What Magic Key Holders NEED to Know About Staying on Disney Property

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Today, Disneyland’s new Annual Pass program — called the Magic Key Pass program — officially launched, and those who purchased Magic Keys could start making their Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme park reservations immediately.

The two higher Magic Keys — the Dream Key and the Believe Key — will be able to hold up to six theme park reservations at one time. Enchant Key Holders can hold up to four reservations at one time, and Imagine Key Holders can hold a maximum of two reservations at one time.

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This reservation system for Magic Keys differs from the system currently in place at Walt Disney World. Disney World Annual Passholders are able to hold up to three theme park reservations at one time; however, that number is lifted if the Annual Passholder is staying on property. If a Disney World Annual Passholder is staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, they are able to make theme park reservations for the entirety of their stay, as their theme park reservations — called Disney Park Pass reservations — would then be categorized in the Select Disney Resort Hotels theme park reservation type.

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Unfortunately, Magic Key Holders staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels — the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — will not be extended the same theme park reservation courtesy. A Guest staying at one of the hotels is limited to their number of reservations regardless of how long their hotel stay is. That means that a Guest with the Imagine Key will only be able to make 2 theme park reservations at one time, even if they are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel for five days, for example.

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While the Disneyland website does not specifically state “hotels” in their reservation information, it does say the following:

Passholders are eligible to make a park reservation for any date on which their Pass is not blocked out, subject to availability and conditions set forth above. Pursuant to the benefits and rules of the particular Pass, a Passholder may make and hold up to the number of park reservations allowed for their Pass type for a determined period of time. Once the maximum number of park reservations is made for such period, another park reservation may not be made until a currently held park reservation is used or cancelled. Passholders may be restricted in their ability to make park reservations per applicable Pass benefit rules, such as excessive “no show” rules, which may change from time to time.

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When inquiring about a hotel stay, we confirmed that Disney notes reservation restrictions based on each Magic Key (AKA Annual Pass) type will remain in place for Magic Key Holders staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. It is important to note, though, that theme park reservations are made on a rolling basis. That means that once one reservation is used, the Magic Key Holder can immediately book another reservation.

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Magic Key Holders are not guaranteed a theme park reservation, nor are hotel Guests. That could mean that Guests visiting during busy times of year (such as Christmas) may be staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, but are unable to make a reservation for the theme parks

Disneyland and California Adventure are currently booking theme park reservations through November 23. Guests and Magic Key Holders can book their theme park reservations by clicking here or visiting the Disneyland website.

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