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  • [Question] What to expect on New Years?

    Hope this isn't a noob-ish question. Gonna be going on NYE and would really love any specific tips anyone could give. Of course I'm expecting the park to hit capacity, oceans of people everywhere, general immobilization etc...
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  • #2
    Re: What to expect on New Years?

    What are you looking to do that day? Which park, activities?
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    • #3
      Re: What to expect on New Years?

      Expect the hub to be a riot zone in the hours leading up to the countdown. I recommend watching it from the Rivers of America or It's a Small World instead.
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      • #4
        Re: What to expect on New Years?

        Fog. The last two times I went, the fog was so dense we couldnt see the fireworks at midnight. Last year we waited for the midnight WOC and I thought it was really boring. There was no party music and everyone was kinda just sitting there waiting for the show. And then you couldnt even see the fireworks. I like the Small World area. It has a great pg party vibe or Mad T party

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        • #5
          Re: What to expect on New Years?

          Yeah, WoC wasn't very good last year. The aftermath of the fireworks made it even harder to see the fountains. You could just see lots of colored stripes across a great field of fog and ash.

          The year before was great, though (apparently, it was so great we decided to do the same thing the next year!).

          If you can get fast passes for the midnight show with a dining package, do it. That way you won't have to wait around for a good spot. You get to be in the more sparcely-populated VIP section. That's what we did the first time, and it worked out well. When I called last year to make a reservation, I was told there would be no dining packages for the midnight showing. We arrived early to get fast passes, but I believe the fast passes were only for the earlier shows, and the midnight show was on a first-come, first-served basis. We sat around at the viewing area for about an hour (and I spilled my drink where a bunch of people were sitting. Stupid graded seating area).

          I noticed that there really was a dining package seating area, and came to find out that they did start offering dining packages in the days leading up to NYE.

          Whatever you do, please arrive early. Disneyland usually reaches capacity first, but DCA may fill faster this year, being that it's now a proper park.

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          • #7
            Re: What to expect on New Years?

            i will be there too for my first ever NYE at DLR!! i actually reserved a room at the Grand Californian with a park view so my plan B is rigning in the new year from my room
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            • #8
              Re: What to expect on New Years?

              Very, very, heavy crowds. Expect long waits and herds of humans.

              Weather is also an important factor, don't have your heart set on seeing the fireworks or anything because like others have said - fog has rolled in the last few years and made that not possible.


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              • #9
                Re: What to expect on New Years?

                it will be madness.....

                Ta Da!

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                • #10
                  Re: What to expect on New Years?

                  The crowds will be big. But what the hell, you'll be at Disneyland. Or the Mayans could be correct then what the hell...
                  I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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                  • #11
                    Re: What to expect on New Years?

                    Originally posted by bayouguy View Post
                    The crowds will be big. But what the hell, you'll be at Disneyland. Or the Mayans could be correct then what the hell...
                    LOL'ed :lol:
                    Many Bothans died to bring you these fastpasses.

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                    • #12
                      Re: What to expect on New Years?

                      Originally posted by clara View Post
                      it will be madness.....
                      Large crowd madness....
                      For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                      • #13
                        Re: What to expect on New Years?

                        I have been the last 5 years expect nothing but fun honestly. Don't expect to ride everything it is crowded. Last year was foggy and a couple years ago as well. Dress warm also because it will get coooold especially if you stay till 2am. Again it will be crowded yes but if you go in looking for fun you will have it.
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                        • #14
                          Re: What to expect on New Years?

                          I am debating on attending my first NYE at Disneyland and was asking friends who had previously attended. Their first advice: Expect high crowds and wear comfortable shoes. LOL! If I do attend this year, I will be with seasoned veterans of the evening.

                          Have a great time!
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                          • #15
                            Re: What to expect on New Years?

                            What about New Year's Day? A friend heard it would be less crowded, but I was under the impression the whole week was gonna be a madhouse. I have to go to renew my pass for 2013; I'd go with friend if that day isn't too bad.

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                            • #16
                              Re: What to expect on New Years?

                              I went year before last.. first and last time, you have to be there before opening to get in, the park will reach capacity very early in the day, lucky I was able to get reservations for dinner that night, my mistake was not bringing enough snacks.

                              In order not to bring any backpacks or purses, I went in with a budge to get a new jacket so I didn't have to carry one around the whole day (This was not a good idea as through the whole morning I was cold) I would suggest renting a locker for the day; put in, jackets, gloves, snacks or whatever else you want for the day

                              head to the spot you want to sit at around 10.30 to 11 as anywhere to stand or sit will fill up quickly and CM's will not let you enter areas after a certain time and it reaches its limits.

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                              • #17
                                Re: What to expect on New Years?

                                Have fun LOL. Imagine Leap Day and you have NYE. A few hours before countdown, the main areas to view the shows (mainly MS) will be so packed you cannot move. Been a few times now. And as others have said, they will reach capacity early, so don't plan on going anywhere else.
                                Y2K was pretty fun but way too darn packed.

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                                • #18
                                  Re: What to expect on New Years?

                                  Originally posted by Commander Corn View Post
                                  Hope this isn't a noob-ish question. Gonna be going on NYE and would really love any specific tips anyone could give. Of course I'm expecting the park to hit capacity, oceans of people everywhere, general immobilization etc...
                                  maybe these will answer your question



                                  AND this video is good also lol




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                                  • #19
                                    Re: What to expect on New Years?

                                    Originally posted by Executioner View Post
                                    Have fun LOL. Imagine Leap Day and you have NYE. A few hours before countdown, the main areas to view the shows (mainly MS) will be so packed you cannot move. Been a few times now. And as others have said, they will reach capacity early, so don't plan on going anywhere else.
                                    basically what we are saying is. pick a park and stay in that park, don't leave!! because chances of getting back in will and or might be slim to none! really,no joke.

                                    personally, if i was you, i'd pick the park that's gonna have the champagne flowing.. :lmao: but that is just my opinion!



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                                    • #20
                                      Re: What to expect on New Years?

                                      You need to go expecting that it will be crowded to capcity. Don't wait until evening hours to go to park. It hits capcity early in the day and then they shut it down.

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