After Great Anticipation, Disneyland Resort Introduces Magic Key Program, a New Guest-Centric Offering with Choice, Flexibility and Value
We know that our friends on the West Coast are super excited to finally have the opportunity to purchase an Annual Pass at Disneyland.
With all the new happenings opening there – from exploring the all-new Super Hero-themed land of Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure park, to living out your own Star Wars story in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park. Plus, fireworks are back with Mickey’s Mix Magic, all three of our Disneyland Resort hotels have reopened, and there’s lots of great dining, shopping and entertainment throughout the Downtown Disney District, too.
Legacy Passholders have been eagerly waiting to hear how to visit their theme parks in new and frequent ways; and visiting in a manner that is designed for today’s guests that also fits their individual needs. Now, Disney is sharing the next evolution of the Disneyland Resort Annual Pass program, which was informed and shaped by extensive consumer research and feedback from guests and fans.
Introducing the Magic Key program, a new, guest-centric offering that will deliver choice, flexibility and value for park admission, special access to unique experiences, valuable saving opportunities and so much more. There will be four options of Magic Key passes, to provide our guests and their families with choices that fit various needs and lifestyle preferences for how they wish to visit the Disneyland Resort.
Here’s a brief overview about the various Magic Key passes with more information on Disneyland.com. There is a ton to digest here and I think the major point is that most of the description has an asterick beside it, so make sure you are going all the way down to see what the terms and restrictions are on each tier:
Magic Key Theme Park Reservation System
The theme park reservation system is a cornerstone component of the Magic Key program as part of efforts to help provide a great experience for all of guests. Magic Key holders will make advanced reservations to enjoy Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park on available dates, and be able to hold a certain number of upcoming reservations (depending on the pass type). I do have to say I am a little jealous here as they get to make up to six (6) reservations at a time compared to us only being able to make three (3).
Additional Offerings and Benefits
Magic Key holders will have access to an array of special offerings and many features that we know guests will love, such as valuable saving opportunities for merchandise and food & beverage. Throughout the year, they may also be able to enjoy special benefits such as a dedicated dining experience and custom menu items at the Magic Key terrace, special offerings at festivals just for Magic Key holders, a Magic Key holder celebration month, plus other unique surprises!
What’s more, we will be introducing an all-new Magic Key portal on the Disneyland app to more deeply engage directly with our community of Magic Key holders in the future.
Be Among the First
For a limited time, Disneyland will celebrate the charter members that become Magic Key holders within the first 66 days (as we celebrate 66 years of Disneyland Resort). These guests will receive a special welcome package that will include unique items such as a premium branded pin, celebratory button, magnet, and more! Plus, Magic Key holders who enter Disneyland park will also be celebrated with access to a limited-time experience at Starcade in Tomorrowland (which begins on Sept. 1), where they can enjoy charging stations, a special photo opportunity, and other fun surprises. I wonder if Walt Disney World Passholders will get something like this for the 50th Anniversary Celebration? What do you think?
Purchasing a Magic Key Pass
Starting August 25, 2021 (no earlier than 10 a.m. PT), guests will be able to purchase their preferred Magic Key pass type. Their first opportunity to “unlock” a visit to Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park with a theme park reservation will be that same day!
A monthly payment plan exclusively for California residents* will be offered—which continues to be a priority for our guests of Disneyland Resort. Magic Key passes start as low as $399 or $19/month for 12 months**** (for Southern California residents, and after a down payment).
Guests will be able to purchase and manage their Magic Key pass through Disneyland.com and the Disneyland app, where they will be able to access an interactive admission calendar for their pass type to view reservation availability and book their theme park reservations.
This is an extraordinary time at Disneyland Resort; favorite attractions, beloved entertainment, festive foods and characters galore bring joy to our guests every day. Plus, favorite seasonal traditions, like Halloween Time, will return to Disneyland Resort Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, special festivals will be enjoyed throughout the year, and we’ll have even more to share with you, soon. And with all that, it is thrilling to see the introduction to guests to the new Magic Key program, beginning August 25!
And for those wondering about Walt Disney World Annual Passes, new pass sales will become available in time for the start of the 50th anniversary celebration! Walt Disney World Resort will be sharing additional information and details later this month, so be sure to stay tuned to DisneyWorld.com, spokesmayne.co and the Disney Parks Blog.
Theme park reservations and valid pass for the same park on the same date are required for park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability, public health orders, and applicable pass blockout dates, and are not guaranteed for any specific dates or park. Additionally, park reservations may not be available on select holidays for certain theme parks. Pass types may be limited in quantity, and may not be available for purchase or renewal at any time. Current Magic Key pass prices are subject to change. A Pass excludes separately priced activities and events, and does not guarantee access to any experience, attraction or offering or to park entry. Subject to Magic Key Terms and Conditions which can be found at Disneyland.com/MagicKeyTerms. Information, including blockout dates, benefits and prices, is subject to change and cancellation without notice.
Some pass benefits and features may not be available during periods of limited capacity. Park experiences and offerings may have been modified and are subject to limited availability or even closure. Please check Disneyland.com/Updates for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.
*Monthly payments option valid only for California Residents, 18 years or older with valid ID, and living in ZIP Codes 90000–96199. Twelve (12) monthly payments based on remaining balance after one-time down payment on date of Passport purchase. 0% APR. Subject to restrictions, including a retail installment agreement, and change without notice.
**The number of theme park reservations that may be held at a time during a specific booking window is dependent on pass type and is subject to availability and other rules and restrictions, including excessive “no-show” rules.
***Magic Key holder must present their valid pass prior to purchases to receive any applicable benefits or discounts. Benefits/discounts are subject to restrictions and exclusions and are determined solely by Disney or store/location owner.
****Based on purchase of the Imagine Key pass, which is available only to Southern California residents living in ZIP Codes 90000-93599. Monthly payment amount is based on remaining balance after a one-time down payment on date of Passport purchase of $179. Twelve (12) monthly payments and 0% APR apply. Subject to restrictions, including a retail installment agreement, and change without notice.
† Parking benefit is valid for parking, or for discounted parking, for one (1) standard vehicle only at pay-on entry lots at the Disneyland® Resort. Discounted parking must be purchased at the parking lot. Oversized vehicles, preferred parking spaces and valet services are not included in this parking benefit and will require an additional fee. Parking is not guaranteed, and is subject to capacity and applicable Pass blockout dates.
Disney Park Blog; Spokesmayne