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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. Most importantly, being informed and prepared is the best way to insure a great vacation and positive memories for a lifetime.

Currently, Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel, Pixar Place and the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa are open.

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.  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.

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.

To make a reservation, make sure your tickets are properly linked in your Disney account.

Park Hopping

Guests with a “Park Hopper” benefit included with their tickets can currently visit a second park after 11:00 am. 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.

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Hotels at the Disneyland Resort

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel, and the  Disneyland Hotel are currently open.

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

Currently, guests can make reservations for dining up to 60 days in advance.


Currently Open Dining Locations

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

Downtown Disney

Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa

Disneyland Hotel


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