Since the introduction of the Magic Key program at the Disneyland Resort, some fans have been left less than impressed.
The Orange County Register‘s Brady MacDonald reports that some Magic Key passholders have been upset with the lack of availability for reservations. With the debut of the program coupled with the anticipated heavy holiday crowds, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are completely booked for Magic Key reservations for the rest of 2020. Additionally, the rest of October is also unavailable, making it difficult to spend Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure.
Meanwhile, single-day tickets remain available for many of these days. Disneyland officials cite the difference being due to Magic Key members planning further in advance than other guests.
Guests have taken to social media to vent their frustration, according to MacDonald. Jane Friday wrote on Instagram, “the Dream Key is more like a Nightmare Key. It’s an unbelievable amount of money to spend to have nothing but weekday reservations available.” Magic Key prices range from $399/year for the Imagine Key, which has the most blackout dates, to $1,399/year for the Dream Key, with no blackout dates. Even without blackout dates, Dream Key passholders can still find themselves on the outside looking in based on how many reservations are available, as Dream Key passholder Mariam Antonian discovered, saying “it’s getting worse and very upsetting.”
Disneyland officials claim that most keyholders have said that they’re able to get as much access to the two parks as they expected to when they signed up.
The Magic Key availability schedule is fluid, as Disney can add more reservations as they see fit, meaning once “sold out” dates may become available again, but for now, it seems Magic Key is still undergoing growing pains as it continues to develop.