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

by Mommy Frog on July 17, 2021 44 Los Angeles

A note from Mommy Frog: Starting July 30, 2021, face coverings will be required for all guests ages 2 and up while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout many attractions, and in enclosed transportation vehicles (such as shuttles and buses). Face coverings remain optional for all guests in outdoor areas.

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. We are here to tell you that Disneyland is still "the Happiest Place on Earth." Shortly after reopening, Disneyland welcomed back out-of-state guests and updated its mask policy — face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests both indoors and outdoors.

We have so many changes to look forward to as the parks move back to a more normal experience. Keep in mind that entertainment and some experiences will take longer to return. That being said, we have frogciting news to share! Fireworks have returned nightly to Disneyland Park! The Mickey's Mix Magic show returned with the lasers, projections, fireworks and music that has us all dancing in the streets. 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). Plus, park hours are extending, opening at 8 a.m. starting in July.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-Mickey's Mix Magic lights up the nightWe 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 did not need or miss FASTPASS! Park hopping was a breeze. 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 and restaurants open almost every day.

Theme park ticket sales (including Park Hopper tickets) move quickly, so purchase 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!

With the capacity limits in mind, Disneyland had already announced back in January that it has scrapped its annual passholder program and will be debuting a new one by the end of 2021. Disneyland also announced that FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass services, as well as Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour offerings, will be temporarily suspended. If you are wondering how you will get your PhotoPass photos without MaxPass, you can purchase PhotoPass+ in the Disneyland app by tapping the plus sign (+) and Buy Disney PhotoPass+. It costs $19.99 per day for unlimited downloads. You can even purchase it after the day has passed!

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. Oh, boy!

Reopening Dates and Details | Ticketing and Theme Park Reservation System | Hours and Arrival | Annual Passholders | Guidelines | 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. Mask and distancing policies changed. 
  • 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.
  • 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!)

The parks will continue to look a little different for some time as the park still works its way towards full capacity, however, Disneyland is feeling more normal every time we visit. Park capacity and 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 are expanding again! Disneyland Park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Disney California Adventure is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Downtown Disney is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.) As of Aug. 13, Disneyland will close at 11 p.m. and California Adventure will close at 10 p.m. (Downtown Disney will then be open until 12 a.m.)

Hours are subject to change, so check the Disneyland app and site for updated hours closer to your visit. Ticket booths are open if you need to make changes to tickets or upgrade.

Keep in mind that the theme park gates open earlier than stated do guests can line up for rope drop, so arriving early can mean getting in the park early for the shortest wait times! How early do they open? That varies per day, but the gates may open well before park opening.

Parking

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. The Toy Story lot has buses. Did you catch that? Buses! The walk is over (if you choose to park at Toy Story)! 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!

Parking is $25. 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. Preferred parking is $40. Some days the theme parks open the gates early — with rides! — 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.

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.

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).
  • Anaheim Garden Walk (There's a new $25 Anaheim attractions park flat rate). You must text 949-532-8293. Text your parking ticket number and "AA" to get the rate. Payment 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? You no longer need to be the first person in the park to access Avengers Campus. If you are walking in, arrive an hour before park opening. Harbor Security usually opens by 7:15 a.m. 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

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, parades 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.
  • Vaccinated guests self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • All guests need to attest that they are aware of the State of California's strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering theme parks when making theme park reservations.
  • Guests under isolation or quarantine orders must not enter Disneyland Resort.
  • If you have an eligible unused Disneyland ticket from before the closure, the expiration date should be updated. You may link your ticket to your Disney account in the Disneyland app or online to see the new expiration date.
  • 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.
  • You can get discounted Disneyland Resort multi-day 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.
  • 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.

Disneyland Cancels Annual Passports

The Magic is Back at Disneyland - AP Pass

On Jan. 14, 2021, Disneyland canceled its popular annual passholder (AP) program. The APs who held active passports as of March 14, 2020, will receive prorated refunds. Follow this link to learn about annual passholder refund information.

Anyone who held a valid pass when the parks closed is automatically considered a Legacy Passholder. Legacy Passholders will continue to receive discounts for food and merchandise at select Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street locations until Disney announces new membership offerings. Find out more about the discount and other offers here. (Psst ... you get a free 65th anniversary AP magnet with purchase at certain locations while supplies last. Plus there are some preview privileges for new store openings and other fun stuff.) For a while, expired passes disappeared from the Disneyland app; however, if your valid pass was linked to the app as of March 14, 2020, you should see your pass returning to the app. You will need the pass in the app, the physical pass and identification to get discounts going forward.

Unfortunately, there are no discounts or priority purchasing of theme park tickets for Disneyland APs/Legacy Passholders. But the good news is that a Legacy Passport dining option has returned to Disney California Adventure. Alfresco Tasting Terrace reopened just for Legacy Passholders for drinks and savory appetizers. Park admission and park reservations are required to access it. It's a really nice, cool spot to relax with a nice drink and appetizer. You may receive a passholder magnet and bamboo straw.

Disneyland says that a new passholder program is coming and that new membership offerings "will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans." Understandably, this is toadally disappointing news for Disneyland APs, and we extend them a big froggy hug as they process this information. This news does not affect regular Disney World APs except for Premier Passports (which were good for Disneyland and Disney World).

Reopening Guidelines from the State of California That Affect Disneyland

California has ended the four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which rated each county's risk level as it relates to COVID-19 cases. Our post on what to expect when the California theme parks reopen goes into the new reopening guidelines in more detail.

The dropping of these guidelines means that theme parks no longer have to limit capacity, restrict attendance to California residents or check vaccination status. Indoor rides are no longer limited to 15 minutes. The parks do not have to impose physical distancing on guests. Guests can manage that themselves now.

Disneyland fills rides to capacity and now indoor ride pre-shows such as the first Rise of the Resistance room and the Collector's private office on Guardians of the Galaxy, have returned. We can drink and eat as we walk around. Restaurants can increase capacity. Ride queues have returned indoors so we no longer see physically distant lines weaving around the parks. The parks seem much more "normal" as things, well, return to normal. Keep hopping back for updates!

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

In addition to needing a reservation to gain access to Disneyland, keep in mind that many of the tools we normally use to maximize time at Disneyland, such as FASTPASS and MaxPass, are temporarily suspended. Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning entry are also unavailable. (These same benefits have been suspended at Walt Disney World, though an early entry benefit is set to debut in the fall). The parks generally open 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.

Major shows, parades and some attractions will remain closed. But they are starting to return. Character cavalcades are making unscheduled appearances in both parks. You can catch them in Disney California Adventure (on the hour) in Paradise Gardens Park. At Disneyland, they travel in the early to late afternoon along the parade route between Town Square and "it's a small world" in either direction.

Welcome Back to Disneyland Resort! Here's What to Know Before You Go-Frozen Cavalcade makes its way down Main Street USAWe are so hoppy that fireworks returned nightly beginning July 4, and the Disneyland Band returned June 18! Hop over to our post on what will be open at Disneyland when it reopens for a complete list of open and closed attractions, shows and restaurants. Single Rider queues are returning, 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 is the first to provide small shows. And we are loving them!

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 may reserve up to 120 days in advance. Check the Park Hours calendar and the Disneyland app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park. 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. Look in the bushes near Grizzly Peak. You just might spot Chip 'n Dale having a picnic! 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.

The Magic Is Back! Reservations & Tickets Available Now-Goofy Greets Guests from the Train StationHop 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 for select locations. Dining Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. 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.

Some Disneyland character dining is returning  — Yipee!

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

  • Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet (reopened July 22)
  • Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park (reopens Aug. 12)

The following dining events are unavailable:

  • Breakfast and Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen
  • Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel
  • Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
  • Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast (the restaurant is permanently closed)
  • Fantasmic! Dining Packages
  • Plaza Inn 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!)

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, expect to use Mobile Order via the Disneyland app at quick-service restaurants to reduce contact and reduce the transfer of cash. But you can still order in person at many locations. You'll eat all food and snacks in designated dining areas. Mobile Order is the only way to order at some 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 passholder discounts, make sure your Legacy Passholder pass is linked to the app.

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 utilizes a virtual queue, called a Boarding Group. There are now two opportunities per day to join a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at 7 a.m. and noon.

Haunted Mansion

Guests can experience new magic on Haunted Mansion. This is a good ride to hit in the morning or evening. The stretching room has markers on the floor to separate parties. Some guests may get the option to skip the line — and the stretching room — to enter in through a secret entrance! But the stretching room is our favorite part.

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 virtual queue similar to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with two distribution times at 7 a.m. and noon. 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 are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests, indoors or out. Unvaccinated guests (ages 2 and up) are expected to continue to wear them indoors, except when dining. Additional hand-washing stations were removed but hand sanitizer stations still remain. All guests must wear masks on park transportation.
  • 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. 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. The security bag screeners are separated from you by a plexiglass barrier. 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 separating cast members and guests. The parks have temporarily suspended parades and entertainment that allows crowds to gather, although fireworks have returned! You may encounter smaller performances in Disney California Adventure. 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. Plexiglass partitions add separation between cast members and guests at park entrances, restaurants and shops. Downtown Disney parking has changed. You'll use self-pay parking stations installed near the Downtown Disney Simba Lot.
  • 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:

  • Unvaccinated guests ages 2 and up are expected 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.
  • A plexiglass barrier separates guests from security bag screeners.
  • Cashless payment is recommended.
  • 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

Downtown Disney Reopens But Disneyland Reopening Postponed-People Follow Social Distancing While Waiting to be Seated at Naples

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
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Pressed Coin Machines
  • Rinse Bath & Body Co.
  • Sephora
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Sunglass Icon
  • WonderGround Gallery
  • New Star Wars Trading Post store opened Feb. 19 in the former Rainforest Cafe location
  • World of Disney (may use a mobile waitlist and dressing rooms are closed)

At times, you may make a reservation to do some Disney shopping in Downtown Disney. You can make an online reservation at the Disneyland site to purchase featured products in the former ESPN Zone.

What's Not Open Yet

The following experiences remain closed for now:

  • La Brea Bakery Express (but La Brea Bakery Cafe is open)

Reopening of Disneyland Hotels

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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel reopened April 29 (with limited capacity), with its Disney Vacation Club Villas following May 2, 2021. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel reopened June 15, 2021, and Disneyland Hotel (with newly renovated Fantasy Tower) reopened July 2, 2021.

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.

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 in order to accommodate physical distancing.

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 at breakfast. At Disneyland Hotel, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar 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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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.

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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

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

Hello, Is single rider available again? Thanks!

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

Hi Allie!

Single Rider is back for select rides - wahoo!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Hi Kathleen!

Yes, that is toadally possible!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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?

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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

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

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

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

You're welcome — hoppy to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

When will reservations when purchasing tickets be available for December?

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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

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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?

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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

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

Great news! Thanks!!!

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

You are very welcome! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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May 6, 2021 at midnight Kay Says...

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

Thanks.

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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

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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?

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

Hi Stacey!

The kennel is closed at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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.

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

Hi there!

The kennel is closed at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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

Will Oga's cantina be open??

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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

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

Excited to use the Disney design masks!

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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?

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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!

Leap

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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!

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

How About Reopening

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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!

Leap

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