• On Dec 16, 2017
    Steve from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning on spending New Year’s Eve 12/31/17 in Epcot. Do we need to purchase any special event tickets for the park for the evening? Also, can we walk around and get food or do we need to try and reserve a special dining location for dinner?

    Hi Steve,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. We on the panel love helping guests to plan magical vacations!

    I visited Walt Disney World with my family over New Year's Eve a few years ago, and we had a wonderful time. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World on New Year's Eve! I like your choice of Epcot as the place to be on this holiday; it is one of my favorite theme parks. I have good news for you. For entrance to the park and to be in the theme park, you just need your regular Disney theme park admission.

    There are many options for dining at Epcot. As you mention, you could simply stop at quick service dining locations or kiosks around Epcot. I suspect that it will be fairly busy that night so you should prepare for some waits if you decide to do this. If there is somewhere that you really would like to have a sit down meal, I suggest that you check to see if you can make a reservation. This might be difficult to get this close to the date, but it is always worth a try. You never know when another guest is going to cancel a reservation! Another possibility is the New Year's Eve Dinner at the World Showplace Pavilion. There is more information on this from the first site that I linked. It includes a delicious holiday buffet. To make reservations for this or any other Walt Disney World dining experience, you can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). If you want to make reservations at a table service restaurant, you can do this from the dining at Epcot link I provided earlier.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Steve! Have a wonderful time celebrating at Epcot!
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I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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