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What to Know About Disneyland’s Reopening Before Planning Your Visit

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The original Disney vacation spot is reopening to the world. Unlike Disney World, which reopened in July 2020 just months after lockdowns began last year, Disneyland took a slower approach and is reopening later this month with things like tiered ticketing and capacity limits. Here’s what you need to know about the new phase of California’s mouse club.

Which parts of the park are open?

Disneyland is taking it relatively slow, and for good reason: California has been hit hard during the pandemic after being one of the first states to report cases in the U.S., including reported patients with the COVID variants. With vaccines rollouts, though, the state is slowly reopening recreational activities, including large parks.

On April 30, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will open to California residents with reservations. The state is allowing theme parks to reopen at 15% to 35% capacity, and Disneyland is opting to open at 15% capacity to start.

Currently, tickets are only being sold to California residents and for groups no larger than three households (presumably three people per household). If you already had tickets, you can go online to reserve a spot, but only if you’re a California residents for now.

The Downtown Disney District is currently open to the public, so guests can once again visit restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen on April 29, but the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will remain closed until further notice.

What are the park’s COVID precautions?

Everyone will be required to wear masks at all times, park employees will administer temperature checks for all guests, and cashless payment is strongly encouraged at all payment points, including parking. Disneyland is also adding physical barriers to promote social distancing in addition to the ground markings we’re all used to seeing by now.

Disneyland is not offering Disney FASTPASS or MaxPasses in hopes to maintain a safer structure for guests in line. They’ve also closed several crowd-drawing attractions, like the Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour:

Additionally, select attractions and certain experiences that draw large group gatherings—such as parades and nighttime spectaculars—will return at a later date. While character meet-and-greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in our parks in new ways to entertain and delight our Guests.

Dining options have changed: Orders will be contactless (so don’t plan on using cash) and all meals must be ordered in advance to be picked up at a dining location. If you plan to go, downloading Disneyland’s official app will help make your contactless experience much easier—you can find out which attractions are closed, order food, and plan your park experience from there.

What’s this tiered ticketing system?

Park-goers with one-day tickets will be admitted in tiers, so you’ll need to check the Disneyland calendar to see which day you can be admitted according to the ticket tier you’re in. Different tiers have different prices: Tier one tickets are already sold out for all dates, but would cost you $104, or $98 for kids; Tier 5 is more expensive but allows you to attend any date you like, and run $154, or $146 for kids.

Multi-day ticket holders aren’t subject to the tiered admission structure, so they can reserve a spot for any day they’d like. If you have a park hopper ticket (allowing you to attend more than one park in a day), you can reserve a spot for your first park and then hop to another park after 1 p.m.

Rules may change rapidly, so check the Disneyland website for updates on openings and restrictions.

 


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