We’ve already shared the list of dates you need to know for 2022 and why 2022 could be an even bigger year in Disney World. But, before we hop to the future, let’s take a look at some things that will be going away, ending, or changing soon. There are quite a few things that you’ll actually do in Disney World for the LAST time in December of 2021. Here’s our list of them so you can fully take advantage of them or appreciate them before things change!
1 — Take Disney’s Magical Express
December of 2021 will be the last chance anyone will hop aboard Disney’s Magical Express to get to and from the Orlando airport and their Disney World hotel. The Magical Express will be discontinued at the end of 2021, meaning guests arriving in 2022 won’t be able to take advantage of the service.
But, Mears, the company that currently operates the Magical Express, will be offering a NEW, paid service that Disney guests can use. Mears Connect is meant in many ways to essentially be a replacement for the Magical Express, though it won’t be free.
Prices for Mears Connect will vary depending on how many people you’re traveling with, where you’re going, and other factors.
Reservations for this service are now available. You can also consider using other services to get to your hotel like rideshare options or renting a car. We’re also keeping an eye out for updates on the airport train that is set to be built and include a stop at Disney Springs, though that won’t be available for quite some time.
2 — Struggle Through the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot Without the Option to Take a Tram
One of the things you’ll also do for the last time in December of 2021 is make the LONG trek through the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot without the ability to take a parking tram.
Recently, Disney announced that the parking trams will return to Magic Kingdom Park later this month (meaning in December)! (And the Disney fans rejoiced!!)
So, if you’ve had just about enough of walking through that Magic Kingdom parking lot without having the option to take a tram, you won’t have to do that for too much longer! In terms of the other parks, Disney has said the parking trams will return to them throughout 2022.
3 — Use a Blue, Physical DVC Member Card
If you’re a Disney Vacation Club member then you’re likely very familiar with the blue, physical DVC membership card. For years, members have used these cards to take advantage of special membership deals, discounts, or offers. But, DVC members will use those physical cards for the last time in December of 2021.
DVC has announced that it is developing a digital replacement for the membership cards and the blue, physical membership cards will actually EXPIRE on December 31st, 2021. According to the DVC website, once the blue cards expire, they will NOT be recognized as a valid form of DVC member identification.
Starting in January of 2022, DVC Members will get to access a digital membership card in the My Disney Experience app through the Magic Mobile feature. If you’re a DVC member, this is an important change to know about and prepare for.
4 — Walk through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and NOT Hear the All the Noise from the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
If you’ve ever walked through Disney’s Hollywood Studios while the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular is going on, you know that the sounds from the show are pretty loud and can carry quite a bit. Well, just a few weeks in December of 2021 will be your last chance to walk through the park and NOT hear the booms going off from the show! 😂
Disney has announced that the Indiana Jones stunt show will start having performances again on December 19th, 2021. We’ve already seen performance times listed for the show as well.
So, if you’re a big fan of this show and walking past the performance area and hearing it be all quiet has brought you great sadness, that will all end soon. If, on the other hand, you enjoyed the bit of quiet, get ready for some blasts, clapping, and more to return!
5 — Walk Past Select Spots That Are Still CLOSED or Stay in Resorts That DON’T Have Certain Amenities
Near the end of 2021, a few things will also be reopening. So, this will be your last chance to walk past some of these places while they’re still closed.
For starters, early to mid-December will be the last time you’ll walk through Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and NOT be able to eat at Boatwright’s Dining Hall! Boatwright’s is set to reopen on December 14th with some menu changes. Reservations for this spot are already available.
December 2021 will also be your last chance to walk past Artist Point in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and NOT have the chance to eat at this spot for Story Book Dining. Story Book Dining will reopen at Artist Point on December 16th with some menu changes of its own.
Some days in December of 2021 will also be the last days you’ll have to stay at select hotels and NOT have the chance to access those hotels’ club-level services.
Over the past few months, club-level services have been reintroduced to various Disney World hotels. In December, two more hotels will get added to that list. On December 16th, 2021, the club-level lounges will reopen at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
And that’s a look at some of the things that you’ll do for the LAST time in December of 2021. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates. Stay tuned for all the latest news!
What are you looking forward to experiencing in Disney World in 2022? Tell us in the comments!
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