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  • On Jul 13, 2012
    Jeane from NJ 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.

    Hi, I would like some advice for dinner on New Year's Eve? My daughters are 12 & 10. Thanks so much!

    Hi Jeane!

    You should make an Advance Dining Reservation for New Year's Eve as soon as possible.  You make reservations online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Reservations can be made starting 180 days before your check-in date to a Disney hotel plus the next 10 days. If you are not staying in a Disney hotel then you can only make them as early as 180 days before New Year's Eve. 

    New Year's Eve is a very busy night at Walt Disney World. Also some of the parks, especially the Magic Kingdom, may close due to capacity. Thus you should really decide what park you want to be in for the night and then pick a place in that park. To get into a park like the Magic Kingdom, you might have to enter by late morning in order to guarantee that you will be there for the night. After the Magic Kingdom, the next busiest park will be Epcot based on past experiences.

    If you go with the Magic Kingdom, my children love the Liberty Tree Tavern and the Crystal Palace.  In Epcot, my family loves San Angle Inn inside the Mexico Pavilion, Garden Grill inside the Land Pavilion, Coral Reef inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends, and Chefs de France in the France Pavilion.  In Disney's Hollywood Studios, my children love the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater, but my wife and I would rather dine at Mama Melrose or the Hollywood Brown Derby.

    If you don't want to be in a park, then I suggest dining at the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Resort or at Ohana in the Polynesian. Those are both great places to eat and then you can watch the fireworks from there after eating. 

    I hope this helps. Please write back with more questions. 
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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