No but concidering 2008 Countdown party.How busy do the parks actually get during New Years event and how far in advance should hotels be booked.
It is crazy! I almost got trampled the year that I went but it is a really fun experience overall. You have to wait from at least early morning to get a good spot, we were just a little off center from the front of the castle. If you go in a group I suggest you pick the fastest runner and meet up with them after things calm down at TDL. I think TDS is calmer but I've never been to their countdown. Regarding hotels I have no idea though.
I got an email from Ikyu.com (about a week before new years) - which is a hotel booking site in Japan - and they were still selling hotel rooms for the 30th, 31st. And they ALSO said that if you have a hotel room at the official hotels you are GUARANTEED admission into the count down party - just like how you`re guaranteed admission into the parks even when the parks are full.
(of course you have to buy the tickets at the hotel and stuff)
But I always thought that the only way to get tickets was to win the lottery thing. I had no idea that you could get the tickets if you had a room! (of course the rooms are like $600 a night with a 2 night minimum)