Coinciding with the reopening of the Disneyland Resort theme parks, Disney Parks Blog has released an article full of need-to-know information so upcoming Guests can feel prepared for their visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.
More Information: Updated Ticket and Reservation Process For Disneyland Resort Theme Parks
One of the reminders Disney shared has to do with California residents visiting the parks. In the latest Disney Parks Blog article, Disney said that Guests need to bring their proof of California residency with them when heading to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park:
Remember that all guests ages 3 and up will need both a valid ticket and theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit, in order to be admitted into the theme parks. Theme park reservations have to be made in advance, and they’re limited and subject to availability. If you do not have an applicable theme park reservation confirmation, you will not be granted access to the theme parks.
Also, be sure you have proof of California residency with you as only California residents may visit the parks at this time. You may be asked to show such proof of residency, as necessary.
So, what is proof of residency? This could be your California state-issued ID that shows a California address. Alternatively, if your Government-issued ID does not have a California address because you recently moved to California, we recommend bringing other documentation (such as mail) that shows your name and your California address.
Although the internet has been bustling with fans wondering when Disneyland will begin allowing out-of-state visitors into the theme parks, the Disneyland Resort official website still states the following (as of May 2021):
Until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, per state guidelines.
Since publishing this article, we have received many questions regarding how Disney handled the reopening of the Disneyland Resort theme parks, particularly when it came to checking ID. In our experience on reopening day, we can confirm that Disney reiterated the need for Guests to bring proof of California residency with them to the theme parks. Proof of residency was checked seemingly at random, and we know of several Guests who did have to show proof of California residency when they got to the gate. As only California residents are allowed at this time, this is something to be aware of and a rule that you must follow if you are visiting.
Note that there are no restrictions for out-of-state visitors when it comes to visiting Downtown Disney.
We will be sure to update our website for more information on when out-of-state visitors will be allowed at the Disneyland Resort theme parks. For the latest update on what is going on in the State of California and when restrictions will be lifted, read our article here.
Located in Orange County, CA, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park reopened to the public on April 30, with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopening one day earlier on April 29. The Downtown Disney District has been reopened since July 9, 2020, and will continue operations as normal. Those driving to the Disneyland Resort and visiting the theme parks could park at Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking beginning at 6 a.m. on opening weekend.
Read the latest information on Disneyland Resort operations online here, and stay tuned to Inside the Magic for our continued coverage of the reopening of Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth.
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Are you a California resident planning to visit Disneyland soon, or are you an out-of-state fan waiting for your opportunity to head to the parks? Let us know in the comments.
This article has been updated since it was originally published.