Disneyland introduces ‘Magic Key’: What you need to know about the new annual pass replacement program

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has revealed its new Magic Key program, available for purchase starting Aug. 25, 2021. Magic Key will deliver choice, flexibility and value for park admission, special access to unique experiences, valuable saving opportunities and more. Additional details can be found on Disneyland.com/MagicKey. (Disneyland Resort)

Months after discontinuing its popular yearly passports, the Disneyland Resort introduced a new replacement program on Tuesday: “Magic Key.”

Magic Key, like the old passes, comes in a number of tiers, allowing Disney fans to essentially pick how frequently and when they may visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. And, for the most part, the options are less expensive.

However, unlike the previous system, there are fewer pass choices — and all of them need park reservations, which is the primary distinction between the now-retired yearly passports and Magic Key.

Only the Flex Pass needed reservations to visit one or both of Anaheim’s theme parks under the old system, and even then, only on days when the passport would have otherwise been blacked off — that is, days when the pass could not be used for entrance.

Sales will begin on August 25, and reservations may be made the same day.

Magic Key options:

Level: Imagine Key pass (Southern California residents only)
Price: $399 (or $179 down payment + 18.34/month)
Blockout days: Select dates (see calendar)
Park reservations held at once: 2
Discounts: 10% merchandise, 10% dining
Parking: Not included

Level: Enchant Key pass
Price: $649 (or $179 down payment + $39.17/month)
Blockout days: Select dates (see calendar)
Park reservations held at once: 4
Discounts: 10% merchandise, 10% dining
Parking: Not included

Level: Believe Key pass
Price: $949 (or $179 down payment + $64.17/month)
Blockout days: Select dates (see calendar)
Park reservations held at once: 6
Discounts: 10% merchandise, 10% dining
Parking: 50% off on valid dates

Level: Dream Key pass
Price: $1399 (or $179 down payment + $101.67/month)
Blockout days: No
Park reservations held at once: 6
Discounts: 20% merchandise, 15% dining
Parking: Included

(Note: The monthly payment installments are only available to California residents)

While the Magic Key bearer is limited to a specific amount of reservations at any given time, they can create another after one is used.

However, just like the previous Flex Pass, the bearer must cancel their reservation by 11:59 p.m. PT the day before the scheduled date if they are unable to visit the park – or risk earning a “no show.” If a person has three “no shows” in a rolling 90-day period, they will be unable to book a new reservation for a 30-day window beginning following the third.

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Full details of the new Magic Key can be found here.

The Disneyland Resort canceled yearly passports in January, when the theme parks’ COVID-related closure surpassed ten months. To compensate for wasted time, eligible passholders got a reimbursement.

Before the program was terminated, yearly passes were available for over four decades, providing fans with a choice of options and pricing based on how frequently and when they wanted to go. As admission costs rose, the passes were an excellent value for most return visitors.

The Southern California Select pass, which was exclusively accessible to residents of Southern California, was at the low end of the range, costing $419. However, it also had the most blocked-out days, including holidays and weekends.

The Signature Plus pass, which cost $1,449, was the most costly. That option, on the other hand, included parking, PhotoPass, and the now-suspended MaxPass, and could be used to gain daily access to the theme parks.

The Flex Pass, a $649 option released in May 2019, featured the same entry dates as the Southern California Select Pass but with the extra benefit of allowing the user to book additional days in the theme parks.

All passholders also got a discount on most refreshments and goods, which Magic Key continues to provide.

The new program will very certainly continue to give value to fans who plan to come many times each year. Adult tickets for a single day at one of Disney’s parks presently range from $104 to $154 under the company’s five-tiered pricing scheme. In addition, travelers must spend an extra $55 for a park hopper ticket, which permits them to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on the same day.

The theme park also sells multi-day tickets, which reduce the cost of daily entrance to as little as $72 per day for up to five days. In addition, Disney announced a limited-time discount for California residents last month, enabling them to buy three-day tickets for as little as $83 per day.

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Disneyland has made significant adjustments to its entry policy since reopening in April, most notably forcing ticket holders to make a reservation before visiting the theme parks.

The resort has also implemented several COVID-19 health precautions, such as a recent requirement that all guests and cast members, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. Following a countrywide increase in cases and the ongoing spread of the extremely infectious delta form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its recommendations on face coverings.

Before visiting the resort, Disney also suggests – but does not require – that guests be completely vaccinated or have a negative coronavirus test.

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