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.

RELATED: The Disney-verse is upside-down today and Guests are frustrated!

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.

RELATED: Some Disney fans’ online comments are extremely toxic

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.

Credit: Disney

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.

RELATED: First Celebrity Narrators have been announced for the 2021 Candlelight Processional at EPCOT!

spaceship earth epcot

Credit: Becky Burkett

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.

Credit: Becky Burkett

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

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!