New Years Eve at Epcot and Hollywood Studios

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New Years Eve at Epcot and Hollywood Studios

There are so many fantastic places across Walt Disney World to ring in New Years Eve. I'm not entirely sure how zi would pick one if I were there! Okay, truthfully I'd probably be at the Top of the World Lounge. However, if you're headed to the parks, check out a little of what's going on at Epcot and Hollywood Studios!

At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney's classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. " 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios rock in the New Year with resident family of landscapers/rock and roll musicians, Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! "The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular" blasts off on a specially built stage in front of Disney's Hollywood Studios signature Sorcerer Hat icon and includes contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites. The four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects and lead up to ringing in the New Year with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears playing live accompaniment to a full scale fireworks spectacular in order to welcome the start of 2013 properly!

For more fantastic Holiday options check out this article!
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/ticketed-new-years-eve-events-walt-disney-world

There's just so much going on! Where would you spend New Years Eve if you were in Walt Disney World?

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We were at MK last year to ring in the NY and was on Main St for the countdown to NY's and fireworks. WOW! - talk about a crowd!! I guess I can cross that off the bucket list and can say I did it once. Not sure if I would do that again. I am in agreement with Kristen about possibly ringing in the NY at Top of the World Lounge and watching the fireworks from there. The EPCOT option is also a possibility with the dining experience. Something that doesnt involve wall to wall people.

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Good luck finding a place not wall to wall people at Disney on NYE. We have done NYE at EPCOT several times. I hate it, mostly because of the crowds but really I just hate it. We have a long drive home (staying is not an option) and I am paranoid being on the roads on New Years. Funny about this post, DH and I had a disagreement this am about what to do Monday. He wants to go to EPCOT, obviously I do not. Last year he and the ds went and I think that's what will happen again this year. I prefer to stay home on NYE. The girls and I may head to Fort Myers to spend New Years with my parents while Mike and Logan go to EPCOT. They will have to go early to make sure they get in as the parks close due to capacity. I don't ever recall EPCOT closing though, I'll have to check that out. We have seen MK, HS and AK all closed because they are full.

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Do you think DHS would be the least crowded option, maybe? But it's still so much smaller than Epcot...

Where is the WorldShowplace Facility in Epcot? That sounds like a super fun idea, but Julie, you're saying it's still crazy-crowded?

I can't even IMAGINE what Main Street in MK looks like on NYE!

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Nancy, I do think HS will be as crowded as the other parks. The problem we find with HS is that the shows end in the late afternoon, by 6:00 the shows are done, except for AI which I think the final show is at 7:30. There are a lot of shows at HS, and when they are done, all that's left to do is the rides which means really long lines. We have noticed this trend lately as the kids fave park is HS so we have been there more. At night when they are open late the lines for the rides are really long. We were disappointed when we stayed for emh from 9-12 and at 11:30 the lines were still 90 for tot 90 for RnR and over 100 for toy story. We decided that its because that's all there is to do with all the shows done for the day. That's all on a regular night, now put everyone there for NYE and it's crazy. If you go, just don't count on doing much besides walking around and maybe eating. We have seen HS closed due to capacity around the holidays.

Maybe Jessie has some input?
We went last Sat (before Christmas) and it was crowded. Haven't been there this week, either we've had company or it's been raining. It's supposed to get cold today and tomorrow then warm up a bit.

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Wow...I wonder why they (DHS) don't run their shows later into the evening, so everybody can spread out their rides/shows ratio?

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Nancy D wrote:
Wow...I wonder why they (DHS) don't run their shows later into the evening, so everybody can spread out their rides/shows ratio?

My guess would be safety due to lighting conditions? Though you would think they could create enough artificial light, perhaps that would ruin the atmosphere in non show areas. But like I said, it's just a guess.

They could make a small concert venue a la "Hollywood Bowl" for evening shows, that would be cool.

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We spent the day at the world yesterday (Sun) and did not go into a park. When we got there around noon MK was closed (full) but when we were over that way later around 5:00 people were able to get in. We did several resorts and DTD. We planned on eating at EOS but at 2:00 the line was still way out the door so we decided no. It seemed everywhere we went there were major crowds, not surprising I guess the day before NYE. DTD had all the beer/alcohol and food tents set up. Here it is noon on NYE and we still don't know if we are going tonight! DH is the only one who really wants to go. His alternative plan is to go tomorrow for rope drop, he's convinced we will have a few hours with no crowds with everyone being out late tonight. We'll see, obviously we are not big planners!

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He might be right on with that Julie!

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Julie wrote:
We spent the day at the world yesterday (Sun) and did not go into a park. When we got there around noon MK was closed (full) but when we were over that way later around 5:00 people were able to get in. We did several resorts and DTD. We planned on eating at EOS but at 2:00 the line was still way out the door so we decided no. It seemed everywhere we went there were major crowds, not surprising I guess the day before NYE. DTD had all the beer/alcohol and food tents set up. Here it is noon on NYE and we still don't know if we are going tonight! DH is the only one who really wants to go. His alternative plan is to go tomorrow for rope drop, he's convinced we will have a few hours with no crowds with everyone being out late tonight. We'll see, obviously we are not big planners!

That's a really good idea! I bet very few people will be venturing out early New Year's Day

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I know Jessi spent NYE in Epcot so maybe she will get on here and tell us about it

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