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10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland

by Leap on November 17, 2021 70 Los Angeles

Thousands are known to gather at Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland for an un-frog-gettable New Year's Eve celebration. Some frogs may even say it's the Golden State's version of New York's Times Square. Planning on celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland? Here are our best tips to manage the big crowd and even bigger entertainment. Bring out the noisemakers! Ribbit!

Expect to be surrounded by your new best friends, because this is Disneyland’s most crowded night of the year. New Year's Eve is part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort, which means you can expect regular holiday entertainment, plus special events held just for the New Year's celebration. That’s a lot to keep track of, but we’ve broken it down by what you need to know. Follow our Frog Family tips below for celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland.

Tips for Celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland

Because this year is a bit different from past years, it is hard to predict exactly what New Year's Eve at Disneyland will be like in 2021. The parks will be fully decked out for the holidays with all the holiday entertainment returning (except for World of Color and other large shows such as Fantasmic! Frozen and Mickey's Magical Map). With parades, fireworks and snowfall, it will feel just like old times. You can usually encounter DJs around the parks and special entertainment as well as countdowns to the new year. We are taking a look at what you need to know about ringing in the new year at the happiest place on earth this year.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland-Mickey and Friends celebrate in Disney California Adventure Happiest HolidaysFrom what we know, what's to come and how 2021 has gone so far, here is our best advice for celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland 2021.

1. Purchase tickets and reserve early.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland is one of those days in which the parks hit capacity in a normal year. Now that there is is reduced capacity and a reservation system in place, the park will sell out in well in advance. So it's hard to predict crowds levels this year, but we can say with confidence that people should purchase tickets and make park reservations ASAP.

2. Choose one park to visit.

Do you need a park hopper or a 1-Park ticket? Normally, New Year's Eve at Disneyland is not a great day to park hop. If you leave one park and it hits capacity, you may not be able to get back in to the park you want to visit later. We recommend making your choice based on where you’d like to be for the special evening entertainment. Once you choose a park, bring everything you need for the day and plan to stay. Get a locker to store sweatshirts and items you do not want to carry all day. While we have not run into problems park hopping yet in 2021, but the holiday time is when we could see parks hit capacity and pause letting park hoppers in. Disneyland Park is more likely to pause in letting guests in, but it has also been known to happen at Disney California Adventure too. Crowds can vary year by year, so staying put is one way to avoid unknown complications.

3. Arrive early.

We cannot stress this enough. Arrive early, preferably in the morning. Come before park opening to prevent a long wait getting in later. Expect longer-than-usual wait times for traffic, parking and going through bag check and turnstiles on New Year's Eve.

Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park usually open at 8 a.m., but they usually let guests filter in a little early before Rope Drop at 8 a.m. You cannot access the rides and most of the park before Rope Drop. Right now, there is no early park entry with Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning. These perks have not returned yet. In normal years, both parks offer an Extra Magic Hour for registered hotel guests beginning at 7 a.m. Disneyland Park usually also has Magic Morning at 7 a.m. for guests with a CityPASS or valid 3+ day ticket. Disneyland is open until 2 a.m., and California Adventure closes at 1 a.m. Check out park hours and events on our Disneyland Crowd Calendar.

4. Dress in layers.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Carolers

No matter which park you visit, be prepared for cooler weather. There is sunshine during the day, but Southern California winter nights are chilly. Layers are your best bet, as crowds do keep Disneyland slightly warmer than it is outside of the gates. Bring a backpack for jackets and hats (or umbrellas/ponchos) or rent a locker. If you have a backpack, we recommend bringing refillable water bottles or snacks to avoid long food and beverage lines. Use Mobile Order to skip food lines, but be sure to order a few hours early.

5. Utilize the new Disney Genie and Genie+ to save time and plan your day.

This will be the first New Year's Eve at Disneyland since FASTPASS and MaxPass have been retired. A new free planning service through the Disneyland app, called Disney Genie, should be out of the bottle sometime in December 2021. Disney Genie can help you plan out your itinerary in real time, making suggestions for things you tell it you want to do and letting you know when wait times are shorter.

In addition, as a replacement for MaxPass, Genie+ is a new paid service. For $20 per guest, per day, Genie+ allows park goers to skip stand-by lines and use the Lightning Lane entrance for select rides. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day may be worth paying the extra money for Genie+, as long as you will be there early in the day to start making selections. You may only select one ride at a time. Another perk is that the Genie+ option includes unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the day. We love PhotoPass, as we enjoy preserving hoppy memories and posting our froggerrific photos. Hop over to our Disney Genie and Genie+ FAQ for answers to common questions.

It is always a good idea to have a touring plan in mind, but with large crowds, it can be hard to predict which attractions will have the biggest lines or just how hard it will be to walk around. Hit your must-do rides first and be flexible. Think of longer wait times as quality time spent with your friends and family. Play games to pass the time and make being more patient part of your New Year’s resolution! And bring those portable phone chargers to keep your phones going all day.

7 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland-2020

Pirates of the Caribbean and the Incredicoaster usually have fast-moving lines. Try to get a Lightning Lane reservation for "it’s a small world" and Haunted Mansion Holiday on New Year’s Eve instead. These rides both have longer-than-usual lines during the holidays because of their seasonal overlays. Splash Mountain could have a shorter line due to cooler weather. Wear a poncho or sit near the back if you do not like to get wet. Being wet and cold is no fun.

Most large shows have not yet returned to Disneyland Resort, so you'll want to look for other opportunities to sit down and rest throughout the day. Take advantage of smaller musical acts and other park entertainment options that don't have a line this day.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Stilt Walker

6. Be entertained.

Just have fun during New Year's Eve at Disneyland! If you find yourself leering at the massive crowd, just think of it this way: You could be home on the couch (or on your lily pad) watching the ball drop on TV instead of spending memorable time with your loved ones at Disneyland. So relax and let the good times roll! Plus, if capacity is still lower by New Year's Eve this may be the least crowded year yet!

Check the entertainment calendar for the Christmas Fantasy Parade, fireworks and other entertainment. The entertainment calendar is up six weeks in advance, however, more specific details tend to appear in the week ahead of time, so keep checking as New Year's Eve approaches. You will have to camp out sooner than usual for parades and the fireworks. Keep your eye on the parade route to gauge when to get your spot. We estimate about an hour and a half to two hours is effective. Just keep your eye on it, as crowds can be unpredictable. Use that time to sit down and relax — it’s a long day, so use your wait time as a welcomed rest. If the forecast is chilly, bring a thin blanket to stay warm while you hold your spot.

During the holiday season, you can enjoy nightly snowfall. Snow falls during the Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty Castle on Main Street U.S.A., at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Disneyland Forever

On New Year's Eve at Disneyland, park guests are treated to not one, but two fireworks shows. How frogtastic! The fireworks that ring in the new year on New Year’s Eve could be Mickey's Mix Magic show. (In past years, it has been “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular). Show times are 9 p.m. (earlier than usual!) and 11:59 p.m. The New Year's Eve fireworks combine festive and explosive fireworks with a rockin' party playlist spun by DJ Mickey and a countdown to midnight for both East Coast and West Coast times.

If you want to watch fireworks near the castle or Main Street, talk to cast members early in the day for advice on when to get your spot. Expect to see people getting into position many hours before the show, possibly as early as noon. Mickey and Minnie have been known to make an appearance for the midnight show. Unless you are absolutely determined to see the fireworks at the castle or along Main Street, this is perhaps the one time we'd recommend watching them from alternate locations in the park. Rivers of America is a less hectic location.

There were two fireworks packages for New Year's Eve at Disneyland in 2019. Plaza Inn had a fireworks dining package (more below). You can also ring in the New Year at the New Year's Eve Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience that will put you above the crowd (more on that below, too). Plaza Inn does not offer its parade package on New Year's Eve, but keep checking back in case there is a different offering that night.

You can see the full show well from "it's a small world" and can see the burst and hear the music at Rivers of America. Other great spots to watch them include Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and near the exit of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or by Dumbo. However, you may not hear the accompanying music or see the bursts closer to the castle in some of these locations. If you choose to view the fireworks elsewhere, it will save you time from camping out; use that time for more rides. Cast members usually have the best advice and will know where you can and cannot stand. This prevents you from claiming a great spot only to find out too late that it is a designated walkway. Finally, when the fireworks are over, let the crowds thin out before you exit the park. Go on another ride or two, or get a snack while traffic dies down. The line back to the Toy Story Shuttle can get long!

In a normal year, another great show to catch is Fantasmic! It has not returned yet and is not expected this holiday season. Guests can usually enjoy two showings. Next year, plan to get in place for a standby location, possibly hours in advance. The first show will be starting as the first fireworks show finishes, whereas the 11:35 p.m. show will be ending as the midnight fireworks start. There are also Fantasmic! dining packages that can get you preferred viewing locations.

Be on the lookout for dance parties, which may pop up (hop up?) on the calendar. There are New Year's Eve Countdown Celebrations at "it's a small world," Rivers of America and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Festival of Holidays

When celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland, you might choose to party the night away at Disney California Adventure Park. The celebration heats up up in the World of Color viewing area with a DJ and New Year’s party. You'll find a New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration from 10:45 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. The World of Color show has not yet returned. For the holidays, the normal show is World of Color — Season of Light. We hope it returns next year. The Hollywood Land Dance Party is hoppin' from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. In the past, there has been a New Year's Eve Countdown in Hollywood Land, as well. Be sure to ask about it in the park!

A number of bands will entertain you throughout the day as part of Disney Festival of Holidays. The festival food and beverage booths are usually open until from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. One advantage to celebrating at Disney California Adventure is that you may enjoy adult beverages if that's important to you. Enjoy meeting characters, from the residents of Radiator Springs until 1:00 a.m., to your classic Disney pals on Buena Vista Street until 11:30 p.m. Check the Entertainment Schedule for more holiday entertainment, such as the Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party and Mickey's Happy Holidays.

7. Enjoy special New Year’s Eve dining.

With long lines and crowded walkways, taking a break for dinner is a necessary step. A festive meal is also a frogtastic way to get into the New Year’s Eve spirit! Inside Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, we recommend making dining reservations up to 60 days in advance to avoid long restaurant lines. If you want to make a reservation at a table-service restaurant or purchase a dining package for New Year’s Eve (if available), reservations are open as of early November and fill up quickly. If you have missed the reservation window, consider using Mobile Order to skip the food lines.

The normal Plaza Inn dining package with parade viewing for A Christmas Fantasy Parade is not available New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. However, a teaser on the Plaza Inn Dining Package page has us curious. It says, “Keep an eye out for information about our New Year’s Eve Parade—coming soon to Disneyland Park!” Is it a special parade?  A special dining package? Keep hopping back for details.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland-Blue Bayou food

You'll also find special dining at the Disneyland Resort hotels when celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland. As we mentioned before, we don’t recommend leaving the parks on this day. If you do depart for a meal, there’s no guarantee you’ll be let back in.

Two locations now serve alcohol at Disneyland Park. Blue Bayou offers beer, wine and Hurricanes (as well as alcoholic-free themed drinks with festive glow cubes). Oga's Cantina has out-of-this-world themed drinks in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

If you love a good view of fireworks, but really would rather do anything else than stay in place for hours, then you might consider the New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular Dining Package ... if it returns for 2021. In the past, you could enjoy a special meal that came with reserved viewing of the show at the Plaza Inn with reservations made from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner was braised short rib, sautéed shrimp, au gratin potatoes, asparagus, chocolate dessert, a mocktail and a choice of beverage. The package was last $125 for adults and $100 for kids (plus tax and gratuity).

Another in-park option was to reserve the New Year's Eve Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience. This event took place on the covered area above Star Wars Launch Bay. You could come and go throughout the night, but the event was from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Check in was 30 minutes prior to reservation time. Attendees could enjoy a boxed treat of seasonal fruits, cheese and assorted sweets, as well as a choice of cold or hot beverages and a light-up event credential. At midnight, you could light up the new year with a nonalcoholic beverage with a glow cube in it. This gives you a pretty good view of fireworks above the crowds. We do not expect it to return for 2021. The Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience has not returned on other nights this year, so it may not be coming back.

In past years, Napa Rose has held a family-friendly early dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A later dinner without the kids began at 8:15 p.m., followed by a gala that would keep guests dancing until 1 a.m. Check the app or visit Disneyland.com/dining to see if any New Year's Eve dining events return this year.

8. Consider paying to skip the line.

You may have heard that the rides with virtual queues are testing standby lines. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland Park and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure in the new Avengers Campus land at Disney California Adventure may open a virtual queue if necessary. But these ride have been testing out a standby queue this holiday season. If you want to be sure you get to ride these rides this day, there is another way, but it will cost you.

The two newest rides, Rise of the Resistance and WEB SLINGERS, plus Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure, will have a new buy-in option once Genie+ launches called individual Lightning Lane selections. No, these rides are not included with Genie+. But you can purchase up to two of these rides individually per day. The price varies per ride and day, and you can only purchase each ride once per person per day.

We always opt to save money where we can, so if you do not want to pay to ride, we recommend riding early via the still-free virtual queue (or utilizing the Single Rider line for Radiator Springs Racers if your party is willing to split up and each guest is at least 7 years old).

9. Make Use of the Attractions and Entertainment Without Long Lines

Any holiday visit can come with long lines. But a few attractions are our favorites to visit on busy days. At Disneyland, hop over to Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island to escape the crowds. Look for characters around the park, catch the cavalcade near "it's a small world", watch musical acts such as the Disneyland Band and Dapper Dans or take time to enjoy Flag Retreat. There is so much to do at Disneyland besides the rides. The Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes always have a short line and will help you burn off that holiday eating!

At Disney California Adventure, we enjoy good food and drink. We take an art class at Disney Animation or rest our flippers during Mickey's PhilharMagic. We watch the many musical acts available in the park and catch heroic adventures taking place in Avenger's Campus.

10. Visit early on New Year's Day.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - it's a small world

If you have more energy, come back early on the morning of New Year's Day. The park is usually quiet in the morning on Jan. 1 while all of the late-night partiers sleep in. Take advantage of short ride lines. Catch the rides you missed the night before and make the most of the morning. Then, take a nice frog nap on your lily pad in the afternoon. The parks open at 8:00 a.m. on New Year's Day, with no Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning.

No matter whether you decide to celebrate New Year's Eve at Disneyland Park or California Adventure, be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule in advance (even up to that same week for last-minute additions). You can also check the Disneyland mobile app inside the park to find entertainment and possible surprises. That way, you won’t miss anything, including a potential surprise snow flurry or exciting live entertainment.

Related: Guide to the Hoppiest Holidays at Disneyland

Related: Disneyland Holiday Survival Guide Tips

What questions do you have about celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland? Share them in comments below! If you've visited on New Year's Eve before, tell us about your experience! Don't forget, you can view park hours, key showtimes and events on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar!

Hoppy New Year!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Dec 15, 2019 at 3:24 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi there! Thanks for the great tips! I am visiting for the first time while we are in from the East coast for a wedding. We only have 1 day to visit, and wanted to see both parks as it was our only chance. Do you recommend only picking one park on December 30th as well, or just on NYE? I am trying to guess whether it will be as bad as the next 2 days or not.

Thanks again!

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Dec 16, 2019 at 4:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

You are so welcome - we're just hoppy to help! That whole week will be very busy. If you do decide to park hop, we recommend that you arrive before park opening and start at Disney California Adventure, use MaxPass to start reserving as quickly as you can, hit a few must-do items, and then hop over to Disneyland. One park will probably be easier with big crowds, but if you have a few must-see items in each park, you can do it!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 13, 2019 at 11:24 a.m. Kayla Says...

I just wanted to say thank you for writing this! It helped a lot preparing for NYE at Disneyland and I look forward to referencing it my next blog post!

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Jan 14, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla,

We are so hoppy to hear that you found this helpful! Thank you for taking the time to let us know :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 30, 2018 at 8:33 p.m. LP Says...

Went on Spash Mountain expecting not to get as wet. Wound up soaked!! Don’t believe they turn the water down during winter!! You’ll have a soggy reality check waaaahhh.

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Dec 29, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi is New Year’s Day not as crowded? Or is it still crazy busy?

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Dec 30, 2018 at 7:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, it is crazy busy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2018 at 12:48 p.m. Angela Bonanno Says...

What time can I start making dining reservation today for New Years Eve?

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Nov 1, 2018 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Reservations should now be open :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 13, 2017 at 10:39 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hello!

Do the trams run on NYE after Disneyland closes? Thanks so much!

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Dec 2, 2017 at 8:21 p.m. alexa Says...

Hi! If we cannot arrive early to Disneyland (we are going to the stadium), where would you recommend to spend New Years Eve???

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Nov 24, 2017 at 11:07 p.m. EMILEE ENGELKE Says...

Would you recommend visiting Disney Land on New Years Eve or New Years day?

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Nov 28, 2017 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Both days are very busy, but New Year's Day is historically calmer.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2017 at 9:42 p.m. Sagrario Says...

I saw your comment about New Years Day being historaclly calmer, but the crow calendar still shows as a busy day. Would you recommend going to Disneyland New Years Day or DCA?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 10:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sagrario,

Sorry for the late response! Hopefully, you had fun at the parks. Just for future reference, DCA is usually calmer than Disneyland.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 22, 2017 at 4:51 p.m. Leighanne Says...

Could someone send me the website to book New Year’s Eve tickets for the Disneyland Park in the evening please

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leighanne,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. You could book directly with Disneyland.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. Sandy Says...

Hi there!

If we are staying at the Grand for NYE, do we still need to worry about coming in & out to CA that day?

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

I am sorry for the delay in responding as your comment ended up in our spam filter. I am not sure I understand your question.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 2, 2017 at 10:48 p.m. AnaBanana Says...

Hi!

First of all thank you for creating this website. It's really helpful since my entire family of 15 is planning on celebrating NYE at Disneyland. Although I am concern about my mom and dad who is in their mid60s that may want to go back to our hotel (which is 0.6 miles away from the park entrance) if they decide to leave the park and rest for awhile, what is the best time to come back for the fireworks and have a huge chance of readmission?

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Nov 3, 2017 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana,

Since we don't know if or when the parks will close due to capacity, it's hard to give an ideal time. We would suggest that they are in the park three hours before the fireworks. Adjust that plan if you feel the crowds are too big for your liking.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 6, 2017 at 8:17 p.m. Haley Says...

If you buy a 1 day parkhopper are you allowed to use it the whole NYE time even when it technically becomes the next day at 12 but the parks are still open?

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Sep 6, 2017 at 4:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley,

Yes, your one-day park hopper will be valid during the park's scheduled operating hours.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 17, 2017 at 4:01 a.m. Denise Says...

NYE will be my 50th bday. I will be celebrating with my kids as we haven't been to Disneyland as a family in nearly 15 years. Not picky on which park we will be in but I would love to hear your park and dining recommendations. I'm honestly kind of worried about having to spend 12+ hours at the park to enjoy ringing in the new year. Yes, I'm getting my game plan together early but I need to be mentally prepared. Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

Epcot is a great choice for NYE. Great fireworks, and not as packed as the Magic Kingdom. For your birthday, consider splurging on one of the table-service restaurants. Coral Reef Restaurant, Chefs de France, Le Cellier Steakhouse and San Angel Inn Restaurante offer unique experiences. Happy Birthday!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Nov 13, 2017 at 10:56 a.m. Michelle Says...

Isnt epcot at dw in fl?

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Dec 9, 2017 at 1:44 a.m. Rosie Says...

I was wondering about that too.

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Mar 30, 2017 at 10:38 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi Leap

Which park would be your preference for NYE ?? DL or DCA

I would love to know your fav!!!! ????????

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Mar 30, 2017 at 8:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

While it's VERY crowded, we enjoy the fireworks at Disneyland for New Year's Eve.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Dec 31, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. Blue Smith Says...

Hi, I got a last minute invite to spend NYE at the park. Do you think my 4 year old would make it through the crowds all day to night? Also, should I leave the stroller at home?

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Dec 31, 2016 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blue Smith,

Little ones can get tuckered out on a regular day at Disneyland, even without the New Year's Eve crowds. If my little one will be most comfortable with the stroller, then definitely bring it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 31, 2016 at 2:36 a.m. Yazmin Reyes Says...

Hello, at what hour is recommened to arrive on new year eve ? I al ready buy my tickets

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Dec 30, 2016 at 9:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yasmin,

We recommend you arrive when the gates open at 8 a.m. and plan to stay in the park as long as possible. If you leave there is a chance you may not be let back in if they close the gates due to capacity.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 30, 2016 at 5:13 p.m. Lili Says...

Do you recommend spending NYE at Disney eventough it is going to be raining? Is there going to be fireworks?

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Dec 30, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lili. Great name!

Disneyland still operates in the rain unless there is lightning. There will be fireworks, but that could change if it's raining.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 30, 2016 at 7:13 a.m. Jenny Says...

I received 2 tickets from a friend that works at Disneyland. Complimentary comp. Can I use these tickets on New Years eve.

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Dec 30, 2016 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

There are circumstances where Disneyland Complimentary tickets are blocked out on certain days. I would contact Disneyland

Guest Relations at either 714-781-4565 or 714-781-INFO and have the tickets in hand for any questions they may have.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 30, 2016 at 6:27 a.m. Esteban Says...

Me and my gf decided on DCA for new years eve. This will be our first time in DCA and also first time in disney for new years. What is your best advice on viewing the countdown as far as time and place? It is my understanding that there will not be a world of color show right before countdown as there normally is, correct? The last show is listed at 9:45pm. Also, when would be a good idea to get a fastpass for the show. Thanks in advance!

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Dec 30, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esteban,

You can pick up World of Color Fastpasses by Grizzly River Run once the park opens. Make that your first stop when you get to the park.

There will be a New Year's Eve "Fountains and Fireworks" Countdown in the World of Color area. Your best bet is to stay in that area once the 9:45 p.m. World of Color ends.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 30, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. Nina Says...

Does anyone know if there will be any live performances from any Disney channel stars on NYE this year and where in the park thwy will be?

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Dec 30, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina,

No Disney Channel stars are scheduled to perform that evening.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 29, 2016 at 8:08 p.m. Carol A Says...

We will be at the park for NYE, surprise gift from my daughter & son in law (his first Disneyland trip!!). Because of NYE, there are no dining reservations available. Do you have suggestions on where we might be able to get a table by waiting in line or which of the restaurants might be the best bet for us? Thank you & Happy New Year!

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Dec 29, 2016 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

What a great surprise! All Disneyland table service restaurants have walk-up seating available - it just depends on crowds and how long you're willing to wait for a table. Blue Bayou and Carnation Cafe are on top of the list. French Market in New Orleans Square or River Belle Terrace in Frontierland are quick service restaurants with great atmosphere.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2016 at 7:27 a.m. Keith Says...

Do you have to buy special dates tickets for the 31st? Or is it just first come first served with tickets in the morning? And what time should you be there to line up for tickets? 6 or 7am? Or earlier? Any help would be appreciated! We're planning on buying annual passes on the day!

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Dec 29, 2016 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith,

No special tickets are required on New Year's Eve. Getting to the main entrance at 7 a.m. should give you enough time to get your tickets at the booth before the park opens. Good luck!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2016 at 9:45 p.m. Keith Says...

Do you think we'll be able to go to the parks on that day if we purchase our soCal annual passes that day? Because technically it would be blockout? And would we buy them online and activate at the ticket booth around 7? Thanks for your help!

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Dec 30, 2016 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith,

I'd call Disneyland Annual Passholder services at 714-781-PASS to see if you'd be blocked out on that day.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 31, 2016 at 7:25 a.m. Tiffany Says...

Keith here's the work around for that. Buy a single day or hopper ticket for the day since SoCal is blocked out, and at the end of the day go to a ticket booth with your ticket and say you would like to upgrade to a SoCal AP. The cost of that day ticket will fully be applied toward your AP and you will have already been able to spend a "blocked out" day at the park.

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Dec 27, 2016 at 1:09 a.m. Rose Says...

Are there some rides open after midnight, once the last firework show is done?

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

Disneyland will be open until 2 a.m. that night, and most of the major attractions will be open until then. Check at the park that day to see what may be closing early.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 21, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. vickie Says...

which will be the best park to be at new year's eve? i mean in terms of shows?

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vickie,

Both parks will have plenty of shows. If you're thinking of fireworks, Disneyland has them at 9:00 p.m. and 11:58 p.m. Here's a link to the Disneyland Resort website with shows and times https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 15, 2016 at 9:44 p.m. Adam Says...

I've been to Disneyland once on New Year's Eve and it was so much fun! What I learned is that people start camping out as early as 7:00 pm for the fireworks. This leads to two things; ride lines get shorter and shorter as the night goes on, but with everyone crowded towards the center of the park it is almost impossible to get from one side of the park to the other. Luckily I was "stuck" in Tomorrowland and ended up bouncing between Space Mountain, Star Tours, and the Matterhorn for hours. The lines were no longer than 10 minutes and I must have gone on each ride 10 times. It was great, and I was on the first Star Tours ride of the new year, which I thought was really cool!

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

Thanks for sharing your feedback and tips!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 15, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. Claudia Says...

Hi Leap,

As far as crowds goes, do you think it is better to spend NYE at DCA? Is it more manageable? Thank you!

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claudia,

Disneyland is by far the more popular park to ring in the New Year. That's not to say Disney California Adventure will be more manageable. Both parks will be busy, but Disney California Adventure won't be AS congested as Disneyland.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 12, 2016 at 8:37 p.m. Joseph Says...

For California Adventure do u need a fast pass for Fountain Countdown, like the guest from Seasons of Lights show will they be cleared out than for the Countdown you get back in??

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph,

Get a FastPass for the second World of Color and stay in place when it ends.  As soon as World of Color ends, the party begins with a DJ and big display on Mickey's Fun Wheel. You ask any cast member for more information earlier in the day, and they can guide you in this. In our experience at Disney, if people have a good spot for one show, they tend to stay in place for the next show. We do not recommend leaving the area because it may be difficult to get back.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 11, 2016 at 8:31 a.m. Sara Says...

Is there anyway to see the NYE fireworks from outside the park? Like the area between DL and DCA?

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

Yes, you'll be able to see the fireworks from almost anywhere outside the park. We've seen people view them from across the street on Harbor Blvd, inside Downtown Disney and even in the parking lots. Know that trees, buildings and other obstructions may block some of the fireworks.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Dec 7, 2016 at 7:53 p.m. Sierra Thomas Says...

Do you know if DCA will be doing any sort of midnight countdown? Trying to decide whether to spend New Years Eve at Disneyland or DCA.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sierra,

There is a Fountains and Fireworks Countdown at DCA at 11:58 pm.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 27, 2016 at 1:01 a.m. Mari Says...

How do I buy tickets for Dec. 31, 2016 and

NewYears Years Eve? I will be needing 4 tickets for Disneyland, CA.

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari,

You can do this at the gate or from Disneyland directly.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 22, 2016 at 3 a.m. Jim Hicks Says...

My wife and I have attended all the seasons Holidays including New Years Eve. We met the voices of Mickey and Minnie, have Hats signed to remember this wonderful night. Special gifts are often handed out. Enjoy, we never had a bad time at any of the Holiday nights. But I agree , go early , camp out and enjoy..don't leave for any reason or you just may not get back in..especially the later the day gets. We always got back in at Disneyland but California Adventure closed their gates several times....even from the Hotel ...

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Dec 5, 2016 at 3:19 a.m. Dee Says...

Are there special lines for people with handicap placards?

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Dec 29, 2015 at 2:43 a.m. Laura Says...

Do visitors on New Year's Eve receive noisemakers, ears, or hats from Disney? I thought I read about that somewhere. Thanks!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. Jessica Says...

I recently read that they will be handing stuff out in frontierland.

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Dec 23, 2015 at 6:21 p.m. Maria Says...

I have seen on TV for New years eve that sometimes the have Mexican music playing? We have watched the countdown on Univision and we here the Mexican music playing in the background. Last year we went to Disneyland but couldn't find it. I was wondering if they have that staged at California adventurer?

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Dec 28, 2015 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Yes, this is part of ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure.

Keep hopping!

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