Do You Need to Buy a Magic Key Pass ASAP? What Disney Says!

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In just a couple of days, Disneyland Resort will launch its brand new Magic Key Pass program. Magic Key Passes will be taking the place of Disneyland’s old (and incredibly popular) Annual Pass Program. There will be four Magic Key levels for Guests to purchase from — the top tier Magic Key will be the Dream Key, then the Believe Key, the Enchant Key, and finally, the Imagine Key (available only to Southern California Residents).

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A lot of information has been released about the new Magic Key Program, but Guests still have a lot of questions. In the fine print of Magic Key Terms and Conditions, Disney lets Guests know that all four Magic Keys may not be available to purchase at all times. The Disneyland website states the following information when it comes to Pas Availability:

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.

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With the possibility that all Magic Keys might not be available, Guests are wondering if they should buy their Magic Keys as soon as they become available. Well, Disney has responded to that query and essentially told Guests not to worry about Magic Keys running out immediately. Disney Parks Blog answered some of the most popular Guest questions regarding Magic Keys, and here is what was said about purchasing a Magic Key on the first day the new passes are being sold.

Do I need to purchase my Magic Key pass on August 25?

We know you’re eager and excited to “unlock” your new Magic Key pass, and we want you to have a magical experience upon your return to the Happiest Place on Earth. Please know it is not necessary to purchase your Magic Key on the first day of sale. As always, we appreciate your patience as we work hard to accommodate as many guests as possible through our system on

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It seems that Disney could be encouraging Guests to hold off on purchasing their Magic Keys and not rush the process. If every Guest who wants to purchase a new Annual Passes attempted to log onto the website at once, the website could be overwhelmed. In the past — such as when tickets first became available for the theme park’s reopening, or when A Touch of Disney tickets went on sale — Guests have bombarded the Disneyland website and waits were hours long, site crashes were problematic, and headaches were common. If Disney convinces Guests to wait a few days, or a week or more to buy their Magic Keys, that problem may be avoided.

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It should also be noted that availability limitations were also a part of the old Annual Passport program. Disneyland used to offer a Southern California Resident Annual Pass, but it was not always available. The same could be true when it comes to the Imagine Key.

While Guests can hold off on purchasing their Magic Keys, there are some perks for those who purchase within the first 66 days of Magic Keys going on sale. In honor of Disneyland’s 66th anniversary, Guests who purchase during that time will receive special gifts, such as a commemorative pin and a magnet.

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Disneyland Magic Keys will go on sale beginning on August 25 at 10 a.m. PST. Keys can be purchased either on the Disneyland website or through the Disneyland app. Keys cannot be purchased at Disneyland ticket booths and no physical Magic Key pass will be given; it will be completely digital.

Will you be purchasing your Magic Key on August 25, or will you be waiting a little while? Let us know in the comments!

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