Southern California residents can purchase an exclusive annual pass for $399 following Disneyland’s Passholder relaunch

The Magic Key Program offers Disney fans a four-tier program, with prices ranging from $399 a year all the way up to $1399.

Entrance to Disneyland

Disneyland in California was revealed as the third most expensive theme park for families in the new report by the personal finance experts at with a day pass for two adults and two children costing $544.94 – but could a new park pass be a better option for Disney adventure seekers?

Here’s the low down:

Imagine Key – annual cost: $399

The cheapest option is only exclusively available for Southern California residents living in the Californian Zip codes 90000 to 93599. The plan gives Disney-lovers admission on select days of the year to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. Pass holders can make up to two park reservations at a time, and you also get 10% discounts on select merchandise and food.

Plus, there’s also a monthly option, where guests can pay $19 a month for a year after a down payment of $179. So if you’re a local and don’t mind missing out on the busiest and most popular times of the year, this is the best plan for you.

Enchant Key – annual cost: $649

The next available pass is an option for anybody in the world, but it will cost an extra $250. The pass appears to be equivalent to the Imagine Key in terms of merchandise and food discounts and reservations at either park will still only be available on select dates throughout the year.

This pass allows you to make up to four park reservations at a time. If you live anywhere in California you can pay by the month instead of in a lump sum, with a $179 down payment and then a $40 a month fee.

Believe Key – annual cost: $949

Now this pass is for the true Disney fanatics. Although the Believe Key doesn’t get you unlimited access, it does let you into either park on most days of the year. So it’ll have less blackout dates than the lower tier plans. It also lets you make six reservations at a time, gets you the same 10% discounts, and gets you a 50% discount on parking. The Believe Key is also available in a monthly plan for California residents, at $65 a month after the standard $179 down payment.

Dream Key – annual cost: $1399

Finally, if you want to go to Disneyland whenever you feel like it, and have the money to make that possible, the Dream Key gets you admission to both parks every day of the year, as long as you make a reservation. This plan lets you make up to six reservations at a time, knocks 20% off the price of select merchandise, 15% off select food and drink, and gets you free parking. And as always, California residents can break it up by month, with a $179 down payment and a monthly fee of $102.

How should you go about deciding if these new passes are right for you?

For Southern California residents within the Zip code area for the Imagine Key pass, it is more cost effective to purchase the annual pass as you can save $145.94 as opposed to spending $544.94 for a day pass for two adults and two children. As a pass holder you can also make up to two park reservations at a time and get access to discounts on selected merchandise and food.

Regular Disneyland day pass tickets are expensive, so if you are planning to visit the parks multiple times per year, the Magic Key might be right for you. If you only intend to visit the park once for a family break it will be more cost effective to pay for day admissions at $544.94 rather than the annual cost of $649 for an Enchant pass.

If you are a frequent visitor it might be worth investing in an annual pass if you regularly add the price of a Parkhopper ticket onto your standard ticket admission and also pay for discounts within the park, a Magic Key pass will be a smarter financial investment for those planning on visiting more than once a year.

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Below, I’ve pasted the full best value for money theme park tickets table for more detailed insight.

Theme Park


Cost of a Family Ticket

Parque Mundo Aventura

Bogotá, Colombia


Hopi Hari

São Paulo, Brazil



Gothenburg, Sweden


Gold Reef City

Johannesburg, South Africa


Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen, Denmark



Santiago, Chile


Six Flags México

Mexico City, Mexico



Klampenborg, Denmark



Ronchi, Italy


Six Flags Over Georgia

Georgia, USA


Beto Carrero World

Penha, Brazil


Six Flags Great Adventure

New Jersey, USA


Isla Mágica

Seville, Spain


Puy du Fou

Les Epesses, France


Siam Park

Tenerife, Spain


Canada’s Wonderland

Toronto, Canada



Charlotte, North Carolina



Bergamo, Italy


Heide Park Resort

Soltau, Germany


Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool, UK


Kings Island

Ohio, USA


Six Flags Magic Mountain

California, USA


Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Chessington, UK


Cedar Point

Ohio, USA


Fårup Sommerland

Fårup, Denmark


Djurs Sommerland

Djursland, Denmark



Kaatsheuvel, Holland


Parque Warner Madrid

Madrid, Spain


Astérix Park

Plailly, France



Pennsylvania, USA



Leopoldstadt, Austria


Alton Towers

Staffordshire, England


Gröna Lund

Stockholm, Sweden


Parque de la Costa

Buenos Aires, Argentina



Catalonia, Spain



Brühl, Germany


Europa Park

Rust, Germany


Knott’s Berry Farm

Buena Park, USA


Tibidabo Amusement Park

Barcelona, Spain


Thorpe Park Resort

Surrey, England


Ferrari World

Abu Dhabi, UAE


Dollywood Parks & Resorts

Knoxville-Smoky Mountains, Tennessee


Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Australia


Disneyland Paris

Paris, France



Queensland, Australia


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay, USA


Universal Studios Hollywood

California, USA


Disneyland Resort

Anaheim, USA


Walt Disney World Resort

Orlando, Florida


Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Florida