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  • On Jan 21, 2023
    Jennifer from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I am planning to spend New Years at Disney's California Adventure - what tips do you have? Family of 4 - 2 older teens. Especially curious how early you recommend we get to the park to get it before it hits capacity?

    Hello Jennifer, how exciting that you'll be ringing in the New Year at the Disneyland Resort!  I can't think of a better place to celebrate!  

    My first recommendation is to book early!  If you haven't already, I would start with your hotel choice, and definitely explore the Disneyland Resort Hotel Vacation Packages as well as the Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Packages that will include both theme park tickets and your hotel accommodations.  Once you're 120 days out from your trip, you'll want to make your theme park reservations for Disney California Adventure Park as well!  

    The parks are usually more crowded on New Year's Eve, so I do recommend getting to the park in the morning when the park opens, and I do not recommend park hopping on this date and just sticking with Disney California Adventure Park if that's where your family wants to celebrate the New Year when the clock strikes midnight!  Purchasing Disney Genie+ service is also a way to help save time on busy park days as well!   

    Since you will probably have a full day at the park and it is a holiday, I would recommend making a dining reservation for a special table service dinner for your family for that evening!  You can make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance.  I would highly recommend Lamplight Lounge as well as Carthay Circle for a special occasion dinner and a fantastic meal.  The views of Pixar Pier from Lamplight Lounge, as well as the Hollywood ambiance at Carthay Circle cannot be beat in my opinion!  

    As your trip gets closer Jennifer, I would keep an eye on the entertainment schedule for that day as well.  In the past there has been a special World of Color countdown to midnight nighttime spectacular to help ring in the New Year, so make sure to keep checking the Disneyland app for the showtimes and other entertainment options!  

    I hope this information was helpful for your trip planning Jennifer, and I hope that you and your family have the most magical New Year celebration!  

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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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