Disneyland Resort reopened on April 30, but the Resort has been missing a major perk — the Annual Passholder program.
Once Disneyland ended the Annual Passport program in January 2021, they instated Legacy Passholders which allowed previous Annual Passholders the ability to still get an AP discount on food and merchandise throughout the Resort. Now, Disney has created a Magic Key Pass, a reimagined version of the former Annual Pass program at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Per Disney Parks Blog:
We are pleased to introduce 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.
Disney announced the following about purchasing the new Magic Key Pass:
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 throughand 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.
Below, you can take a look to see all of the different levels of Magic Key Passes’s available to Guests.
Considering many Disneyland Guests have been awaiting an announcement such as this for half a year now, we wanted to see what our readers had to say about the new pass system that will be implemented by the end of the month.
Paul K. seems to not agree with the price point available, stating:
Michelle P. does not see too much of a difference in comparison to the previous Annual Pass.
So…they just renamed annual passes?
Jeremy A. was tagged on our story post but simply responded:
Fädmeister E. is not happy about the pricing when it comes to parking.
SOO VERY INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS NEW STRUCTURE… If the Believe Key included parking, that would’ve been the most ideal option for me. I used to have the Signature passport but unfortunately, I cannot justify $1400/year on that.
Nathan C. is happy to see the announcement of the new Magic Key Pass.
Not bad at all. Pretty much the same system as before but with reservation limits. Curious to see what DW comes out with for their annual pass system.
Tirsa S. is nervous to see the pass system potentially be introduced at Walt Disney World.
Hope they don’t think to bring this down here to Florida
I could go to all 4 parks whenever with a 20% discount on merch and food and free parking for $400 lol
Joshua P. thinks the new pricing and offerings are fair.
Out of state starting at $649, even with all the block out dates, seems pretty fair
Veronica B. is not sure she can justify the cost of the highest tier.
Well the annual pass is back after some redesigned features, (and title) … the reservation thing though, (which is for all guests,) is what makes the theme park less appealing, and it absolutely rules out those spur of the moment visits or even ones a few weeks out …
I feel it’s gonna be hard to justify an annual pass with no blackout dates if there in fact will be many days you won’t be able to get a reservation.
Aaron C. is just glad to see passes return, regardless of cost.
Personal opinion here: after the year that 2020 was, I’m just grateful that passes are coming back. These tiers seem to have an affordable range/option that works for most, if not everyone. Disneyland has never claimed to be affordable; going to the park is a luxury and if you can’t afford to go or it’s not in your price range, maybe reconsider your options.
Matt B. has a similar opinion and is happy to see Disneyland progress when it comes to passes.
I’m so glad that APers, or I guess MKers now, have to plan ahead.
In the end, it seems that the biggest issue many Guests are facing comes associated with cost; however, with the variety in tiers available, Guests looking to spend less may receive a little less but they will still be able to visit the Happiest Place on Earth at a much more affordable cost than that of multiple Park tickets.
What do you think of the new Magic Key Pass that Disneyland has introduced? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.