Disneyland Resort stopped selling annual passes on Thursday, November 17, just a day after it resumed selling passes after a six-month hiatus.
On Wednesday, Disneyland announced that people who don’t currently have an annual pass can purchase the Inspire Key for $1,599. the Believe Key for $1,099 or the Imagine Key (available only to Southern California residents) for $449. Over the course of a few hours Thursday, the company paused sales of Believe, Imagine and Inspire keys in quick succession.
Guests who already have Magic Key passes can renew if their pass expires in more than 30 days, but passes are no longer available for new customers.
“While we know this will be disappointing news for Disneyland fans, it is important that we help protect the experience for Magic Keys holders and the value these passes offer,” Disneyland officials said in an explanation.
The Magic Key program was introduced in August 2021 to replace Disneyland’s annual pass system, which began in 1984 but was scrapped in January 2021 while the parks were closed during the 412-day shutdown mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual pass holders, who in pre-pandemic times could be visited on any day their passes were valid, were cited as the reason for the frequent overcrowding of the parks.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened in April 2021 with capacity restrictions in place. Although state restrictions on visitor numbers were lifted in June of this year, Disney’s Anaheim parks continue to require reservations to regulate the number of people in the parks.
Two months after the Magic Key launched, Disneyland stopped selling the high-priced Dream Key, which has since been replaced by the Inspire Key. Sales of the Believe Key ended in November 2021, and sales of the two remaining Pass tiers – Enchant and Imagine – ended in the spring of this year.
When Disneyland resumed selling Magic Key passes this week, it initially only offered the Inspire, Believe, and Imagine keys to new customers. The Enchant Key can be renewed by existing Pass holders up to 30 days before their current Pass expires. For guests who do not yet have an active pass, only the Inspire Key is available for the time being.
“Renewals for current Magic Key holders within their renewal window (up to 30 days prior to pass expiration) will continue at this time for all available pass types,” Disneyland officials said.
To update: An earlier version of this story said that only the sale of the Faith Key had been stopped.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/17/disneyland-stops-selling-1-of-its-3-magic-key-annual-passes-a-day-after-resuming-sales/ Disneyland Suspends All Magic Key Annual Pass Sales One Day After Resuming Sales – Orange County Register