What to Know Before you Go to 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.
Guests from any state may visit the park. Currently, Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa are open. Here is the schedule for other phases of Disneyland’s reopening:
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!
Also, if you are just getting started, also be sure to check out our Disneyland Vacation Planning page for more tips, tricks and advice.
Know Before You Go – Official Disneyland Policies
For the official policies and procedures straight from Disney. Also, the official California state guidelines and orders can be found here.
Visiting The Parks
To visit the theme parks, there are a few things you need to know before you go.
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.
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
Currently 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. Vaccinated guests will still be required to wear a face covering on bus transportation from the Toy Story parking lot to the parks. 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.
Guests will self-attest to their vaccination status prior to entry and be required to attest to their awareness of the state of California’s strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test when making theme park reservations.
More details about the Disneyland face covering policy (which matches the Walt Disney World policy) can be found here.
FastPasses and Disney MaxPass
FastPass and Disney MaxPass have been retired. Later this year the new Disney Genie+ system will debut and offer some similar benefits. Currently, 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
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 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
Upon reopening, character dining, dining packages, and private/in-room dining will not be available.
Currently Open Dining Locations
- Alien Pizza Planet
- Bengal Barbecue
- Blue Bayou
- Café Orleans
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Edelweiss Snacks
- French Market Restaurant
- Galactic Grill
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
- The Golden Horseshoe
- Harbour Galley
- Hungry Bear Restaurant
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
- Kat Saka’s Kettle
- Market House
- Maurice’s Treats
- Milk Stand
- Mint Julep Bar
- Oga’s Cantina
- Plaza Inn
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
- River Belle Terrace
- Red Rose Taverne
- Refreshment Corner
- Ronto Roasters
- Snack Carts Throughout The Park (Churros, Popcorn, Ice Cream, etc)
- Stage Door Café
- Tiki Juice Bar
- The Tropical Hideaway
- Tropical Imports
Disney California Adventure Park
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace
- Angry Dogs
- Award Wieners
- Bayside Brews
- Carthay Circle Lounge
- Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Corn Dog Castle
- Cozy Cone Motel (Cones 1-3)
- Fairfax Market
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
- Fillmore’s Taste-In
- Flo’s V8 Cafe
- Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
- Hollywood Lounge
- Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums
- Lamplight Lounge
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mendocino Terrace
- Pacific Wharf Cafe
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Paradise Garden Gril
- Poultry Palace
- Pym Tasting Lab
- Pym Test Kitchen
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Señor Buzz Churros
- Shawarma Palace
- Smokejumpers Grill
- Snack Carts Throughout The Park (Churros, Popcorn, Ice Cream, etc)
- Sonoma Terrace
- Studio Catering Co.
- Terran Treats
- Wine Country Trattoria
- Ballast Point Brewing Co.
- Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
- Catal Restaurant
- Earl of Sandwich
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Napolini Pizzeria
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express
- Salt & Straw
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes
- Tortilla Jo’s
- Uva Bar & Cafe
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa