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  • On Oct 13, 2012
    Cari from TN 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.

    Have reservations Jan. 2 for AKL but may arrive Dec .31 and stay off property for 2 nights . What does Disney do to celebrate New Years ? Have heard it is very busy in the parks ,but want to see fireworks or some kind of celebration?

    Hi, Cari!  There are usually extended hours at the theme parks for New Year's Eve, and there are typically special holiday fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as an extended version of Illuminations at EPCOT.  The official schedule hasn't been released yet, but this is what they have done in years past.

    The parks not only get crowded, they can fill to capacity.  Especially if you are staying off property, I suggest arriving early to the theme park you want to end the day in, and plan to stay put!  There is no guarantee once you leave a theme park, even if it's just to go for lunch somewhere, that you will get back in.  It does get that busy.

    Whatever you decide to do, I hope you ring in the New Year doing something special!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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