Disney World has rooms available for New Year's Eve

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -Because of "fallout," there are some rooms at Walt Disney World around New Year's Eve, according to Randy Garfield, president of the Walt Disney Travel Co. and senior vice president of sales and travel operations for Walt Disney Attractions.

The common perception is that Disney World is sold out, he said.

"But remember that some of these people have been on the books for 15 years. We started accepting millennium reservations in the 1980s," he said during a press briefing at Disney World's millennium kick-off here.

Garfield estimated that the fallout was no more than 5% or 6%, which means some rooms could be available. Disney's occupancy rate in recent years has tended to level out throughout the year.

"There are still some time periods after Thanksgiving and before Christmas that are slower than other times," he said, but various special events have also helped bring occupancies up all year long.

"Our occupancy even in a nonmillennium year is higher than any other destination," he said.

Garfield predicted another "blast" of publicity around New Year's focusing on the various Disney events, which in turn should give travel agents a boost towards next year's bookings.

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