After a year long shut down, due to a global pandemic, the Disneyland Resort is finally opening up their gates! The theme parks are ready to welcome back Guests and Cast Members to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Now that tickets and reservations for the resort are up for sale, Guests looking to revisit Disneyland are having to navigate both systems. Not to worry, because we have your ultimate guide for everything you need to know about Disneyland tickets. We will also give you some tips and helpful ways to get your tickets to make your visit the best day ever!
What to know before you go
One thing to know before you get to the Disneyland gate is theme park reservations will be released in phases as the parks are only releasing a certain amount of reservation days at a time. It’s also to important for Guests to remember that only California residents are allowed to visit the Disneyland Resort at this time. You can purchase tickets at any time, but park reservations can only be booked up to 60 days in advance.
Another important thing to remember is that you will need to have a valid Disneyland ticket and reservation in order to get into the park the same day as the reservation. Also, appropriate face covers will be required for Guests 2 years and older and must be worn at all times.
Disneyland ticket prices at the gate
As Disneyland has been in full preparation mode ahead of its grand reopening, their tickets went on sale on April 15. But, just how much does it cost to return to the Happiest Place on Earth? We will break down the different prices of all the different tickets that are available for purchase.
There are a select number of options to choose from:
- Single-day, one park per day ticket
- Single-day Park Hopper ticket
- Multi-day, one park per day ticket
- Multi-day Park Hopper ticket
These different ticket options also come with differently tiered prices. The tier of your ticket will determine when that ticket is blocked out. The most expensive tier, Tier 5, does not have any blockout dates and can be used on any day of the year. Prices of your tickets, for example, could look something like the following:
- One day, Tier 1, One park ticket: $104 (Adult), $98 (Child)
- One day, Tier 2, One Park ticket: $114, $108
- One day, Tier 3, One park ticket: $124, $117
- One day, Tier 4, One park ticket: $139, $132
- One day, Tier 5, One park ticket: $154, $146
- Two day, One park per day ticket: $235 (Adult), $220 (Child)
- Three day, One park per day ticket: $310, $290
- Four day, One park per day ticket: $340, $320
- Five day, One park per day ticket: $360, $340
- One day, Tier 1, Park Hopper ticket: $159 (Adult), $153 (Child)
- One day, Tier 2, Park Hopper ticket: $169, $163
- One day, Tier 3, Park Hopper ticket: $179, $172
- One day, Tier 4, Park Hopper ticket: $194, $187
- One day, Tier 5, Park Hopper ticket: $209, $201
- Two day, Park Hopper ticket: $290 (Adult), $275 (Child)
- Three day, Park Hopper ticket: $365, $345
- Four day, Park Hopper ticket: $395, $375
- Five day, Park Hopper ticket: $415, $395
The great thing about this tiered system is that multi-day park tickets are automatically considered Tier 5 tickets and, therefore, do not have blockout dates. This could be a great value if you plan on visiting the Disneyland Resort for multiple days. However, there is a bit of a catch. You will have to use every day of your multi-day ticket within 13 days of your first park visit. For the official calendar of which days are available under each tier, visit the Disneyland website here.
Annual Passport Program
Unfortunately, there is no new news for the Legacy Passholders. Since the Disneyland Resort suspended their Annual Passholder program, there has been speculation if the theme parks would reopen with a new program in place. Although there has been no word of when exactly another Annual Passport program will be making its way to Disneyland, the resort did release on update, stating:
Although sunsetting the Annual Passport program may be disappointing to some, we are excited for what’s ahead and know that our future is bright. We are developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility, and value for our biggest fans. Once we have more information to share about future membership offerings, our Annual Passholders will be the first to hear from us.
Well, fortunately, that time is now! Thanks to the D23 Inside Disney Podcast, we now know when to expect an Annual Passholder program! Disneyland President Ken Potrock shared in the podcast about why the company needed to sunset the Annual Passholder program:
“We needed to do that really for two incredibly important reasons. One because of the capacity constraints that I told you about previously and two because we thought this was a great opportunity for us to reimagine an Annual Pass program that wasn’t just built on the last couple of decades but was built on how our Guests and our fans wanted to use the parks going forward.
We’re working on that right now and we’ll clearly be launching something before the end of the year, but I think its gonna be an exciting new program that I think people and our biggest fans and quite honestly our most loyal fans will be very responsive too.”
How to save money on Disneyland tickets
During the global pandemic over the past year, times have gotten tough for many families and households. Those hoping to visit the resort are trying to save as much as they can in doing so. Here are a couple of tips for saving a little extra cash while purchasing Disneyland tickets.
- Chase Disney Visa Card: Applying for this credit or debit card can definitely save you some money at Disney. Chase always has promotions going on where you can get $100- $300 statement credit loaded onto your card when you’re approved. You can definitely use this toward your tickets for your visit. On top of that, you can also gain Disney Rewards Dollars depending on where you shop. For most Disney locations, including the parks and Disney stores, you can earn 2% back in rewards while also receiving 10% your purchases of $50 or more. You then can load your Disney Rewards Dollars onto a redemption card to use anywhere in the parks. Add your Chase Disney Visa and your redemption card to your Disney account and save on your ticket purchase!
- Purchase Multi-Day Tickets: When you purchase multi-day tickets for your trip, it can add up to a great value. You’re essentially paying less for each day of your visit instead of paying for one day, of which the price is dependent on the tier for that specific day.
- Visit During the Off-Season: Another way to save on your tickets, is to travel during the off-season of the resort. Although the Disneyland Resort attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year, it could be wise to avoid times where the local park-goers are on break from local schools or during a holiday season or weekend. It would also be wise to check the ticket calendar for a Tier 1 day- as those are the lowest price that a ticket will be offered at.
- Disney Gift Cards: If you are planning on a trip later than sooner, it’s a good idea to ask family and friends for Disney gift cards as gifts throughout the year. Disney gift cards can be used to purchase admission tickets. Plus, if you save all your gift cards, you can even use them towards your in-park experiences or meals! Special tip: If you plan on purchasing Disney gift cards yourself, you can use your Target RedCard. This will save you 5% on the purchase of your Disney gift cards and other gift cards as well.
- Disney Vacation Planner: Using a vacation planner to help you with your travels can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. A vacation planner will find the best deals that fit your exact trip specifications and that won’t break the bank. For a free, no obligation quote for your Disneyland Resort vacation, visit Academy Travel!
Alternative locations to purchase Disneyland tickets
In order for Disneyland to move forward with proper health and safety mandates, the resort has transitioned to more touchless and cashless methods of transactions. With that being said, there are really only a handful of ways that Guests can purchase their tickets for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
To keep up with these touchless and cashless methods, the best way to purchase theme park tickets will be through the Disneyland website or through the Disneyland Mobile App. The resort has been updating and pushing the latest and most efficient versions of the mobile app to help Guests optimize their purchases and overall park experience. This will also help in linking your ticket to your mobile device through the app to make sure everything is all in one place when the time comes for your visit.
Tickets will still be available for purchase at the ticket booths located in the Esplanade, in between both theme parks. Guests will be able to purchase tickets for future visits, but will not be able to make reservations at the ticket booths. All theme park reservations must be made online.
Additionally, Guests can even save time by purchasing tickets over the phone. Through the Guest Information and Ticket Sales option by calling the resort. To reach Ticket Sales or general help with tickets, call Disneyland at (714) 781-4636.
Special tip from the Disneyland website:
Be sure to download the latest version and make sure that your notification AND location services are turned on so you can get the most out of the app’s features.
Theme park tickets & reservations
Before you are ready to visit Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park, you will need a valid admission ticket and a park reservation. And if you plan on utilizing a multi-day ticket, you will need a reservation for each day.
These reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and are subject to park availability.
The Disneyland website has set these three easy steps to help with your tickets and reservations:
- Step 1: Check Availability and keep date preferences in mind when selecting a ticket.
- Step 2: Get a Ticket online or through the Disneyland app.
- Step 3: Make a Theme Park Reservation as soon as completing a ticket purchase, as availability can change until the reservation is confirmed.
Keep in mind that you can only make a park reservation if you have a valid admission ticket and a reservation is not guaranteed until it is finalized. It’s also important to know that theme park reservations can’t be changed or modified but they can be cancelled by visiting My Theme Park Reservations on the Disneyland site or by visiting the ticket booth once at the resort.
Prices of special event tickets for Disneyland
The Disneyland Resort concluded its special event at Disney California Adventure, A Touch of Disney. Now that both parks are open and health and safety protocol can change from one week to the next, there are no special events in the near future.
In order to keep crowds low and to keep up with Disneyland operating at somewhere between 15 and 25%- due to Orange County currently being in the Orange tier, there could very well be no special events held until later this year, perhaps a Halloween offering. There is also a big possibility that special events could not return until 2022.
As for what Guests can experience now, even tours are limited. The only Disneyland tours right now are the Disneyland Resort VIP Tours. But for now a lot of special events, experiences, and tours are unavailable to help promote safe and social distancing.
Just in case anything changes, it would be wise to keep an eye out for the Special Event, Tour & Experiences page on the Disneyland website.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about purchasing Disneyland tickets, where you can get your tickets, and how to save some money in the process! As time goes on, and special experiences become more available, we will continue to update you on the latest when it comes to Disneyland Resort tickets!
Do you have any questions when it comes to purchasing your Disneyland Resort tickets? Are you planning to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park anytime soon? Let us know in the comments!