Disneyland Halts Magic Key Pass Sales, Again

November 17, 2022, 2:42 PM · That didn't take long. Just one day after reopening new Magic Key annual pass sales, Disneyland has stopped sales. (Update: The Believe Key closed first on Thursday, followed by the Imagine and then the Inspire Keys.)

"While we know this will be disappointing news to Disneyland fans, it's important that we help protect the experience for Magic Key holders and the value those passes provide," a Disneyland official said. "Renewals for current Magic Key holders within their renewal window (up to 30 days before pass expiration) will continue for all available pass types at this time."

Disneyland had halted sales of some Magic Key levels last year before closing all levels earlier this year. By closing annual pass sales, Disneyland is hoping to keep some demand pressure off its mandatory advance reservation system, which Magic Key holders must use to visit the parks.

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Replies (12)

November 17, 2022 at 9:57 PM

And now Inspire passes are paused too.

November 18, 2022 at 5:07 AM

Obviously the price points are too low ; I’m sure Disney will increase prices and reshuffle the deck again to see how far they can push the demand curve.

November 18, 2022 at 8:06 AM

I wonder if potential Magic Key purchasers were not busy trying to get Taylor Swift tickets would Disney have stopped sales even sooner.

Magic Key has become the ultimate okie-doke.

November 18, 2022 at 10:06 AM

November 16, 2022 at 12:05 PM
You beat me to it, Russell. These new sales will be snatched up quickly. I dare say they will be shut down by the end of the week!


November 18, 2022 at 12:22 PM

At this point they should just go for it. Double the current price and see if they sell out or not...lol

November 18, 2022 at 12:41 PM

Honestly, they could do what Ticketmaster does for high-demand events, and price Magic Keys on a sliding scale. As supply dwindles, prices go up exponentially.

November 18, 2022 at 2:34 PM

Something has to change, Russell. I don't know how many APs were sold in the latest wave, but as quickly as they were grabbed, its obvious that they are underpriced. Disney may be losing out on millions of dollars in profits here, and I can't imagine Chapek is happy about losing out on that much cash.

November 18, 2022 at 4:12 PM

I think I've gotta label this one as an epic fail. Opening sales of Magic Keys after they've been closed for months, only to stop sales less than 24 hours later is certain to burn some people, and I wouldn't be surprised if it does lose the resort some business.

If Disney wants to maintain a reasonable number of passes without making the prices astronomical and avoid these types of snafus in the future, I really think the only viable option at this point is to go to a waitlist system. A $179 refundable deposit gets you a spot on the waitlist, then when there are a sufficient number of non-renewals for the tier, those at the front are given the option to buy at the current price (which may be higher than when they joined the list) or pass and get their deposit refunded. Once you're in, you can stay in as long as you keep renewing, but if you drop out you have to go through the waitlist process again to get another Key.

November 18, 2022 at 5:30 PM

And AJ creates Disney Genie Plus+.

November 18, 2022 at 7:02 PM

Disney should just stop beating around the bush and set up a program where their superfans can set up their paychecks for direct deposit into a Disney bank account. Then the Disney Accounting Department can determine a reasonable allowance for living expenses, and distribute ONLY that amount back to the individual. Finally, (via Genie +) Disney can send the schedule right down to the minute in which the individual is allowed to come enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, etc.

November 20, 2022 at 10:47 PM

And now Iger is back so hopefully we change a lot of these problems.

November 23, 2022 at 2:07 PM

I get the feeling that Disneyland Resort doesn't want tourists anymore. I thought that Disney was going to underemphasize their reliance on APs, but the opposite is happening.

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