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  • On Jul 21, 2013
    Dawn 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.

    Coming to visit December 27, 2013-January 3, 2014. This is our 10th trip in 8 years, but never during the actual Holiday season. Any tips for celebrating New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?

    Hi Dawn! We have spent a few holidays at Walt Disney World over the years and it is fun but it is also very crowded so come prepared for more lines but also awesome happenings!

    If you have small or young children I suggest you spend New Years Eve in the Magic Kingdom. This is a much more family friendly location of all the parks that will be open. Note of need to be in the park early that day as they usually will have to close it when it reaches capacity. There are different levels of closing with the first one being to outside Disney resort guests. But just because you are a Disney resort guest will not automatically guarantee entrance if the numbers in the park get too large. Check with your resort concierge about their suggestion for timing on that day.

    If you have older children or are traveling with adults only then I highly suggest Epcot as the place to be on New Years Eve. This park will also become crowded but it can handle more people so you likely wouldn't have to arrive as early as you would the Magic Kingdom. Again check with your resort cast members for updates when you arrive.

    Both parks will have amazing fireworks displays when midnight rolls around. In Epcot you can actually toast with a glass of bubbly or wine found at some of the kiosks or country pavilions. You cannot bring your own into the park however.

    New Years Day is just another day for Disney parks and you can plan it just as you would any other vacation day. There really are no special celebrations or happenings on this day and crowds vary from year to year. Generally the morning hours will be less crowded since so many guests waited up to welcome the new year in.  Make sure you get advanced dining reservations now as both days will be popular and be gone quickly.
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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