Of all the changes that have occurred at Disneyland due to the global pandemic, the most significant has been the end of the Annual Passport system. After being initially put on hold, all access points were simply canceled. Eventually, after the park reopened, the annual passports were replaced with a new program called Magic Keys. Whereas the Magic Key program was broadly similarit’s been through a series of bumps in the road, including a lawsuit, and now another big change has taken place, as magic keys are completely unavailable.
There are three levels of Magic Key that were originally made available to most customers, the main differences being the blocked dates and the number of park reservations the customer could hold at one time. The premium pass, the Dream Key, which had no block dates, was pulled from the market a few months ago, but now Believe Key and Enchant Key are now also listed on the Disneyland website as “unavailable”.
To say the least, it’s interesting to see an annual pass program where people can’t purchase annual passes. There was no indication that there would be a limit to the number of passes sold, but it seems that the decision has been made, at the very least, to put a stop to these sales.
How Does The Magic Key Trial Fit In
You have to ask yourself if the current law Magic Keysuit, which Disney has already tried to have rejected, is linked, directly or indirectly, to the decision to stop selling Magic Keys. The lawsuit was brought by a Magic Key owner in California who was frustrated that while she purchased the key without lockout dates, she found herself unable to enter Disneyland Resort due to a lack of available park reservations. This, despite the fact that reservations were still available for people purchasing standard park tickets.
If the lawsuit ends up being decided against Disney, it could potentially result in significant changes to the Magic Key program, and Disneyland Resort could therefore issue a precautionary appeal to halt key sales until this issue is resolved. That way there aren’t as many magic keyholders as there could be, that will have to be taken care of.
The lawsuit may not be directly to blame
On the other hand, the decision to stop selling Magic Keys may just be part of Disney Parks’ stated goals of improving the park experience for everyone. Disney claimed that the reservation system is maintained in order to better manage the number of visitors to the parks any given day. Limiting the number of people with magic keys might just be one of them, as it means there will be fewer people with the passes trying to get in at all times.
The fact is that Annual passes have also been hard to come by at Walt Disney World. There are no ongoing lawsuits there, which means that the lawsuit may not be the direct cause of this decision.
Ultimately, this decision may ultimately have the same outcome that those filing the lawsuit clearly want. With fewer Magic Keys in the world, the chances of getting a one-time reservation increase. At this point, most people who really wanted a Magic Key probably have it, although there are sure to be some who want one in the future, and whether they’ll be so lucky remains to be seen.