• On Aug 29, 2019
    Margaret from LA 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.

    What is the best park for new year's eve festivities? I will be with my 12 year old daughter

    Hi Margaret!  Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I have spent several New Year's Eves with my family at Walt Disney World Resort.  It is an extremely popular place to ring in the New Year, so expect the parks to be very busy - but also very festive!  I'll give you my thoughts park by park so you can make the best decision for you and your daughter.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is currently scheduled to close at 8 pm on December 31, so if you are hoping to countdown to midnight in the parks this is probably not the best choice.  To the best of my knowledge, Disney's Animal Kingdom has never stayed open until midnight on New Year's Eve.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios is currently scheduled to close at 9 pm, with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and Fantasmic! for nighttime spectaculars.  In the past, Disney's Hollywood Studios has been open until midnight, with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular ringing in the new year.  I would keep an eye on the park hours to see if there are any schedule changes and announcements for New Year's Eve entertainment.

    Epcot will be celebrating the New Year with two showings of Epcot Forever.  Since Epcot Forever is new this fall, we don't yet know if a special New Year's Eve version will be shown.  Epcot will tend to have more of an adult environment, with DJs and dance parties set up, as well as bars with New Year's Eve libations.

    My pick would be Magic Kingdom Park.  Here you'll find the most family-friendly environment, as well as the amazing Fantasy in the Sky fireworks.  Dec 31 is also the last day the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be shown this holiday season.  I definitely recommend catching it if you can!

    No matter which Theme Park you choose, I'm sure you'll have a memorable New Year's Eve.  If you have other questions or would like additional tips for celebrating New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World Resort, please write us again - we are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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