Can all you Insiders believe that New Year’s Eve is THIS Friday! This entire year has flown by in the blink of an eye and I think everyone is ready for a fresh new year. Last year, many New Year’s Eve celebrations were canceled due to the pandemic. This year, everyone is extremely excited to be back in the parks especially because New Year’s fireworks are back to bring in 2022.
Walt Disney World will be celebrating at EPCOT with Cheers to the New Year: A Sparkling Celebration at 11:54 p.m. and at Magic Kingdom you can also catch Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks which will start at 11:50 p.m.. Over in California, Disneyland Park will have New Year’s Eve Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular at 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m..
If you’re looking for a fantastic and magical New Year Eve dinner before heading into the parks for fireworks, here is a list of spots serving a special dinner:
New Year’s Eve Gala at Napa Rose
Trust me when I say you will want to bring in 2022 at the New Year’s Eve gala at Napa Rose. This dining spot just screams class and elegance and they will be throwing the bash of the year! Here is the information per the Disneyland website:
Book your reservation for the New Year’s Eve Gala, taking place at 7:30 PM on December 31, 2021 at Napa Rose. Partake in some unforgettable fun with a welcome reception featuring a live band. Then at 8:00 PM, take your seat for a fabulous multi-course fine dining experience, co-authored by Chef Andrew Sutton and Chef Gloria Tae, with a unique dessert creation by Chef Jorge Sotelo. And when dinner comes to a close, hit the dance floor for the countdown to midnight.
$300 per person (not including tax and gratuities)
Walt Disney World
The Edison at Disney Springs
If you don’t mind missing the fireworks at the parks, you won’t want to miss The Edison’s dazzling New Year’s Eve gala, filled with live entertainment, world-class dining, and an open dance floor. The event begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 with performances from The Sound Society Radio Show, The Pearls burlesque trio, stilt walkers, an aerialist, DJ, and more. Sounds like a party and we haven’t even gotten to the food yet!
Appetizers and food stations will feature everything from buffalo chicken sliders, prime rib, crab cakes, and loaded mashed potatoes to chocolate cake and key lime pie bites for dessert. A selection of The Edison’s premium beer and spirits will also be available via cash bars. When the clock strikes midnight, the evening will conclude with a celebratory champagne toast as everyone ushers in the new year.
California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
At California Grill, guests will be able to enjoy champagne and delightful wines, marvelous food and one-of-a-kind entertainment on New Years Eve. Dine and delight in a setting inspired by the twinkling lights and lush greenery of California Wine Country. Your brand-new 50th Anniversary Hosts––a pair of Sparkling Sommeliers painted in luxurious gold––are here for your photographic fun!
Here is the full rundown of the event from the Disney World website:
Enter the Napa Room, now transformed into an eclectic speakeasy! Be mesmerized by a slight-of-hand magician while you sip delicious wine pairings and custom crafted cocktails.
The Sonoma Room is next on your journey into 2022. Here you can visit Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Baby New Year Donald.
We hope you come dressed in your best and are ready to dance! Our DJ has curated a music fest and a roaming violinist is ready to serenade you with upbeat melodies.
As you float between the 2 rooms, you’ll find 50th Anniversary food stations. Indulge in delicious seafood––including delectable caviar––that honors the legacy of California Grill chefs. Enjoy this trip down memory lane as you dine on some favorite offerings from the last 50 years.
Menu highlights include:
- Chilled Appetizer Station
Chilled Seafood Bar
Caviar Station with Potato Blinis
Smoked Beef Tartare
Chilled Golden and Candycane Beet Salad
- Wood Burning Station
Perigord Black Winter Pizza
Duck Char Sui Bao
- Sushi Station
An array of maki, sashimi, nigiri and a collection of original sushi creations
- Hot Seafood Station
Plancha Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops
Seared Ahi Tuna
- From the Grill and Rotisserie
Oak Fire-grilled Beef Tenderloin with Truffle Sauce
Rohan Duck Breast 2 Ways
- Sweet Treats from our Disney’s Contemporary Resort Pastry Chefs
5 Magical Bites – 50 Years in the Making
Banana Butterscotch Buzz
Valrhona Molten Lava Cake
Florida Citrus Cream Puffs
And so much more!
One thing you won’t want to miss at this event is jaw-dropping, glamorous ice sculpture featuring both the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary and California Grill logos. And last but certainly not least you can welcome in the 2022 New Year with the firework spectacular from Magic Kingdom. That’s right, you don’t have to miss out on the magical firework celebration at the park at California Grill!
- Date: December 31, 2021
- Check-In Time: Begins at 7:00 PM
- Event Time: 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
- Reservations: Call (407) 824-2013 to book this experience. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
The cost for this experience is $700, including tax and gratuity
So there you have it! Usually there are a few more options to choose from on New Years Eve but as everyone is still recouping from the pandemic (that is still ongoing) a bit less is being offered this year. Nonetheless, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have some great New Years Eve dining options and no matter which one you choose you will have an amazing time bringing in the 2022 New Year!