See below for the New Year’s Eve Schedule from the Disneyland site. Expect big crowds! Last year the Parks were packed–at 11pm Space Mountain was over a 100 minute wait, Indiana Jones was 130 minutes, and Toy Story Midway Mania was 90 minutes. It will be extremely crowded all day (depending on the weather), but particularly at night starting at around 6pm. As you can see below, there are several events scattered across each Park which should distribute the crowds better than last year, however, it will still be a mad house, and Disneyland could easily reach capacity.

UPDATE: Thursday Dec 27 — Disneyland reached “capacity” at 3pm and they switched to only allowing readmissions to enter Park. This could be a glimpse of what is to come on New Years Eve.

UPDATE: 12-31-12 from BaseballMickey_CM: Best recommendation: plan to be at the park all day (this includes not park-hopping). DISNEYLAND PARK: Hours: 8am-2am. Entertainment: “Fantasmic!”: 9:00pm, 10:30pm, and 12:05am. Throughout the night, there will be additional entertainment on the ROA featuring dueling pianos between each showing of Fantasmic. Fireworks: the usual “Believe in Holiday Magic” at 8:30pm (notice the time change) and the NYE “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 12:00am. Countdown locations are: The Castle (most crowded), TLT, ROA and IASW. DCA PARK: Hours: 8am-1am. Entertainment: World of Color: 9:00pm, 10:15pm and 12:08am. For those guests wanting to see the WOC at midnight, these FPs will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the usual FP distribution area (Just notify a CM that you want this show). Countdown locations: Paradise Pier and Mad T Party. For those who want to pick up special 2013 NYE hats and horns, you can pick those up at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree (Disneyland) and at the TOT/Paradise Pier parade gate (DCA) starting at 6:00pm (I remember last year that they ran out by 10:00pm). Special merchandise promo: “Glow with the Show” ears are buy one, get one FREE (including AP/DVC/CM discounts). If you have them, please bring them because it sounds like they are going to have something special with the ears during the midnight countdown. There will also be LE pins and Vinylamations and other NYE merchandise to purchase as well. In conclusion, please be SAFE out there and if you’re joining the crowds, please bring your patience! Happy New yEAR!! (And for those who can’t be in the parks, you can watch live coverage on Univision (espanol) from 5:55pm-12:05am PST or just watch the Lounge for the updates)

Your best bet is to watch current wait times and other streaming data from the Lounge to get a real-time feel of the crowds. It is IMPOSSIBLE to predict daily crowds at Disneyland, not even Disney can do it. MouseWait publishes more real-time streaming data than any other source because it is the largest mobile Disneyland community in the world. This includes wait times, live images, live videos, and more. So if you want to get a feel for the pulse of the Disneyland Resort, get the MouseWait app or visit the Disneyland web version. Download MouseWait for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch here. Get MouseWait for Android here.

Over the past several months, data connectivity has been poor throughout the entire Resort, especially if you have AT&T. Here are some tips on how to battle the connectivity issues at Disneyland.

Happy New Year from the MouseWait Family!

UPDATE: New Year’s Day was busy last year and it will probably be busy again this year. Space Mountain was averaging 65 minutes, Tower of Terror 45 minutes, and Indiana Jones 50 minutes. Deluxe Annual Passports are good for the first time since December 21st (which means more Passholders in the Park), people are still on vacation, and most people typically think the Park will be empty, so the Resort ends up being packed.

Disney California Adventure Park Events

8am to 1am

World of Color Countdown to Midnight

  • Location: Paradise Park
  • Time: 12:00 midnight
  • Watch Paradise Bay spring to life with a spectacular countdown to 2013 with fountains and fireworks followed by a special showing of World of Color.

Mad T Party 2013

  • Location: Hollywood Land
  • Time: 12:00 midnight
  • Step through the Rabbit Hole and enter this off-kilter Holiday T Party that features a dazzling display of pyrotechnics!

Paradise Garden Bandstand

  • Location: Paradise Park
  • Tap your toes to the snappy sounds of washboard jazz performed by The Ellis Island Boys.

Carthay Circle

  • Location: Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street
  • “Swing” in the New Year dance to the big band sounds of The Tim Gill All-Stars.

Cars Land

  • Location: Cars Land
  • Hit the open road with The Kelly Rae Band’s unique, high-octane brand of country music.

 

Disneyland Park Events

8am to 2am

New Year’s Eve Countdown Central

  • Location: Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight
  • Don’t miss this exciting party, complete with a fab host, rockin’ DJ and periodic appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

New Year’s Eve “Fantasy In the Sky” Fireworks Show

  • Location: Skies above Disneyland Park
  • Time: 12:00 midnight
  • At the moment the New Year begins, look to the skies to see them light up in a Disneyland signature fireworks spectacular.

Rockin’ the Rivers of America

  • Location: Rivers of America
  • Time: Between showings of Fantasmic!
  • Count down to the New Year at this rock ‘n’ roll show with live music, videos and special effects. Be part of the entertainment with your Glow with the Show Mickey Ear Hats.

“it’s a small world” Promenade Dance Party

  • Location: “it’s a small world” Promenade.
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • At this fabulous Fantasyland party, Disney Characters join a spectacular DJ spinning popular music

Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party

  • Location: Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Times: 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:50 p.m., 11:45 p.m. and 12:45 a.m.
  • Suburban Legends rock Tomorrowland with their distinctive style.

And, don’t forget, the seasonal merriment continues January 4, 5 and 6, 2013 withThree Kings’ Day, a celebration based on the Latin American holiday that commemorates the 3 gift-giving kings.

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