When Disneyland Resort began selling its new Annual Passes — now called Magic Keys — there were a number of perks that would come with the price. Magic Key Holders would get discounts on select food and merchandise, be able to receive some freebies during Magic Key Holder celebration month (which is in February), have first-looks at specialty merchandise, and more. Magic Key Holders and their Guests — regardless of which tier Key they purchased — would also have exclusive access to Magic Key Terrace.
Magic Key Terrace — formerly known as Alfresco Tasting Terrace — is located in Disney California Adventure Park above the Mendocino Wine Terrace. Magic Key Terrace offers a number of specialty cocktails and small, shareable plates, as well as an extensive wine menu. During busier times, reservations are recommended for those who would like to dine there, but during slower times, it is usually pretty easy for Magic Key Holders to walk up and ask if any tables are available.
When the Alfresco Tasting Terrace became Magic Key Terrace, not a ton of changes were made to the area. Some small menu changes were made, but overall, the whole area remained unchanged. However, it looks like Disney is looking to make Magic Key Terrace into a miniature Club 33 area for its Passholders. Club 33 is an exclusive (and incredibly expensive) private club located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park. Members must initially pay around $25,000 just to get into Club 33 and then pay annual dues of about $10,000 to remain a member.
According to The Orange County Register, Magic Key Terrace will be getting a gorgeous makeover. Per OCR:
The Magic Key Terrace renovation will add new furniture, lighting fixtures, draperies, tile work, stained glass and murals inspired by a pair of adorable animal mascots.
”We wanted to make sure it was a very special place for Magic Key members,” [Imagineer Kim] Irvine said during an online video interview. “We spent a lot of time on the detail, mood, environment and energy of the place.”
The renovation project is a continuation of what began as the Alfresco Tasting Terrace that opened as an exclusive annual passholder bar in January 2020 and returned as the Magic Key Terrace when DCA reopened in spring 2021 following an extended coronavirus closure of the parks.
The passholder bar and eatery will expand from the terrace on the second floor of the Golden Vine Winery into the former dining room of the Vineyard Room restaurant once run by the Robert Mondavi Winery when DCA opened in February 2001.
Disney gave some details about what aesthetic changes they would like to make, and the changes sound absolutely gorgeous:
The covered lounge and uncovered terrace will have animal mascots that serve as design inspiration for each space. A proud peacock will serve as the mascot for the covered lounge while a fan-favorite cat will represent the uncovered terrace. Imagineering has had custom Mexican tile made with peacock and cat designs that will line the columns in each room interspersed with other accent tiles.
The covered lounge will have teak high-top tables along the arched windows for watching parades, nighttime spectaculars and the world pass by. Stained-glass windows with the peacock motif will replace dark brown shutters that were added to help reduce a regular breeze that tended to blow napkins off of the tables.
The uncovered terrace will have lower lounge chairs and coffee tables made of teak wood with furniture pads in the blue, turquoise and green color palette. The space is being designed as a “super comfortable” hangout for keyholders.
Magic Key Terrace will remain open to Guests while the area undergoes its transformation, however, some areas may be closed off at certain times. No date has been given for the changes to be complete, but Disney has said that they hope to have the work done in late spring 2022.
You can read more about Disney California Adventure’s Magic Key Terrace, as well as take a peek at the delicious menu, by clicking here. It is important to note that proof of a valid Magic Key pass will be required for Guests who wish to dine at Magic Key Terrace. Magic Key Holders are allowed to bring non-Magic Key Guests with them to dine in the exclusive area.
Do you like the changes being made to Magic Key Terrace?