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Ring in 2014 at Walt Disney World: DHS celebrates New Year’s Eve 2013

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Walt Disney World celebrates New Year’s Eve, 2013 throughout its resort, including the theme parks. Guests who choose to ring in 2014 Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the chance to enjoy laugh and holiday lights, music and fireworks

Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) is open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Dec. 31 for day guests, and until 2 a.m. for resort guests as part of Extra Magic Hours (EMH).

On New Year’s Eve, DHS will offer three showings of its “Fantasmic!” The nighttime spectacular will take place 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. As in previous years, DHS will countdown to the New Year with its special fireworks display. The “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks start at 11:50pm.

Sorcerer Hat Stage is party central for New Year’s Eve 2013 at DHS. A DJ alternates with the resident rock ‘n roll landscaping band Mulch, Sweat & Shears. The celebration takes between 6 p.m. and 12:00. As the New Year’s countdown kicks into high gear, DHS offers its New Year’s Eve Spectacular featuring Mulch, Sweat & Shears, pyrotechnics and special effects to accompany the fireworks.

On New Year’s Eve 2013, DHS will also two limited-engagement offerings that have been part of the Christmas holiday season at Walt Disney World. The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special, at the Premier Theater, will offers several shows on Dec. 31: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11:00 p.m. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, located on the Streets of America, will be open from dusk until park closing. Both the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special and the Osborne Family Spectacle continue through Jan. 5, 2014.

To help guests get into the festive spirit of New Year’s Eve 2013, DHS will distribute party hats and horns on a first-come, first-serve basis. Distribution takes place beginning at 6 p.m., while supplies last, at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

Of course, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is just one of the areas of Walt Disney World with big plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2013. Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Downtown Disney also offer special entertainment to welcome 2014.

And for those who enjoy dining, Walt Disney World features several special New Year’s Eve dining options. Advanced Dining Reservations for these experiences are recommended and indeed necessary. Disney guests hoping to enjoy one of these dining options should contact 407-WDW-DINE to see whether any openings are available.

Worth noting: New Year’s Eve is one of Walt Disney World’s busiest days. Guests should plan on arriving at a theme park early and to avoid park hopping in order to ensure celebrating the holiday at the park of their (first) choice.

For information on current and upcoming schedules, visit Steve Soares’ Walt Disney World Live Entertainment.

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