Disneyland’s Last-Minute Slots Give Annual Passholders Hope

By Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times.
December 2, 2021 Updated: December 2, 2021

Disneyland annual passholders who didn’t secure their reservations for the holiday season might be able to snag a last-minute opening.

While reservations are fully booked until next year for Magic Key passholders, available slots tend to pop up at the last minute.

Austin Carroll, former theme park cast member and author of the Disney book “Fastpass to the Past,” credited last-minute slots to cancellations.

“Any Magic Keyholder or ticket holder may decide to cancel [or] reschedule their current park reservation,” Caroll told The Epoch Times. “At this point, another user can grab that reservation.”

With the new Omicron virus variant entering the state, Carroll anticipates potential travel restrictions may lead to more cancellations and more pop-up reservations in the coming weeks.

To encourage passholders to cancel their reservations if needed, Disneyland’s cancellation policy for “no shows” results in a penalty. Passholders who do not show up to three reservations are suspended from making future reservations for 30 days.

Kathleen, Disney Instagram blogger at dreamkey_kat, said Disneyland’s strict cancelation policy results in more reservations becoming available last minute.

Passholders tend to find a last-minute available slot the night before a reservation, Kathleen said.

“I have had several friends who have had luck getting reservations the day [or] night before,” Kathleen told The Epoch Times.

Jessica Sanders, owner of The Happiest Blog on Earth, recommends visitors check theme park availability every morning and randomly throughout the day.

Since searching to secure a last-minute slot can be time-consuming, Saunders recommends that passholders follow Magic Key Man on Twitter who announces when availabilities open.

“It could be considered a full-time job,” Sanders wrote in a blog post.

The Epoch Times observed the Magic Key passholder access calendar on Dec. 2. For the Dream Key, Believe Key, and Enchant Key, reservations for Disneyland Park appeared to be available for sporadic days before quickly disappearing.

Reservations opening spontaneously leaves hope on the horizon for passholders who desire to see Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree, and the holiday magnificence on Main Street.

Vanessa Serna is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times.