New Year's Eve at DISNEYLAND has always been a special occasion. In older days it was even more special. The park used to close its gates at 6PM on New Year's Eve, reopening at 8:30PM for a special hard ticket event. While daytime guests needed separate tickets for each attraction, guests who bought a ticket to the New Year's Eve party received unlimited access to DISNEYLAND's world famous attractions.
Guest bands, special souvenirs and amazing fireworks were also part of the fun. Due to the controlled nature of the ticket sales, the park had a reasonably sized crowd and an exciting atmosphere.
Special entertainment was scheduled throughout the park. Anyone remember who or what Meco, Roy Ayers Ubiquity and Sunshine Balloon were?
The hard ticket events ended in the mid 1990's, leading to the New Year's Eve celebrations of today in which the park is open to all guests until 2AM. These days the park frequently fills up fast, so if you're planning to be in DISNEYLAND at midnight, better get there early.