Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, announced today that Spider-Man, New York’s very own super hero, will be named the Official Super Hero of Times Square 2014. He will take part in the Ball Drop celebration, and events leading up to the big night in a partnership with the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Ryan Seacrest hosts “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” featuring an all-star lineup performing 15 No. 1 hits, including newly-announced additions to the West Coast party Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted. In New York, Psy will join the recently announced 2012 American Music Awards winners, Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as Neon Trees, performing live in Times Square, MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 on ABC.
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas hosts the West Coast party, which includes previously announced performers Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One Republic and Pitbull.
Ten-time American Music Award winner Taylor Swift will headline “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” performing live in front of a crowd of an estimated 1 million people in Times Square just before the ball drops on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. She headlines the biggest party of the year, fresh from the record-breaking success of her blockbuster new album, “RED.”
Walt Disney World has released a list of opportunities for ringing in the new year at the resort this year from the theme parks to opportunities at Downtown Disney and Disney hotels.
At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.
Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens, and families, invites listeners across the country to ring in the new year at its annual family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” events taking place on December 31. The “Noon Year’s Eve” events, taking place in 19 markets, will welcome kids and families to their favorite locations including local zoos, museums or shopping centers for a family-friendly celebration that gives kids the opportunity to have all the fun of New Year’s Eve before their bedtime.
Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae will join previously announced Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber as performers, live from New York, on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012.” Jenny McCarthy will once again join the celebration by reporting live from Times Square with hosts Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, celebrating 40 years of “Rockin’ Eve” history on Saturday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas will return to host the Los Angeles-based portions of the specials.
Recording artist Justin Bieber will perform live in Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012,” Saturday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. He joins previously announced act Lady Gaga for the 40th anniversary of the annual year end celebration.
The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City. The complete lineup, beginning Saturday night, December 31 on ABC is:
Lady Gaga will perform live in front of a crowd of an estimated one million people in Times Square just before the ball drops on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012,” Saturday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. To mark the 40th anniversary of the cherished New Year’s Eve celebration, the festivities will begin at 8:00 p.m., ET with a new two-hour special entitled “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party.” Lady Gaga is a true phenomenon; her third studio album, “Born This Way,” was released on May 23, 2011 and broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to No. 1 on release day. The album hit No. 1 in 22 of 23 iTunes stores worldwide. The first single from the album, title track “Born This Way,” set a music industry record by becoming the fastest single in history to reach sales of 1,000,000 copies (five days after its February 11 release).
Guests spending New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World Resort can choose from fireworks extravaganzas, evening dance parties, delicious dining experiences and more as nighttime activities. Here’s a look at what’s in store at the Vacation Kingdom on New Year’s Eve (show times and entertainment are subject to change without notice):
MAGIC KINGDOM (8 AM – 2 AM)
- “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
- “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” at 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
- “Main Street Electrical Parade” at 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
The official Disney Parks blog recently offered up details on New Year’s Eve events taking place around Walt Disney World this year, but it turns out there is one (incredibly) late entry this year that didn’t make the list: DisneyQuest. Seemingly a last minute entry, the resort recently registered domain names for websites that still don’t go anywhere including DisneyQuestNewYearsEve.com and DisneyQuestNYE.com.