On August 25, Disneyland will be launching the sale of its new, highly anticipated, reimagined Annual Pass program — the Magic Key Pass program.
The Magic Key program was announced earlier this month as the replacement to the Disneyland Resort Annual Passport program that ended in January 2021. Guests will be able to purchase one of four Magic Keys, which will vary in price and access to the theme parks.
Unfortunately, if Disneyland Legacy Passholders — the name for Guests who were Annual Passholders when the program ended — were hoping to be able to get early access to Magic Key purchases, Disney has dashed those hopes.
Legacy Passholders were the first notified that a new AP program was coming, something that Disney announced they would do long ago. Legacy Passholders were sent an email earlier last week that said the announcement for the Disney Magic Key program was coming soon. However, Legacy Passholders were not told that they would get early access to purchase their Magic Key Passes before the general public.
According to the Disneyland website, sales for Magic Keys will begin on August 25, no earlier than 10 a.m. PST for all Guests.
While Disney has been giving Legacy Passholders perks — such as a discount on theme park food and merchandise — since the program ended and Disneyland Resort began to slowly open up after the forced pandemic closure, this is sure to be a blow to former Annual Passholders. Before the Annual Pass Program ended, it was estimated that Disneyland had over 1 million Annual Passholders. But at this time, it is unclear how many passes Disneyland Resort plans to sell, and it is unclear how many former Annual Passholders plan to re-purchase a pass ASAP on August 25.
Note that passes are subject to availability and are limited in quantity, so perhaps that is why Disney is not allowing any sort of early access for Legacy Passholders. According to the Disneyland website’s Magic Key Terms and Conditions:
PASS TYPE AVAILABILITY: Pass types are limited in quantity, and not all Pass types may be available at any given time. Please check for Pass type availability before attempting to upgrade into a Pass.
It is important to note that Annual Passes were always subject to availability, as well. The only pass that that condition ever had any significant effect on was the Southern California Resident Pass. The SoCal Resident Pass was the lowest-priced Annual Pass that Disneyland offered, but it was not always available for purchase. While the Magic Key Passes are different from former Annual Passholders, the Imagine Key is the most similar to the SoCal Resident Pass, as it is only available to Southern California Residents.
While Magic Keys are subject to availability, if sales of old Annual Passes are any indication, Guests will likely not have to worry about the Magic Key they would like to purchase selling out. All that a Guest really needs to be concerned about is snagging a reservation for the dates that they would like to visit Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
Disney has also announced that Guests who purchase their Magic Keys early will receive special perks, including a special commemorative pin and magnet. However, those perks do not just apply to Guests who purchase their Magic Keys when they go on sale on August 25. In celebration of Disneyland’s 66 anniversary, Guests who purchase Magic Keys in the first 66 days — through October 30 — will receive their special welcome package.
With the popularity of Annual Passes and the number of people anxious to snag their new Magic Key, it is possible that Disneyland’s website will be overwhelmed on August 25, and wait times to purchase could take hours. If you would like to purchase your own Magic Key, it may be worth it to wait a day or two, as it is unlikely that any of the four Magic Keys will sell out in that time. However, we’ll keep you posted with the latest Magic Key news as we learn more.
Will you be purchasing your Magic Key on August 25? Or will you be waiting? Let us know in the comments!
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