Here’s a quick photo update to show what New Year’s Eve preparations were in progress on Dec. 30, 2011. The Magic Kingdom celebrates New Year’s two nights in a row. Above is the stage in China at Epcot, prepared for the party.
The party stage is where the acrobats normally perform, so they move indoors, in the waiting area for the Circlevision movie. The doors to the theater opened just prior to this performance, and few entered. Nearly everyone was there to see the performers.
We now jump over to Magic Kingdom, where additional bus transportation is available. The buses, ferries and monorail trains were loaded with amazing efficiency. There were practically no lines on Friday at the Transportation and Ticket Center, even with the increased number of guests.
Here’a part of the entertainment schedule. Note that the Friday and Saturday times are identical. It’s like celebrating New Year’s Eve two nights in a row! A difference is that complimentary party hats and noise makers are only distributed to guests on Saturday. But both nights are jam-packed with some of the best and most favorite Disney theme park entertainment. (Also notice the misspelling of Fantasy.)
To help guest flow, cast members with orange flashlights form medians in some of the tight areas of the park. Guests need to stay to the right, as if driving on a road. The system works fantastic. It’s very easy to get through these spaces.
And the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks begin at 11:50 p.m. Really, the best place to see the show is within the park. This view, however, captures the enormity of the show, which completely surrounds the Magic Kingdom. To see more of the fireworks, watch the video below.