NYE in Magic Kingdom


#1

Has anyone been in MK on NYE? I know its insanely crowded and that most people prefer EPCOT but my people are adamant that we be in MK. I have heard that it is necessary to be at the park well before rope drop and plan to stay for hours after midnight. After doing some research I have started to question that advice. We will be staying at POP, will have dining and FP+ reservations, and will be using Disney transportation. Am I understanding correctly that unless they reach a level 4 closure, which rarely happens, I will be allowed into the park at any time? I know transportation will be slow and bag check and entry will be packed, but would it be feasible to arrive at MK around 4 for a dinner reservation then claim our spots for the fireworks? We would definitely plan on hanging around after the fireworks to let the crowds get out. Thanks in advance. Jeanna


#2

Your plan would have worked in 2016/17 .....

EXCEPT for the issue with traffic. Like you, I was worried about phased closures over Christmas and New Year. We decided not to go to a park on NYE. I resort hopped, rest of family went offsite for shopping. They couldn't get back to BLT after 2 hours in traffic and had to go direct to DS. We dined, had a soft drink and returned to TOTWL instead.

You would need to plan how you would get to MK. Buses seemed to fare a lot better, I think they had them going back routes to get places. Driving yourself would be very risky. And yet, MK still only reached the first stage of closure I believe.


#3

Is Express Transportation available for that week? If so it may behoove you to visit AK that day or maybe Epcot, via International Gateway entrance (this may be a better option if you can Uber to BV/BC and walk, so then there's no waiting for regular WDW transportation at all), going through possibly less waiting to get through bag check and/or the tapstiles, and then you skip them when you get to MK.


#4

That's a great idea!!