Waiting for the Ball (and the Big Announcement) to Drop!
1st -- how did you celebrate your
New Year’s Eve? With a casual house party? A black-tie affair? A romantic
dinner for two? Perhaps you even got married. (Don’t laugh! I did thaton New Year’s Eve, 1994!)
Did this year’s celebration match your
would have liked to have spent my New
Year’s Eve/Wedding Anniversary with my hubby at the California Grill high atop
Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, enjoying a fabulous evening of gourmet food, Disney characters, casino-style
games and a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks!
As it turns
out we spent New Year’s Eve the way we’ve done for the past several years: with
a quiet evening at home watching movies and playing Wii games with our kids
while munching on store-bought mozzarella sticks and pigs-in-a-blanket. Usually
we wait until a few minutes before the “Big Countdown” before we tune in to watch
the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of our living room sofa. But
this year, it was a different story.
And it had
nothing to do with Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga!
Last week Disney
Parks announced that they would be making a “special announcement” during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with
Ryan Seacrest on ABC regarding 2012’s One
More Disney Day promotion. They even launched an announcement countdown on their website, along with the promise
that "Disney Parks will be celebrating like never before!"
was piqued, but I resisted getting my hopes up too high. (Remember the hype and
subsequent letdown surrounding the D23 Expo?) True, I’m generally an
optimist. But rumors surrounding the New
Year’s Eve announcement were not terribly exciting. Some postulated that since
2012 is a Leap Year, select Disney
theme parks might stay open for 24 hours on February 29. Others suggested guests might be offered a
day of free admission to the parks -- “one more Disney day” – if they planned
vacations in 2012 (and not put them off until the completion of the Fantasyland
expansion, as many seem to be doing.)
incentives – but small potatoes, really, when you compare either of these to
the enticements proffered during the Year
of a Million Dreams campaign. What about all the Disney fans who are unable
to travel in February? And wouldn’t “one more day” be wasted on Annual Pass
holders like me? No, I wasn’t going to buy into the hype.
Or so I
time came our entire family sat glued to the T.V. waiting for the announcement
(and the ball) to drop. As usual, the rumor mill got it right!
Disney Parks website:
On Leap Day, 2012, Disney Parks are
celebrating like never before!
For the first time ever, both
Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park will be open for 24 hours of wonder,
imagination and magic starting February 29 at 6:00 a.m.
Plus, beginning January 1, 2012,
Disney Parks.com is giving away a vacation package every day until February 29,
2012 and has an exciting special offer!
Spend an extra night for free at
either a Disneyland Resort Hotel or a Walt Disney World Resort hotel when you
book a Room and Ticket Package for 3 nights or more, between February 26 and
March 10, 2012. Purchase before January 31, 2012.
Okay, no big
surprises here. But the vacation-a-day sweepstakes sure adds a fun twist to the
promotion! I know that I’ll be entering that contest every day, and I hope you
do, too. Good Luck!
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