December 26, 1999
Lake Buena Vista, FL -- From now until Jan. 1, 2001 every day and night is New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World Resort in a gala, year-long millennium celebration at Epcot. Countries and cultures fill a global village and nightly spectacles and pyrotechnics fill the senses. But on the Night of Nights -- Dec. 31, 1999 -- the Vacation Kingdom turns the page on a new era with spectacular entertainment, waterfront parties, fireworks scraping the heavens and enough Disney magic worthy of a new era.
Some of the fun even floats. Gala celebrations are planned aboard -- and above -- Disney Magic and the new Disney Wonder of Disney Cruise Line.
All four Disney theme parks and other venues will usher in 2000 with special events, from classic themes at the Magic Kingdom to party through the decades at Disney-MGM Studios.
Guests are encouraged to get to the theme parks early on Dec. 31. The parks are open to Disney resort guests and non-resort guests alike. There will be no increase in theme park ticket prices for New Year's Eve 1999. Holders of Disney annual park passes are guaranteed admission to one of the four theme parks.
For this special celebration, hours will be extended until 2 a.m. at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios and until midnight at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
A sampling of the fun:
At the Magic Kingdom, an alcohol-free celebration for and about families features two performances of the "Main Street Electrical Parade" and DJs in all the major "lands." Families with little ones not able to last until midnight can enjoy "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks bursting above Cinderella Castle at 8:30 p.m. At midnight, an all-new edition of "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks heralds the new era.
At Epcot, of course, the millennium spirit prevails every day and every night right through Jan. 1, 2001. New Year's Eve guests can enjoy such wonderments as "Tapestry of Nations," a moving spectacle ringing World Showcase Lagoon and, just before midnight, a dazzling, enhanced edition of "IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth," the new nighttime spectacular. There's also the cultural celebration of Millennium Village, the all-new Innoventions and Leave a Legacy, enabling guests to mark the milestone with their own image preserved on granite monoliths (separate purchase required).
"Party Through the Decades" offers something for everyone at Disney-MGM Studios. At parties around the park, guests can swing to the '40s sound, rock 'n' roll to '50s and '60s platters, disco to a '70s beat or cozy up to show stages for live entertainment including Cheap Trick, Youngstown and Orlando-based L.F.O.
To haunting African rhythms, the new century roars in at Disney's Animal Kingdom with DJ parties and other surprises.