For the first time in forever, Guards will finally be opening up the gates and letting Guests into the Happiest Place on Earth! While the theme park officially opened up at 9 a.m., both the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures opened up hours earlier to Guests who could not wait to get to the theme parks. The Harbor Boulevard entrance also began allowing Guests to line up at security hours before park opening.
The Mickey and Friends parking structure and the Pixar parking lot were scheduled to open at 6 a.m., and Guests were lined up, eager to be the first ones in. Originally, it was announced that the Mickey and Friends and the Pixar Lots were only going to open up half an hour before the theme park opened. That meant that the parking lots would open at 8:30 a.m.
However, Instagram user Gothic Rosie shared that the parking structure would actually be opening at 6 a.m. and not 8 a.m. These early opening parking lot hours will run throughout opening weekend. Parking lot operating hours will return to half an hour before theme park opening beginning on May 4. This was later confirmed by Disneyland officially so that all fans knew that on opening day they would be allowed to head to Disneyland Resort property hours before the parks opened.
This is not the first time that parking at the Disneyland Resort has opened early. When the newest Disneyland attraction, Rise of the Resistance, opened in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in January 2020, the parking structures opened early to accommodate the large number of Guests who showed up early to try to get their Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups.
Guests staying at area hotels, as well as those who parked off property, were able to line up much earlier than 6 a.m. in order to get into the Disneyland Esplanade as early as security would allow them to. However, Guests on the Harbor Boulevard entrance were not allowed through secure until around 6:30 a.m.
We stayed at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and began lining up for temperature check at 4:30 a.m. with just a few Guests ahead of us in line. In our experience, we were among the first in line to get into the Disneyland Esplanade, and then we were among the first at the front gates to Disneyland. We were allowed in front of the Disneyland gates at around 7:30 a.m.
Disney also enforced social distancing guidelines and procedures. Social distancing markers were placed on the ground on the Esplanade to keep parties six feet apart as they waited to get inside the theme parks. It is one of several new safety guidelines and procedures being implemented throughout the theme park in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At just around 8 a.m., Disneyland opened its closed gates and allowed Guests into the theme park. Guests were able to take in the sights and sounds of the theme park that they have not seen or heard in over a year. Cast Members lined Main Street, U.S.A, waving to Guests and welcoming us “home” after a full year.
There was also a countdown as the gates opened! Disney Cast Members and Guests counted down to the grand reopening of the Happiest Place on Earth.
Watch our live stream of Disneyland reopening day to see Main Street, U.S.A., and Sleeping Beauty Castle as Cast Members welcome Guests “home”!
At this time, Disneyland is currently open to California residents who have both a valid ticket and theme park reservation. Proof of residency may be required for Guests to show before they enter Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park.
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