Walt Disney resorts and theme parks are considered the best vacation spots for people around the world, but theme parks are still working to get back to a normal routine after being closed due to the Covid pandemic.
Disney (DIS) – Get a free report took two steps forward and then one step back when Disney Shanghai recently restricted its occupancy as Covid-positive cases surged again in China. Previously this year the park was closed from March 21st to June 29th.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California was previously closed for over 400 days during the first Covid outbreak. Disney has worked tirelessly to reopen, reducing its capacity to before the pandemic. Disney fans everywhere have had to take extra precautions when making their travel plans to iconic destinations around the world.
While almost everything has reopened, the attractions and parks may not be operating at full capacity, with some planned and some not. It’s important to note that a majority of the closures can be found on the Disney website. So it’s always a good idea to check the website before making travel plans and of course on the day of your travel plans to see if anything has changed.
Disney is bringing back popular passes… Just kidding
Disneyland Resort brought back Magic Key Passes in November after suspending sales of the passes in May. Magic Key Passes were introduced in August 2021 when they replaced Disneyland’s annual pass program.
The past week has been tough for those looking to buy tickets and passes for entertainment. The Ticketmaster Taylor Swift debacle resulted in Ticketmaster halting sales of the superstar’s new tour tickets. Both Disney and Ticketmaster grossly underestimated the launch of their passes and tickets. While Ticketmaster denied millions of people the ability to purchase tickets for the new Taylor Swift Eras Tour, shortly after the new sale launched, Disney withdrew the option to repurchase Magic Key Passes.
The Magic Key Passes sale didn’t last long as the sale opened on November 16th and the Believe Key ended its sale on November 17th, followed by the Enchant Key and the Inspire Key. Disney wanted to preserve the experience for current Magic Key holders and allow current holders to renew their passes up to 30 days before they expire.
The Imagine Key is only available to Southern California residents for $449. The Enchant Key is available for $699 and the Believe Key for $1,099. The Inspire Key costs $1,599. Each Magic Key has specific benefits.
The Imagine Key is the cheapest of the Magic Keys, but is only available to residents with zip codes between 90000 and 93599. The Imagine Key offers a 25% discount on regular theme park parking in the Toy Story parking area. Imagine Key holders also get up to 10% off select merchandise and food. Pass holders can only use the Imagine Key for up to two theme park reservations at a time. The Imagine Key is still subject to availability on certain days of the year and has blackout dates. Imagine Keyholders also receive a 20% discount on the Disney Genie+ service on reservation days.
Unlike the Imagine Key, the Enchant Key is available to everyone. The Enchant Key can be used by up to four people at a time and offers 25% off regular theme park parking in the Toy Story parking area. The Enchant Key also offers discounts of 20% off Genie+ services on park entry days and 10% off select merchandise and restaurants. This Magic Key remains subject to a reservation-based entry system and blackout dates.
The Believe Key is a big step up from the Enchant Key as it allows for up to six theme park reservations at a time. It offers 50% off parking at Toy Story Parking Lot, Mickey & Friends Parking and Pixar Pals Parking. The Believe Key offers 20% Disney Genie+ services on park entry dates. It still offers the discount of up to 10% on selected goods and food. It contains the Disney Photo Pass downloads.
The Inspire Key offers everything like the Believe Key, but instead of just discounts of up to 10% on selected goods and food, it offers up to 20% on selected goods and up to 15% on food. It includes standard parking in the Mickey & Friends parking garage, the Pixar Pals parking garage, and the Toy Story parking lot. The Inspire Key is still subject to admission reservations and blackout dates.
All Magic Key Passes are still available for renewal, but no longer for new buyers. Disney hasn’t said when Magic Key Passes will be back on sale.