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Beating the hourslong wait for Disneyland Magic
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In the realm of theme park enthusiasts, the Disneyland Magic Key annual passes stand as prized acquisitions, rare and highly sought-after. Since the closure prompted by the pandemic, the availability of Magic Keys has been exceptionally limited, with sales occurring sporadically. Some passes swiftly vanish, while others cease sales after a brief window, intensifying the desire among Disney aficionados. Thus, the eagerly anticipated date of January 10 marks the resumption of Magic Key sales, the first occurrence since November 2022.

A clandestine strategy exists to obtain your Magic Key with minimal waiting time. During the release of tickets for various Disneyland events, such as Oogie Boogie Bash or Disney Channel Nite, the ritual unfolds similarly each time. Guests preemptively navigate to the ticket sale page before the on-sale window, forming a virtual queue that activates precisely when the sales portal opens. Upon portal initiation, individuals find themselves in a cyber waiting room until their turn to procure tickets materializes.

The analogous scenario awaits Magic Key aspirants on January 10. Disneyland’s Magic Key purchasing guide stipulates that the virtual queue will commence “no earlier than 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time.” Even if one is prompt to the site, an entire day could unfold in the wait. In November 2022, reports surfaced of individuals enduring waits surpassing 10 hours for their passes. My personal encounters align with this prolonged waiting phenomenon — six hours for Oogie Boogie Bash in 2023 and over two hours for Sweethearts’ Nite this year.

Parallel circumstances unfolded when Walt Disney World reinstated the sale of annual passes on April 20, 2023. The routine mirrored Disneyland’s: access the annual pass page 15 minutes before the queue commencement, secure a position, and endure an extended wait. Faced with the virtual queue marathon, I resorted to dialing Walt Disney World’s main phone line, navigating to ticket sales. Remarkably, within 15 minutes, I secured my annual pass. Out of curiosity, I left my virtual queue window open. It took over an hour to breach through, nearly eight hours into my odyssey.

Thus, if the pursuit of a Magic Key beckons, consider this approach. Disneyland’s ticket hotline is 714-781-4636. Success is not guaranteed, but it might spare you an entire day of queuing.