• On Nov 6, 2017
    Kevin from IL 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.

    We will be at Disney over New Years Eve. Planning on us going to Animal Kingdom and then hopping to another park since Animal Kingdom closes at 9. We are staying on property, will it be a problem to switch parks later in the day due to crowds?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Kevin! 

    If there is one piece of advice I can give about celebrating New Year's Eve at a Walt Disney World® Resort theme park, it is to plan on not Park Hopping. New Year's Eve is the busiest day of the year with most of the parks experiencing some sort of phased closures throughout the day, and capacity closures by mid-evening, especially Magic Kingdom. In addition, many guests, even fellow Panelists, report taking 2+ hours to travel within Walt Disney World on this special day - even if you are able to head to Epcot, which has a high capacity level, I worry about the traffic trying to get there from Animal Kingdom. 

    Kevin, if your priority is to be inside a theme park at the stroke of midnight, I suggest arriving early in the morning to one of the three parks offering extended hours and plan to enjoy that park for the entire day. If you have your heart set on visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom, plan to head back to your Walt Disney World® Resort hotel for any festivities they may be offering for guests. Many Resort hotels have fun activities and guest parties planned! I'll be there for the New Year's Holiday as well and have opted to enjoy my Resort hotel's festivities. 

    I hope this is helpful in your planning, Kevin. If you should have any additional question as you continue planning, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

    Happy New yEAR!

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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