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10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland

by Leap on December 31, 2023 80 Los Angeles

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at DisneylandThousands 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 City'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!

We Frogs love the family-friendly party vibes at Disneyland on New Year's Eve, and so do a lot of other people! 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 DJ countdown parties 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

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - People in hats wait for fireworksBecause Disneyland uses a reservation system, crowds are much more predictable. Gone are the days of Disneyland having to pause entry into the parks due to capacity. Park hopping is now easier for guests who want to experience New Year's fun in both parks. Every Magic Key is blocked out for New Year's. That keeps some frequent visitors home and allows Disneyland to know how many people have park hoppers.

The parks are fully decked out for the holidays with all the holiday entertainment. With parades, fireworks, good music pumping around the park, snowfall, and World of Color — Season of Light, the parks have great celebration vibes. You can encounter DJs around the parks as well as countdowns to the new year. All of this is included in your Disneyland park ticket!

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland-People pose with sign early in the day at Disneyland

We bring you advice from our New Year's Eve visit in 2023 and our best advice for celebrating New Year's Eve at Disneyland 2024!

1. Purchase Tickets and Reserve Early

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Mickey and Friends celebrate in Disney California Adventure Happiest Holidays

New Year's Eve at Disneyland is one of the most popular days to visit, which means you'll want to purchase your tickets and make reservations early. Park reservations may fill up in advance. We can say with confidence that people should purchase tickets and make park reservations ASAP (up to 180 days in advance). If reservations do fill up, keep checking park availability here. New Year's Eve reservations may fill early, but then availability can open up as plans change. So if you can't get a reservation, just keep checking.

The 1-day New Year's Eve (and the surrounding days) tickets are expensive, but you get a lot of entertainment included. If you want to visit more than one day, you can save a lot per day with multi-day tickets, especially when you buy through Undercover Tourist.

2. Consider a Park Hopper!

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - radiator springs racers

We used to advise people to stay in one park because before the reservation system. The parks used to hit capacity and the gates would temporarily close to letting new guests into the park. But with the reservation system, capacity is controlled so that is less likely to happen. And again, there are no Magic Key passes on New Year's Eve, which means Disney knows exactly how many park hoppers are there.

Do you need a park hopper or a 1-Park ticket? A park hopper works better for some people than others. We park-hopped for New Year's Eve 2023. We rope-dropped Disney California Adventure from 8 until 11 a.m. We hit all our favorite rides with no wait (or a very short wait). Then we took a rest. We bought Genie+ but did not use it in Disney California Adventure. Instead, after entering Disney California Adventure we started reserving rides for the afternoon at Disneyland. Every time we reserved a ride, we set an alarm for two hours. Then we booked the next ride. That way, when we arrived at Disneyland a few hours later (after a nap), we had several Lightning Lane rides ready to go. It's one way to stay ahead of the crowds. Indiana Jones Adventure and Space Mountain were our first selections since they were distributing the fastest and had later return times that worked for our schedule.

If you are only visiting for the evening (or part of the day), choose a 1-Park ticket. We recommend making your park reservation based on where you’d like to be for the special evening entertainment. Skip Genie+ if you are arriving in the afternoon. But definitely get it if you arrive early and stay all day. You can save with the lowest-price Genie+ tickets through Undercover Tourist.

Once you choose a park, bring everything you need for the day. Get a locker to store sweatshirts, jackets and items you do not want to carry around all day. We brought hats and scarves for the evening.

3. Decide When to Arrive and Leave

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Photo op in Disney California AdventureSet your priorities for the day and set an arrival time that works for you. We Frogs like to arrive early, preferably when the parks open in the morning. Why? Some of the shortest wait times of the day are during the first two hours of park opening. Then the shortest lines of the day are before park close. the biggest lines are between noon and 6 p.m. The middle of the day.

Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park usually open at 8 a.m., but they let guests filter into the parks a little early (about 7:30 a.m.) before rope drop at 8 a.m. You cannot access the rides and most of the park before rope drop.

Guests staying at one of the Disneyland hotels can access certain attractions in a park with Early Entry starting at 7:30 a.m. To take advantage of Early Entry, hotel guests should arrive at the park gates by 7:15 a.m. and have their room key ready to get beyond the ropes.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Wait times in Disneyland at 1:20 am on New Year's EveThe parks stay open later than usual on New Year's Eve. 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. The lines get so short during the last two to three hours of the night, especially in Fantasyland! Here's a look at ride wait times at about 1:20 a.m. on New Year's Eve! Staying late has its advantages.

Here's another reason to arrive early: Genie+. At Disneyland, you cannot start making Genie+ reservations or individual Lightning Lane purchases until you have scanned into a park that day. So if you arrive in the morning you can start making your selections right away. Rides run through Genie+ options faster on holidays than on other days. If you arrive later in the day, you may not have any choices left.

In the morning, we recommend taking advantage of the short lines (without Genie+) and booking Genie+ return times for later in the day. You can also modify the times to later in the day, so you'll have options once wait times peak.

If you are arriving in the afternoon or evening, save your money by not getting Genie+. Most of the selections will be taken by then (or will quickly disappear). Only purchase Genie+ on New Year's Eve if you can arrive in the morning. Then, after making a selection, set your alarm for two hours to choose the next ride. If you need to make a change, use the modify function to look for new times or a different ride in that park. Doing that will not reset the clock on your eligibility window.

4. Utilize Genie+ to Save Time and Skip Some Ride Lines

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Genie

Genie+ is a paid service that allows guests to use Lightning Lane to skip the standard queue for some attractions. Guests can purchase a theme park ticket preloaded with Genie+ to lock in the lowest rate or purchase the service in the Disneyland app after entering a theme park each day. The price can vary in the park, and we expect higher prices for Genie+ on holidays and other peak days. Genie+ allows park-goers to skip standby 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. You can select a new ride after redeeming the previous Lighting Lane or two hours after you last made a selection, whichever comes first. (Set those alarms!) 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. Look for New Year's photo locations and New Year's signs with PhotoPass photographers. Hop over to our Disney Genie and Genie+ FAQ for answers to common questions.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - dca

It is always a good idea to have a park 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. (Want to create your own park plan for the day? Check out the SoCal Theme Park Day app!)

New Year's Eve at Disneyland - It's a Small World Holiday Year Signage

Pirates of the Caribbean and the Incredicoaster usually have fast-moving lines. Try to get a Lightning Lane reservation for the "it’s a small world" Holiday overlay and Haunted Mansion Holiday on New Year’s Eve. These rides both have longer-than-usual lines during the holidays because of their seasonal overlays. Water rides such as Grizzly River Run may have shorter lines due to cooler weather. Wear a poncho if you don't want to get wet.

If you are arriving in the afternoon or evening, skip Genie+. Most of the selections will be taken by then. Only purchase it if you can arrive early. Then it's a great strategy to reserve rides for the afternoon and evening when lines are long. A free strategy is to ride rides during the parades. Wait times drop during parade time.

The two most popular rides, Rise of the Resistance and Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure, have a buy-in option 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.

Individual Lightning Lanes can be expensive on New Year's Eve, so we say to avoid paying that by using good strategies. We use the free Single Riders line at Radiator Spring Racers. Your party must be willing to split up and each guest must be at least 7 years old.

Rise was $28 and Radiator Springs was $21 per person on New Year's Eve 2023. We always opt to save money where we can, so if you don't want to pay to skip the line, we recommend riding early via the free standby queue. We have a whole post on strategies for riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as well as one for Radiator Springs Racers. Keep in mind that Rise of the Resistance closes early at 10 p.m.

5. Dress in Layers and Get Free Party Hats!

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 order a few hours early because long waits can still happen when many orders are being processed.

If rain is in the forecast, dress accordingly. Wear waterproof shoes, a hat and a raincoat or poncho.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Hat distribution area

Don't froget to pick up your free party hats. At Disneyland, you can find them at the middle entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and in Tomorrowland (near Launch Bay). At Disney California Adventure, pick them up outside Disney Jr. in Hollywood Land.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - People in hats hold sign

In addition to party hats, there are photo ops and hand-held photo signs around both parks. Make sure you take some photos in your party hats!

6. Pack Patience and Plan for Everything to Take Longer

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - mickey and minnie at castle

Come evening, Disneyland Park will be pretty crowded. To keep everyone moving, Cast Members will create one-way traffic through the lands. That may mean taking the long way to get where you are going. You'll see large light-up Mickey direction signs. You can walk past the stage in front of the castle in the evening, but you cannot stop. There is a roped area there for people camped out for the fireworks, but for everyone else, this is a moving walkway.

Post fireworks, Main Street U.S.A. and the Hub area will be packed with people all trying to go different directions at once. We say to avoid this area for the 9 p.m. fireworks and shortly after. Many families with young children exit the park about this time. It becomes very hard to move and can be scary to have small children in such tight crowds.

7. Be Entertained

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Fireworks at midnight

Shows offer opportunities to sit down and rest throughout the day. Take advantage of smaller musical acts, cavalcades and other park entertainment options that don't have a line this day. The entertainment calendar lists a lot of great choices. Keep in mind that shows are subject to weather conditions. If it's a rainy day, most outdoor shows can be canceled.

If you saw famous bands performing on New Year's Eve on television, keep in mind that those TV Disneyland performances were filmed weeks in advance. You won't see those bands at Disneyland on New Year's Eve. But you can enjoy DJ dance parties and countdowns!

Check the entertainment calendar for the Christmas Fantasy Parade, fireworks and other entertainment. Parades are earlier than usual and other shows have a different schedule than normal on New Year's Eve. The parades were at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2023. The entertainment calendar is updated six weeks in advance. However, more specific details (such as countdowns and dance parties) tend to appear on the calendar about Dec. 27, so keep checking back as New Year's Eve approaches.

You will have to camp out sooner than usual for parades. 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 welcome rest. If the forecast is chilly, bring a thin blanket to stay warm while you hold your spot.

As for fireworks, people will crowd the area near the castle, "it's a small world," and Rivers of America early. The fireworks on New Year's Eve are short (about 5 minutes). Fantasy in the Sky fireworks have no projections. So you can really watch them from anywhere. The countdown and music are only played in the main viewing areas (Castle, Main Street, small world and Rivers). But you can see them great with no crowds in Batuu or Fantasyland (near Dumbo). You have two chances to watch fireworks: 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. The crowds are challenging in the viewing areas post-fireworks. If you don't need to hear the countdown, watch the midnight fireworks at Dumbo and enjoy an empty Fantasyland with crazy short lines after the show while the crowds surge around the rest of the park.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Snowfall on Main Street

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. (It was at 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve 2022.) You can also catch snowfall at these times in front of "it's a small world." We caught a surprise snowfall on Main Street at 1:30 a.m. What a great way to end a magical night!

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Dance Party at Small World

There are New Year's Eve Countdown Celebrations in both parks from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. In Disneyland Park, you can find them at Rivers of America, Tomorrowland, "it's a small world" at Sleeping Beauty Castle for much of the evening. You can enjoy projections, special party lights or photo ops there. Characters appear on the stage in front of the castle. Unless you are corralled in the fireworks viewing area, you can only walk past the stage without stopping to see them.

At Disney California Adventure, there are New Year's Eve Countdown Celebrations from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can find them at the World of Color viewing area, Cars Land and Hollywood Land. Characters appear on the stage at the World of Color viewing area. This park is generally less crowded than Disneyland for the evening.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - New Year's Fireworks at Main Street

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 Dec. 31 are the “New Year's Eve Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular"). Showtimes 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 classic Disney playlist 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. Mickey and Minnie (and pals) make appearances throughout the night. 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, especially on years that you will already be in place for the 11:30 p.m. Fantasmic! show. Note that there is no Fantasmic! show in 2023, but we look forward to its return on May 24, 2024, and in New Year's Eve next year!

There may be fireworks packages for New Year's Eve at Disneyland. Plaza Inn sometimes has a fireworks dining package. You can also ring in the New Year with the New Year's Eve Fireworks Dining Package at the Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace 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.

You can see the full show well from "it's a small world" and can see the bursts 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 in these locations. If you choose to view the fireworks elsewhere, it will save you time from camping out; use that time for more rides. Plus, it helps you avoid the crowds after the show.

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.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Mark Twain Riverboat in Fantasmic!

Be on the lookout for dance parties, which may pop up (hop up?) on the calendar. There are usually New Year's Eve Countdown Celebrations at "it's a small world," Rivers of America and Sleeping Beauty Castle. There is a holiday dance party with characters in Tomorrowland from 7 to 1 a.m.

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 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 a.m. More dance parties are in Cars Land and Hollywood Land.

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - World of Color - Season of Light

World of Color —  Season of Light has altered showtimes on New Year's Eve. Shows were at 7 and 8:15 p.m. in 2023. The virtual queue for viewing the show opens at noon each day. Set your alarm for 11:55 a.m. to join it. The Hollywood Land Dance Party is hoppin' from 8 p.m. until 1 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!

Several bands will entertain you throughout the day as part of Disney Festival of Holidays. The festival food and beverage booths are usually open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. One advantage to celebrating at Disney California Adventure is that you may enjoy a lot more adult beverages if that's important to you. Enjoy meeting characters, from the residents of Radiator Springs until 1 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. Other holiday entertainment such as the Holiday Toy Drummers, Mostly Kosher, Blue12 Dance Company, The Mistletoes, and Tina and The Sounds of Celebration! will keep you entertained. Many of these shows get canceled if it's raining.

The New Year's Eve Countdown parties are usually listed on the events schedule by Dec. 27.

8. 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 checking for walk-up availability in the Disneyland app. You can also Mobile Order to skip the food lines at quick-service restaurants. Mobile order dinner hours in advance as lines around the Hub get long as people wait for fireworks.

The normal Plaza Inn dining package with parade viewing for A Christmas Fantasy Parade is not available on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. However, special New Year's Eve Fireworks Dining Packages are available. 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 one of the New Year's Eve Fireworks Dining Packages. The Plaza Inn fireworks package (not offered in 2023) comes with access to the dining area and fireworks viewing area of Plaza Inn (located in Plaza Inn).

Another in-park option is to reserve the New Year's Eve Enchantment at the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience. This event takes place above Star Wars Launch Bay. You can come and go throughout the night, but your arrival time is between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a special meal, as well as a choice of cold or hot beverages and a light-up event credential. This gives you a pretty good view of fireworks above the crowds. It does remove you from the crowds but may lack the energy the crowds provide. One downside to these packages is that if the fireworks get canceled, you do not get refunded. The plus side is that you can play games, enjoy beverages and charge your devices here. Plus, it allows you to escape the crowds.

You can read more about Disneyland dining packages. We are not normally big fans of the fireworks packages when viewing shows with a lot of projection because we like to choose our own viewing spots. But if you need to escape the crowds, then these are good options on New Year's Eve since fireworks are the main attraction and not the projections.

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 usually recommend leaving the parks in the evening on this day. If you do depart for a meal, there’s no guarantee they'll let you back in.

All table-service dining locations now serve alcohol at Disneyland Park. Oga's Cantina has out-of-this-world themed drinks in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Find out more in our post on where to find the best drinks with alcohol at Disneyland.

Napa Rose has a New Year's Eve Gala with dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. It's $350 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve through the app or visit Disneyland.com/dining.

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

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Mickey's Happy Holidays

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 cavalcades in either park, 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! Another calorie burner is the climb up the newly reopened Adventureland Treehouse!

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Holiday Toy Drummers

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 Avengers Campus. There is so much holiday entertainment hoppening in this park. Don't miss out on seeing the Holiday Toy Drummers!

10. Look up the Hours of your Must-Do Attractions in Advance

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - its a small world projections

 

10 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland - Ride closure sign at IncredicoasterSome rides and lands have shorter hours. Toontown is closed from about 7 p.m. until just before 1 a.m. because of the two fireworks shows. So if you want to ride Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, plan accordingly. Same for "it's a small world," which closes with Toontown. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance closes at 10 p.m. Check the ride closing times around Pixar Pier. Signs said attractions closed about 11 p.m. and reopened after the countdown show. You can see ride hours that day in the Disneyland app and for future dates online.

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 a.m. on New Year's Day, with Early Entry at 7:30 a.m.

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.

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

Related: Guide to the Hoppiest Holidays at Disneyland

Related: Disneyland Holiday Survival Guide Tips

Hoppy New Year!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Dec 18, 2022 at 6:05 p.m. Melannie Maes Says...

We got a park hopper on the 31st starting at DCA, do you think we will be okay to hop over to Disneyland at 1pm when we are able to? Just concerned cause it’s NYE!!!

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Dec 6, 2023 at 7:14 a.m. Sarah derby Says...

Does a ticket for 31st December for the Disney land park allow us to stay for new years eve party . Or is it a separate new years party eve ticket which week to be sold out

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Dec 6, 2023 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

New Year's Eve celebrations are included with a general admission ticket.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 20, 2022 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melannie!

Last year, there weren't any issues with park hopping and there's even higher capacity this year, so we think it should be OK. However, we'd advise hopping right at 1 p.m. and not saving it for later when capacity could get higher at Disneyland Park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2022 at 11:19 a.m. quanda Says...

i am trying to get the plaza in dining package to see the fireworks. is it sold out already?

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Dec 8, 2022 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Quanda!

If you're not seeing any pop up, then it's more than likely that reservations are all full on New Year's Eve. We'd still suggest that you keep checking occasionally, just in case you can snag a cancellation. Same-day reservations may be made on a limited basis but are subject to availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2022 at 3:29 p.m. Tiffeny Says...

We will be visiting Disneyland for New Year’s Eve this year. When will the New Year’s fireworks dining package reservations be available? How do I reserve one of those? There is nothing currently on the Disney website regarding New Year’s Eve. The 60 day mark for reservations is the day after tomorrow, so I’m getting nervous. Thanks for your help!

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Oct 31, 2022 at 5:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffeny!

No need to worry — nothing's been announced just yet! Keep an eye out on the Plaza Inn dining packages page. If anything gets announced, you would be able to find information there. It's normal for NYE entertainment information to be released later (and sometimes more quietly too).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 14, 2022 at 1:41 a.m. drew Says...

How do you know which popcorn buckets are available and where?

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Jan 14, 2022 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drew!

This is a great question, as the popcorn buckets are rarely publicly announced (though sometimes Disney Parks Blog includes special options near the holidays in their foodie guides). The best way to find out which popcorn buckets are around are to look at the popcorn stands at each park - as you walk by, you'll see these displayed on a pedestal if they are available. Supplies are constantly changing, so it pays to check back :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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/

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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