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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on December 16, 2009 at 8:44 am

Best Options For Tasteful Celebrations To Ring In Disney New Year

A variety of special culinary celebrations will be held at Walt Disney World Resort on New Year’s Eve, providing guests a chance to say good-bye to 2009 and hello to 2010, in a way that appeals to everyone.  Among the best options to ring in the new year  include the Dinner and Dessert Party, Fantasy in the Sky Dessert Party and an eight course meal at the award-winning, five-diamond restaurant,  Victoria & Albert’s. New Years

A two-hour Dinner and Dessert Party will be offered at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station, and take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 31.  The special all-you-can-enjoy  buffet will feature artisan breads, fruit, cheeses, sushi, salads, seared tuna, beef short-ribs and carved pork, as well as a special child-friendly section.

A wide range of desserts will be available and a special toast to the New Year will take place prior to the  fireworks show.  In keeping with Walt’s wishes that alcohol not be served in the Magic Kingdom (map), the toast will be with a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage.

Guests are also provided an exclusive viewing of  Holiday Wishes fireworks show. Prices are $139.99 for ages 10 and older and $69.99 for children 3-9.  Park admission to Magic Kingdom is required.  Guests can check in beginning at 6:15 p.m.

This  event seems like a nice alternative to the midnight festivities, especially for young children.  I wonder, however, how many 3 year old children could eat $70 worth of desserts, or if you would really want them to, but this party sure seems like one for the memory books.

Another alternative might be the Fantasy in the Sky Dessert Party held at Magic Kingdom and begins at 9:50 p.m.  Similar to the Dinner and Dessert Party, this party is great for those who are looking for a celebration held a little later in the evening.

Without dinner, but with all the wonderful desserts, this self-service sweets buffet, includes beverages and non-alcoholic sparkling drinks. The Fantasy in the Sky fireworks celebration will be visible from a reserved seating area beginning at 11:50 p.m.

Prices for the Dessert Party are $35.99 ages 10 and up and $19.99 for  children 3-9.  Park admission to the Magic Kingdom is required, as are reservations and pre-payment.  This more reasonably priced celebration, would be perfect for those older children who are looking forward to seeing just what happens at midnight.

Perhaps the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience comes at Victoria & Albert’s restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort (map).  Known for its exquisite dining, Victoria & Albert’s is the only AAA five-diamond restaurant in Central Florida, and boasts on serving the best-of-the-best from around the world.  New Year’s Eve, will be no exception, as the eight-10 course menu will include caviar from around the globe and an eclectic array of champagnes.

To make the celebration more exciting, Chef Scott Hunnel will make appearances throughout the meal, that including wine and gratuity, will cost $375.00. Victoria & Albert’s has a strict policy of no one under the age of 10 is allowed and according to state law, you must be 21 or older to be served alcohol.  Additionally, coats are required for men, tie optional, and women should dress in “dinner attire”.

This restaurant is know to book WELL in advance, and with only 18 tables in the main dining room and five in a private fireside room,  you may not get a reservation for this year, but, make a resolution to attend, next year!

Additional information and reservations for any of these New Year’s celebrations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Photo Selection: WDW News, Diana Zalucky, photographer

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