If you have been to Disney World during the ongoing pandemic, you have likely been introduced to the Disney Park Pass reservation system. This new system allows Guests to reserve their spot to visit the Florida Disney theme parks, which are currently operating at a limited capacity. A reservation is required for entry and has been the way Disney World has been able to control Guests through these unprecedented times.
Now, with Disneyland Resort reopening on April 30, 2021 — after the A Touch of Disney Event has concluded — reservations will be required for Guests to enter the park. If you want to go into Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, Disney has confirmed once again that reservations will be required and capacity will be “significantly limited.”
Today in their announcement, they reiterated that fact and explained all the information that they have readily available to share.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.
As we previously reported, Patrick Finnegan, Vice President, Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District, noted that Disneyland was looking to Disney World to see what the west coast park should do upon opening.
“We are ready to launch the theme park reservation model in use at Walt Disney World to maintain capacity limits [at Disneyland],” Finnegan shared. “Many of the lessons learned in Florida are already being adopted as we prepare for our reopening,” he added, before continuing, “We already have a virtual queue system that we had used for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.”
So, although the guidelines stipulate that only California residents will be allowed in the Disneyland Resort theme parks at this time, it seems that they will still need to implement a Disney Park Pass reservation (unless Disneyland titles theirs differently), and if Finnegan is looking to use the Disney World model, it is likely that all reservations will need to be made via the Disneyland App or the official Disneyland Resort website. Keep in mind, though, that Disneyland officials have not yet explain exactly how the reservation system will work at the California theme parks.
With a theme park capacity set at 15% if Orange County, California, is still in tier 2 when the theme parks reopen (and a capacity of 25% and 35% in tiers 3 and 4, respectively), Disneyland fans will likely need to act fast to get a reservation. Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to follow all the news you need to know about returning to Disneyland!
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