Hip, hop, hurray — the magic is returning to the Happiest Place on Earth! After what feels like the first time in forever, Disneyland Resort is reopening its theme parks April 30, 2021! And now, the moment we've all been waiting for: Here's how to make Disneyland reservations and purchase Disneyland tickets (on sale now)!
We cannot wait to jump back into the action, and if you feel the same way, there are some important things you need to know before you visit. To visit Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, you will need valid admission for that park AND a reservation using the new Disneyland Theme Park Reservation System! Initially, you will also need to be a California resident. This post will walk you through all of the key details you need to know to get a ticket and reserve your spot at Disneyland Resort!
If you're anything like us, you’ve missed Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during its closure. There’s so much we look forward to: smelling Main Street USA and the Pirates of the Caribbean water; savoring a churro, Dole Whip, popcorn or anything Mickey-shaped; seeing magical landmarks such as Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Pixar Pal-A-Round, Matterhorn Mountain, the landscape of Cars Land and the Millennium Falcon ahead of us; boarding a gantry lift, taking the wildest ride in the wilderness and racing a car through the desert; and, of course, blowing kisses at Mickey Mouse. In fact, we’ve compiled a whole list of the top 10 things we’re looking forward to when Disneyland reopens.
We'd like to think that Disneyland missed us (and you!) too! Making a reservation using the new Disneyland Theme Park Reservation System is the first step in hopping back into the magic we've all missed so much.
Who Needs to Make Disneyland Reservations?
Short and simple answer: All guests ages 3 and up!
Disneyland has set aside a limited number of park reservations for visitors in order to limit capacity. All guests who have existing tickets or who need to purchase theme park tickets require reservations. Hotel guests with tickets also need to make reservations. These reservations will be released on a rolling basis, about two months ahead of time.
There are no reservations for annual passholders, as Disneyland canceled the program temporarily during this reopening phase and moved all people with valid passes as of March 14, 2020, to Legacy Passholder status (so they can still receive discounts for food and purchases). This was shocking news for annual passholders, who were used to hopping by the parks any time they felt the need for some Disney magic. In fact, Disneyland had a very large annual passholder base. There’s simply no room for them to all safely show up at once. The plus side for former Disneyland Flex Passport holders is that they may already be familiar with planning ahead and making advance reservations before a visit. Consider the time with your Flex Pass to be good practice!
When Do Tickets Go on Sale? When Do Reservations Open?
Whether you already have a valid Disneyland ticket you've been hopping to use or need to purchase a new ticket, you'll want to note these important dates:
- April 9, 2021 — Current theme park ticket holders could check availability for 1-day ticket types.
- April 12, 2021 — The theme park reservation system opened and guests who already had valid theme park tickets could begin making park reservations.
- April 15, 2021 — Theme park ticket sales resume, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. Reservations also open for Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
- April 22, 2021 — Dining reservations (and Savi's Workshop reservations) open for up to 60 days in advance.
- April 30, 2021 — Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks reopen (9 a.m. to 7 p.m)!
And don't froget: You can get discounted Disneyland tickets from your favorite froggies, available now!
It's so easy for the information you need to find to get lost in all the details. Here are all of the important links you may find hopful:
- Disneyland Park Availability Calendar — This calendar allows you to make sure the park you want to visit is available the day you want to visit (before you buy or start to reserve). Some days have only one park available, and others have no more availability for either park.
- Disneyland 1-Day Ticket Tier Calendar — If you have or wish to purchase a 1-Day ticket, you can see which days require which tier-level ticket. Popular days such as weekends and holidays are higher tiers and cost more than, say, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at a non-peak time.
- Disneyland Theme Park Reservations — This is where you can get started whether you need to buy tickets and/or reserve your days. A step-by-step guide is below.
- StartYourDisneylandExperience.com — After you've purchased tickets, this link also takes you through the step-by-step process.
- Know Before You Go to the Disneyland Parks — For specific details about park hoppenings, health and safety guidelines or changes to expect during your visit, head to Disneyland's Know Before You Go site.
Purchasing Tickets Through the Disneyland Site
When purchasing through the Disneyland site, you'll first need to sign in to your Disneyland account. You'll then select the number of days you'd like to visit, along with whether you'd like to visit one park per day or hop. If you select a 1-day ticket, you can see a calendar with the price to visit on that day (the tier number will be included automatically, as shown in the screenshot above). Once you select the total number of tickets, the total price is shown. You will then add the names of the ticket holders. Be sure to do this accurately for two reasons:
- So you know which ticket to reserve.
- You cannot change this.
Because you're purchasing directly through the Disneyland site, your ticket will automatically be linked to your account. After you purchase, you will need to select Book Theme Park Reservation. (When a virtual waiting room is in use, you will be able to both purchase tickets and make your reservations in the same session; no waiting twice.) You can also navigate here in the My Disneyland menu under Theme Park Reservation Details. You may choose to purchase tickets for the future and reserve at a later date. That said, if your desired date's booking window is available, we highly recommend reserving as soon as you're able. If you are visiting in the next 60 days, you should book ASAP.
How to Make a Disneyland Reservation
In order to limit capacity at Disneyland, every park-goer must make an advance reservation. To enter a theme park, guests 3 and up must have both a theme park reservation and valid admission to that same park.
It's a good idea to check the park reservation availability before you purchase to make sure the park you want to visit has availability for your day. (If park hopping, you will want to make sure the park where you want to start your day is available.) Once you have your theme park ticket, you will want to make your Disneyland reservation ASAP! Here's how to do it. We expect to continually update this post as we learn more and use it ourselves. We can't wait!
How to Make a Disneyland Park Reservation
First off, you need to buy a ticket. Theme park tickets that expired during the theme park closure have extended expiration dates. (For 1-Day tickets and prices hop down to Ticket Pricing and How to Check Ticket Calendars for 1-Day Tickets.) If you purchased directly through Disneyland in the steps above, your tickets should already be in your Disneyland account. If you're purchasing through Undercover Tourist, our E-tickets are typically processed within a few minutes, but may take up to 24 hours to be emailed to you. You'll receive a confirmation email that includes your E-ticket so that you can hop on those reservations!
Here is how to make your Disneyland theme park reservation:
- Register or sign in to the Disneyland app or head to StartYourDisneylandExperience.com and link your admission. To link your ticket from Undercover Tourist, you'll simply enter your ticket's 19-digit confirmation number. This can be found in your confirmation email, or just beneath the barcode on your ticket (or, using the barcode on the ticket, you can scan it directly into the app). You may need to enter the name of each ticket holder (it's important to do this correctly as you cannot change this). Then, access the theme park reservation system. You'll have two choices: Book Theme Park Reservation or Retrieve Hotel Reservation (which allows you to link a resort reservation to your account). Once you click Book Theme Park Reservations, you'll see Create Your Party. (If you do not see your tickets, click +Link a ticket to link your park admission.)
- Create your party. Select the ticket you want to make a new theme park reservation for and click Continue. You may only make park reservations for up to 10 tickets at a time.
- Select a date and theme park. Choose the date and the theme park that you'd like to visit. You'll see a calendar that shows availability (this photo is not current). If a date has no park availability (such as June 5), you'll see a slash through it. If you have a multi-day ticket, after you confirm one day, you'll return to the previous screen and select Book Theme Park Reservation to repeat the process and make reservations for each day of your ticket. If you have a Park Hopper ticket, choose the theme park where you want to start your day. Once all of your ticket's days have been reserved, the button to book a reservation will no longer appear, leaving just the option to view existing reservations. To make changes, you will cancel and rebook.
- Review and confirm your visit. Provide an email address (this may be auto-populated, so be sure to double-check it) to receive confirmation of your reservation and QR code. You'll be able to see or manage your park reservations on the top of the home page in the Disneyland app at any time. Be prepared to present your QR code and the associated valid ticket when you arrive at Disneyland Resort. (And don't worry: The QR code can also be resent if you don't receive the email).
Tips for Navigating the Site
We frogs consider ourselves pretty sharp when it comes to navigating the theme parks, but Disneyland reservations are new for everyone, us included! We've just booked our tickets. We purchased multi-day tickets through Undercover Tourist, linked our tickets and then joined the waiting room and queue to make our Disneyland theme park reservations (did you ride virtual Big Thunder today? Us too!). Then, after we made our multi-day ticket reservation, we purchased some 1-Day tickets through the Disneyland site for a separate visit and booked those reservations. We were able to do all of this in one session, which was nice. We know the process can be stressful and take a while at busy times!
You may have a lot of questions. There is a bit of flexibility in the system if you have several people with tickets. In our case, we have days we wanted to visit together and days where some people will visit separately. We were able to make each person's reservations and customize the visits for our extended froggy family.
On the Disneyland home bar, you will see My Disneyland. On the pull-down menu, click Theme Park Reservation Details to start reserving.
You should see your tickets listed. For people who will be visiting together, click all the tickets that apply. To customize, click just the ticket you want to reserve. If you have a 1-Day tiered ticket, your calendar will look different from the park hopper calendar.
When park hopping with a multi-day ticket, you will select your date and park for your first day, and then you may select other dates and the park you'd like to start at for your additional days. You will be shown all eligible dates. The first date you pick does not need to be the first date you visit. You'll be shown available dates that are 13 days before and after that date you selected.
Theme park reservation dates can be changed (provided your ticket isn't date-based), but it's worth noting that it isn't a straight swap. Instead, you'll need to cancel your current reservation and rebook for your new date — so be sure to check availability before you make that move! You can do this directly through the Disneyland app or site at any time.
Guidelines from the State of California and Other Ticket Limitations
Due to the state of California's theme park reopening guidelines, there are a few initial rules that differ from Disney World's Park Pass reservation system:
- The guest's party size may not be bigger than 10.
- The party may not consist of guests from more than three households.
- All members of the party must be California residents. Proof of residency may be required.
- Guests may make reservations up to 60 days in advance.
- Theme park reservations may not be modified, but they can be canceled by visiting "My Theme Park Reservations." You can then rebook a reservation.
We do not know when these restrictions will loosen. But the California economy is expected to open up more on June 15. We will see how that affects theme parks, which operate under stricter guidelines. We do know that reservations for select dates may be made available on a rolling basis.
Ticket Pricing and How to Check Ticket Calendars for 1-Day Tickets
Disneyland has a tiered pricing schedule for the 1-Day tickets. Each day has a different price based on expected crowds. Before you purchase, you'll have to check the Ticket Calendars to see which dates are valid. If you already have an unused tiered ticket, you can look at availability for your tier at disneyland.disney.go.com/park-availability/.
We know you want to save as much money as you can, so looking at the park availability calendar can help you pick the cheapest ticket for your day. If you already have a ticket, you can see which days the ticket is valid for making a park reservation.
The good news is that Disneyland did not raise prices from 2020 pricing on 1-Day Tickets. Of course, the best savings come with multi-day tickets. Multi-day tickets are not subject to the tiered pricing or date restrictions (Whew! One less thing to worry about!) We have hopping good news! Undercover Tourist is discount multi-day Disneyland tickets, available now! Our official Disneyland tickets can be linked to your account and used to make park reservations.
One more hop tip to save money: The price to add park hopping is the same whether you have a 1-Day Ticket or a 5-Day Ticket. The Park Hopper is about $55 more no matter how many days you're visiting, so a Multi-Day Park Hopper is an especially good value.
For now, Disneyland has released pricing schedules for 60-days after its reopening date — from April 30, 2021, through June 30, 2021. More details will be released on a rolling basis.
Let's take a look at ticket tiers and prices for 1-Day Tickets with admission to 1 park per day, and the available dates through June:
- Adult 1-Day Tier 5 Ticket With Admission to 1 Park Per Day — $154 ($146 child)
- Good any day!
- Adult 1-Day Tier 4 Ticket With Admission to 1 Park Per Day — $139 ($132 child) -
- Good to go May 17-21, 24-28 and June 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30
- Adult 1-Day Tier 3 Ticket With Admission to 1 Park Per Day — $124 ($117 child)
- Good to go May 17-20, 24-27 and June 1-3, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
- Adult 1-Day Tier 2 Ticket With Admission to 1 Park Per Day — $114 ($108 child)
- Good to go May 18-19, 25-26 and June 1-2
- Adult 1-Day Tier 1 Ticket With Admission to 1 Park Per Day — $104 ($98 child)
- Not available at this time. Check back for future dates.
Park Hopper 1-Day Tickets (through June):
- Adult 1-Day Tier 5 Park Hopper Ticket — $209 ($201 child)
- Good any day!
- Adult 1-Day Tier 4 Park Hopper Ticket — $194 ($187 child)
- Good to go May 17-21, 24-28 and June 1-3, 7-10. 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30
- Adult 1-Day Tier 3 Park Hopper Ticket — $179 ($172 child)
- Good to go May 17-20, 24-27 and June 1-3, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
- Adult 1-Day Tier 2 Park Hopper Ticket — $169 ($163 child)
- Good to go May 18-19, 25-26 and June 1-2
- Adult 1-Day Tier 1 Park Hopper Ticket — $159 ($153 child)
- Not available at this time. Check back for future dates
If you have older unused 1-Day Peak, Regular and Value tickets, here's a look at validity (through June):
- 1-Day Peak Tickets — All days available
- 1-Day Regular Tickets — May 17-21, 24-28 and June 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30
- 1-Day Value Tickets — May 17-20, 24-27 and June 1-3, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30
Most ticket expiration dates have been extended.
Hoppy news — multi-day tickets are available now too! Like we mentioned, these tickets are not subject to tiered pricing or blackout dates like 1-Day tickets. Multi-day tickets expire 13 days after first use, or Jan. 12, 2023, whichever comes first. Advance theme park reservations are required for each day of your visit, in addition to valid admission. If you'll be park hopping, you'll only need to make a theme park reservation for the first park you wish to visit.
Multi-Day Park Hopper Tickets from Undercover Tourist
- 2-Day Park Hopper — save $7 vs. adult gate price — $282.81 ($268.18 child)
- 3-Day Park Hopper — save $20 vs. adult gate price — $344.34 ($325.47 child)
- 4-Day Park Hopper — save $22 vs. adult gate price — $372.64 ($353.78 child)
- 5-Day Park Hopper — save $23 vs. adult gate price — $391.51 ($372.64 child)
Multi-Day Base Tickets from Undercover Tourist
- 2-Day 1-Park per day — save $5 vs. adult gate price — $229.17 ($214.54 child)
- 3-Day 1-Park per day — save $17 vs. adult gate price— $292.45 ($273.59 child)
- 4-Day 1-Park per day — save $19 vs. adult gate price — $320.76 ($301.89 child)
- 5-Day 1-Park per day — save $20 vs. adult gate price — $339.62 ($320.76 child)
What to Know Before You Make Your Disneyland Reservation
With safety a top priority, you'll find some new policies in place throughout the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland requires masks and temperature checks, among other new health and safety measures, including limiting capacity in theme parks, in Downtown Disney, on attractions, on transportation and in restaurants. (Here are full details about the health and safety policies and what to expect during the Disneyland reopening.) Before you make your Disneyland reservation, there are a few important things to remember:
- You must have valid theme park admission to make a reservation.
- You'll make a reservation for a specific park.
- You can find out more about extended expiration dates for existing tickets and unused tickets in our post that covers status information for theme parks and resorts.
- If you have an eligible unused Disneyland ticket from before the closure, the expiration date will be updated prior to the parks' reopening. At that time, you will be able to link your ticket to your Disney account in the Disneyland app or online to see the new expiration date.
- Linking your tickets to the Disneyland app does not void Undercover Tourist's return policy.
- Government guidelines limit park capacity.
- Reservations are limited and subject to availability.
- You must make a park reservation for each day of entry. If you have a multi-day ticket, you must make a park reservation for each day of your visit.
- Guests ages 2 and under do not need a ticket or reservation.
- You can view a Disney Park Reservation Availability calendar at Disneyland.com/ParksUpdates.
Making Dining and Other Experience Reservations
Once you make your Disneyland Park Reservations, you may want to book dining or to build a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop right away. Reservations open April 22, 2021. You may book up to 60 days in advance. We recommend booking in-park dining and other experiences at the park where you have a theme park reservation. You can make dining reservations or add your party to the walk-up list at select table-service restaurants via the Disneyland app after your Park Hopper ticket is used to enter the second park. This is subject to availability. Limited dining and experience reservations are available.
Since Disneyland requires you to have both a theme park reservation and a valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date, having reservations for dining experiences and other pre-booked experiences does not guarantee access to a park. Park Hopper availability may change daily.
Hop to it! it's time to make those Disneyland reservations. What questions do you have about Disneyland's new reservation system? Let us know in the comments below! And remember, you can save some green by purchasing your Disneyland tickets and your hotel stay through Undercover Tourist. Ribbit!
Related: Disneyland Reopening
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