Disneyland Reveals Dates, Info for Annual Pass Replacement, Magic Key

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Disneyland fans were able to visit the Happiest Place on Earth multiple times in a year thanks to the annual passports, but it was shelved due to the pandemic. Fans have been waiting for more information on the annual passes once Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened, and today is the day. The Magic Key program has been announced, and it will be replacing the previous annual pass program. It includes 4 different tiers known as keys, and these are made for different types of guests and their budgets. The highest tier, Dream Key, has no blockout dates and the lowest tier, Imagine Key, is only for Southern California residents. The program will go on sale beginning August 25, 2021.

The older annual passes had different tiers, and the new Magic Key is slightly different. Fans can choose which key is more fitting, from the highest to lowest pricing types. The main differences with the new program include park reservation requirements and fewer pass options. You can still get discounts on food, beverages and merchandise like the old passes.

Dream Key

The cream of the crop is the Dream Key, which will cost you $1,399 and has no blockout dates. You can hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time for different dates. You can get up to 20% off on select merchandise, up to 15% off on select dining, and receive standard theme park parking.

Believe Key

The Believe Key is one step down and will cost you $949 with blockout dates set to a minimum. You’ll be able to go to a majority of the dates, with notable blockout dates including the two weeks during Christmas and New Year, Spring Break, Thanksgiving weekend, most Saturdays from July and October, and a few other dates. You can hold up to 6 theme park reservations at a time, save up to 10% off on select merchandise and dining, and save up to 50% off standard theme park parking (excluding blockout days). See the full blockout dates calendar.

Enchant Key

The Enchant Key costs $649, and guests can hold up to 4 theme park reservations at a time. They can save 10% on select merchandise and dining. The blockout dates include the ones from the Believe Key and more dates blocked out on the weekends of October, more dates during Thanksgiving, weekends of December, the three weeks during Christmas and New Year, majority of June, all of July, half of August, and a few other dates. Parking is not included. See the full blockout dates calendar.

Imagine Key

This is the key that’s only available for Southern California Residents (zip codes 90000 to 93599) since they live closer to the Disneyland Resort, making it easier to go on a school day or workday. It costs $399, and you can hold up to 2 theme park reservations at a time while saving 10% on select merchandise and dining. All weekends are crossed off, along with other busier dates and those blocked out in the Enchant Key. Parking is not included in this key type. See the full blockout dates calendar.

There are monthly payment options, and they are only available to California residents. There’s a limit to reservations at a given time, but there is good news. Once you use up a reservation date, it will free up another spot. Be careful of a “no show” where it will prevent you from making a reservation for 30 days after the beginning of the third no-show (in a 90-day period).

The Disneyland Resort has made some changes to admission when it reopened in April of 2021. It required guests to get tickets and make a reservation before attending the different parks. Due to COVID-19 and the delta variant, guests and cast members will need to wear masks indoors under the guidance of the CDC.

For more information, visit the Magic Key page on the Disneyland site.

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