Disneyland Theme Parks Reopen This Month — Here's What You Need to Know
Disney fans don't have to wait much longer to return to the "Happiest Place on Earth" — the California theme parks reopen this month.
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Over a year after the California theme parks closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will finally reopen on April 30. Thousands of cast members will return to work and welcome guests back to the parks and hotels — with a number of new health and safety measures in place, of course.
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"The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here," president of Disneyland Resort, Ken Potrock, shared in a statement with Travel + Leisure. "We're excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place."
Before you dust off your Mickey ears and book your ticket, though, there are a few things to know about Disneyland's reopening. In accordance with California requirements, theme park capacity will be limited, so guests will have to obtain a reservation in addition to purchasing a ticket for admission. The park will only be open to California residents.
The theme park reservation system will go live on on the Disneyland website on April 12, when guests with existing theme park tickets can make reservations for the days their tickets are valid, according to a post on the Disney Parks Blog.
On April 15, theme park tickets will become available to purchase. To make a theme park reservation, you'll want to make sure your valid theme park tickets are linked to your account, then access the reservation system and create your party, and select the day and theme park you want to visit.
Park Hopper will be available upon reopening — guests can make their reservation for one theme park and begin their day there, and then visit the other park starting at 1 p.m. Hours are currently set as 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for both theme parks.
Several of the measures already in place at Walt Disney World Resort (which has been open since summer 2020) will be used at Disneyland Resort, including enhanced cleaning, required face coverings, temperature screenings, signage and barriers to encourage physical distancing, contactless payment options, mobile ordering for food and drinks, and more. Dining bookings for select restaurants will reopen on April 22.
Parades and nighttime spectaculars will return at a later, unspecified date, and character encounters will stay socially distanced for now.
Even though the park gates have been closed for over a year, there's a lot to look forward to upon its reopening. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — an innovative and thrilling ride based on the iconic film franchise — was only open for a few months before the parks closed in March, so many guests will get to experience this incredible attraction for the first time. Disneyland's Snow White-themed ride got a makeover during the park closure, so guests will have the chance to witness this enchanting update as well. The Avengers Campus — a new land at Disney California Adventure Park dedicated to fan-favorite superheroes — is set to open at a later date.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is scheduled to reopen on April 29, 2021, and guests can begin making reservations on April 15. (No reopening date has been announced for Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel yet.) Hotel guests will still need to make theme park reservations in order to enter Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The Downtown Disney District, which reopened this summer, is still open, too. Guests should note that plans and offerings can change due to the constantly evolving circumstances.
Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure who loves all things theme parks. Follow her adventures on Instagram @elizabetheverywhere.