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    Red Face How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    my boyfriend and i are considering going to disneyland/california adventure for new years eve ..

    so here is my question
    how bad is it really? are the crowds tolerable?
    and what are all the fun things that they plan for the night?
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    New Years Eve is notably one of Disneyland's busiest days of the year. They reach capacity in the early afternoon, and do not allow any new entries. The entire park is wall to wall people for a better part of the day. Disneyland will remain open until 2AM, while California Adventure will stay open until 1AM. (I think.)

    The couple of years, the resort has put a lot of effort into making CA adventure a better choice for New Years with several dance clubs and shows throughout the evening. Though it still sees extremely low attendance and is practically a ghost town come midnight. Disneyland itself sees the majority of crowds, and has several celebration areas. The most popular family friendly venue of course is on Main St where people gather for the countdown and a firework show at midnight. They don't play a lot of "popular" songs there, much more kid friendly. There are several other DJ booths set up around the park as well, and they make many areas to celebrate the new year.

    Starting at 5pm Disneyland passes out New Years hats and noisemakers to all guests. It's a neat little perk, and fun that everyone has one.

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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    I have experienced NYE at Disneyland as both a cast member and a guest.

    I can easily say.......be prepared to wait for literally everything. Lines to get in, lines to get out, lines to get in lines. I'm not joking.
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
    I have experienced NYE at Disneyland as both a cast member and a guest.

    I can easily say.......be prepared to wait for literally everything. Lines to get in, lines to get out, lines to get in lines. I'm not joking.
    Very true. I've told many people to avoid going to DL on NYE. Unless you're thinking of bringing a group of people to DCA. Not a whole lot of people, dance clubs, and ummmm, they serve liquor. I don't understand why DCA isn't a more popular choice for that holiday.

    I could imagine that in the near future, the DLR will realize the popularity of NYE and make DL and hard ticket event, while keeping DCA open.

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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    yeah i would assume it's extreeeemememememely busy

    although the last time i went on NYE i was 3
    so i can't even remember
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    I always get there early. I've been to the last two NYE events at Disneyland for Suburban Legends, and as long as I get there early, I'm fine.

    If you decide to leave the park at all but plan to come back, always get a handstamp, regardless of whether or not you're an annual passholder. You will need it to get back in.


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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    hmm sounds like a lot of people but it sounds like a good idea would be to go down there early to make sure you have entrance with a hand stamp and then come back later when your ready to play

    also it sounds like a good plan of action would be hang out in dca
    can you see the fireworks from dca?
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    I went for NYE 2 years ago and had a blast! Although I got there at opening and closed out the park so I didn't have a problem getting in. It was crazy busy all day except in DCA which like a normal day. I only waited 20 min for ToT all day. If you're not expecting to go on to many rides, and go to enjoy the atmosphere and be in DL on New Year's then go for it!

    I'm going again this year for NYE and I can't wait!
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    Quote Originally Posted by brandiinicole View Post
    hmm sounds like a lot of people but it sounds like a good idea would be to go down there early to make sure you have entrance with a hand stamp and then come back later when your ready to play

    also it sounds like a good plan of action would be hang out in dca
    can you see the fireworks from dca?
    We were in DCA on NYE, positioned to see the fireworks. It was so foggy, no one saw the fireworks, not even the people in Disneyland (from what I heard later).
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    I was there for new years last year with my friends and we had a blast. It was really busy but we were able to do things still. The fog rolled in around 11 or 11:30 and we couldn't see the fireworks (and we were right by IASW).

    If you do go, there are a lot of fun things to do, but I wouldn't plan on getting a ton of rides in. New Years day was manageable though.
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    We usually end up at DCA cause ... that's where the booze is at.

    They usually do fireworks in the lagoon, although who knows what they are going to do this year. Maybe a WOC sneak preview???

    (that'd be AWESOME)


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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    Quote Originally Posted by brandiinicole View Post
    my boyfriend and i are considering going to disneyland/california adventure for new years eve ..

    so here is my question
    how bad is it really? are the crowds tolerable?
    and what are all the fun things that they plan for the night?
    I have only been to DLR for NYE once. It was the second night of a 4 day trip to the resort. So in all honesty, the trip turned out well because there was definitely time to get everything in multiple times. (it was four days).

    But IMO i think once was enough for me for a while. That is if you are paying alot to go to the parks for just the one night, and you arent an AP holder.

    It is extremely crowded, and there are many fun things to do. The question on everyones mind has still got be. "WHY THE HECK ARE YOU RAMMING IN TO ME WITH THAT STROLLER??? ITS 1030, and your kids already asleep!!!"

    There are strollers everywhere....YOu think a busy day has alot of them...NYE is worse. I understand, parents want to have fun too. So i'll give them that lol.

    But all in all, if you've never done it before its an awesome experience. And by no means will you be bored. Definitely beats watching the ball drop on TV, knowing it already happened 3 hours before. It definitely is a full on party everywhere.

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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    yeahh it sounds chaotic
    but i do have an ap so we never are too worried about trying to get on all the rides while we are there. i think we more just want to go to experience it and have some fun!
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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    Quote Originally Posted by brandiinicole View Post
    hmm sounds like a lot of people but it sounds like a good idea would be to go down there early to make sure you have entrance with a hand stamp and then come back later when your ready to play

    also it sounds like a good plan of action would be hang out in dca
    can you see the fireworks from dca?
    I wouldn't count on the hand stamp to save you on NYE, I would at least consider a plan B that keeps you in DL all day just in case things look out of control before noon. As a CM I know that for a fact that Disney exceeds the attendence cap almost every year. It's not really their fault but logistically there is no way to cut things off at exactly 85K, it usually spills into the 90-95K range on NYE by the time management gets the flag that capacity has been exceeded. I have seen instances where even the handstamped people were not even allowed into the park until the excess crowd was brought down.

    Fun fact: for NYE 1999-2000, park attendence was 110K at its highest point, there was hardly any space to move around and I was working Guest Control at the hub that evening. I still get shivers thinking back to that day.

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    re: How bad is the crowd on New Year's Eve?

    Just know that in spite of the crazy crowd situations, NYE at DL has proven over and over again to be a wonderful experience for me. It's such a happy, fun night, and there's an air of complete celebration and hope for the coming year. I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather ring in the new year.
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