Walt Disney World Cuts Longstanding Tradition of Free Hats and Noisemakers for Park Guests on New Year’s Eve
Yet another budget cut has affected the holiday season at Walt Disney World. The victims of the latest cost-saving effort are the paper hats and noisemakers typically given to all park guests on New Year’s Eve.
This year, only guests at select Walt Disney World Resorts are being given the paper hats, putting this once-complimentary holiday gift behind a paywall after decades of tradition. The noisemakers have not been seen, even for resort guests.
This comes after a series of budget cuts reduced holiday decor around the resort, with none of the usual decorations inside restaurants or at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The hats and noisemakers were even given out last year when most offerings were still limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.