Disneyland usually stays open late on New Year’s Eve and offers extra entertainment, usually including live performances, an extra parade and fireworks. These festivities are included in regular park admission, according to Mouse Savers.
This year the fireworks show is an opportunity to “celebrate beginnings of all kinds with the unforgettable “Ring in the New Year” fireworks spectacular,” according to Disneyland’s website.
Local restrictions do mean that fireworks usually have to be completed by 10pm, but there is an exception granted on NYE so you will see a big display at midnight, although for those with younger kids there are earlier displays too, usually at 5pm and around 8.45pm, according to New Year’s Eve Live.
The best recommended viewing points from seasoned Disneyland fireworks viewers are:
At the Sleeping Beauty castle
On Main Street, USA
The Rivers of America in Frontierland
At the It’s a Small World boat ride
Over at Disney’s California Adventure Park, the World of Color enjoys a seasonal makeover with a new holiday show that started in November, 2013.
This special holiday version of World of Color is hosted by Olaf, the loveable snowman from the upcoming feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen.
Follow Olaf through these dreamlike segments:
- Snow – a breathtaking ride through winter
- Glow – a festive exploration of light
- Enchantment – a Disney•Pixar Toy Story version of The Nutcracker
- Spirit – a joyous sing-a-long
- Merry & Bright – a fantastic finale that features holiday light
If you plan to visit one of the theme parks on New Year’s Eve (December 31) or New Year’s Day (January 1), be aware that these are two of the busiest days of the year. The parks (especially Disneyland) usually reach full capacity at some point during the day, and you may not be admitted (or re-admitted) to the parks after that point. (This is true even if you have a ticket, even if you’re staying at a Disney resort and even if you have dining reservations in the park. If the park is full, it’s full — Disney has to follow fire codes!) For that reason it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning and stay in the same park all day. Bring any sweaters or jackets you may need later and stow them in a locker when you arrive (the lockers will also sell out). Get FASTPASSes right away if you think you will want to ride anything, because the lines will be very long by noon, according to Mouse Savers.
The Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian hotel usually offers a special dinner event each New Year’s Eve. For details and to reserve the New Year’s Eve dinner, call Napa Rose at (714) 300-7170.
Be sure to stop by Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, also at Downtown Disney, for fine Cajun dining and live jazz music! To make your reservation call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE (3463), or contact the Jazz Kitchen Host at (714) 776-5200.
Places to watch live online – there are several live streaming webcams sited at Disneyland that can give you a view of events as the day unfolds, and hopefully catch the fireworks too: