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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Disneyland Raising Magic Key Annual Pass Prices

 by Beth Keating



August 16, 2022


Here’s the good news… existing Disneyland Magic Keyholders will be able to renew their annual passes starting this week, if they are within their renewal window.  The bad news?  It’s going to cost a lot more. Even more painful? They will get fewer days for their dollars. 


More bad news for those waiting to grab annual passes that don’t have them yet… Magic Key passes for new Keyholder hopefuls will not be available while Disneyland works on processing renewals for current passholders.

Disneyland began selling Magic Keys on August 25 last year, replacing the former annual pass program.  In May 2022, Disneyland paused the sale of the Enchant and Imagine Keys, the last two Magic Key tiers that were still available. The Dream Key had sold out in October 2021, and the Believe Key followed suit in November.


According to the Orange County Register, Disneyland will raise Magic Key prices from 8% to 16% when annual pass renewals go on sale to existing passholders on Thursday, August 18, 2022.


The new prices for the four Disneyland Magic Key annual passes are: Inspire $1,599; Believe $1,099; Enchant $699; and Imagine $449.  (Imagine is available only to Southern California residents). 


The new Inspire Magic Key will increase the cost of the top level pass by $200 (14%), compared to the old Dream Key. The Believe Key will increase by $150 (16%); the Enchant Key is $50 more (8% increase); and the Imagine Key goes up by $50 (13%). 


Additionally, the tiers of the annual passes will see some shuffling, with the new Inspire pass replacing the existing Dream Key.  (Dream Keys are not available for renewal.)  The Inspire key will not have park access during the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day, meaning that there are no longer any Keys with year-round access. Each tier now comes with block-out dates.


As for the perks for the Magic Keys, each Magic Key includes a 20% discount on the purchase of Genie+. The top two tiers, Inspire and Believe, have unlimited PhotoPass digital downloads. Inspire Keys can hold 6 park reservations at a time, and get discounts of 20% off select merchandise and 15% off select food and beverage. Believe Keys can hold 6 park reservations at a time, and get discounts of 10% off select merchandise, food and beverage. Enchant Keys can hold 4 park reservations at a time, and get discounts of 10% off select merchandise, food and beverage. Imagine Keys can hold 2 park reservations at a time, and get discounts of 10% off select merchandise, food and beverage.


For parking, the passes include an increasing fee at each level, though they are still discounted from general parking costs. Inspire Keys include free parking; Believe Keys offer a 50% discount; and Enchant and Imagine levels get a 25% discount on parking at the Toy Story lot — when park passes are available and block-out dates are not in effect.  


The park reservation process also remains in effect. Specific details on the new tiers can be found by visiting Disneyland.com/Magic-Key, but if you are planning to renew, don’t snooze on it. Disney has said that it may pause sales of certain tiers of the Keys based on demand and limited availability.  California residents will have access to monthly payment plans.




Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.


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