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  • On Jun 19, 2012
    Lesly from FL Asked

    Hi we are planning a trip to Disney for new years. we have never spent new years in orlando but we have heard it get really crowed in the parks. any disney resort that might be recommend that might have any celebrations that the kids can enjoy.

    Hi Lesly!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. 

    Almost all of the resorts have activities throughout the year and several will have special activities. However, Disney usually does not release what they are until very close to the end of year holidays. 

    You are right that the parks are extremely crowded for New Year's Eve. I am assuming that you want to visit a park that night in my recommendations below. If I am wrong, just please write back!  Anyways, I suggest gong to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot as they have the most special activities for New Year's Eve. However there is a chance, especially for the Magic Kingdom, that it will close early due to reaching park capacity. This you will really want to get there early and stay the entire day. Also, leaving the park late at night can be very problematic that night as basically everybody wants to leave at the same time. Disney almost always has extra buses on hand, but there are still a lot of guests trying to leave at the same time. Thus I suggest stating at a resort hotel within walking distance of the park you want to be at on New Year's Eve. That means staying at the Contemporary when visiting the Magic Kingdom or staying at an Epcot area Deluxe Resort for Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

    Another option for leaving, is to walk to a resort hotel to get a taxi to your actual resort. That means walking to the Contemporary from the Magic Kingdom or to the Beach Club from Epcot. You can walk to the Boardwalk from the Studios, but it is a long walk. 

    I hope this helps. Please write back with more questions. 
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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