Disneyland Magic Key Membership

Disneyland Magic Key Annual Pass is an all new membership program. Magic Key invites you into a whole new world of experiencing Disneyland Resort. 

This is all about Disneyland’s new membership program 2021 which replaces the old Annual Pass program.

 

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Magic Key is the new Annual Pass program available in 4 different levels: Dream, Believe, Enchant and Imagine.

It has similar elements to the AP program. But just as Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock noted earlier this year, the old AP program has “sunsetted.”

Here we’ll dig int how you can flaunt your membership status, get perks during your Disneyland vacations and learn all about the new AP (replacement) on Main Street, the Magic Key. 

Disneyland Magic Key Important Details

If you want to be a  Magic Key holder at Disneyland membership in place of your old Annual Pass, this section is for you.

  • August 25, 2021 Magic Key Passes available for purchase AND first use!
  • Each level includes access to the theme parks with certain days available for reservations 
  • Reservations are available to all levels up to 90 days in advance (select days)
  • Merchandise and food discounts range from 10%-20% off
  • Parking is included in the Dream Key Pass, parking is 50% off with the Believe Key Pass

Prices vary from $399 to $1399 within the new Annual Pass format. Each Magic Key Pass has something for everyone depending on what’s most important to them when visiting Disneyland.

  • Dream Key Disneyland Pass $1399
  • Believe Key Disneyland Pass $949
  • Enchant Key Disneyland Pass $649
  • Imagine Key Pass SoCal only $399

Keep reading for answers to frequently asked questions about the Disneyland Magic Key program like how it works, cost and other details. 

Compare Magic Key Memberships

These prices and offerings feel very similar to the old Disneyland Annual Pass program. But of course with the added need for theme park reservations. Let’s go over each one to help you decide which is right for you.

Dream Key Disneyland Pass

  • Price: $1399, $102 monthly payment option for CA res after $179 downpayment 
  • Blackout dates: none
  • Discounts: 20% off merchandise, 15% off food
  • Reservations: 6 at one time (rolling), 1-90 days in advance
  • Parking: included

Believe Key Disneyland Pass

  • Price: $949, $65 monthly payment option for CA res after $179 downpayment
  • Blackout dates: some, see calendar here
  • Discounts: 10% off merchandise and food
  • Reservations: 6 at one time (rolling), 1-90 days in advance
  • Parking: 50% off

 

MagicKey New Disneyland Annual Pass

 

Enchant Key Disneyland Pass

  • Price: $649, $40 monthly payment option for CA res after $179 downpayment
  • Blackout dates: more, see calendar here
  • Discounts: 10% off merchandise and food
  • Reservations: 4 at one time (rolling), 1-90 days in advance
  • Parking: not included

Imagine Key Disneyland Pass (SoCal Only)

  • Price: $399, $19 monthly payment option for CA res after $179 downpayment
  • Blackout dates: most popular dates blocked, see calendar here
  • Discounts: 10% off merchandise, 10% off food
  • Reservations: 2 at one time (rolling), 1-90 days in advance
  • Parking: not included

Don’t forget! You can upgrade your discount Disneyland ticket (just not SoCal tickets) to a Magic Key pass! More details in the Q&A section. 

How to Make Magic Key Reservations 

Disneyland theme park reservations were introduced with Disney FlexPass, one of the lower-priced Annual Passes in May 2019.

When the parks reopened in April 2021, an entirely new theme park reservation system was introduced, leaning on the FlexPass for a bit of familiarity.

 

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Here’s how to make reservations with Magic Key Pass (as adapted from Disney FlexPass):

  1. See Magic Key blackout calendar here
  2. Select your Magic Key Pass type.
  3. Select your park, but remember to play around with it because you might be able to go to California Adventure and not Disneyland. Selecting “both parks” will show a more restrictive calendar by default, even if DCA is available. 
  4. View results in blue or grey. Then keep reading for reservation ins and outs below. 

Here are some answers to important questions on reservations:

  • Do I still need theme park reservations with a Magic Key membership? Yes, you need reservations to attend the theme park any day you visit.
  • How far in advance can I make theme park reservations with a Magic Key membership? 90 days in advance.
  • How many days of theme park reservations can I hold at once with a Magic Key membership? They vary from 2-6 reservations on a rolling basis.

I have tons more detailed answers to these questions and more below. Keep reading and submit your question in the comments section.

Disneyland Magic Key Calendar

Existing Magic Key holders and even out-of-town visitors know how important the black out calendar can be when planning a Disneyland vacation. But with the new Magic Key Pass, calendar dates are even more important. See calendar here.

It’s also a good idea to look at the Magic Key Pass Calendar before you commit to buying the new Annual Pass. Notice there are two daily categories:

  • Blue “Requires Reservation”
  • Grey “Blocked Out” 

On blue days you need to make a reservation to enter one or both parks. After booking your reservation, which can be made same day, you can go directly to the gate and scan in using your Magic Key pass or use the Disneyland app. 

On grey blackout days, you cannot enter either park. If you would like to enter the park those days you will need a regular park ticket or upgrade to a higher level Pass. 

The following screenshots are from the OLD AP calendar, but I expect it to look something like this and will update soon.

Disney Flex Pass blackout dates

Some days you can enter Disneyland and California Adventure, some days only California Adventure, some days you need a reservation for entry and others are completely blacked out. Here’s how to navigate the calendar system. 

Disneyland FlexPass Calendar

  1. See Magic Key blackout calendar here
  2. Select your Magic Key Pass type.
  3. Select your park, but remember to play around with it because you might be able to go to California Adventure and not Disneyland. Selecting “both parks” will show a more restrictive calendar by default, even if DCA is available. 
  4. View results in blue or grey. Then keep reading for reservation ins and outs below. 

As a reminder, the Disneyland Magic Key Pass allows for reservations on select days into Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, with limited blackout days. The current price in 2021 ranges from $399 to $1399 for one year.

Magic Key Annual Pass Q&A

There’s so much to learn about the new annual pass program, dubbed Magic Key. If you have a question I haven’t addressed, please leave a comment below.

What is the Magic Key Membership?

The Disney Magic Key membership is a new Annual Pass option introduced at Disneyland Resort in August 2021.

It’s a twist on the classic Annual Pass while incorporating new perks and add-ons that work seamlessly with Disneyland’s new reservation system.

What is the new Disneyland Annual Pass?

The Disneyland Magic Key Annual Pass membership is a new option introduced at Disneyland Resort in August 2021.

It’s a twist on the classic Annual Pass while incorporating Disneyland’s new reservation system.

Most importantly, the new Magic Key membership gives Disney an opportunity to control how many guest can enter the parks on a given day, and gives you a more consistent Disneyland experience. 

How does the Magic Key Pass work? 

The new Annual Pass program, Magic Key, gives you more chances to enjoy Disneyland with the flexibility of park reservations and payment plans that works for your lifestyle. 

It gives you theme park access and discounts on food and merchandise, plus parking perks for select passes.

How long is the Disneyland Magic Key membership valid? 

Your membership to be good for 365 days, which starts on the first day you walk through the gates and scan your ticket associated with Magic Key.

You can buy your membership online and you will still be able to make reservations without your membership being activated. Once your membership is scanned into the park, your membership will be active.

 

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Can I get discounts on a new Magic Key Membership?

Yes, you can use your discounted Disneyland Park tickets once it’s been activated and upgrade to a Magic Key.

This remains true for Disneyland day tickets, not special tickets or SoCal tickets. 

 

Disneyland Ticket Castle

 

Is it worth upgrading to a Magic Key Membership?

If you had the old Annual Pass, this is so similar but with reservations. My opinion is yes, it is worth it.

You’ll especially want to upgrade your discounted Disneyland Park tickets to the Magic Key membership because:

  • you’ll get the full value of your ticket applied to your Magic Key membership while still enjoying a discount ticket price
  • you can make your initial reservation 120 days in advance rather than 90, 30 days earlier than existing Magic Key passholders
  • no blackout dates with your initial ticket
  • easy upgrades from within the Disneyland App

Will my Magic Key get me into both parks?

Here’s how it worked for the most similar AP option, the FlexPass for reference until we get details soon:

Yes! On blue “good to go days” you will still need a reservation and can enter either, or both parks. On reservation days you will need to either reserve one park only, or reserve both parks together. Reserving both parks still only counts as one reservation. 

What discounts do I get with Magic Key?

Just like the old Disney Annual Passes, you’ll get some great discounts and benefits. 

I love that discounts often off-set the cost of a tip or tax when making a purchase. 

Can I add Disney MaxPass to my Magic Key?

Disney MaxPass has been retired. You can however add the new Disney Genie+ to your Magic Key membership on a daily basis. 

Can I add Disney Genie+ to my my Magic Key?

Yes, you can add the new Disney Genie+ to your Magic Key membership on a daily basis. 

Is parking included in the Magic Key membership?

Parking is included with the top level pass, Dream Key Pass. For all other passes, see this Disneyland parking guide before you go. 

Do I get PhotoPass with myMagic Key membership?

I am waiting for answers on if you can add it to your membership. Here’s many of the places to get your photo taken at Disneyland Resort.

 

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Do I get Magic Morning with a Magic Key membership?

No, Magic Morning is only included in tickets purchased in advance for 3 or more days. You can purchase discount tickets through my affiliate link, and then upgrade to the Magic Key before the end of your Disneyland Resort vacation.

If you are staying at one of the Disney owned hotels, you can utilize Extra Magic Hour each stay of your trip with your membership and room key. 

Does the Disneyland Magic Key Pass have Blackout days? 

Yes, all passes except the Dream Pass has blackouts. To enter during those days you will need to purchase a regular park ticket and make reservations.

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations for the Disneyland Magic Key Pass can be made through the Disneyland website or the Disneyland App. To make a reservation on the app, log into your Disney account. 

Note these instructions are from the old FlexPass system, I expect them to be very similar if not the same for the new Magic Key pass.

Make Flex Pass reservation

  1. Scroll down on the main menu and Click on “My Tickets”
  2. Under your Magic Key barcode you will see and click on “reserve days” 
  3. Select either one or both parks you would like to enter, and select the day you would like (selecting both parks only uses one reservation).
  4. Finish by selecting “Review Your Selections’ and then “Confirm Reservations” 

Your reservation should then be listed under your barcode, and you will get an email with the reservation confirmation.  

Do I always need a reservation to use my Magic Key Pass?

Yes. First check the Magic Key Pass calendar (see calendar here) before you plan to visit Disneyland Resort, then make your reservation based on the following:

  • Blue “Requires Reservation”
  • Grey “Blocked Out” 

On blue “requires reservation” days, you can make reservations to the parks without any other prep work. Scan in using your Magic Key Pass or via the Disneyland app. 

On grey blackout days, you cannot enter either park. If you would like to enter the park those days you will need a regular park ticket or upgrade to a higher level Magic Key pass. 

Note these photos are from the old FlexPass system, I expect them to be very similar if not the same for the new Magic Key pass.

Disneyland FlexPass Calendar

See the full Disney Magic Key pass calendar here.

How hard is it to get Magic Key Pass reservations?

We can really only go off the Disney Flex Pass at this time. Here’s a list of popular dates that filled quickly:

 

Flex Pass review selections

Have reservations filled up and been unavailable?

Referring to the Disney FlexPass, there had only been one occasion that a date has filled up. July 4, 2019 filled up and was no longer allowing reservations. This happened just a few days before the holiday. 

How soon can I make a new reservation? 

Reservations are available on a rolling basis depending on your pass type.

Once you have scanned into either park, you will still have to wait until that day is over to make a new reservation. This means you have to wait until 12:00 am the next day to make a new reservation.

Your reservation will still show on your Magic Key pass after you have scanned into the parks. Until that is no longer linked, showing only existing reservations, you will not be able to make a new reservation.  

Can I cancel my Magic Key Disneyland reservation? 

Yes, you will have to cancel your reservation by 11:59pm PT the day before.

There will be penalties for frequent no-shows. I am waiting to confirm from old FlexPass info: If you do not cancel in time you will be counted as a “no show.” You are allowed up to 2 “no show” times in a 90 day period. On the 3rd “no show” in a 90 period, you will no longer be able to reserve new dates for 30 days. 

 

Disneyland Partners Statue

 

To avoid no show you only have to enter one park before closing on the date of your reservation. This might mean walking into the park and walking back out if you schedule allows it. 

Can I modify a reservation?

No, reservations can not be modified. You will have to cancel the reservation and book the new date, if available. 


 

How do I cancel a reservation? 

A reservation can be canceled within your Disney Account. To cancel your Magic Key reservation on the Disneyland App.

Cancel Flex Pass

  1. Select “My tickets” 
  2. Under your pass you will see your current reservations and select “View or Cancel” 
  3. Now select “Cancel Reservation”
  4. Last select “Confirm Cancellation” 

What happens if I don’t cancel a reservation on time? 

Waiting to confirm from old FlexPass info: If you have not cancelled your reservation by 11:59pm PT the day before, you will be counted as a “no show” if you do not enter at least one park by park closing on the day of your reservation.

You are allowed up to 2 “no show” times in a 90 day period. On the 3rd “no show” in a 90 period, you will no longer be able to reserve new dates for 30 days. You will still be able to enter the park(s) on “Good to Go!” days.

Does the Magic Key Pass have blackout days? 

Yes. Each pass has various blackout dates, except for the Dream pass. See blackout calendar here

How much does the Disneyland Magic Key Pass cost?

Prices vary from $399 to $1399. See current pricing for all Disneyland Passes here.

How do I purchase a Disney Magic Key Pass?

You can purchase the Disneyland Magic Key Pass

Depending on the method you can pay using a credit card or Disney Gift Card

Can I upgrade my current park ticket to the Disney Magic Key? 

Yes! You can upgrade your ticket anytime before the end of day on your last day of entrance.

You can do so in the Disneyland App, under tickets it will have the option to “apply the value of your ticket to a Magic Key Pass.” You may still need to go to a ticket booth to pick up your physical card. 

 

Upgrade to Annual Pass

 

You can also upgrade at the ticket booth, this method allows you to use card, and cash or gift cards as payment. 

I suggest upgrading this way and using a discounted ticket from my partners at Get Away Today. Doing so, you will get the full retail value of your ticket and save money. 

I’m a California Resident, can I do a payment plan like the other Annual Passes? 

Yes! You can set up the monthly payment plan for select Magic Key passes, just like the old Annual Passports. You will have to make a downpayment to start the payment plan. 

Disneyland Magic Key Reviews

The Magic Key Pass is brand new in 2021, so it’ll be a while before we have first hand reviews. But it is incredibly similar to the old Disney FlexPass. 

I’ve kept these reviews here so you can get an idea of what people liked about the Disney Flex Pass. 

Disneyland Monorail

 

Do you think the Disney Flex Pass is worth it? 

Now that the Disney Flex Passport has been out for a few months, and I have been able to see how it works better, I say yes! It is a great option for both locals and non-southern California Residents. You can easily book your reservations 30 days out, or even the day of so far. As more people continue to purchase the Disney Flex Passport this may change, but for now I believe it is a great deal. 

Here’s what some of my readers have to say in these Disney Flex Pass reviews. 

Love the Flex. We live 2 states away and it has worked great for our family of 5. Booked 2 days last minute in July with no problem. Will be back in Nov for 3 days so will book at 30 day mark. Super easy to use with the Disney app 

-Jessica A.

I bought a Flex Pass for my oldest daughter who is 13. Works well for her! I have a signature and I always know in advance when we go so I just make sure to book the days we’re there. Can’t beat the price! We use Disneyland as our Mother Daughter weekend getaways!

-Bonny R. 

Love it so far, seems like the best kept secret… so shhh! 😆 Living out of state it’s perfect to be able to get in during busy times. I’ve made reservations as I’m walking in without any problems so far

-Elaina S. 

 

Disneyland AP Magic Key

 

MORE TO COME SOON regarding the new membership program! What do you want to know about the Disneyland Magic Key Annual Pass membership program?

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