Disneyland Magic Key Pass – Everything You Need To Know

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Disneyland Resort has announced its replacement for the Annual Passholder program which was discontinued in early 2021. The Disneyland Magic Key pass is currently available to purchase through the Disneyland app or the Disneyland website. Guests with Disneyland one day tickets or multi-day tickets may also upgrade their tickets to a Magic Key at the end of their visit, directly in the Disneyland app!

What is the Magic Key Pass?

The Magic Key pass is the next evolution of the Disneyland Resort annual pass. Disney reports that the Magic Key offerings were widely shaped by “extensive consumer research and feedback from guests.”

There are four tiers to the Magic Key program, with most perks being very similar to the old Annual Pass program. The main difference is now Magic Key holders will need to make reservations for the theme parks in advance.

Magic Key pass holders also get extra perks such as up to 15% off select dining, up to 20% off select merchandise, access to Magic Key Terrace at Disney California Adventure, and occasional special offerings just for Magic Key holders.

One important difference between the old Disneyland Annual Pass and the new Magic Key pass is there are no more physical passes! You’ll get a digital pass in the Disneyland app. This can cause some stress when needing to hand your phone over for a dining discount, or when cell service dips out!

There are two potential solutions for this: 1) You can try your luck requesting a physical paper Magic Key pass from the Disneyland ticket booth. I have heard varying degrees of success with this. It seems you may have better luck with this option if you request your paper pass before using your Magic Key for the first time. 

The second option, 2) You can try printing out your Magic Key barcode and taping it to your old plastic Disneyland pass. I tried this and found some Cast Members would not accept it, especially front gate CMs. Your mileage may vary with this hack. 

What are the Different Magic Key Pass Options and Prices?

There are four different levels of Magic Key passes available:  Dream, Believe, Enchant, and Imagine. Dream is the highest price and offers the most benefits. Imagine is the lowest price and is available only for Southern California residents.

*NOTE – As of late 2021, the Dream Key and Believe Key are both sold out. It is unknown when sales of these passes will open up again.

All four passes are valid for one calendar year after the first date of use, and California residents are entitled to a monthly payment plan.

See the chart below for a breakdown of benefits and pricing for each Magic Key type.

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Dream Key

$1,399 (Currently Sold Out)

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks every day of the year.
  • Hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time for different dates
  • Up to 20% off select merchandise
  • Up to 15% off select dining
  • Standard theme park parking included (excluding blockout days)

Believe Key

$949 (Currently Sold Out)

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year.
  • Hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select dining
  • 50% off standard theme park parking (excluding blockout days, and available for purchase at Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure and the Toy Story Parking Area)

Enchant Key

$649

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year.
  • Hold up to 4 theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select dining

Imagine Key

$399

(Only available for Southern California Residents living in zip codes 90000 to 93599)

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year.
  • Hold up to 2 theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select dining

For full information about the Magic Key program, visit the Disneyland Magic Key website.

Disney Replaces Disneyland Annual Passes with Magic Key

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park were closed from March 2020 through April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the parks were closed, Disneyland ended their long-running annual passport program and refunded current passholders. 

For comparison, in early 2020 prices for Disneyland Annual Passes were $1,449 for the Disney Signature Plus Passport, $1,199 for the Disney Signature Passport, $829 for the Disney Deluxe Passport, $649 for Disney Flex Passport, and $419 for the SoCal Select passport.

The Disney Premiere Pass – which allowed entry into both Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s parks, was $2,199. As of Spring 2022, the Premiere Pass has not yet returned.

Anyone who held an annual pass as of March 14, 2020 became a “Disneyland Legacy Passholder.” Legacy Passholders were still entitled to special discounts and offerings at Downtown Disney and the Disneyland parks, once they reopened. The Legacy Passholder designation ended on August 15, 2021.

What Happens When You Become a Magic Key Holder?

Besides having access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (with your park reservation made in advance), Disneyland Magic Key holders are entitled to special benefits such as included or discounted parking (depending on the Magic Key type) and discounts on food and merchandise. 

There are also occasional special offerings for Magic Key holders, such as Magic Key Corner during certain festivals, and Magic Key Appreciation Month, which took place in February 2022. 

Are Magic Key Passes Worth the Money?

You may be wondering if purchasing a Magic Key may be a good value for you! This all depends on how often you visit the Disneyland Resort. 

If you are a Southern California resident who likes to visit Disneyland during the week and don’t necessarily want to visit on the weekends or holidays, the Imagine Key may be a good value for you, considering it costs $399. Compare this to the current price of $164 for a Tier 1 one day park hopper ticket. If you visit more than three times a year, the Imagine Key is a really good value!

Another example: Let’s say you want the Dream Key once it is available for sale. The Dream Key price is $1399 with no blockout days, which means you can visit on the weekends and holidays as long as you make your reservation in advance. Compare this to the current price of $224 for a Tier 6 one day park hopper ticket. If you visit more than seven times in one year, your Dream Key is a good value!

 

If you’re planning to purchase a Magic Key pass, I highly recommend you purchase a discounted standard ticket through Undercover Tourist first and upgrade it to a Magic Key pass at the end of your visit. This will save you a few dollars off the ticket booth price!

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FAQ About Disneyland Magic Key Passes Program

Is it true Magic Key holders will not be able to renew their pass?

As of April 2022 there is a rumor going around that Magic Key holders will not be able to renew their passes once they expire. Here’s how that rumor got started and what we know about this situation right now.

A Magic Key holder tweeted they sent an email to Disneyland to inquire about renewing their Magic Key pass once it expires. A Disneyland representative told them “Please note at this time both the Dream Key and Believe Key are sold out and currently not available for renewal.”

Understandably, this set off a panic. But there’s no reason for the vast majority of Magic Key holders to worry.

This particular Guest originally had discounted military tickets that she applied to the cost of her Magic Key, when Magic Keys became available to purchase in August 2021. Because of this, her Magic Key was backdated to May 2021, meaning her pass will expire in May 2022.

When she contacted Disneyland to ask about renewing her pass, which will expire much sooner than the majority of Guests who first used our Magic Key passes in August 2021, Disneyland explained their current situation – which is that Dream Keys and Believe Keys are “sold out” and therefore not available for renewal. 

I realize this situation may be confusing but here is the bottom line: If your Magic Key pass doesn’t expire until August 2022 or later, you do not need to worry about this right now. I’m confident that once we get closer to August, Magic Key holders will have an option to renew their passes.

Can Magic Key holders park hop?

Yes! All four Magic Key passes include park hopping. However, when you make your theme park reservation, you must choose a starting park. You can only visit your starting park until 1pm. After 1pm, you may freely hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Where can you purchase a Magic Key pass?

Magic Key passes may only be purchased through the Disneyland app or the Disneyland website. Special transactions can be done at the Disneyland ticket booths.

Can Magic Key passes sell out?

Yes. In the fine print, it states Disneyland can stop sales of new Magic Key passes at any time. In October 2021, sales of the Dream Key were halted, followed by sales of the Believe Key in November 2021.

When will Dream Keys and Believe Keys be on sale again?

It is unknown when Dream Keys and Believe Keys will be available for new purchases.

Are monthly payments available?

Yes! Monthly payments are available on all pass types but only for California residents. A down payment of $179 is required, then the monthly payments are as follows:

Dream Key – $102/month
Believe Key – $65/month
Enchant Key – $40/month
Imagine Key – $19/month (Southern California residents only)

Can you use Disney gift cards to make your purchase?

Yes, but only one gift card per transaction. You may consolidate gift cards at Disneygiftcard.com, up to $1000 per card.

Does the Magic Key include parking?

Standard theme park parking is included with the Dream Key pass only. Standard theme park parking is 50% off with the Believe Key pass. The other passes do not include any free or discounted parking.

Can you purchase a parking pass add-on for lower tiers?

Nothing has been announced at this time. 

Do any of the Magic Key passes include Genie+?

Genie+ is the replacement for FastPass and MaxPass. At this time, Genie+ is not an included feature with any of the Magic Key passes, and is also not available as an add-on. All Guests have the option of purchasing Genie+ for $20 per day. Read more about Genie+ and Lightning Lanes here.

If you have two Believe Key pass holders in one car, is the parking free?

No. A Believe Key pass entitles you to 50% off parking, no matter how many passholders are in the car. But nice try!

How do you make reservations?

You can make your reservations via the Disneyland website. You can also use the app to manage reservations, but the app takes you to a website page.

Magic Key pass holders will be able to make reservations for as many days as their pass type allows. For example, a Dream Key pass holder can hold 6 park reservations at one time. When the pass holder uses or cancels one of the reservations, another can be made. There is no limit to the number of total days a pass holder can visit the parks, but you must have advanced reservations. 

How far in advance can you make reservations?

The window for Magic Key pass park reservations is 90 days in advance.

Can you apply previously purchased Disneyland tickets towards the cost of a Magic Key pass?

If you purchased a regular price ticket and haven’t used it yet, you should be able to “upgrade” that ticket to a Magic Key pass via the Disneyland app or Disneyland website. 

The discounted California resident tickets CANNOT be upgraded. 

Can you apply more than one ticket to a Magic Pass?

No. You can upgrade one ticket per pass.

Can you cancel a reservation?

Yes! You can cancel a reservation up through 11:59pm PT the night before.

What happens if you are a “no show” for your reservation?

Directly from the Disneyland website: “Magic Key holders who are a ‘no show’ for 3 reservations in a 90-day window will be unable to make new park reservations for 30 days. Existing park reservations at that time will not be cancelled. The 30-day period begins the day after the third ‘no-show,’ and will continue even if the pass is upgraded to another pass during that time.”

Does the Magic Key program apply to Walt Disney World?

The Magic Key program is for Disneyland only. Walt Disney World has its own Annual Pass program.

Do you have any additional questions about the Disneyland Magic Key Pass program? Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram – @fairytalemindy. I’m happy to help the best I can!

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