Updated: Dec 27, 2021
Post Updated on April 6 as new information has been released by the Disneyland Resort. Find all about it below.
I've waited one long year to share this news with y'all! Yes, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks are finally reopening, go ahead and mark your calendars, save the date, create a reminder on your phone, and most importantly, stay tuned because the magic is back on April 30th, 2021, and I will share it all with you!
Here is everything that's known about Disneyland's reopening so far:
Who Can Visit
According to Disneyland Resort, the parks will reopen to California residents only, and in groups no larger than 3 households, until further notice, to comply with current state guidelines. There will be a new reservation system that requires all guests to get reservations for park entry in advance. These reservations will be available online for specific dates, and are, of course, limited and subject to availability.
How Do Reservations Work
To enter the parks, both a theme park reservation AND a valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date are required for all guests ages 3 and up.
To make a reservation, guests must have a valid theme park admission ticket.
Here is the information extracted from Disney's most recent announcement:
"The theme park reservation system will launch on April 12, and guests with existing valid theme park tickets can begin making park reservations for the days that their ticket is valid.
Theme park ticket sales will resume on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. As a reminder, ticket expiration dates were extended for many outstanding tickets. To accommodate as many types of ticket holders as possible, park reservations for select dates may be made available on a rolling basis. Ticket calendars will be updated on a rolling basis. Check for updated availability.
Here are some key dates to remember:
April 9: If you currently hold a theme park ticket, you can check available days for your 1-day ticket type beginning April 9 on Disneyland.com/ParksUpdates.
April 12: The theme park reservation system will open no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 12 and guests who already have valid theme park tickets may begin making park reservations.
April 15: Theme park ticket sales will resume no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations.
How To Make a Park Reservation
Once you have a valid theme park admission, access the theme park reservation system
Create your party
Select the day and theme park you'd like to visit
Review and confirm your visit
Guests with Park Hopper tickets may choose, pending availability, which theme park to start their day, when making their theme park reservations, and then will be able to visit the other park beginning at 1 p.m. that day. Guests with multi-day tickets will be required to make a separate park reservation for each day they plan to visit the theme parks. DisneyParksBlog
Hotels of the Disneyland Resort are also preparing a phased reopening:
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, with limited capacity.
- Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2.
- Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.
The much-anticipated opening of the parks comes with even more great news: The reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish will also open to guests for the first time on April 30!
New Park Hours
Daily park hours for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park are currently planned to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit Disneyland.com for operating hours on the day you wish to visit, as they are subject to change.
Health and Security Measures
The reopening of the Disney Parks is only viable based on a series of new and enhanced health and safety measures that will be in effect from the reopening date, in collaboration with local health and government authorities.
With that in mind and in order to promote physical distancing, certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades, nighttime spectaculars, and single rider queues – will return at a later date. Also, Magic Morning, Extra Magic Hour, FASTPASS, and Disney MaxPass services are suspended for the time being and won't available for purchase or use.
It's important to note that character meet-and-greets will also be temporarily unavailable, Characters will be in the parks, appearing in new ways to entertain guests.
Face coverings will be required for all guests (ages 2 and up), as well as cast members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Celebrating Cast Members and the Local Community
A few days before the official opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will invite cast members and members of the local community to be the first guests back in the parks after more than a year of closure!
Who's excited to experience the magic again? I certainly am.
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