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Old 09-20-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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Disneyland the week of New Years Eve

I know it will be busy. We have went to Disney World several times on NYE and that week. Can anyone tell me what Land is like then? Comparable busy? Do parks fill to capacity early or at all?
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I wanted to respond, just because I don't want you to be left hanging. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with this week at the parks.

I think it's safe to assume that the parks will be super super busy. As far as hitting capacity and having to slow/stop ticketed folks from entering...well, hmmmm. That I can't say. I suggest doing some google searches.

Sounds like you have a tolerance for the parks at high crowd levels. I do too, with the exception of getting through the hub during parades. HATE that, but who doesn't? As long as the parks are not at capacity, I think you'll have a great time.

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We went for Christmas and left on 28 December a few years ago (2012 if I remember right ) and honestly, after WDW at Christmas, we didn't think it was hideously busy. Yes, it was busy, but nowhere near as bad as WDW. Of course, it may have changed since then....
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Year before last, I was there during the second week of December...not the same at all, I know, but it was during the ONLY time DLR had its Candlelight Processional, if I recall correctly. By NOON, the place was standing-room-only. I'm talking about standing in Tomorrowland shoulder-to-shoulder with barely any way to move around--totally insane; I've never seen anything like it. I heard later that the park was at capacity, but it was a CM who told me; nothing official.

I escaped to DCA that day, where everything was much less crowded.

My guess is that the holidays are similar, but I don't know.

If you really want to go and are prepared for enormous crowds, have fun! Me, I'd pick another time if I possibly could.

OTOH--most annual passes, including California resident passes, do not include the last two weeks of December, so it might be more reasonable than the time I was actually there.
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What Ginger says about candlelight processional weekend is true, it's CROWDED. That said, I'll be going that weekend for the 3rd year in a row, as it works with my work schedule.

Even on a really crowded day, it's only tough to walk through the real bottleneck areas. The, once the event starts in the evening, the rest of DL clears out and it feels like a lower crowd day unless you are on Main Street. The walkway from Tomorrowland to the Hub is always the biggest bottleneck in the entire park, it's just so narrow in there!!!

I think if there are issues of being "at capacity", it's doubtful it will affect both parks. And I think even at capacity, the place is fun and manageable. With FP, you'll be able to see all your must dos and will have a great time.
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