Forget New Year’s Eve at Disney World unless you bought the most expensive annual pass

We knew it would happen. We just didn’t know when.

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In the wake of so much change inside Disney’s theme parks, there have been complaints, all-out boycotts of the parks (however small), grievances filed with Guest Relations, and even what sometimes feels like an online hate campaign toward the House of Mouse.

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But aside from that, we knew there would be an event, a tipping point–maybe a breaking point–that would cause us to finally realize how far-reaching the new changes, price increases, etc., would be on Guests of all ages and of all visiting frequencies.

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This may be that moment of realization, as Disney’s online park pass reservation system calendars now show that unless you hold an IncrediPass-level Disney Annual Pass, the chances of you ringing in 2022 in the parks at Disney World are getting slim, and if you were hoping to ring in the new year at Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to get a new dream. Sorry.

You’ll recall that in September, Disney World rolled out its brand-new Annual Passholder program, complete with fewer perks, increased prices and less availability in the parks.

Now, back to those New Year’s Eve plans. According to Disney World’s website, as of 2:00 p.m. ET today, all available reservations at Magic Kingdom on December 31, 2021, for Guests with either theme park tickets only or with the Pixie Dust Pass, Pirate Pass, or Sorceror Pass have been booked.

Some spots remain for Resort Hotel Guests at Magic Kingdom, but we don’t know how long those will last.

There are also no more reservations available at EPCOT for New Year’s Eve this year for Guests with only theme park tickets and no passes or Resort stays booked.

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Guests who hold Disney World’s IncrediPass Annual Pass are still able to try to score a New Year’s Eve reservation at either EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but again, we have no guarantee about how long those reservations will remain available.

We can also see from the Park Pass Reservation System calendars that Christmas Day, December 25, is filling up as well. Magic Kingdom is completely booked, even for IncrediPass holders.

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At this time, if you hold a Sorceror Pass, all four theme parks are fully booked beginning December 18, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

If you hold a Pirate Pass, all four parks are full beginning December 17, 2021, through January 1, 2022.

And if you hold a Pixie Dust Pass, all four parks are completely full beginning December 17, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Here’s hoping you booked your trip and made your plans early!






About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!