Annual Pass at Disneyland & Magic Key | Simply Explained

Disneyland's annual pass is loaded with information, and it can quickly get overwhelming trying to figure everything out.

In fact, Disneyland recently overhauled their almost 40 year old annual pass system, and moved towards the 'Magic Key' system.

In this page we will be explaining what an annual pass at Disneyland is, what benefits they offer, what type of passes there are, and how you can pay for them.

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What is an Annual Pass

Normally an annual pass allows a pass holder to visit the park an unlimited number of times throughout the year, on all days that are open to the public.

However in 2021, Disneyland released a new program due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

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New Annual Pass Program

Disneyland released a new annual pass program this year called the Magic Key. It was made as a solution as Disneyland has temporarily suspended the annual pass.

It allows parkgoers the access that they want, and it allows Disneyland to better manage the crowds.

 

disneyland phoneWith the Magic Key, as of the time of this writing, parkgoers can only visit on a limited amount of dates. 

The amount of times that can a guest can visit the park is dependent on how many block-out dates the program chosen has.

It is specifically designed for Disneyland and California Adventure.

Magic Key

There are four Magic Key programs that guests can choose from, and each one has different benefits, and vary in price.

Imagine Key

Price

$399

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Available only to Southern California residents (that are living in postal codes 90000 - 93599).

It allows guests to visit the park on weekdays however it's blocked out for the summer. You can take a look at the calendar to double check dates.

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Benefits

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks on selected days of the year.
  • Hold up to two theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off selected merchandise
  • 10% off selected dining
  • Parking is not included

Enchant Key

Price

$649

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The Enchant Key is priced a little higher and contains less blockout dates than the Imagine Key.

It actually allows guests to visit the parks on the weekdays along with most weekends as well, but dates are blocked out for the summer. You can see the Enchant key calendar here.

 

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Benefits

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks on selected days of the year.
  • Hold up to four theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off selected merchandise
  • 10% off selected dining
  • Parking is not included

Believe Key

Price

$949

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The Believe Key has less than 50 blockout dates, which means you're available to go through most of the year. The main times that the blockout dates occur are around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

50% discount on parking is something that stands out as well.

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Benefits

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year.
  • Hold up to six theme park reservations at a time
  • 10% off selected merchandise
  • 10% off selected dining
  • 50% off standard parking

Dream Key

Price

$1,399

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Now the Dream Key has absolutely no blockout dates. Full park availability. You can see for yourself through the Dream Key calendar.

The hefty price includes admission to both parks as well as parking.

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Benefits

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks every day of the year.
  • Hold up to six theme park reservations at a time for different dates*
  • Up to 20% off selected merchandise
  • Up to 15% off selected dining
  • Standard parking included

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How a Magic Key Works

  1. Check the Magic Key calendar, and look for the calendar of the key that you purchased (Imagine Key, Enchant Key, Believe Key, Dream Key).
  2. Sign into your Disney account from the Disneyland site or use the Disneyland app.
  3. Select a date and time that you want to visit the park/parks.
  4. Make a reservation to the park. (If you want to visit both parks on the same day, make sure to make both reservations)
  5. Review your reservation
  6. Click 'Confirm' once you agree
  7. Input your email address to receive the confirmation email
  8. Double check your email that you've received the confirmation
  9. Your magic key pass will now be in your Disneyland app. Present your Magic Key pass on the day of your arrival.

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Payment Plan

A monthly payment plan will be allows strictly for California residents. You will pay a downpayment fee, and the pay monthly from the following month, for 12 months.

Block Out Dates

Blockout dates vary by the Magic Key pass that you decide to purchase. That is the one tricky part of this program, as unless you've purchased the Dream key, you will have to check the calendar to ensure that your pass is valid for the date that you want to visit.

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How to Buy a Magic Key

You can become a Magic Keyholder starting August 25th, 2021 through the Magic Key site.

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