You can celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family…kids included…at Disneyland’s sister-park, Disney’s California Adventure.
This traditionally has not been most people’s first choice of New Year’s Eve celebrations…but that situation has now changed; you MUST be prepared for the possibility of sell-out crowds at Disney’s California Adventure Park.
The Disney honchos knew that the park was unpopular, and that’s why a billion-dollar plan to beef up this park is in progress. When all the new additions have been added (which will take until mid-2012 to complete) then people will face even MORE CROWDED conditions than they will in 2011!
There are a number of reasons, however, why you might choose to attend the New Years Eve celebration at Disney’s California Adventure instead of Disneyland. These reasons might include—-
1.) You don’t have to arrive at DCA as early in the day as you would in order to be admitted to Disneyland. This is actually a very compelling reason. The reason families want an all-ages New Year’s Eve celebration is because they want their kids to have fun. But, kids tend to wear out & get grumpy after a certain amount of hours. Yes, you must be cautious about what time you’ll arrive…because the Disney California Adventure Park is certain to sell-out for New Year’s Eve this year. However, you should be able to arrive in the early afternoon…rather than in the morning (like you must do if you wish to get inside of Disneyland Park for New Year’s Eve.)
2.) Disney’s World of Color show is a red-hot attraction. It was brand-new last year, and it’s still HUGELY popular. You’ll want to get your fast-pass reservations for the show early in the day, or you may not get into one of the evening performances. What is the World of Color show? It’s a nighttime spectacular featuring dancing waters, colorful lights, special music…and selected Disney movie scenes shown on screens made of water. Most theme park experts have agreed that the World of Color show was the #1 new attraction in the USA for 2010.
3.) The Fireworks & Fountain show which will ring in New Year 2012 will be breathtaking. To some fans, even the Disneyland fireworks pale by comparison. Catching this show could be daunting, however. Unlike Disneyland’s fireworks show…which everyone can see because they’re ‘way up in the sky…there’s a limited viewing area around the lagoon where this show will take place. Yes, you’ll be able to see the fireworks segment if you can’t get next to the lagoon…but you may miss viewing some of the colorful fountains.
4.) If New Year’s Eve just isn’t New Year’s Eve for you without drinking, then you’ll want to choose the Disney California Adventure celebration over Disneyland (which has a “dry” New Year’s Eve party.) DCA’s street party in the Hollywood section of the park will be held nightly during the holidays, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Street parties feature dancing and alcoholic of the Hollywood Backlot section of the park.beverages served from portable bars in the party area
celebrate New Year's Eve at Disneyland! Every year Disneyland throws a HUGE family party---and you're invited!
But, if you DO make it into Disnelyand, here’s what you can expect when you attend the exciting bash for New Years Eve at Disneyland (in addition to the park’s very LONG lines!)—-
1.) Plenty of extra entertainment—-For this special event, the park will be featuring one-day-only bands (with varying musical styles) to help you party down & get into the mood to celebrate.
2.) Party Favors—-There will be party hats and favors. What’s New Year’s Eve without looking and sounding silly…er, should I say, “Goofy!” You may also pay to purchase a special set of New Year’s mouse ears, if you want a higher quality souvenir.
3.) Special Ring-in-the-New-Year fireworks show—-You won’t have to look at your watch to tell if it’s midnight at Disneyland—-you’ll KNOW!!! Fireworks will splash in the sky, music will play, and the crowd will roar!
4.) Special Park Hours—-Keep listning to the bands and riding your favorite rides until 2 am! on January 1st (Note: If you celebrate at Disney’s California Adventure, closing is one hour earlier, at 1 am.)
5.) Christmas entertainment & attractions—By attending Disneyland Park on December 31st, you’ll still be in time to see the popular Disney Christmas parade and fireworks show…and snowfall, too! Plus, the Holiday Haunted Mansion (starring Jack Skellington from 3D Nightmare Before Christmas!) will still be running. So will the holiday version of “It’s A Small World.” In addition, several showings of the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic” will be performed. To see pictures and discover details about all of the Disneyland Resort’s wonderful holiday activities, please see the Disneyland Christmas Events page of this site.
BUT HERE’S A SPECIAL WARNING: GO EXTRA EARLY! Although it’s normal for Disneyland to sell out by early afternoon every year, for the Christmas thru New Year’s vacation week last year, Disneyland started turning away guests as early as 10 am on some days. Only guests with pre-purchased tickets and annual passes with NO blockout dates are admitted when this happens. NO ticket booth transactions will get you into the park once it’s deemed to be “at full capacity.” Yes, you can still go to Disney’s California Adventure, instead…but it, too, experienced sell-out days during the Christmas vacation week last year.
Bitter tales were seen on Twitter last year, as people from out of town and locals alike arrived at Disneyland only to be turned away. Don’t let this happen to you! Either arrive mega-early…or make other plans! Don’t forget to include as much as 2 hours for parking and purchasing your tickets…more than double the amount of time you’d need on days when the crowd is less.
There are times when words fail and one’s jaw is simply left dropping in amazement. If you watched the New Year’s Eve “Fireworks and Fountains” display at Disney’s California Adventure last year (Disneyland’s “sister park” in Anaheim, California,) then you surely experienced one of those moments. Disneyland-lovers are now going to face a SERIOUS choice on New Year’s Eve 2011: should they head to Disneyland Park? Or, should they head to Disney’s California Adventure?
Well, this little shop is run by my fiance of 5 years and I. We live in London and we’re both huge Disney fanatics and hope to get married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion in the future. This shop is slowly helping us achieve that dream :-)
I’ve made a 10% off discount code for your readers. It’s DLGURU10 and all you have to do is enter it at the checkout. It lasts until 1st February.
Hear that readers one person gets to win this lovely giveaway but the rest of you get a discount!! and you will be helping a Disney Dream come true!!
about the prize: This is a Disney’s Snow White inspired necklace. Set in a lovely 30mmx40mm oval shaped setting under a magnifying glass cabochon is a picture of the Poison Apple. The picture is very clear and bright.
There are a few blogs I can’t find a ask for to let them know they won the giveaway if this happens I will give them a week to find it on the blog and after that if now word from them comes I will pick a new winner.
A unique way to show your love of the “Happiest Place On Earth”!
This copper “ID Style” bracelet features 1 “Pressed Penny” from Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The penny features Walt Disney’s Signature
This bracelet is 7 inches long total, is adjustable with 5 rings at the end and features a copper “lobster claw” clasp. The chain, jump rings and clasp are all made of copper.
check out Mary Louise Designs. I want to buy up everything up from her shop from all the amazing penny art to Bracelets made out of Disneyland maps its such a beautiful way to show off your love of Disneyland! So check it out! http://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryLouiseDesigns
This Giveaway from The Striking Vicking at Etsy is Winners choice. he has a great selection of things from Disney, to movies, to Twilight and you can choose from photography (like above) or one of the amazing drawings he does! (I am thinking about getting the haunted mansion poster for my roommate) whoever wins gets to choose which one they want!!! Check out your choices here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheStrikingViking