Last night, the Disneyland Resort announced that the sale of its Annual Pass, the Magic Key Pass, was closing mere hours after it opened.
On Wednesday, November 16, it was announced that The Happiest Place On Earth was finally reopening sales of the year-long Pass to Guests outside of the closed, renewing group of pre-existing Pass Holders.
Almost immediately after sales opened, reports started coming in of a massive line forming online to purchase any of the available tiers.
After the first 24 hours, the different options started selling out. First was the Believe Key, then the Imagine Key. The last Magic Key option to sell out was the Inspire Key–the most expensive option starting at $1599.
Disney released a statement last night which said,
“Due to the incredible popularity of our Magic Key program, we have stopped sales of the new passes at this time to help protect the experience for Magic Key holders and the value those passes provide. Renewals for current Magic Key within their renewal window (up to 30 days before pass expiration) will continue for all available pass types (Inspire, Believe, Enchant, Imagine) at this time.”
This is the first time since before the pandemic that new Annual Passes were sold at a US Disney Theme Park. Over at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, every Annual Pass tier is reserved for renewals except for one: the Pixie Dust Pass, which is available to Florida Residents.
There is little doubt that the sale restrictions on the Magic Key Pass and Disney World Annual Pass are due to the persistence of the Theme Park Reservation System that continues to limit how often a Guest can access Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom throughout the year.
At this time, there is still no word on when Disney World fans can expect Annual Pass sales to resume.
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