5 Things You’ll Do in Disney World for the LAST Time This Month

A LOT has happened in Disney World in 2021, and so many more things will arrive in the parks and resorts in 2022.

When Did You Last Visit Magic Kingdom?

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.

Disney’s Magical Express at MCO

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.

You will be missed, Magical Express!

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.

Click here to see the latest info on the service that is set to replace the Magical Express.

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.

Walking to the Transportation and Ticket Center

Recently, Disney announced that the parking trams will return to Magic Kingdom Park later this month (meaning in December)! (And the Disney fans rejoiced!!)

Parking trams are coming back soon

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.

Click here to see more about the return of parking trams here!


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.

Disney Vacation Club Sign

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.

DVC Kiosk

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.

Click here to learn more about this big DVC change.


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! 😂

It’s Coming BACK!

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.

Get Ready to Visit This Spot Again Soon

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!

Click here to see more about the showtimes announced for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular!

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.

Boatwright’s Dining Hall

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.

Snow White at Storybook Dining at Artist Point

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.

Wilderness Lodge

Club-level services at more Disney World hotels are also set to reopen in the future.

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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4 Replies to “5 Things You’ll Do in Disney World for the LAST Time This Month”

  1. That’s very big for Disney to start using parking lot transportation you got to be kidding you mean at no cost WOW!Dollywood has not stopped using parking lot Transportation.So I guess That’s a big deal for disney parking lot transportation has restarted,but the one thing that made disney the cut above was the magical express and taking that away just stinks it’s just another way for disney to save a buck with the magical express your vacation started when you dropped your bags off at your hometown Airport you got off plane in Orlando didn’t worry about your luggage and most of all disney got your family safe from airport to your resort.I will stop with this there’s no shame in saying your wrong please reverse your decision on magical express thank you.

  2. I look forward to eating at the Turf Club in the Saratoga Springs DVC Resort again in 2022. It seems to be the LAST thing Disney plans to re-open, if it does so at all!

  3. When will the Lion King and the Beauty & the Beast live shows return to their pre-shut down performances? Please tell me that this scaling back isn’t a permanent cost-cutting change.