Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What Are You Doing New Years?

Toast the New Year In at Walt Disney WorldIt started when I was a little girl, the desire to spend New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World, and Disney... they're the ones who put it into my head.  A scene in Carousel of Progress where the family gather's around the TV on New Year's Eve and they're watching all of the festivities that are being "reported" on the celebration at Walt Disney World started the dream.  I would get upset back at home because I could never find that station on my TV, I wanted to watch what was going on so very badly.  Surely if they showed news coverage in the Carousel of Progress it must be broadcast on my TV, right?  Alas, I never found the channel and went year after year without knowing what was going on in the most magical place I knew.

I still haven't made it there for New Year's Eve, but it's on my Disney Bucket List.  Just in case you're wondering, or will be in the area on New Years Eve, Disney has offered up this great list of the fantastic activities that you can participate in at the Walt Disney World Resort.  

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store on Dec. 31, 2011:
  • Magic Kingdom presents a double helping of pyrotechnics: “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:51 p.m.
  • Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” delights revelers with a salute to the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the 25-minute spectacular “Fantasmic!” that combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with the popular “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight.
  • At DisneyQuest, located at Downtown Disney,  there is a family-friendly cyber celebration from 8 p.m. -1 a.m. Kids are entertained with a  DJ and dance party, plus unlimited access to all the games and DisneyQuest attractions including Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain.  There’s a confetti drop and festive party favors as the clock strikes midnight. Partygoers also get a coupon for a pizza, hot dog, chicken casesar wrap or hamburger, plus chips and soda.  Price is $45 advance purchase –  or $55 day of, including tax. Call 407-934-7639 to reserve tickets.
  • At Cirque du Soleil, located at Downtown Disney, all guests attending the Dec. 31 performances will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing contact 407/WDW/SEAT
  • Registered guests at select Disney resort hotels will be treated to music and entertainment. At Narcoosee’s restaurant (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), for instance, there will be a four-course dining experience for $149, plus DJ, balloon artist and special fireworks viewing at 8:30 and 11:51.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort offers a special-ticket New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with video DJ Tony Zapulla.

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