Is Disney Enchant Magic Key Worth It? Here’s My Experience

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I’ve been an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World for years, and I’m very familiar with the ins and outs of the program, but the Disneyland Resort was always a totally different story.

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A few months ago, I started to plan a trip to Disneyland with my daughter, who is also my theme park buddy. We wanted to visit during the holidays, and we also have a couple of times in 2022 that we hope to return to California. I started pricing ,and I realized that it might make more sense if we were to purchase Magic Keys for both of us.

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When I started my research, I looked at the dates for our trip, plus the dates for when we hope to return. The lowest level of Magic Key sold is the Enchant Key, if you don’t live in Southern California. When I checked the dates, everything looked good for our trips.

The top two levels of Magic Key, Dream and Believe, are sold out. Enchant doesn’t have as many benefits as the higher levels, but it still suits our needs.

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Part of the reason why Enchant Magic Key costs so much less than the higher levels is because of the number of blackout dates. A lot of weekends are blocked out, as well as holiday weeks and a good part of the summer. You will want to look at the calendar before you make your purchase so you won’t be surprised.

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With the Enchant Magic Key, you are able to hold up to four Disney Park Pass Reservations at a time. I booked the first four available days for us as soon as we purchased the passes. I was glad that I did, because the reservations were full for December just a few days later.

I assumed that we wouldn’t be able to get a fifth Disney Park Pass Reservation for the final day that we were there, but I was wrong. On a whim I checked, and I was able to make a next-day reservation for Disney California Adventure. From what I’ve been told, last minute reservations become available quite often.

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Besides Theme Park admission, one of my favorite parts of having an Enchant Magic Key is the discounts. Unlike at Walt Disney World, there are discounts at some quick-service restaurants! You can order through the Disneyland App, and your discount will automatically be applied.

There are also merchandise discounts. For Enchant, the discount at most places is ten percent.

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One thing that I liked is that most of the Cast Members asked if we had a Magic Key when we checked out. That hardly ever happens at Walt Disney World. There are no MagicBands or Key to the World Cards, so we had to pull out our phones to show the ticket a lot.

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I know I’ve only used my Enchant Magic Key on one trip so far, but I’m glad we decided to go that route instead of purchasing regular tickets. With five days in the Theme Parks and all the discounts that we received on merchandise and dining, our tickets have almost paid for themselves already. For us, this is a purchase that was worth every cent.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.