Disneyland Magic Key Program – 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 program will be available to purchase starting August 25, 2021, no earlier than 10am Pacific Time.

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The magic is back for Disneyland fans! The Magic Key, that is. 

What is the Magic Key Program?

The Magic Key program 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 to the theme parks in advance.

What are the Different Magic Key Pass Options and Prices?

 

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Dream Key

$1,399

  • 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

  • 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

Disney will also have perks for the charter members that become Magic Key holders within the first 66 days (to coincide with the 66th anniversary of Disneyland Resort this year). These guests will receive a special welcome package in the mail that will include unique items such as a premium branded pin, celebratory button, magnet, and more.

Plus, starting on September 1, find “Magic Key Pass Corner” (not the official name) at Starcade in Tomorrowland, where guests can enjoy charging stations, a special photo opportunity, and other fun surprises.

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

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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. 

Anyone who held an annual pass as of March 14, 2020 became a “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.

 

 

FAQ About Disneyland Magic Key Program

Does the Magic Key program apply to Walt Disney World?

At this time the Magic Key program has been announced for Disneyland only. 

Where can you purchase a Magic Key pass?

Disney has announced Magic Key passes may only be purchased through the Disneyland app or the Disneyland website. There will be no Magic Key passes available for purchase at the Disneyland ticket booths.

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.

Is parking included with the Magic Pass?

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. 

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?

Starting August 25, Disneyland will have a special website for Magic Key pass holders to make theme park reservations. This will also be accessible through the app. 

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. 

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.”

When can we purchase the Magic Key pass?

All Magic Key passes will go on sale August 25, online and via the app, no earlier than 10am PT. Magic Key pass holders will also be able to use their pass to enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure immediately, as long as their pass is valid that day and reservations are still available.