When Disneyland reopened its gates after a historic 412-day closure, it had a number of new policies in place to keep both Guests and Cast Members safe. Not only were both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure limiting their capacities, but there were also strict mask policies and social distancing guidelines in place.
In addition to that, Disneyland Resort decided to adopt a policy that had been in place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for months — theme park reservations.
Guests who are planning a visit to Disneyland Resort must make a theme park reservation when they purchase their ticket. If they have a Park Hopper ticket, then they just need to pick which theme park they would like to begin their day in. For Guests who purchase a one-park-per-day ticket, then they must choose which Park they will spend their whole day in.
Guests who purchased Disneyland’s new Annual Passes called Magic Keys are also required to make theme park reservations for each visit. Different Magic Key levels allow for different numbers of reservations the Key Holder can have at one time. For both Magic Key Holders and day Guests, reservations are limited and subject to availability. Park Hopping also does not begin until 1 p.m. daily.
For Guests who have Park Hopper tickets, they can begin Park Hopping after 1 p.m. on the day of their visit, but they must start the day in the Park that they selected when they purchased their tickets. However, Magic Key Holders who arrive at Disneyland Resort after 1 p.m. do NOT have to stick to their starting Park. This means that if you have a Magic Key Pass (AKA an Annual Pass) and you made a reservation for Disneyland, you can actually head straight to Disney California Adventure first, as long as you do so after 1 p.m.
According to the terms of the Magic Key purchase:
Magic Key holders who arrive after 1:00 PM may start their visit at either park. Please check the Park Hours calendar and the Disneyland app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park. At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park; however, reservation requirements are subject to change. The ability to visit a park is subject to the park’s capacity limitations.
It is important to note that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are still operating at a limited capacity — though it is not known exactly what that capacity is. Due to those restrictions, it is possible that the theme park Guests want to go to might be at capacity, and they will have to go to the other Park. Also, theme park reservations, Park hours, and Park Hopping are subject to change, so keep that in mind.
If you have a Disneyland theme park ticket, or a Magic Key, and would like to make a Park reservation, you can do so by clicking here or visiting the Disneyland website.
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