This year I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve in Disney World for the first time, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve always wanted to experience this holiday in Disney World, and this year is my big chance. I’ve heard all sorts of things about this occasion in the parks from crazy crowds to awesome fireworks, and I’m pumped to experience it for myself. Being the Touring Planner I am I’ve done a bit of research into my options for the day and night, and I encourage you to do the same if you intend to spend the end of 2012 at Disney World.
As we’ve previously posted on this blog, each park seems to have its own special offerings for the holiday. To briefly recap: the Magic Kingdom will have both Wishes! and Fantasy in the Sky fireworks to enjoy. Epcot will offer dance parties in various countries throughout World Showcase and a special version of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at 7:00 and 11:42. This is also one of the few times throughout the year guests can enjoy a fireworks display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears providing the live soundtrack. If you’d rather avoid crowded park, there are several other options around Disney World property, as well. Check out the link above for more details.
So what are my plans to best enjoy this festive time of year in Disney World? You can bet my friends and I have thought about this and planned it out as best we can since we are all Touring Planners at heart. Our agenda really begins the night before New Year’s Eve since Fantasy in the Sky will also be shown at Magic Kingdom on December 30. My friends and I will try to see this fireworks show that night to avoid Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve. We have booked an ADR at the Polynesian that evening so that we will have easy access to the Magic Kingdom. If it is possible to view the fireworks from the beach, we will probably go with that option to stay clear of the crazy crowds in the park.
As for December 31, we will be spending that day in Epcot for a whole host of reasons: it will handle the crowds best, New Year’s IllumiNations is something I’m dying to see, the entertainment around World Showcase, there is alcohol (let’s be honest!), and Epcot is our favorite park. After discussing the logistics with my friends, we booked one night at the Swan so we could have easy access to our park of choice. The biggest advantage here is being able to walk back to our room in the wee hours of the night after the festivities have ended. I’m sure we’ll be grateful to be able to stroll home rather than wait for a bus or sit in traffic getting out of the parking lot. We picked the Swan because it provided the cheapest way to stay in the Epcot resort area.
Since we probably won’t make our way into Epcot until the evening, I may try to visit another park early in the morning just to see what the craziness is all about. I think I could handle the Magic Kingdom early in the morning but will be less enthused when the park is busting at the seams with people. When things get too crazy it will be my cue to head back to my resort and hang out with my friends until we head into Epcot for the night. Please keep in mind the Magic Kingdom will often have phased closings during this busy time of year. If you intend to spend your holiday there, you will want to get there as early as possible and stay until the fireworks have been shown.
As you might imagine, I’m thrilled to ring in the new year with some of my dear friends with a little Disney magic. Since this is my first New Year’s Eve in Disney World, I’d love to hear any advice from you veterans! Please let me hear your tips in the comments. No matter where you’ll be spending New Year’s Eve, I hope the new year brings you all health and happiness!