Updated Disneyland New Year's Eve entertainment & fireworks info
by, 12-28-2009 at 12:20 PM (5485 Views)
Even though the Disneyland Web site STILL, as of this morning, indicates that there are no midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve, and even though the Disneyland Guest Relations phone operators STILL, as of this morning, continue to say that there are no midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve, I have loads of information about NYE that should help make your evening more enjoyable.
Expect the usual parking hassles in and around the Disneyland Resort, so plan to get there early. Downtown Disney will begin charging a $20 flat rate parking fee somewhere around 5:00 to discourage people from using that lot as a short-term lot just so they can pop in and see the fireworks. If you obtain validation from a sit-down restaurant or the AMC theater you can obtain a REFUND of that fee if you show your paid parking reciept and validation stamp to the Valet Booth, but you will still be subjected to the fee upon entry.
The trams to and from the Mickey & Friends parking structure will be extremely busy immediately after each fireworks show - plan to wait it out or walk back to M&F. To speed boarding of the trams, guests who use wheelchairs or need other assistance will be directed to a dedicated queue near the picnic area, and will use the accessible shuttle van back to the structure instead of boarding the trams.
Land / Area closures:
Mickey's Toontown will close for the evening around 8:30pm, and will not reopen.
A Bugs Land will close for the evening around 9:30pm, and will not reopen.
Hat and Horn distribution locations:
Disneyland - Festival Arena in Frontierland, starting at 7pm.
DCA - Condor Flats and in front of the Paradise Pier gate, starting at 7pm.
Midnight countdown locations:
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Rivers of America
its a small world Mall
Midnight countdown from Disneyland will be played through area speakers.
Midnight fireworks locations:
Disneyland - usual location in the skies above Disneyland park
DCA - launching from the roof of "A Bug's Life," best viewed from the Sunshine Plaza
Update 12/29: The Disneyland Web site has been updated with "New Year's Eve Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks" in Disneyland and "Countdown to Midnight Fireworks"in DCA, both showing at 11:30pm. I don't know if this is because the Disney Web site can't publish a midnight showing without it pushing the event into the next day's entertainment schedule (I seem to remember in previous years the midnight fireworks were actually listed as being the next morning), or if they've really moved the show(s) up.
Live radio broadcasts from DCA:
104.3 MY FM - Sunshine Plaza, starting at 9:30pm
Power 106 FM - Hollywood Backlot Stage, starting at 9:30pm
KSSE FM - Pacific Wharf District, starting at 9:30pm