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Disney is set to make a "surprise announcement" on New Years Eve, as Walt Disney World and Disneyland gear up for its "Year of More Magic" promotion for 2012.

The announcement is widely expected to relate to February 29, the additional day that the resort's parks will open for in 2012 due to it being a leap year. Disney is yet to confirm the nature of the announcement, although it is widely expected to reveal a one-off promotion covering the extra day.

In previous years, Disney has run special promotions covering all of its US theme parks, such as the "Give a Day, Get a Day" volunteering programme from 2010, and a 2009 offer that enabled guests to enter the parks for free on their birthday.

Both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort have teased the announcement on their official websites. The most widely-reported rumor is that the parks will remain open non-stop on February 28 and 29, although this is unconfirmed at this stage.

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