• On Feb 12, 2019
    Sarah from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Call me crazy but we are going to try a New Years disney trip. Do the parks ever reach capacity on the days around New Years? I plan on getting to the parks 5ish and staying til late close. Do any special events run at that time?

    Hey, Sarah and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I recommend New Year's Eve in Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot to everyone. Yes, the crowds are enormous and yes, Magic Kingdom Park did close from about 11:30 AM till 5:15 PM but it was so magical. Every theme park handed out complimentary black paper party hats and party horns to celebrate. Here is what was going on December 31, 2018, and it seems similar to New Year's Eve entertainment planned for 2019.

    We rang in 2019 at Epcot with the most spectacular viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as well as New Year's Countdown Fireworks at Epcot originating from each country around the World Showcase. This salute to the New Year was so spectacular that I will never forget it. Silent Groove, a DJ dance party located near Future World Fountain Stage, was rockin'! Each participant placed headphones on and danced the night away to their favorite tunes. Passerbys have no idea what music is playing. All the dancing and glowing headphones made me feel like I was in a virtual reality world with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz.

    At Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks entertained Guests twice with an early and late showing. The early fireworks spectacular was at 6:30 PM so little Mouseketeers could see them before they drifted off to Neverland. Tomorrowland and Frontierland had dance parties all the way up till midnight.

    Disney Dad Tip: Do not theme park hop on New Year's Eve. Pick a theme park and stay. Follow the Disney Parks Blog as it gets closer to New Year's Eve for event announcements.

    Sarah, enjoy making many Magical Memories.

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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a Disney Dad raising two fantastic boys with my wife. We love the hidden treasures found on both coasts at the "Happiest Place on Earth" and "Most Magical Place on Earth."  I am so excited to share my "yEARS" of pixie-dust covered experiences with you while planning your Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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