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  • On Jul 5, 2012
    Barrie from SCOTLAND Asked

    Hi - We will be going to HS on 31st December, we have dinner reservations at 8.30 in Derby Brown. It is my understanding that HS is the least busiest at NY and was wondering if anybody has an opinion on what we should be looking at, as a deadline to enter

    Hi there, Barrie!

    New Year's Eve is great fun at Walt Disney World, to be sure! And lots of people come from all over the world to celebrate the turning of the year.

    Historically, yes, Disney's Hollywood Studios has been the "lightest" of the Parks (accepting spillover following the early-ish closure of Disney's Animal Kingdom).

    But I would really hate to tell you "don't worry about it!" and have you arrive at your leisure, only to find the Park at capacity. And that can happen, especially, as I suggested, after Animal Kingdom closes for the evening when Magic Kingdom and Epcot are closed.

    As word gets around, too, of the Studios' comparatively easy crowd level, there is a possibility that more folks will flock to that Park.

    My recommendation is to be there before 11:00 AM. You might arrive and see no major crowds for hours, giving you ample time to enjoy the attractions before settling in for evening entertainment. On the other hand, crowd levels at all of the Parks tend to see a spike around lunchtime on regular days, so I'm hoping this will ensure you easy entry.

    Have a wonderful, festive trip!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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