alive with special lighting effects and festive decorations, creating a magical atmosphere as you usher in the New Year.

You may see characters like the 7 Dwarfs and Stitch on the steamboat. Photo: Emily Murray.

Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a cinematic celebration filled with joy, wonder, and enchantment. By following this guide, you are sure to have a seamless and magical experience as you embark on a memorable journey into the New Year. Here’s to a year filled with Disney magic and cinematic adventures!

Featured Photo: Emily Murray.

Written by

Marissa Coffta

Marissa’s lifelong enchantment with Disney magic began in her childhood and has continued to flourish. She is a mom to 3, who frequently embarks on solo or family adventures to Disney World. Currently living out of state, she takes many modes of transportation to experience the wonder of Disney firsthand. Her fervent passion for writing fuels her with the hopes of bringing the world of Disney to life, making the magic a part of her world.

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