Magic Key- Disneyland’s New Annual Pass Program – All Prices, Perks, and Details!

Disneyland has been working on a brand new Annual Passholder program after they cancelled their previous program back in January. Since then, Disney has used the term Legacy Passholder to refer to previous AP holders. Legacy Passholders still retain many of the perks their pasess granted previous as they wait for a new program to be released.

Now we know the name of this new program will be called “Magic Key” and replace the previous Annual Passholder program!

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“Magic Key” to Replace Previous Annual Passholder Program

Disney has announced the new Magic Key Disneyland Annual Passholder program. The program is available across four different tiers ranging in price from $399 (for Southern California residents only) to $1399 (unlimited access with no blackout dates). The pass levels have varying discount amounts for merchandise and food & beverage and allow for different amounts of park reservations to be held at any one time.

Reservations will be required for all pass levels. The emphasis on holding reservations is interesting and indicates that we will not see park reservations going away any time soon. Reservations can be made the day of if they are still available.

The monthly payment option will still be available for California residents. Nothing was announced about a replacement for the Premier Passport that previously allowed guests to access both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The new Disneyland Annual Pass replacement goes on sale on August 25th no earlier than 10AM PST. You will have to purchase your Magic Key pass online or on the Disneyland app- they won't be available for sale at ticket booths currently.

Perks for Early Purchase
There is no danger of passes running out so you don't have to purchase right away on August 25th! But those that purchase a Magic Key within the first 66 days they will receive a special charter member welcome package which includes a limited-edition Magic Key pin, celebratory button, magnet and more!
Magic Keyholders that visit Disneyland from Sept. 1st-Oct 31st will also have access to a limited-time experience in the Starcade in Tomorrowland with charging stations, photo opportunities and other surprises.

Discount Hack for New Disneyland Annual Pass Program

We also have some other exciting news! There is a HACK to save money on the new Disneyland Annual Pass program. You can purchase our exclusively discounted tickets from Get Away Todayand upgrade those tickets into your Annual Pass at the full rack rate of the tickets.
Here's an example. When you purchase a Disneyland 4-day park hopper ticket through our private discount linksto Get Away Today you only pay $381 per ticket instead of the ticket booth rate of $395. That's a savings of $14 per ticket. That savings will be passed on to you if you upgrade your ticket to an Annual Pass. The full value of the $395 ticket will be applied towards your Annual Pass payment even though you only paid $381. There is an even bigger savings when you purchase a 4-day EXTRA DAY FREE ticket that is valid for five days for $392 as opposed to the $415 ticket booth rate. That is a $23 per ticket savings!
The steps for upgrading a discounted ticket into an Annual Pass are:
  • Purchase your discounted Disneyland ticket via our private links to Get Away Todayso that you get an additional savings
  • Make your park reservations for any time within the 13 days of the first use of the ticket (NOTE: The final reservation must be after August 25th to upgrade to an Annual Pass)
  • On the final day of your ticket after you have entered the park for the first time, go into the Disneyland app and select the option to upgrade your ticket to a Magic Key Disneyland Annual Pass. That's right, it is so simple you only have to use your app!
The only ticket type that cannot be upgraded to an Annual Passport is the current California resident ticket special. If you purchased one of these tickets from Get Away Today and you want to switch the ticket so that you can upgrade to an Annual Pass, reach out to them and they will help you make the switch.

New Disneyland Annual Pass 2022 Prices and Levels

Click here for the blackout dates from Disneyland.
Dream Key Disneyland Annual Pass
  • Retails for $1399 or $102 per month for 12 months after $179 for California Residents
  • Access to make reservations for one or both theme parks every day of the year pending availability
  • Can ho;ld up to 6 park reservations at a time and can make reservations up to 90 days out
  • 20% off select merchandise
  • 15% off select food & beverage
  • Theme park parking included
Believe Key Disneyland Annual Pass
  • Retails for $949 or $65 per month for 12 months after $179 down payment for California Residents
  • Access to make reservations for one or both theme parks on almost every day of the year (see blackout dates calendar)
  • Can hold up to 6 park reservations at a time and can make reservations up to 90 days out
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select food & beverage
  • 50% off theme park parking
Enchant Key Disneyland Annual Pass
  • Retails for $649 or $40 per month for 12 months after $179 down for California Residents
  • Access to make reservations on select days of the year to one or both parks
  • Can hold up to 4 park reservations at a time and can make reservations up to 90 days out
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select food & beverage
Imagine Key Disneyland Annual Pass
  • Pass only available for Southern California Residents
  • Access to make park reservations on select days of the year
  • Retails for $399 or $19 per month with $179
  • Can hold up to 2 park reservations at a time and can make reservations up to 90 days out
  • 10% off select merchandise
  • 10% off select food & beverage

Theme Park Reservations

All Magic Key holders will be required to make a theme park reservation for their visit (amount of days is specific to ticket type. You can book a reservation up to 90s in advance.

Here's a handy graphic with all of the Disneyland Annual Pass info.

Disneyland Canceled Previous Annual Passholder Program in January 2021

Disney announced on January 15th 2021 that they will be cancelling the Disneyland Annual Passholder program for all existing and new pass holders effective immediately.

Passholders were refunded the appropriate pro rated amounts based on the amount of time left on the pass beyond the date that the parks closed last March. Disney will also allow pass holders to continue to receive their discounts–see info below.

The Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, shared that there would be a replacement “membership offering in the future” but shared few details.

The Disneyland Resort theme parks have been closed since March 2020 so this was an opportune time for Disney to redesign their program as they plan for their reopening.

There are rumored to be over 1 million pass holders for Disneyland.

Passholders can check their refund amount by logging in at Disneyland.com/PassportRefund. (Expect lots of people to be trying to access this page)

New Passholder Program 

Good news for Annual Passholders is that we have a rough estimate of when we might see the program return. Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, was featured on the D23 Inside Disney podcast today and gave an update to the beloved program.

In the podcast, Ken Potrock spoke to the necessity of Disneyland canceling the current Annual Pass program because of the capacity restrictions on the theme parks from the state of California that were imposed at the time. Remember: Disneyland's Annual Passholder base was huge, nearing the 1 million mark, and there'd be no logical way to balance that with the 25% capacity Disneyland will be opening with initially.

Ken Potrock also discussed the opportunity to reimagine the Annual Pass program, stating that Disneyland wanted to think about how guests would visit the park in the future, as opposed to the past. The new program was described as “consumer-centric.”

Disneyland's Previous Statement on the Cancellation of Passes

Here is the full statement shared by the resort:Dear Annual Passholder,

For nearly four decades, our Annual Passport program has been an important part of connecting with some of our most valued Guests. We are incredibly honored and grateful for that legacy, and the memories and magical moments you have helped us create over the years.

It’s because you’ve played such an important part in the history of the Disneyland Resort that I personally wanted to share this news with you. In the next several days, we will begin the process of issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current Annual Passport program due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations and expected restrictions around the reopening of our theme parks.

I know that sunsetting the Annual Passport program will be disappointing to many of our Passholders who are just as anxious as we are to reopen our gates and welcome Guests back when the time is right. But we are also very excited about what’s ahead. We plan to use this time while we remain closed to develop new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans. Once we have more information to share about future membership offerings, our Passholders will be the first to hear from us as we embark on this next chapter.

Annual Passholders who held active Passports as of March 14, 2020 will continue to receive applicable discounts, based on their Passport type, on merchandise and food & beverages at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations, until new membership offerings are announced. As an added benefit, starting January 18 through February 25, 2021, these Passholders will receive a 30% discount on select merchandise at select locations in Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street, Monday through Thursday. For more details, visit Disneyland.com/APSpecialOffers. We also encourage you to stay connected with the Disneyland Annual Passholders Facebook page as we plan to continue our Annual Passport communication and digital content with more special opportunities to come, until new membership offerings are announced.

A pro rata refund will be issued for your Passport, if you are entitled to one. We are committed to processing refunds as diligently and as quickly as possible. A separate confirmation email will be sent once any applicable pro rata refund has been processed. Please visit Disneyland.com/PassportRefund for more information.

While I have not had the chance to engage with many of you since assuming my Disneyland role in May of last year, I do want to thank you for your understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time. We are incredibly optimistic about our bright future – and look forward to you being part of it.

Again, thank you for your loyalty over the years and your continued support.

Ken Potrock

President

Disneyland Resort

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8 comments add your comment

  1. I fear this heralds Price Increases. Probably increasing premium payment days at busy periods. Whilst Disney have not been shy in milking visitors on tickets, we must accept they will need to recover the lost revenue of 2020.

    • I expect that Disney will create a new type of loyalty program in the future. There have long been rumors of a pass that would be more like pre-paying for a certain number of days!

  2. Done and Done. Only way Disneyland visits would ever work for me is with an annual pass or the equivalent. limited use tickets will never work for So. Cal. locals. Of course it will be a few years before Disneyland resort returns to anything similar to the way it was before 2020

    • I would expect that Disney will still create a pass that will allow locals and others who are dedicated fans to visit at a lower price. We will just have to wait and see the details. Disney wants to serve their best fans.

  3. My husband was a conductor on the Disneyland Railroad, and I was a tourguide when we met 56 years ago. Now, at 81 and 75, we can’t even get into Disneyland parking lot for a vaccine, much less bring our youngest grandchildren back into the park. And the two year old has a MinnyMouse mask I made for her! Jimminy Crickets!

    • What a great history with the parks! Once this is all over there will absolutely be a way for Disney’s best fans to visit the parks in a similar system to the Annual Passholder program.

  4. I purchased tickets and had a vacation planned, but Disneyland shut down. Can I still use my tickets?

    • Yes, once the parks reopen your tickets will be extended. If you purchased through our travel partner, Get Away Today, you can also transfer the credit to use for a Walt Disney World vacation.

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