Disneyland Reopening Guide-Know Before You Go
This week the Happiest Place on Earth invites you back to the magic and with Disneyland reopening, we have everything you need to know before you go. On Friday, the Disneyland reopening wait is over and although some of the things have changed slightly from the way we left it a year ago, the one thing that remains the same is the magic that awaits you in the Park that Walt built and once strolled down Mainstreet USA in. Here’s everything you need to know about the Disneyland reopening before you go and once you get there complete with a planning checklist.
As the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa begins in just a few days, here are several reminders and tips to help you have a seamless visit!
Before You Arrive
- Make sure you have your ticket AND theme park reservation confirmation
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.
- Download the latest version of the Disneyland App*
Link your tickets, mobile order food and beverages at select locations, view attraction wait times, park maps, and hours of operation, make dining reservations in advance, and so much more. These features also help with a more contactless experience!
Also, be sure to have location services and notifications enabled for important updates and information about the Disneyland Resort.
- If you’re starting your day at Disneyland park, access the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance virtual queue from wherever you are, beginning at 7 a.m.
As previously mentioned, we will continue using a virtual queue system for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The attraction’s virtual queue is only accessible via the Disneyland mobile app, and you can only experience the attraction by joining the virtual queue. Beginning April 30, our distribution times for the virtual queue enrollment will be at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. daily.
Guests with a valid ticket and theme park reservation who will start their day at Disneyland park will be able to access the virtual queue system with the mobile app and check for an available boarding group starting at 7 a.m. on the day of their park reservation. This can be done before you leave your hotel, home, or wherever else you may be at that time! Guests will need to have their park tickets linked to their Disney account.
If you don’t begin your day at Disneyland park, you may still be able to access the virtual queue opportunity beginning at 12 p.m. Guests who have a valid ticket and park reservation, and have entered Disney California Adventure park with a Park Hopper ticket by noon, may access the virtual queue system to check for available boarding groups beginning at 12 p.m. Such guests who obtain a boarding group may then enter Disneyland park with their Park Hopper ticket after 1 p.m. for their boarding group, subject to availability. For additional details on the virtual queue, visit Disneyland.com.
- Hotel guests may use online check-in service in advance
If you’re staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the new pre-arrival online check-in service feature (available up to five days in advance of arrival) saves time and is one more way to promote physical distancing. You can opt-in to receive a text message to let you know when your room is ready on arrival day, and your keys are available for pick-up at the Front Desk.
When You Arrive
- Park at Mickey & Friends or Pixar Pals parking structures
When you arrive at the toll booths for Mickey & Friends or Pixar Pals parking structures, you will be asked if you have tickets and a theme park reservation. Because you will already have a theme park reservation, there’s no need to rush or get here early. But do allow time for a leisurely stroll along the pedestrian bridge from the parking structures, as the tram will not be operating. For your convenience, stroller, wheelchair and ECV rentals will be available at the parking structures.
To help us with physical distancing requirements, we don’t encourage early arrivals, and line-ups will not be allowed prior to 6 a.m. on opening weekend when the parking structures and security screenings will open. Note that state guidelines prohibit eating or drinking while waiting in line, so please finish your coffee in the car first.
- Visiting Downtown Disney District
Downtown Disney District will be open at 10 a.m. on April 30 and at 9 a.m., May 1 and beyond. The shopping and dining promenade will remain open after the theme parks close, so it’s a great place to explore before, during, or after your day at the parks. Downtown Disney District parking is located in the Simba Lot, which will change to payment upon exit beginning April 30, and hourly prices with validation returns. For more parking information and to check hours of operation, visit Disneyland.com.
- Remember your face covering
And as a friendly reminder, appropriate face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and older throughout the resort.
During Your Visit
- Reminder – Park Hopper ticket benefits begin at 1 p.m.
If you have a Park Hopper ticket and an appropriate park reservation, you may visit the second park on the same day anytime after 1 p.m.
- Plan ahead and use the mobile ordering service to order food and beverages
The mobile order service is the primary way to order food and beverages at many dining locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. More locations are being added and existing locations are expanding mobile order lanes and pick-up windows. Food and beverages can only be consumed in dedicated dining areas, following the state’s health and safety guidelines.
Tip! Place your order early in the day to make sure your meal is prepared at your preferred dining time. When you arrive at the restaurant location, tap “I’m here,” in the mobile app and head to the pick-up area. The number of available times at each food and beverage location is limited to ensure guests are able to dine efficiently, so be sure to check the many dining choices throughout the parks!
- Use cashless transactions for a contactless payment experience
There are now more contactless ways to pay throughout your day, including Apple Pay and Disney Gift Cards.
And as always, stay tuned right here for the latest details and everything else you need to know before you go! We can’t wait to see ya real soon at the magical Disneyland reopening-welcome back to the Happiest Place on Earth.