Imagine receiving an unexpected email promising a surprise check from Disneyland Resort in California. No, it’s not a marketing gimmick—it’s a real deal! Disneyland is making good on a $9.5 million class-action settlement, and if you were among the elite Dream Key passholders between August 25, 2021, and October 25, 2021, you might find yourself on the receiving end of some of Mickey’s magic.

Due to recent court decisions, Disneyland Annual Passholders are entitled to a settlement payout of $65.67. This settlement follows a lawsuit alleging that the park misled guests by restricting reservations after claiming there would be “no blockout dates.” Eligible passholders were notified via email and have until September 12 to claim their compensation via digital payment methods, such as Venmo, PayPal, or direct deposit. Opting for a traditional check? That might take a bit longer—six to ten weeks.

For those still curious, reach out via the Dream Key settlement website, call toll-free at 877-894-4029, or email for more details. While Disney denies wrongdoing, a U.S. District Court Judge’s final judgment allocates $7 million directly to Magic Key passholders and $2.5 million for the case’s expenses. From the settlement fund, plaintiff Jenale Nielsen will also receive a $5,000 incentive award for her efforts.

The implications are vast for both Disneyland and its most loyal guests. For passholders, who invested $1,399 in the Dream Key, the $65.67 represents a small but meaningful form of restitution. For Disney, it’s an end to a legal shadow that highlighted the need for better transparency and met promises. The settlement enables Disneyland to refocus on delivering the exceptional experiences its brand promises.

This case is a stark reminder of the value of clear communication and the high expectations Disney aficionados hold. The company’s settlement gesture reinforces Disneyland’s commitment to maintaining guest satisfaction and loyalty.

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Source: Inside the Magic