• On Mar 13, 2019
    Tonja from SC 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 are planning our family Vacation from Dec.30,19-Jan. 3,20. We are going to do Magic Kingdom on the 31st for the New Years experience. Animal kingdom on the 1st and can’t decide on Epcot or Hollywood for the 2nd. What can we expect over New Years?

    Hey, Tonja and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Ringing in the new year at Walt Disney World Resort was a highlight of my 2018. What should you expect based on last year? Fireworks, dance parties, tasty treats and delicious drinks, and a lot of Mouseketeers ready to party.

    I suggest getting to Magic Kingdom Park early on December 31, 2019, to beat the traffic and rent a locker for your items. Last year the theme park was closed from around 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM to additional Guests. Magic Kingdom Park hosted several dance parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland so that kids of all ages could party. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (12:00 PM and 3:30 PM) and Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks (6:30 PM/11:50 PM) entertained Guests twice with an early and late showing. Complimentary party favors such as paper top hats and noisemakers were handed out to everyone. It was so cute seeing all the kids blowing their noisemakers and yelling, "Happy New Year!" We are early in the year and should expect to hear more about the 2019/2020 New Year’s Eve events in the fall. I suggest checking in on the New Year’s Eve activities in early fall and subscribing to the Disney Parks Blog to stay updated. On January 2, 2020, make sure to explore the Black Spire Outpost on the Wild Space planet Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

    Disney Dad Tip: If you want a more relaxed experience and/or traveling with little ones while in Magic Kingdom Park, then view the fireworks on December 30 (two shows) and see the early parade on December 31.

    Tonja, enjoy making many Magical Memories.

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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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