What Guests Need to Know Before Visiting Disneyland

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With Disneyland reopening on April 30, there is a ton of information that Guests need to know before they visit! Most recently, Disney released a new slew of information that pertains to Guest ticketing, hotel stays, and more — and we have all the news here.

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Today, we will break up everything that has been released about the reopening of the Disneyland Resort theme parks so that you can easily find the answer to any of your frequently asked questions here. We will answer the following questions:

  • When will Disneyland theme park tickets go on sale?
  • Will you need a reservation to go to Disneyland?
  • What time will Disneyland and Disney California Adventure close each day?
  • What rides will be open when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen?

Before we begin, let’s start off by mentioning that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen to Guests as of April 30, and for the time being, Guests must be California Residents.

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Theme Park Reservations 

Similar to Disney World, Guests looking to enter either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will need to make a theme park reservation in order to enter either park. Guests will need to have a valid theme park ticket purchased in order to make the reservations. Guests with existing Disneyland tickets may make reservations beginning April 12, and Guests purchasing new tickets may make reservations beginning April 15.

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According to the Disney Parks Blog:

The theme park reservation system will launch on April 12, and guests with existing valid theme park tickets can begin making park reservations for the days that their ticket is valid. Theme park ticket sales will resume on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. As a reminder, ticket expiration dates were extended for many outstanding tickets. To accommodate as many types of ticket holders as possible, park reservations for select dates may be made available on a rolling basis. Ticket calendars will be updated on a rolling basis. Check for updated availability.

Making a theme park reservation sounds like it will be a piece of cake! Once you have tickets, you just need to hop on the theme park reservation system, create your party, select a date and park, confirm, and then bibbidi bobbidi boo, you are back at Disneyland!

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Please note that although Guests must pick a park when they make a reservation, Disneyland announced that park hopping will also be allowed when the park reopens, as long as the Guest has a valid Park Hopper ticket.  That being said, Guests with valid Park Hopper tickets may only park hop once and cannot repeatedly go back and forth. So, make sure that whichever park you choose for your reservation is the one you would like to start with.

It should also be mentioned that having a Disneyland hotel reservation (at this point, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa will be the only option open when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen) will not guarantee you a theme park reservation. 

Park Hours

If you are visiting Disneyland Resort, you need to know what time the parks open and close!

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According to Disney Parks Blog, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Park Hours: Upon reopening, daily park hours for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park are currently planned to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit Disneyland.com for operating hours on the day you wish to visit, as they are subject to change.

That being said, once the parks close, Guests can still enjoy the Downtown Disney District, which will be open later than the theme parks both on weekdays and weekends.

Dining Locations Reopening

At Disneyland, one of the best things that Guests can enjoy is the food! The dining at Disneyland is delicious and lucky for California residents, Disneyland will be opening with both indoor and outdoor dining. Below, future Guests can take a look at what dining location will be open, so that you can start making a checklist of all the snacks you want to eat.

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Disneyland Park dining:

  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Café Orleans
  • Churros
  • French Market Restaurant
  • Galactic Grill
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand
  • Mint Julep Bar
  • Plaza Inn
  • Popcorn
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Café
  • The Tropical Hideaway

Note: Some restaurants, dining experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure.

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Disney California Adventure dining:

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners
  • Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
  • Churros
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
  • Cozy Cone Motel – Cones 1-3 (Churros, Ice Cream, Cone-coctions)
  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Hollywood Lounge
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
  • Popcorn
  • Poultry Palace
  • Rita’s Baja Blenders
  • Señor Buzz Churros
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Sonoma Terrace
  • Studio Catering Co.

Note: Some restaurants, dining experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure.

Attractions That Will Be Open

Right as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA) opens, not all attractions will be running. That being said, many attractions will remain open!

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At Disneyland, Guest’s can expect to enjoy the following attractions and experiences:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones™ Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – will utilize virtual queue, more details to come
  • Surprise Character Sightings
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse™
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
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And across the  way at Disney California Adventure, the following attractions will be open:

  • Games of Pixar Pier
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round – Non-Swinging
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round – Swinging
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Surprise Character Sightings
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Note: Some attractions and entertainment experiences may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure.

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Attractions That Will Remain Closed

There will, however, be a handful of attractions that will not be open when the theme parks reopen on April 30.

For those closed at Disneyland, please see below:

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Minnie’s House
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
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The closed attractions at DCA are as follows:

  • Animation Academy
  • Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome
  • Bakery Tour
  • Blue Sky Cellar
  • Disney Junior Dance Party!
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Sorcerers Workshop

Note that attractions operations may change, and Disneyland Resort is beginning the phased reopening of the theme parks. We expect to learn more about when attractions and experiences like this will reopen in the future.

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Guests visiting Disneyland will be required to follow Disney’s health and safety guidelines, which require masks for Guests ages two and up, social distancing, and eating and drinking only while stationary.

When do you plan on returning to Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

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