Annual Pass or Not? Fans React to Disney Magic Key Announcement

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The time has come that thousands of Disneyland fans have been waiting on for months. Today, Disneyland emailed Legacy Passholders — former Disneyland Annual Passholders — with the announcement that a new program called “Magic Key” is being launched with more details being released on Tuesday, August 3.

Legacy Passholders have been waiting for this announcement since Disneyland ended its Annual Pass Program in January 2021.

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Fans were quick to react to the news that Disneyland was finally releasing some form of an Annual Pass. Disney has been hinting that the replacement for the Disneyland Resort Annual Passport program is coming soon — and they have described it as a “membership offering,” of sorts — but little is known so far. Keep in mind, though, that Disney has not yet announced what the Magic Key program will entail. Info will be released tomorrow and will hopefully provide all the details fans need to know regarding whether the program will include Park admission, discounts on food and merchandise, and more.

Brian Hull (@BrianHullsVoice) — known for his incredible Disney impressions — took a scene from a classic Disney film and incorporated it into his excited reaction to the news.

WE’RE FINALLY GETTING NEWS SOON!! #magickey #disneyland #disney

BryDisney (@BryDisney) was also excited for the program announcement, which he hopes will allow him to visit more often, but also offer monthly payments, which were key in helping many people afford their Annual Passes.

So excited for #MagicKey just to be able to go to Disneyland more often means so much to all of us! I hope it still offers monthly payments.

Unfortunately, there were a number of people who were not as excited about the news, as they worry that the “new offering” will provide fewer benefits but cost them more money. One of those worried that the Magic Key program will not be as good as the old Annual Pass program was Facebook user Kristin M., who commented on Inside the Magic’s Facebook page:

“As one of our biggest fans, we wanted to make sure you were the first to know about this NEW offering”…read: we wanted to make sure you were the first to know that we’re going to charge you more and give you less.

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Dana Alyss (@DanaAlyss) Tweeted that Disney needs to just tell everyone the news and be prepared for everyone to complain about the new program since she does not think that it will be as good as the old one.

Dear @Disneyland we aren’t going to call it a #magickey we are going to call it an #annualpass. Skip the marketing ploy to excite us & just tell us the date its coming back. I guarantee you it’s not as good a program as the Original AP’s & we are all going to complain about it.

While Disney has not yet shared what the Magic Key program will include, many Guests are not optimistic. Facebook user Brian B. is worried that the new program will not be an Annual Pass program at all, but more of a ticket discount system for Guests, who will still have to pay each time they visit the theme park.

It better not be a discount program. Pay $100 and get a discount off everything including tickets

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Steven Leandres (@sleandres) had the same idea as Brian and believes that the new program will mainly consist of discounts.

I’m assuming the #MagicKey program will be a paid membership allowing you to purchase discount tickets. Though I’d prefer a system that allowed us to purchase a “book” of admission to be used over the course of the year.

Dom Hodgson (@ukdisdad) predicted that the new Disney system will require members to purchase points, much like Disney Vacation Club, that they will then use to “buy” admission into the theme park. Keep in mind, though, that Disney hasn’t confirmed this.

Okay #magickey wildass prediction re: new Disneyland AP. The AP moves to a DVC style system where you buy a number of points for the year, these are refreshed each month, let’s say 200. A Tuesday after 5pm might be 10 points but a Saturday at rope drop might be 80 points

Instagram user wonders_of_magic took a more fun approach with the news — sharing an image of the iconic Disney attraction Pirates of the Caribbean.

DisneyDefinitely also shared what is most likely a highly accurate image — in the end, people may not be thrilled with what the Magic Key program is, but they will end up paying for it anyway.

Though there is a lot of hesitation among Disney fans, there are still many who are hopeful that the new Magic Key program will include Park admission and some of the other perks that the old AP program had.

According to Disney, they will be releasing more information on the Magic Key program on August 3, no earlier than 1 p.m. PST. Inside the Magic will keep readers updated when information is released as to what the program will entail.

Were you excited to hear about the Magic Key program, or are apprehensive about what it will include? Let us know in the comments!

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