Know Before You Go to Disneyland

Know Before You Go to Disneyland

What to Know Before you Go to Disneyland

Official Disneyland Policies Visiting the Parks Hotels at the Disneyland Resort Dining at Disneyland

Whether you a Lifetime Guest of the theme parks or you are planning your first trip, there are new things that every traveler should be aware of – the things you need to “know before you go”. The Parks and Resorts main goal is the safety and well being of not only their cherished guests, but also of their irreplaceable employees. Being informed and prepared is the best way to insure a great vacation and positive memories for a lifetime.

Until further notice, only California residents may visit the park. Currently, here is the schedule for Disneyland’s reopening:

  • Now Open – Downtown Disney District
  • April 12, 2021 – Disneyland Park Reservation System Opens (8:00am Pacific Time) – Now Open
  • April 15, 2021 – New Disneyland Theme Park Ticket Sales Available (8:00am Pacific Time) – Now Available
  • April 22, 2021 – Disneyland Table-service Dining Reservations Available (8:00am Pacific Time) – Now Available
  • April 29, 2021 – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • April 30, 2021 – Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
  • The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen at a later date

This page is designed to give you the best start at that magical trip! As more information is released, this page will be updated to reflect the most current information. Don’t want to go it alone? The agents at the Magic for Less Travel would love to be of assistance, and at no additional cost to you!

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Know Before You Go – Official Disneyland Policies

For the official policies and procedures straight from Disney, visit the New Disney World Policies & Procedures page. Also, the official California state guidelines and orders can be found here.

Visiting The Parks

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are scheduled to reopen on April 30th.

To visit the theme parks, there are a few things you need to know before you go.

Park Reservations

First, in addition to a ticket, every guest ages 3 and over now needs a park reservation via the “Disney Park Pass” system. Currently, each guest can select one park per day. Parks are still operating under reduced maximum capacity, so it is recommended to make a park reservation as soon as you purchase your tickets, and up to 60 days in advance.

To make a reservation, make sure your tickets are properly linked in your Disney account. Please note that existing reservations cannot be modified, only cancelled.

Park Hopping

Guests with a “Park Hopper” benefit included with their tickets can currently visit a second park after 1:00 pm. To see if the park you wish to hop to has availability, check the Disneyland app, which has the most current park hopping hours at each park.

Health and Safety

Before entering the Disneyland Resort, including any Disneyland Theme Park and Downtown Disney, all guests will be required to undergo a contactless temperature screening. Guests must display a temperature under 100.4 F.

All Guests ages 2 and up and all Cast Members are required to wear a face covering at all times. The exception is when actively eating or drinking in a stationary location. Currently, acceptable face coverings must:

  • be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • fully cover the nose and moth and secure under the chin
  • fit snugly but comfortable against the side of the face
  • be secured with ear ties or loops

Currently neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, costume masks and face coverings containing valves, mesh, or holes are not acceptable.

More details about the Disneyland face covering policy (which matches the Walt Disney World policy) can be found here.

FastPasses and Disney MaxPass

Currently, FastPass and Disney MaxPass are suspended and not available for use or purchase. However, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is utilizing a virtual queue system. To join, you must have a valid park admission and a Disneyland reservation. Guests can try to join the queue for a boarding group at 7:00 a.m., and then again at 1:00 p.m. You can join the 7:00 a.m. queue remotely, but must be physically inside either Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure to join the 1:00 p.m. queue.

Hotels at the Disneyland Resort

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is scheduled to reopen on April 29. The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Dining at Disneyland

Mobile Ordering, Check-In and More

Using the Disneyland app, guests can order ahead at many locations and then simply pick their food up.

Please note, due to the volume of guests using mobile order, those wishing to utilize this service might need to place their order well in advance (i.e. make a 1PM lunch order at 10 AM). It can be helpful to keep an eye on the available pick-up time for your restaurant of choice.

Additionally, guests can check in for reservations, join a “walk up” list for table service locations, and view restaurant menus, all through the app.

Dining Reservations

Dining reservations for table-service restaurants are currently available. Currently, guests can make reservations for dining up to 60 days in advance.

With physical distancing and reduced capacity, it is recommended to make desired dining reservations as soon as possible within this window

Dining Modifications

Upon reopening, character dining, dining packages, and private/in-room dining will not be available.

Currently Open Dining Locations

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

Downtown Disney

Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa

These restaurants are currently only available for guests staying at the Grand Californian