The Disneyland park has reopened after over a year being closed, magic returned on April 30, 2021, for California residents only! Out of state residents returned on June 15th and I was there! In order to visit Disneyland you MUST have a reservation. In this post I’ll share all the details about how to get tickets and reservations for the parks. I’ve got arrival tips, parking information, plus which attractions and dining are open. Also character info, entertainment and what offerings look a little different still. Hang on there’s lots of information to share! And Disney announced new policies starting June 15th in regards to masks. I have included this information further below. This post contains affiliate links which means I make a little something when you purchase through the link with no extra cost to you.
Theme park reservations
To enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park, both a theme park reservation and valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Guests must have a valid theme park admission ticket in order to make a reservation. Theme park reservations will be available online, in advance only, for a specific date, subject to availability. Theme park reservations can now be made up to 120 days in advance. If you have a multi-day ticket, you must make a park reservation for each date of your visit. Tip: Be sure to log in to your Disney account first to link your theme park tickets prior to accessing the park reservation system. See how to make a park reservation, below!
Need theme park tickets?
Single day tickets will be available for purchase on the Disneyland website. But if you want to purchase 2 day or more tickets I recommend purchasing from Get Away Today for discounted multi-day Disneyland tickets. Keep in mind multi day tickets have to be used within 13 days of the first day of use. And these tickets can be used for any day, no certain days blocked or based on tiers. Plus they offer the only refundable Disneyland ticket. I always purchase my tickets through through Get Away Today for many reasons. One, they are a Disney partner, the same tickets, but at a discounted price. Two, their website is user friendly and they have top notch customer service. The tickets once purchased are emailed to you immediately and then you can make your theme park reservation. You will link your tickets to your Disneyland account and make a park reservation. I 100% trust and guarantee these tickets for those who have never purchased through Get Away Today. I have worked with them for years and they have worked with Disney for over 30 years!
Park Hopper Tickets
Guests who purchase or have a Park Hopper ticket and an appropriate park reservation may visit the second park on the same day beginning at 1 PM. 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. Guests with Park Hopper tickets must make a park reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting the other park. There have been no problems park hopping from park to park. And you can go back and forth as much as you want after 1 p.m.
Update on Face Coverings
The following announcement was shared on the Disneyland website. “The State of California strongly recommends that all Guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort. Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors, including on many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas.”
Note: At the Toy Story parking lot all guests are required to wear face coverings on the bus transportation from the lot to the parks.”
Key dates to remember:
- Redwood Creek Challenge is closed until September 4th
- Trader Sam’s will start taking dining reservations beginning August 11 for lunch and dinner.
- Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian opens August 26 and booking available August 11th.
- Plaza Inn – Minnie & Friends Breakfast reopening August 12; bookings available August 11th. This character dining WILL have characters.
- Goofy’s Kitchen will reopen for breakfast and dinner buffets starting August 18th. But no characters will be at this dining at this time. Booking available August 11th.
- Haunted Mansion closed August 16th and reopens September 3rd as Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Carnation Cafe reopens Sept. 16
Oogie Boogie party dates. Non-party guests will have to leave DCA by 6:00 p.m. on Sept 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 and Oct 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31
Finding Nemo closed until Winter 2022
Everything you need to know about FOOD
There is so much to cover with the food available, changes in menus, planning your meals now and more that I’ve created a whole other blog post. Hop over there for everything from mobile ordering to where you can find your favorite foods and my TOP picks!
What will be open and closed in each park?
Here is a list of attractions and dining available currently in each park. I have also included what will be closed. This list will continue to be updated as things open up in each park. So check back when you visit the parks. I have also included upcoming dates if we know when something will return.
Disneyland attractions OPEN
- Alice in Wonderland
- Astro Orbitor
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Davy Crockett’s Canoes
- The Disney Gallery
- Disneyland Railroad
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Main Street Cinema
- Main Street Vehicles
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Sleeping Beauty Castle walk through
- Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – virtual queue only
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Disneyland attractions CLOSED
- Chip ’n Dale Treehouse
- Disneyland Monorail
- Donald’s Boat
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
- Minnie’s House
- Sailing Ship Colombia
- Star Wars Launch Bay
Disneyland Park Dining OPEN
- Alien Pizza Planet (mo)
- Bengal Barbecue (mo)
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
- Café Orleans
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (mo)
- Edelweiss Snacks (mo)
- French Market Restaurant (mo)
- Galactic Grill (mo)
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (mo)
- Harbour Galley (mo)
- Hungry Bear Restaurant (mo)
- Ice Cream Carts
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (mo)
- Kat Saka’s Kettle (reopens July 15th)
- Little Red Wagon (mo)
- Market House
- Maurice’s Treats
- Milk Stand (mo)
- Mint Julep Bar (mo)
- Oga’s Cantina
- Plaza Inn (mo)
- Pretzel Carts
- Rancho Del Zocalo
- Red Rose Taverne (mo)
- Refreshment Corner (mo)
- River Belle Terrace
- Ronto Roasters (mo)
- Ship to Shore Marketplace
- Stage Door Café (mo)
- The Tropical Hideaway (mo – not available at this time)
- Tiki Juice Bar (mo)
- Toon Up Treats
- Tropical Imports
*Above (mo) means mobile ordering available.
Disneyland Park Dining CLOSED
- Carnation Cafe returns Sept 16th
- Daisy’s Diner
- Fruit Carts
- The Golden Horseshoe
- Goofy’s Freeze
- Pluto’s Dog House
- Royal Street Veranda
- Troubadour Tavern
- Candy Palace – Currently making Nuttles (chopped pecan pieces layered with freshly made caramel with a dollop of milk chocolate on top) on Monday and Friday
- Candy Palace – Currently making Rocky Road (mix of milk chocolate, chopped almonds, and house-made marshmallows in a small pie tin) on Saturdays
Disney California Adventure Attractions OPEN
- Animation Academy
- Games of Pixar Pier
- Golden Zephyr
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- 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
- Redwood Creek Challenge (closed again for Oogie Boogie transformation)
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Sorcerer’s Workshop
- Surprise Character Sightings
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure – virtual queue only
Disney California Adventure Attractions CLOSED
- The Bakery Tour
- Red Car Trolley
- Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
Disney California Adventure Dining OPEN
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats (mo)
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace (only open for Legacy Passholders)
- Angry Dogs
- Award Wieners (mo)
- Bayside Brews (mo)
- Cappuccino Cart (mo)
- Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (mo)
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (mo)
- Corn Dog Castle
- Cozy Cone Motel – Cones 1-3 (Churros, Ice Cream, Cone-coctions) (mo)
- Cozy Cone Motel – Cone 5 (Popcone) (mo)
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
- Fillmore’s Taste-In
- Flo’s V8 Cafe (mo)
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
- Hollywood Lounge (mo)
- Ice Cream Carts
- Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums
- Lamplight Lounge
- Lucky Fortune Cookery (mo)
- Mendocino Terrace
- Mortimer’s Market
- Pacific Wharf Cafe
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (mo)
- Paradise Garden Grill (mo)
- Poultry Palace
- Pym Tasting Lab (mo)
- Pym Test Kitchen (mo)
- Rita’s Baja Blenders (mo)
- Señor Buzz Churros
- Schmoozies! (mo)
- Shawarma Palace
- Shawarma Palace Too at the Hyperion Theatre
- Smokejumpers Grill (mo)
- Sonoma Terrace (mo)
- Studio Catering Co.(mo)
- Terran Treats
- Wine Country Trattoria
*Above (mo) means mobile ordering available.
Disney California Adventure Dining CLOSED
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
- Carthay Circle Restaurant – outdoor dining at Alfresco is open
- Fairfax Market
- Pretzel carts
NEW virtual queues at Disneyland and DCA
A virtual queue is just a fancy way of saying you’re in line but you don’t have to stand and wait in an actual line. Instead of waiting in a physical line you can enjoy other things in the park until it’s your turn to go on the ride. Only 2 rides use this feature as of right now …
- Rise of the Resistance – virtual queue is the ONLY way to get on this ride.
- Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure – virtual queue is the ONLY way to get on this ride.
Joining the virtual queue on your phone in the Disneyland app requires some explanation and practice before you go to the parks. Find the whole tutorial with step by step instructions and photos in this post.
Tips for the virtual queues
First update, Indiana Jones no longer has a virtual queue. So no need to worry about that if you were in the parks when it was being utilized. Now, you CAN’T be in a virtual queue for both Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers at the same time. Both of these E-ticket attractions only allow you to have one of the other at the same time. Again more details about virtual queues… what time to join the virtual queue, what park you start in determines which ride you can go on and if you can ride both Web and Rise in the same day can be found in here.
Single Rider is BACK!!!
Single rider is back, but NOT available at all times. This option is offered on an as needed basis (not always). All single rider lines will return at some point, but for now here’s up to date information! Availability changes daily depending on staffing, so check at guest services on the day you’re visiting. Here’s a list of all rides that have a single rider line including a NEW option in Disney California Adventure.
- Indiana Jones
- Millennium Falcon
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
Disney’s California Adventure list
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Radiator Racers
For access to the single rider line just go to the entrance of the ride and tell the cast member you want to go in the single rider line. The exception to this rule is on Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. For those rides you go to the exit to access the single rider line.
Services NOT available when the parks reopen
- Disney MaxPass
- Magic Morning
- Extra Magic Hour
- Parades but they have started cavalcades
- Character Meet and Greet but you will see characters out and about.
- Magical Makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Tram for Mickey and Friends Parking Structure
Characters will be in the parks in new ways that are sure to entertain and delight guests. There will not be traditional lines to meet characters and get autographs. Instead it will be more of a character sighting and you can take a selfie with characters throughout the park. Here are a few of the locations where you can find characters over in Disneyland.
- Mickey Mouse and some of his pals will be at the Main Street, U.S.A. railroad station. Or outside their homes in Mickey’s Toontown.
- Disney Princesses at the Royal Theatre in Fantasyland
- Rapunzel and Flynn over near her tower by the Royal Theatre.
- Find Alice, Tigger and Eeyore in the grass near the castle
- Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Mary Poppins, Bert, Pinocchio and Geppetto rotate over near It’s a Small World
- Captain Jack Sparrow, Redd and Tiana from the balconies in New Orleans Square
- Miguel Pixar’s “Coco” near Rancho del Zocolo in Frontierland.
- Stitch is over by Autopia and can be seen from Star Wars Launch Bay.
- Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi may be spotted above the speeder garage at Black Spire Station in Galaxy’s Edge
- Kylo Ren plus Stormtroopers will be patrolling the platform of the TIE Echelon starfighter
Character sightings at Disney California Adventure park may include friends appearing at Carthay Circle up on the balcony and over along Pixar Pier at the bandshell.
- Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and other Disney Jr. characters may say hello from the stage of the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land.
- Anna and Elsa near the fountain in front of Carthay Circle Lounge.
- Mickey in his Buena Vista outfit and other characters near the fountain as well.
- Lightning McQueen, Mater and Red will be out along Route 66.
- Max and Goofy fishing over by Pacific Wharf.
- Edna and Frozone near the Incredicoaster.
- Chip and Dale along the path to Grizzly River Run.
- Nick Wilde from Zootopia next to Little Mermaid
- Big Al from Country Bears over near Redwood Creek Challenge entrance
- Over in Avengers Campus you can see so many super heroes throughout the day … Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Black Panther and the Dora Milaje to name a few.
Daily park hours for Disneyland are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Disney California Adventure 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visit Disneyland.com for operating hours on the day you wish to visit, as they are subject to change. You can find updated park hours in the app. On the home page scroll all the way to the bottom and view hours. Even though the park hours start at 8 a.m. guests are allowed in the parks before that time. The time varies from 30-60 minutes before the park officially opens. I always recommend arriving at least an hour before the scheduled park opening hours. This gives you time to go through security, the gates (when they open), snap a few pictures and be well on your way to your first attraction. But read below if you’re parking at Mickey and Friends parking lot.
Theme park parking will be available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures, located off Disneyland Drive for a $25 fee. The parking structures open 60 minutes before the official park hours for that day. Somedays they open earlier than 60 minutes but it varies. They don’t allow you to start lining up any earlier and will make you drive around until a line starts to form. There will be no tram available at this time to take you to and from the parking structure. You will walk along the tram route, it takes about 12-15 minutes to walk to the gates. All of this will take you time. From the time you arrive to inside the gates takes about 30-45 min. If you’re parking here be patient. See below for other parking options. There are a few parking options on the Harbor side as well. The Toy Story parking lot is now open 60 minutes before the official park hours too. See map below. You can park here for $25 and then a bus will take you over to the Harbor entrance. The nice thing about this option is you go through security in the parking lot. When you are dropped off on the Harbor side you have a separate entrance right into the Esplanade, you bypass the Harbor side security checkpoint. Personally I would park at the Toy Story lot over the Mickey and Friends parking structure because you get to ride on a bus to the park. When you park at Mickey and Friends you have to walk the tram route. Until the tram is back I would park over at the Toy Story lot!
I have confirmed, The Anaheim hotel, offers parking for $20 (coupon required, message me). Also the Anaheim Garden Walk is across Harbor and down the street (about 10-12 min walk). You pay by the hour at the Garden Walk to park. The first hour is free and then it’s $3 per hour to park up to $30 total for the day. Plus this location is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Best Western, Fairfield Inn, Tropicana and Grand Legacy no longer offer parking. The last option is Uber or Lyft to the Harbor side entrance and get dropped off. These locations and prices are subject to change. I continue to update this as things change. Updated 8-1-21
Everyone wants to know what time to arrive. I always recommend arriving an hour before the official park hours posted. This allows you to hit the rides first thing before lines start to build up. If that’s your goal plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. No matter which side you line up on that will give you plenty of time to get through security and the entrance turnstiles. They are letting guests through the gates about and hour before the posted park hours. This is an ever changing situation. Last week over at Disneyland they were holding everyone at the hub at the end of Main Street until 8:00 a.m. And over at DCA they open the gates and let guests on rides like Soarin’ and Radiator Racers. So arriving early is very beneficial because from day to day it changes. You never know exactly when they are going to let guests in.
Here’s a look at our timeline from June 17th the park opened at 9:00 a.m.
- 8:37 a.m. we arrived at the Harbor Blvd. crosswalk
- 8:48 a.m. went through the security checkpoint
- 8:50 a.m. got in line for Disney California Adventure
- 8:56 a.m. through the turnstile and inside the gates
- 8:59 a.m. got in line for Soarin’ Around the World
- 9:08 a.m. on the ride
The lines move quickly in the morning. They look long, but Disney has it down to a science. These times are just to give you an idea of what it looked like on one of our mornings. Normally I like to be in the parks before they open, so take my advice and arrive one hour before the posted park hours to make the most out of your day!
There is PhotoPass available when the parks reopen. When purchasing Disney PhotoPass+ One Day, you’ll receive one day of all your available Disney PhotoPass photos plus select attraction and dining photos as digital downloads to share with family and friends. All this is included with Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots—for one magical price of $19.99 for 1 day only. Purchase through the Disneyland app. There is another package option as well. Get all your Disney PhotoPass photos taken during one week for $78.00
- For guests planning on staying at a Disneyland Resort property, hotel reservations do not guarantee park access. Guests will need to make theme park reservations on their own.
- If you plan to visit the theme parks during your stay, get your theme park reservation prior to making your hotel reservation.
- To find a hotel near Disneyland that is open for guests check here for pricing! And for hotel recommendations this post has over 15 options.
Guests with disabilities
The parks are very accommodating for guests with disabilities. Just as before Disney offers a DAS pass for guests. You can read more on their website here. At this time if you need to rent an ECV, wheelchair etc. you can find them at the front gates or at the Mickey & Friends parking structure. If you’d like to rent and secure a scooter, wheelchair etc. before you arrive, I have used A Scooter 4 U several times. Call Jerry at 562-697-7725 and tell him I sent you for 5% off your rental fee. He can deliver to hotels or meet you at the park.
- EVERYTHING you need to know about food, menus, my top picks and more can be found here.
- You can leave the park and go to Downtown Disney at any time and have no problem returning back inside a park.
- A new Annual Passport program will be coming by the end of this year. That’s all we know.
- Also Rider Switch/Swap is available. To learn more about this great option for groups with children too young to ride click here.
- Lockers are now available inside both parks
- Mickey’s Mix Magic with fireworks is presented nightly throughout the summer at Disneyland.
- Character dining is returning. More details on this post!
- Downtown Disney parking and info found on this post.
- Visiting Avengers Campus here’s what you need to know!
Check back on this post frequently if you’re planning a trip to Disneyland anytime soon. I will update as needed. Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for the most current day to day information and news!