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Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go

by Mommy Frog on December 5, 2021 56 Los Angeles

The Magic Is Back! Reservations and Tickets Available Now - Ladies pose in from of the castle with their Castle Bound DressesThe magic has returned — Disneyland Resort is open! Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park reopened April 30, 2021. Every day the parks return closer to normal, with more big entertainment and popular festivals returning in 2022, giving us even more to look forward to. We are here to tell you that Disneyland is still "the Happiest Place on Earth." Currently, face coverings are required indoors of all guests, regardless of vaccination status, but remain optional in outdoor areas.

We have so many changes to look forward to as the parks move back to a more normal experience. Fireworks returned to Disneyland Park in summer 2021!  The Disneyland Band is once again making music in the streets. Character dining has returned! You can catch your favorite Super Heroes in action during performances in Avengers Campus (check the Disneyland app for showtimes). We celebrated Halloween Time and Holiday Time in the parks in the second half of 2021. And coming in 2022, Fantasmic!, World of Color and the Main Street Electrical Parade will once again light up our nights in the parks. Other smaller shows are set to take the stage at Fantasyland Theater in early 2022 as well.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go - Mickey's Mix Magic lights up the night

In other big news, the Monorail reopened, and parking trams from the parking structures return in early 2022.

The Disneyland Reopening

We froggies were first in line for opening day — you know we wouldn't have missed it! The capacity limits meant we hopped on so many rides. We saw characters doing new and exciting things! The cast members welcomed us back all day and were so attentive. Overall, the energy in the park was amazing. We felt safe and happy and had plenty of physical distancing space. We have made several visits since opening day and it just keeps getting better and better! Wait times are still short, and more rides, entertainment and restaurants open almost every day.

Obviously, since then capacity has gone up, but almost all the rides and restaurants have returned. A lot more entertainment has returned as well with more to come. Our post on what's open at Disneyland can fill you in on what's open now and still to come.

Capacity is controlled with a theme park reservation system. Theme park ticket sales (including Park Hopper tickets) and theme park reservations move quickly, so purchase and reserve well before you want to visit. All of the Disneyland Resort hotels — Disney's Grand Californian Hotel (along with the Disney Vacation Club Villas at the Grand Californian), Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel — are open too! With all of this hoppy news comes some caveats (croak!) — but those caveats are short-lived! Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour offerings, are still temporarily suspended. 

With the capacity limits in mind, Disneyland revamped its annual pass program and has introduced the new Magic Key program. There are four different levels (Dream Key (sold out), Believe Key (sold out), Enchant Key and Imagine Key). Magic Key holders have a different reservation pool than ticket buyers. Locals have another inexpensive way to visit Disneyland on weekdays January 3 through May 26, 2022, with the SoCal resident tickets.

Disneyland also announced that FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass services are retired. MaxPass has been replaced with a new paid service called Disney Genie+ that works in a similar way, but with more restrictions. Guests can now pay to skip the lines using the Lightning Lane (former FASTPASS entrance). It launched in December 2021. Genie+ costs $20 per person, per day and includes unlimited PhotoPass downloads. 

This post outlines what we know about visiting Disneyland right now, including the best way to plan your day, what to know about virtual queues and how to get your favorite snacks. We'll go into more details on some of the topics we've already mentioned. Oh, boy!

Reopening Dates and Details | Ticketing and Theme Park Reservation System | Hours and Arrival | Annual Passholders | Changes to Park Hopping, Park Planning and Park Experiences | Characters | Dining | A New Ride | Safety Measures | Downtown Disney | Hotels

Disneyland Reopening Dates and Details

The Magic Is Back! Reservations & Tickets Available Now-Cast Member holds Mickey Smile to greet Disneyland's first guests

Let's get down to business. Disneyland reopened in phases:

  • July 9, 2020 — The Downtown Disney District reopened.
  • Nov. 19, 2020, through March 14, 2021— The Downtown Disney District expanded into the Buena Vista Street area for shopping and dining at Disney California Adventure.
  • March 19 through April 18, 2021 — A Touch of Disney ticketed event in Disney California Adventure debuted.
  • 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 resumed, and guests without park tickets could begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. Reservations also opened for Disney's Grand California Hotel & Spa.
  • April 22, 2021 — Dining reservations opened, up to 60 days in advance.
  • April 29, 2021 — Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened.
  • April 30, 2021 — Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park reopened.
  • May 2, 2021 — Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened.
  • May 18, 2021 — Additional dining reservations opened up for Blue Bayou and other hotel and Legacy Passholder dining options to open soon.
  • June 14, 2021 — Additional dining reservations open up for Oga's Cantina, Wine Country Trattoria and Lamplight Lounge Brunch.
  • June 15, 2021 — Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel reopened and out-of-state guests were welcome to visit. 
  • June 17, 2021 — Oga's Cantina, Wine Country Trattoria and additional quick-service restaurants reopened.
  • July 2, 2021 Disneyland Hotel reopened with select restaurants.
  • July 4, 2021 — Nightly fireworks and Mickey's Mix Magic returned.
  • July 22 — Character dining returned to Storytellers Cafe and the Carthay Circle dining room reopens.
  • Aug. 12 — Character dining returns to Plaza Inn.
  • Aug. 25 — Magic Key annual passes go on sale.
  • Halloween Time — Sept. 3 through Oct. 31 (with Oogie Boogie Bash party select nights).
  • Promotional 3-day Disneyland Resort ticket for California residents — Purchase your discount ticket good any three days through Sept. 30, 2021 (save some green through Undercover Tourist!)
  • Aug. — Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure returned to Napa Rose.
  • Sept. 16 — Characters return to Goofy's Kitchen
  • Fall 2021 TBD — Genie launches in Disneyland app and Genie+ replaces MaxPass
  • Holiday Time — Nov. 12, 2021, through Jan. 9, 2022.
  • Disney Merriest Nights separately ticketed after-hours party — Select nights in November and December.
  • Jan. 21 to Feb. 13, 2022 — Lunar New Year
  • March 4 to April 26, 2022 — Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
  • Disneyland After Dark Events return in 2022
  • TBD in 2022 — Main Street Electrical Parade, Fantasmic! and World of Color (as well as parking trams)

Park capacity and some experiences remain limited, but more and more things are opening up every day. Theme park admission is limited and guests still need to make a reservation before arriving. All guests need a theme park reservation and a valid park ticket for the same park, on the same date. For more information about Disneyland's new theme park reservation system, hop over to our full post.

To find out what the parks are like right now, hop over to our posts on what to know when visiting Disneyland and what to expect when visiting Disney California Adventure right now.

New Hours, Parking and Arrival Information (Including Wheelchair Rentals)

The Magic Is Back! Reservations & Tickets Available Now-Flowers in front of King Arthur Carrousel

Operating hours have expanding, but always check the the Disneyland app or site before you visit because some nights close earlier than others! Ticket booths are open if you need to make changes to tickets or upgrade. However, do not wait to go to the ticket booth the day of your to purchase a ticket as you will likely not be able to get a reservation that day. Most days sell out. Buy in advance and make a reservation.

Keep in mind that the theme park gates open generally 30 minutes earlier than stated so guests can line up for rope drop. Arriving early can mean getting in the park early for the shortest wait times!


Parking is available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals structures or Toy Story lot. Parking lots open one hour before the earliest park opening. The structure parking trams are not running, which means a 15- to 20-minute walk. But the trams return in early 2022. The Toy Story lot has buses. Did you catch that? Buses! Don't get us wrong, we are all pumped up for the walk from the structures in the morning, but that walk back is tough at the end of the night. Masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up on the buses (regardless of vaccination status). Keep in mind that after fireworks, the line to get back on the Toy Story Lot bus is long!

We like to enter at the Pixar Pals lot and take the pedestrian bridge to Downtown Disney. Then we hop on the Monorail into Tomorrowland. The Monorail closes early so we walk through Downtown Disney and take the pedestrian bridge back to the structure. It feels hoppier than walking that long tram path.

Parking just went up to $30. You can pay for parking in advance on the Disneyland site. If you wish to upgrade to Preferred parking at the structures, you may be able to purchase it when you arrive or upgrade from your pre-paid parking. Preferred parking gets you closer to the elevators and escalators. Some days the theme parks open the gates early so it pays to arrive early.

The Magic Is Back at Disneyland! Tickets & Reservations Available Now - People walk and ride in ECVs from the structure to the park entrance in the morning

Having no transportation to the entrance from the parking structures presents challenges for people with disabilities or other health conditions. If you have small children who have recently stopped using a stroller, we highly recommend bringing one on this trip for the walk alone. It's the trip back to the structure at the end of the night where you and your little one will really be happy to have it! You may instead choose to park at Toy Story and use the provided buses, but that line at the end of the night may take longer than the walk to the structure!

Stroller Rentals

You may rent single strollers at the parking structures. Single strollers are $18 per day. The Disneyland site says a double stroller is $36. The new double strollers are the same type as the single (the hard blue plastic).

Wheelchairs and ECVs

You can rent a manual wheelchair or ECV at the Mickey & Friends or Pixar Pals parking structure. Prices just went up! Manual wheelchairs cost $15, plus a $20 deposit (so you'll pay $35 upfront, then receive $20 back once it's returned). ECVs are $60 plus tax, plus a $20 deposit. The ECVs do run out by mid-morning. Alternatively, you can park at Toy Story lot, take a bus and rent an ECV just outside Disneyland Park. But they can sell out there as well.

You can rent an ECV off-site across from the Harbor Boulevard entrance at either One Stop Mobility (near Tropicana Inn & Suites) or Select Mobility near Best Western Park Place Inn. Many wheelchair rental services deliver to your hotel. If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, Scooter Bug is Disneyland's preferred site for wheelchair and ECV deliveries (and strollers). Hop over to our post on using a wheelchair at Disneyland for more tips. Here are hotels near Disneyland if you wish to avoid the parking structure.

Alternative Arrival Options

If you do not wish to park in a parking structure or Toy Story lot, you can stay at one of the Disneyland hotels. Hotel guests may line up for the theme parks before people coming through other security entrances. You can also walk in from one of the many other hotels near Disneyland.

You may get lucky with parking alternatives. Sometimes hotels will allow people to park for a fee, if they have room. Try these locations near the Harbor Boulevard security:

  • Anaheim Hotel (It can fill up in the morning before opening, so arrive early) is $30.
  • Anaheim GardenWalk has a new Anaheim attractions flat rate of half-price parking for $12.50 per day through Dec. 31, 2021. You must text 949-532-8293. Text your parking ticket number and "AA" as soon as you park to get the rate. Payment is completed upon exit.
  • Best Western Stovall's Inn by the Downtown Disney security (for the best parking rates and shortest security line!) However, it is about a 20-minute walk to the parks. Overall, it's about an equivalent walk compared to the structures.

How early should you arrive? If you are walking in, arrive an hour before park opening. Harbor Security usually opens by 7:15 a.m. The hotel security opens a little earlier. We suggest arriving at parking an hour before posted park opening. Do not park at the Downtown Disney lot, which will be more expensive and may not have the same operating hours as the theme parks. Downtown Disney's new daily maximum for parking is $66 a day!

There are guest drop-off areas if you prefer to be dropped off or use ride-share apps. You may use the Harbor Boulevard guest drop-off and pick-up location, or the Downtown Disney District guest drop-off and pick-up location on Downtown Drive.


Lockers inside the park have reopened if you need to stash your stuff!   

New Disneyland Ticketing and Theme Park Reservation System

Out of all of the changes we will have to get used to (such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing and doing without some of our favorite shows and character hugs), possibly not getting in to visit the parks is the most stressful part. Disneyland still limits attendance. The only way to prevent too many people from showing up is to implement a new theme park reservation system.

The Magic Is Back at Disneyland!-2-day park hopper ticket in Hollywood LandPark admission is not guaranteed. All guests must acquire an advance reservation for park entry. We have a whole post on using the new park reservation system. Here are the basics:

  • To enter a theme park, guests 3 and up must have both a theme park reservation and a valid admission to that same park.
  • Guests may make reservations up to 120 days in advance.
  • Reservations are subject to availability.
  • Guests are not required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Guests under isolation or quarantine orders must not enter Disneyland Resort.
  • Park Hopper tickets allow hopping after 1 p.m. You'll only need to make a reservation for the first park you wish to visit.
  • A park reservation must be made for each day of a multi-day ticket.
  • Theme park reservations may not be modified, but they can be canceled and re-booked.
  • It's recommended to make theme park reservations as soon as you complete your ticket purchase.
  • You can see which days are filled up or available for reservations on the availability calendar
  • 1-Day Ticket pricing is based on a tiered system. You can view the prices by date at disneyland.disney.go.com/park-availability/
  • Multi-day tickets are not subject to tiers and must be used within 13 days of first use, except for SoCal promo tickets.
  • You can get discounted Disneyland Resort multi-day tickets and SoCal promo tickets at Undercover Tourist.
  • Certain restaurants, attractions and experiences are modified or unavailable.

While ticket booths are open, you can only upgrade and purchase tickets at the booth for dates that have availability. We highly suggest purchasing in advance. Your favorite frogs offer Disneyland tickets too! If you bought a 1-Park Per Day ticket (either 1-Day or Multi-Day) and want to upgrade to a Park Hopper ticket, you can do that at the ticket booths. It will not affect your reservation, but you can only upgrade and purchase tickets at the booth for dates that have availability.

How to Make a Reservation

Disneyland Park Reservation - Infographic Steps

We have everything you need to know in our guide to Disneyland's new theme park reservation system. When you purchase through Disneyland directly, you now make your reservation before purchasing. If you purchase through Undercover Tourist or are using an existing ticket, follow these instructions.

To make a reservation:

  • Buy a ticket or locate a ticket you already have.
  • Log in to your Disney account or create a new one.
  • Retrieve any Disneyland Resort hotel reservations, if you have them (hotel guests have greater park ticket availability).
  • Link valid tickets prior to the reservation system and enter the name of each ticket holder.
  • Access the theme park reservation system.
  • Select the day and theme park you'd like to visit.
  • If park hopping, choose the park you wish to start your day in (and you may hop after 1 p.m.).
  • If you have a multi-day ticket, repeat the process to make reservations for each day of your ticket.
  • Review and confirm your visit.
  • Provide an email address to receive confirmation of your reservation and QR code.
  • Be prepared to present your valid ticket when you arrive at Disneyland Resort. You will not need the QR Code but you should have it just in case. We have never needed to present ours.

Disneyland Introduces New "Magic Key" Annual Pass Program

On Jan. 14, 2021, Disneyland canceled its popular annual passholder (AP) program, but has since introduced a new annual pass program called Magic Key. Magic Key holders are still required to make theme park reservations up to 90 days in advance, and guests are finding those dates filling up quickly. However, dates get released in pulses, so every week you'll see more dates for the next few weeks open up. You can see the Magic Key availability online. It pays to keep checking for a date you want. Magic Key holders can gain access to the Magic Key Terrace for appetizers and drinks in Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Will Reopen April 30! Here's What You Can Expect-Person stands in front of standby an FASTPASS entrances to Incredicoaster

Changes in Park Planning, Experiences and Park Hoppers (Plus the Scoop on Genie+)

In addition to needing a reservation to gain access to Disneyland, keep in mind that some of the tools we normally use to maximize time at Disneyland, such as FASTPASS and MaxPass, are retired with a new option in place. Free FASTPASS is a thing of the past. MaxPass has a similar paid replacement program called Genie+, with a few differences. Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning entry are also unavailable. The parks generally open the gates earlier than stated, so aim to be at the park gates 30 minutes before park opening for the shortest ride wait times of the day.

Disney Genie and Lightning Lane Details

Now it's time to say good-bye to free FASTPASS and hello to Genie+ and Lightning Lane. The three  most high-demand rides with the longest lines are not on Genie+ and now have an a la carte option to pay to skip the line. There are three new services in the app. Here's our breakdown on Disneyland Genie, Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane selection services:

  • Disney Genie — Disney Genie is a new FREE tool in the Disneyland app. You can this new technology to guide you through the theme parks with tips to help you reduce time in lines, discover Disney magic and take the guesswork out of planning your day. It includes a personalized itinerary feature that will map out an entire day. From attractions to foodie experiences to entertainment and general interests (such as Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more), your wish is its command. Just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you.

If you want to be more spontaneous, Disney Genie will update your itinerary. It displays current and projected wait times (can it see the future?), helping you pick the best time to ride. You'll be able to join a virtual queue, mobile order food and make reservations for dining and rides. So it's basically an app within the Disneyland app.

  • Disney Genie+ — For $20 per ticket per day, you can choose the next available time to ride and bypass the standby queue, using the Lightning Lane entrance (formerly the FASTPASS return entrance). You can make one selection at a time throughout the day. To start, certain attractions are available on Disney Genie+, including Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Like its predecessor, MaxPass, unlimited PhotoPass Downloads are included. You know what's not included? Radiator Springs Racers. What? That brings us to the next option.
  • Individual Lightning Lane Selections for a fee — Some high-demand rides, such as Radiator Springs Racers, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are not included in Genie+, but guests can pay to skip the line and use the Lighting Lane. The individual Lightning Lane selections allows guests to pay for FastPass-like access for up to two rides per day, a la carte. Riders may only only reserve each individual Lightning Lane ride once per day. So you can still ride again if it's your favorite. Just wait in the standby lane or use our favorite way to reduce the wait for Radiator Springs Racers: Single Rider (for ages 7 and up). Pricing for this option ranges from $7 to $20 per per person, per ride ad varies by date and attraction. Lightning Lane selections are made on the same day of your visit after entering a theme park and can be used across both theme parks when park hopping.

Standby lines remain in place at no extra cost. Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane selections are sold separately and can be purchased together, individually or not at all. Our Genie FAQ might answer some of your questions.


Major shows are returning and parades are back! Character cavalcades make appearances in both parks. Ask in each park as the number of cavalcades and their times can change depending on if there is a parade or not.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-Frozen Cavalcade makes its way down Main Street USA

We are so hoppy that fireworks and the Disneyland Band have returned. Hop over to our post on what is open at Disneyland for a complete list of open and closed attractions, shows and restaurants. Character dining has returned. Single Rider queues are back, but availability can vary. Magical Makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique are temporarily paused, but you can still shop there. Some special events, tours and experiences may be modified, limited in capacity or unavailable. However, Disneyland Resort VIP Tours are available to guests when Disneyland Park reopens. Contact Disney Special Activities at DisneylandVIPTours@disney.com or (714) 300-7710.

The newest land at Disney California Adventure — Avengers Campus — brings new entertainment experiences! We have all the up-to-date details about this land and the experiences in it in our Avengers Campus post. This land was the first to provide small shows. And we are loving them! The holidays also brought a ton of entertainment options to this park.

Park Hopping

Park hopping has returned, but it comes with some changes. You need to make a reservation for the first park you wish to visit. Then you may hop to the other park at 1 p.m. (subject to availability and park capacity limitations, although we've seen no problems with hopping). You can hop back and forth after 1 p.m. You may reserve up to 120 days in advance (90 days for Magic Key holders). Guests with Park Hopper tickets must make a park reservation for the first park they plan to visit and enter that first park prior to visiting the other park. 

Changes in Character Meet and Greets

The Magic Is Back at Disneyland!-Pluto plays around in Town Square

A big part of the Disneyland magic is seeing the characters we love. You can expect the unexpected with surprise appearances along Main Street, U.S.A and Pixar Pier, and playful interactions that are physically distanced to keep everyone safe. You may see characters in places they've never been before and doing things you've never seen them do before. We still are not able to get hugs, but our interactions have all been toadally awesome.

The Magic Is Back! Reservations & Tickets Available Now-Rapunzel and Flynn Rider chat with guests in Fantasy Faire

Look for Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald and Goofy waving from the train station and princesses at the Royal Theatre and Fantasy Faire area. Wave to the Pixar pals at the bandshell at Pixar Pier. See characters in unusual places. We saw the Incredibles assist Dash in counting down the Incredicoaster launch — it's toadally cool! Chat with Mater and Lightning McQueen along Route 66 in Cars Land. Find fun character experiences in front of "it's a small world" and in Toontown. You never know what you'll discover, and we even saw characters interact with characters from other stories.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-Alice and Mad Hatter Great Guests Near the HubHop over to our guide to meeting characters at Disneyland for more details. Disneyland is always good at surprising us with characters, so we cannot wait to see what's in store as we make repeat visits!

Disneyland Dining Updates

The Disneyland Dining Reservation system is open, and getting reservations has never been so fierce. Dining Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance starting at 3 a.m.. You can book through the Disneyland app or online. Make sure you download the latest version of the app before booking. You'll also want to book for the park you have a reservation for or later in the day for the other park. If you plan to park hop after 1 p.m., know that park hopping could be subject to availability. A dining reservation will not get you into the other park if it's at capacity.

Disneyland character dining has returned  — Yipee!

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-Guest Poses with Mickey During Character Dining These character dining experiences have returned:

  • Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet (reopened July 22)
  • Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park (reopened Aug. 12)
  • Breakfast and Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen (characters returned in the fall)
  • Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures (returned Aug. 26)
  • Plaza Inn Dining Packages retuned for the holidays.

The following dining events are unavailable, closed permanently or could return soon:

  • Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel (Steakhouse 55 is permanently closed)
  • Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast (the restaurant is permanently closed)
  • Fantasmic! Dining Packages
  • Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience
  • World of Color Dining Package
  • World of Color Dessert Party

You can make dining reservations for some theme park, hotel and Downtown Disney table-service restaurants through the Disneyland app. You can also scan QR codes at Downtown Disney for restaurant menus and to Mobile Order food at some quick-service locations.

Blue Bayou is open! The big news is that adult beverages are now available such as beer, wine and select themed cocktails. Hurricane anyone? Nondrinkers and kids can enjoy seasonal mint juleps. (Lily says she will take hers with a glow cube, please!) It seems that reservations open up about 3 a.m. 60 days in advance. It's a tough dining reservation to secure.

You have some new dining options in Avengers Campus. Our Super Foodie Guide to Avengers Campus Food should get you up to speed.

Inside the theme parks, you can expect to use Mobile Order via the Disneyland app at certain quick-service restaurants. But you can still order in person at most locations. Plan your meals ahead of time to avoid waits. The system is expanding to take gift cards and other forms of payment at checkout, so that is a definite improvement! You'll have to type your gift card in each time though. If you wish to apply Magic Key discounts, make sure your pass is linked to the app and you are the primary user.

New Rides! (And Some Changes to Old Ones)

The Magic Is Back! Reservations & Tickets Available Now-Snow White exterior

OK, the first "new ride" that opened is really a new take on an old classic. Snow White's Enchanted Wish opened when Disneyland Park reopened. Our toddler, Lily, was toadally excited about the refurbishment from Snow White's Scary Adventures into a happier ride. It's so cute and really much hoppier, but it still keeps some witch scenes. Plus the Evil Queen still peers out over the entrance!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, was only open for about two months when the parks closed, so it's a brand-new ride for most guests. It no longer utilizes a virtual queue. There is a standby line or you can pay $20 to skip the line.

Haunted Mansion

Guests can experience new magic on Haunted Mansion, although it's in its Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay through January 9 and will close for a few days to remove the overlay. This is a good ride to hit in the morning or evening.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-New pole scene in Jungle CruiseJungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise reopened with some new scene changes. Look for some "gnu" monkey business and more dry humor. Wet humor too. The rhino still gets his point in the end (of new characters). And in theme with other Disneyland attractions, Trader Sam opened a gift shop at the end of the ride. Your skipper can show you the ropes. Literally.

A New Land and Ride in Disney California Adventure

Avengers Campus, the new Super Hero–themed land, is open! WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure — is the new ride. It has a standby line or you can pay to skip the line. Here's a closer look at what's coming to Disneyland in 2021 and beyond.

Disneyland Resort Safety Measures

All of the changes are in the interest of safety, cleanliness, physical distancing and reduced contact. Many of these guidelines are changing. If you want to visit Disneyland at this time, you will have to come to terms with some temporary changes. The Disneyland site says that the reopening approach is deliberately fluid and phased because the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. Don't worry: We'll keep you updated through the changes!

Here's a quick look at enhanced health and safety measures, as well as what to expect during Disneyland's reopening period:

  • Phased reopening: Expect a gradual reopening and/or partial reopening of certain locations. Retail and dining locations in Downtown Disney opened prior to the theme parks.
  • Enhanced protective measures: Face coverings required while indoors for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Additional hand-washing stations were removed but hand sanitizer stations still remain. All guests must wear masks on park transportation and upon entering and throughout indoor attractions. Face coverings remain optional in outdoor areas.
  • Temperature screenings and other arrival changes: Temperature screenings ended June 15. The loading zone for the parking trams at the parking structures is now used for canine screening, wheelchair rentals and stroller purchases ($39.99). Speaking of parking trams, they are not running until early 2022. It's about a 15- to 20-minute walk to the parks. A wheelchair rental is $12, plus a refundable $20 deposit. The Toy Story lot has buses. All guests must wear masks on the buses. In the morning, guests go through security screening before boarding the buses. We highly recommend the Toy Story lot to make your day much easier and less stressful. Keep in mind that the line to get back on the bus at the end of the night after fireworks can be 50 minutes (it's about a 20-minute walk to the Toy Story lot).
  • Enhanced security measures: You may experience K9 screening. Security officers will ask you to remove any bags from your shoulders, then you'll open any bags for inspection. Then, before you walk through the metal detector, you'll place items on a table and slide them forward before stepping through the metal detector.
  • Capacity measures: Advance reservations through a new theme park reservation system are required to visit the parks during the phased reopening. Guests must purchase tickets to a specific park and have a park pass reservation in advance. The reservation system will remain in place as park attendance gradually increases as operations allow.
  • Out-of-state visitors are welcome as of June 15, 2021: Out-of-state guests are welcome back to the "Happiest Place on Earth!"
  • Physical distancing measures: Guests will now self-manage physical distancing to their own comfort level. Disneyland has removed floor markers and signage. Plexiglass has been used to separate guests, but now you only see it in limited spaces. There is no more spacing between guests in ride vehicles.
  • Limited-contact enhancements: Disneyland is encouraging cashless transactions and will reduce interactions between cast members and guests through the use of technology and other measures. You can expect contactless payments and expanded Mobile Ordering in the Disneyland app. You can now add a gift card before you pay when using Mobile Order. World of Disney and other stores are offering Mobile Checkout through the Disneyland app. Downtown Disney parking has changed. You'll use self-pay parking stations installed near the Downtown Disney Simba Lot or pay at the booth.
  • Enhanced cleanliness and sanitization: You'll see increased cleaning and disinfection around the resort, especially for high-contact areas.
  • Cast training: Disneyland is providing new training and reinforcement to emphasize a strong culture of health and safety among cast members.

Here are more ways to practice good health and wellness in theme parks.

Downtown Disney District

The walking, shopping, dining and entertainment district that connects parking, hotels and the theme parks was the first thing to reopen at the Disneyland Resort. Hop over to our guide to Downtown Disney at Disneyland to get a sense of the dining, shopping and fun to be had there. We have come up with so many hopful insider tips for visiting at this time in terms of when to visit and where to park and how to manage Mobile Wait Lists. You can get the details and top tips for visiting right now in our new Downtown Disney post.

Of course, Downtown Disney is operating with capacity measures in place, as well as limitations on parking and operating hours. Hours vary daily. Check the Disneyland app for the latest hours. Individual locations may have different hours. Here's what you need to know before you go:

  • All guests are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Self-park in the Simba Lot.
  • Get dropped off to save time.
  • Rideshare drop-off areas are at the Harbor Blvd. guest drop-off and pick-up location and at the Downtown Disney District guest drop-off and pick-up location on Downtown Drive.
  • Operating hours of each vendor may vary.
  • Weekdays (especially Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) are less crowded than weekends.
  • You can make dining reservations through the Disneyland app.

Downtown Disney District Dining

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Dining locations incorporate enhanced health and safety measures. You may continue to see a number of changes to dining locations, including:

  • Increased outdoor patio-style seating available at select locations.
  • Digital or single-use menus available at many locations.
  • Reservations for some table-service restaurants.
  • Encouragement of cashless transactions — bring credit cards, debit cards, gift cards and mobile wallet options, although cash is accepted.
  • Some dining locations use their own reservations system or virtual waitlist.

Look for signs with QR codes for Mobile Order for select quick-service locations. Most table-service locations offer limited menus via QR code. You can make some dining reservations via the Disneyland app, but for some restaurants, you will need to call or use Open Table.

Downtown Disney Shopping

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Here's a look at the open shops:

  • Disney Dress Shop
  • Disney Home
  • Disney’s Pin Traders
  • LEGO Store
  • Marceline’s Confectionery (guests may use Disneyland Mobile Order to order treats for pick-up)
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Pele
  • Pressed Coin Machines
  • Rinse Bath & Body Co.
  • Sephora
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Sunglass Icon
  • WonderGround Gallery
  • New Star Wars Trading Post store in the former Rainforest Cafe location
  • World of Disney

Reopening of Disneyland Hotels

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All three Disneyland Resort hotels have reopened, although many services remain modified at this time. Here’s a tip from Disneyland Resort: If you plan to visit the theme parks, make your theme park reservation first before booking your hotel room, as a resort hotel room reservation does not guarantee theme park access. That being said, when you link a hotel reservation to your Disneyland app you'll likely see better availability of dates.

Psst ... Did you know you can save money by booking Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel and  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with Undercover Tourist? Ribbit!

Here are five things to know before you arrive at the hotel:

  1. Check-in online (up to five days in advance).
  2. Review the Health and Safety Acknowledgments before you arrive (it's located on the Hotel's "Know Before You Go" page).
  3. You can receive a text message when your room is ready. Just hop by the front desk for your key. You can pay for purchases at Disney-operated locations using your hotel key with a valid credit card on file.
  4. Download the latest version of the Disneyland app so you can mobile order food and access other features, such as virtual queues. Be sure to have notification and location services turned on your phone.
  5. You'll be automatically checked out when you leave. No need to go by the front desk.

During the phased reopening, some hotel services, dining, amenities, activities and offerings may be modified, limited in capacity or unavailable.

Dining choices continue to expand with the reopening of Napa Rose for dinner and Storytellers Café for breakfast and dinner. Character dining is available again at Storytellers Café, Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose and Goofy's Kitchen (for breakfast and dinner). At Disneyland Hotel, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (now taking reservations) and Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill (mobile order available) reopened with the hotel. The Coffee House is open.

Are you excited about Disneyland reopening? You can purchase your multi-day discount Disneyland Resort tickets through Undercover Tourist. You can also book discounted hotels, including the Disneyland Resort hotels and off-site hotels near Disneyland.  

Related: What to Expect When the California Theme Parks Reopen

Related: Planning a Vacation in an Uncertain Time

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 30, 2021 at 8:37 a.m. Terraile Wallace Says...

What all is closed at the Paradise hotel. Also are Room deliveries going to be open January 1st 2022

Jan 3, 2022 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terraile!

All restaurants and food locations are closed, though there is a self-service market open near the lobby. Deliveries may be made to occupied rooms, and Bell Services can deliver luggage to rooms but do not escort guests. Shipping services and Disney Floral & Gifts, including in-room celebrations, are not available. Also, dry cleaning and valet laundry services are unavailable, but self-service laundry remains available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 23, 2021 at 3:57 a.m. reyhan Says...

thanks alot of information

Dec 23, 2021 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Reyhan!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 10, 2021 at 2:31 p.m. Carrie Says...

If I stay at the Grand Californian, I’m being told that the Preferred Access dining reservations perk no longer is available for on premise Disneyland hotels. Have you heard that this perk has gone away or will staying at a Disneyland hotel help to get hard to book dining reservations? Thank you

Oct 12, 2021 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

We've also recently been told that there is no advantage to staying on property and getting preferred access for dining reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 15, 2021 at 3:19 p.m. Laura Says...

At security do they ask about vaccinations? Do they ask the Covid contact/symptoms questions?

Sep 15, 2021 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Disneyland does not ask about vaccination status when entering the park. At this time, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering indoors and on Disney transportation. By purchasing a ticket and/or entering Disneyland Resort, guests are confirming that they are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of the resort. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 12, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. Lisa Says...


Wondering if you stay at one of the 3 Disneyland resorts do you still have to go through security every morning??



Sep 13, 2021 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

You do still have to go through security, though if you are staying at the Grand Californian, there are separate security stations to get either to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure or into Downtown Disney directly from the hotel. From Paradise Pier and the Disneyland Hotel, you'll go through security at the Downtown Disney entrance. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 16, 2021 at 5:32 p.m. Julie Says...

Is Disneyland still offering merchandise delivery to the Disney Hotels?

Aug 16, 2021 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Merchandise delivery to the hotels is still unavailable at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 4, 2021 at 3:16 a.m. Ash Says...

Do you know if we’re still allowed to leave the parks & come back in? We can’t get reservations anywhere so we need to be able to go to downtown Disney for some real food. The mobile app stuff is all grab & go.

Jul 6, 2021 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

Yes, re-entry is still possible. (It's subject to park capacity, but so far, we haven't had any issues with either park hopping or re-entering a park.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 3, 2021 at 10:47 p.m. Allie Says...

Hello, Is single rider available again? Thanks!

Jul 5, 2021 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allie!

Single Rider is back for select rides - wahoo!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 2, 2021 at 5:44 a.m. Amanda Says...

Any idea when the Disneyland Kennel will reopen? We have tickets for 7/8-7/11 and are will be traveling with our little Pom.

Jul 2, 2021 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

No updates so far, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 2, 2021 at 12:22 a.m. Kathleen Says...

If you dine outside of the park, at Napa Rose, can you re enter a park afterwards? We have parkhopper tickets.

Jul 2, 2021 at 12:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

Yes, that is toadally possible!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 1, 2021 at 12:24 p.m. Dina Says...

#1) Can I rent a mobility scooter inside the park or only at a parking structure?

#2) Where do I need to be standing in order to join the virtual queue for the Star Wars ride, inside the park or from anywhere?

Jul 1, 2021 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dina!

1) You can still rent a scooter inside the park, near the front entrance; these are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. 2) This will depend on which park you're starting in: If you are starting in Disneyland Park, you can try at 7 a.m. from anywhere, then again at noon from inside the park. If you are starting in Disney California Adventure, you can try at noon from inside the park. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 2, 2021 at 4:35 a.m. Dina Says...

Thank you very much for your quick response. You have been very helpful!

Jul 2, 2021 at 12:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're welcome — hoppy to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 16, 2021 at 5:04 a.m. Lynn Says...

When will reservations when purchasing tickets be available for December?

Jun 16, 2021 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

Currently, the reservation system only allows you to book park reservations up to 120 days in advance, so we'd check back in August!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 28, 2021 at 7:59 p.m. PeteFulton Says...

My brother purchased several Disneyland 2 day park hopper tickets in February 2020. We were unable to use them for a planned visit in Apr 2020 due to the park closure. The tickets show an expiration date of 1/12/21. We won't be able to visit the parks until Christmas 2021, will we be able to use these tickets?

May 28, 2021 at 3:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PeteFulton!

The expiration dates on most tickets was extended to Jan. 12, 2023 - which means you'd be able to use them at Christmas! If you haven't already, we'd try to link them in the Disneyland app to see what it says. If you have any trouble, know that Disneyland tickets never lose their value - so the value of the tickets can always be put towards a new ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 28, 2021 at 9:47 p.m. PeteFulton Says...

Great news! Thanks!!!

Jun 1, 2021 at 6:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are very welcome! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 22, 2021 at 10 p.m. Angela Says...

I have Canadian resident tickets purchased in 2019, with an expiry date of Dec 2021. Assuming things open up before then, will I be able to use these tickets or do I have to purchase new ones? Thanks!

May 24, 2021 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Yes, your tickets should still be valid - and their expiration dates should have been extended to Dec. 2022 :) No need to purchase new ones!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 10, 2021 at 12:31 a.m. Gerry Robinson Says...

Has this date been verified as I have Canadian resident tickets as well that we haven't been able to use and we won't be able to get there in 2021. We are however planning for March 2022. Only date I have been able to find is December 15th, 2021. Thanks

Jul 12, 2021 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gerry!

We aren't certain that this extends to Canadian resident tickets, but we'd suspect it does! We'd try linking the tickets to the Disneyland app to see what expiration date shows up. Even if your tickets' use window hasn't been extended, Disney will be able to help you apply the value of your tickets towards new ones :) They never lose their value! Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 6, 2021 at midnight Kay Says...

Hello! Is there any idea when Disney will open to the rest of us non California folk?

May 6, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay!

Oh, we wish we knew - no word just yet, but we'll be sure to update as soon as we know more! Stay tuned :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 4, 2021 at 8:17 p.m. Jessica Smith Says...

Are they planning to open up the Disneyland kennel club? Doggy daycare? And if not, can you recommend a daycare or a hotel that's super close?

May 5, 2021 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

At this time, the Disneyland Resort Kennel Club is temporarily closed. There are a few options less than 10 miles away – others in the Frog Pond may have suggestions! You may also want to consider boarding your dog at your hometown because some doggy daycare places require an interview process (though it’s up to individual policies) before they can be dropped off, and some pet-friendly hotels may not allow dogs to be left unattended.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 4, 2021 at 1:14 a.m. Dan Says...

Do you when the Disneyland kennel will be open? If not, do you know if there is any options in the area to board dogs during Disneyland hours of operation.


May 4, 2021 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan,

At this time, the Disneyland Resort Kennel Club is temporarily closed. There are a few options less than 10 miles away - others in the Frog Pond may have suggestions! You may also want to consider boarding your dog at your hometown because some pet boarding places require an interview process (though it's up to individual policies) before they can be dropped off.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2021 at 3:29 a.m. Stacey Says...

Will the Disneyland kennel club be open on opening weekend, specifically May 1st and 2nd?

Apr 29, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

The kennel is closed at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2021 at 9:32 p.m. ChrisDaddy Says...

We just bought passes for 5/1-5/2 and are super excited to take our daughter. Is the kennel going to be open? It says there open on google but the Disneyland website says they are closed. Although she is a service animal, we might want to leave her in the kennel at least one of the days.

Apr 29, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The kennel is closed at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 21, 2021 at 1:02 a.m. Jenifer Davisson Says...

I am taking my Mom to Disneyland who will need a mobility scooter. I wanted to validate that we can rent them at the parking structure as the walk to the front of the park entrance would be difficult. Can you pre-reserve the scooters?

Apr 21, 2021 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenifer,

Yes! Wheelchair, stroller and ECV rentals are available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures. However, the rentals are first-come, first-served and cannot be reserved in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 16, 2021 at 1:23 p.m. Brook Says...

I am not Cali resident can I purchase tickets now and use it when you guys open for the out of towers? Thanks.

Apr 21, 2021 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brook!

You sure can! You can't make your reservation just yet, but you can purchase your tickets now and hang onto them :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 13, 2021 at 10:06 p.m. Scott frissora Says...

Will Oga's cantina be open??

Apr 14, 2021 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Oga's Cantina will not be open when Disneyland initially opens.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 8, 2020 at 3:39 p.m. Jo Says...

Excited to use the Disney design masks!

Aug 7, 2020 at 3:49 p.m. Mandy Says...

I have 2-day park hopper tickets with an expiration date of 1/12/21. I am assuming that the expiration date with be extended, but what if I want to change them from 2-day hopper to 3-day hopper. Can I do that?

Aug 8, 2020 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

Please reach out to our customer service team with your order number so we can help you.

Keep hopping!


Aug 6, 2020 at 3:30 a.m. Jessica Says...

I have a family of 4 with tickets that expire in January 2021. They are already linked to my Disneyland app. What happens when my tickets expire and we can't get into the park? Thanks!

Aug 25, 2020 at 4:43 a.m. Jeremy Lenhart Says...

How About Reopening

Aug 7, 2020 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Most likely the use date for your tickets would be extended.

Keep hopping!


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