Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Dec 17, 2019
    Ankita from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello moms panel! Are you allowed to bring outside snacks like chips/ granola bars, juice boxes if carried in small backpacks?? Any tips on making NYE at Epcot easier with 8 kids  Thanks!

    Hi Ankita!

    Oh my goodness!! I can't think of a more magical way to ring in 2020 than with a large group at Epcot! How fun!!

    Great news! You absolutely can bring snacks and drinks into the theme parks. Just be prepared as according to the Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules, "all persons, bags, parcels, clothing and other items may be subject to screening/security checks at the Park entrances and also within the Parks." You might consider putting snacks in clear plastic bags within the bags you take into the theme parks as it will be easier to view when your bags are being screened.

    You will have ample opportunities to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. Plus - you have chosen what may be my favorite theme park to celebrate New Year's Eve. The best part about celebrating at Epcot is that you get to celebrate oodles of times! As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s pavilion, there will be a festive announcement and a colorful burst of fireworks. Plus, there will be dance parties and other themed events in several country pavilions. I know you are planning to bring snacks with you but I encourage you to enjoy all that Epcot has to offer with regards to dining. There are oodles of amazing restaurants and quick service locations where you will find decadent food to tempt any taste bud.

    Of course, you will also be able to enjoy the fantastic attractions and Character Experiences found at Epcot. I definitely encourage you to make FastPass+ selections before you arrive and then continue making selections throughout the day.

    At one point during the day, one of the Guests in your traveling party may need a break. There are benches and quiet areas throughout Epcot. Find a spot, enjoy a snack, rest a bit and get recharged to ring in the new year.

    As midnight approaches, you will definitely want to find a spot around the World Showcase Lagoon to see Epcot Forever. It will be followed by a countdown to 2020 and a special New Year’s Eve display.

    Currently, Epcot Forever is scheduled for 6:30 PM and 11:40 PM on December 31st, 2019. You will see Guests begin to find a spot around the World Showcase beginning at 10:40 PM and earlier for the second showing. Because you have such large group, you might want to do the same. This is also a great time to rest and enjoy a snack before the fireworks and special-effects spectacular.

    I couldn't be more excited for you! Enjoy every magical moment and let me be one of the first to wish you a Happy New Year!

thumbnail image for Kari

Meet the Panelist: Kari, Texas

"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

Learn More About Kari

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Planning Tips for Epcot

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.