PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 12/31/20 (Plexiglass Divider Testing On “it’s a small world”, New MagicBands, Guests Lead Countdown to Midnight, and More)
Hello dear readers, and welcome to the day we’ve all been waiting for, the last day of 2020! We spent the last day of this tumultuous year at the Magic Kingdom, and we found some things, and some special moments, that we’d like to share with you. Let’s get started!
We started off our day by checking out the latest attraction to add plexiglass barriers to its ride vehicles. “it’s a small world” is testing this system by adding these barriers to one ride vehicle, and we got the chance to ride in it today. For more pictures and a full point-of-view video of the attraction from behind the new plexiglass barrier, check out our article here.
Nearby at Memento Mori, we found a beautiful new piece of Haunted Mansion merchandise. This light-up gargoyle candelabra is the perfect home decor addition for any fan of the classic attraction. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.
We checked in on a few construction projects during the day to see if there was any progress, and while we didn’t see anything of note anywhere else, we found work actively being done on the track just past Fantasyland Station! This site has been untouched for some time, so it was a surprise to see work being done. No additional track was laid, but it was good to see them working on it.
We found two new MagicBands today, both of which we think are extra special. The first is an Open Edition all-over rose gold glitter, and the second is the Limited Release Disney Dog and Cat MagicBand. Our collection just got a little bit more awesome!
While there were no in-park celebrations for New Year’s Eve, several resorts were offering Sparkling Wine and Chocolate packages, including the Monorail resorts. We stopped by Disney’s Contemporary Resort to take a look at one of them. We love the box the chocolates came in!
Back at the park after dark, special confetti light-up balloons for New Year’s Eve made an appearance on Main Street, USA. The colors cycled through several hues in rapid succession.
The holiday projections were taking place on Cinderella Castle for the last time this season, and we thought this one looked especially beautiful with the moon so close by.
A lot of guests came early and staked out a spot on the Hub, despite being told that there would be no fireworks this evening.
Upon taking a walk around the park, we found Splash Mountain had gone down for technical difficulties, and Cast Members were evacuating guests from the attraction.
As the night drew on and most offerings closed in the park, most guests gathered in The Hub.
After the official park closing time of 11pm, Cast Members closed off the park in sections, slowly restricting accessible areas until all that was left was The Hub and Main Street, USA.
While there was no official fanfare of lights, music, or fireworks at the stroke of midnight, we did experience some magic after all. Guests gathered in The Hub spontaneously led their own countdown to midnight, and welcomed in the New Year all together. You can watch this fun moment here.
After that, everyone left fairly quickly, with just a few guests lingering for a few last photographs or a last look at Cinderella Castle.
We had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year at the Magic Kingdom, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. We hope you have a fun and prosperous New Year filled with magical days!