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Re: Disneyland on New Years Eve?
If the weather is beautiful it could be on 'soft close' by Noon - they have various stages starting with halting one-day ticket sales. Then there are various other things to slow or stop people coming into Disneyland - halting all new ticket sales, to no new admits (readmits only) to "one person goes out, one can come in" to "Forget it, No More." It's a Fire Safety issue, they just plain run out of room to put people.
If the weather is lousy you might be able to walk right in at dusk.
And there is the Rose Parade Factor to consider, they have a big exodus out the gates at about 5 PM - Lots of people are there for the day but leave at dusk, because they are going to or participating in the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl in the morning. Meaning they might close the gates for Disneyland at Noon, but be able to let you in (or to cross over from DCA) at 6 or 7 PM when space frees up.
All the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl participants have Bed Check - if they aren't back at their hotel by Bed Check time, they don't play or march in the morning. They don't want to deal with zombies who tried to stay up all night and then play football or hike the parade route. Or fall asleep on the floats.
Some people can pull off an all-nighter with no problems at all, but most can't. (I used to...)
Iv'e been at Disneyland on New Years for 5 years now. This 2008 Im totally having a different experience in another place.
Im a disney fan but this year my friends are not taking the risk of the "cancelled fireworks issue"
I was there last year 2007-2008 everything was cancelled Fantasmic, Fireworks due to winds.
I was there on 4th of July where fireworks where cancelled half show.
So this year no one wanted to go to Disneyland they say it's boring and the park dosen't offer anything spectacular. (Im sad I wont be there)
To bad I'll check here for updates on new years but wish you luck on the firework from being cancelled.
I've been going on New Years eve every year since 1999. My advise is if you are wanting to go on New Years Eve, get there early in the morning and enjoy the park for the day. If your having to worry about what time you have to be there and I need to be there by X:XX or else I might not be able to get in, I would advise to skip the park.
One year, I was at the park in the morning and had to leave due to work and when I came back, the gates were closed. Not a good feeling when you want to get into Disneyland and you are stopped at the gates. I was only able to get back in since I was in there earlier with a hand stamp and I had to call a friend in the park, have them come up to the front gate (not an easy task to do that night) and point me out to a cast member to get me in.
So if your going to go, get there as early as possible and try to enjoy the park.
We did it last year and boy was it cold and windy! If this cold pattern continues through New Year's it's going to be even colder! Even with the cancellation of fireworks and stuff the experience was fun! Something you have to do once. Not sure if we'll do it again, but again it was fun.
I went to Disneyland about 2 years ago for New Years to try it out. It was Pure Madness!!! Getting there early is key, there were people camping out in front of the castle early in the morning. You probably want to get there no later than noon, depending on how busy it gets the park could stop admission. I have never seen it so busy when I went that day. It was fun. But the best was the next morning. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOBODY THERE!! It was awesome to walk around the park for a couple of hours with little to no wait for rides
Went to Disneyland New Years Eve 2001 - and it was more packed than I had ever seen. July 4 is the other biggest day that I could remember...............so be prepared for HIGH crowds. I'd get there and plan to just hang out so they don't close the gates on you
As others have posted, if you are going this year, be aware of the fact that the winds can pull the plug on all of the fireworks. I remember several Micechatters being bummed out that after a handful of fireworks the announcement came....2008, no fireworks, thanks for coming, drive safely, buh-bye. All of that build up and....nada. It's always a possibility in January, so heads up and be prepared.
I think there's a couple youtubes around of last years non spectacular welcome of 2008.