Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Disneyland Resort to Reopen to Guests Starting April 30th

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After recent changes in California's pandemic reopening plan that allowed large theme and amusement parks to reopen soon we have our first major announcement: the Disneyland Resort will start to welcome back visitors on April 30th.

Just announced today, the reopening will see both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen with rides and attractions after having been closed for over a year.  Along with the theme parks, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen on April 29th, the Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will open on May 2nd and both the Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will open at a future time.

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In order to comply with the specifics of California's reopening plan the attendance at the parks will be limited upon reopening.  To manage this the resort will debut a new reservation system in the coming weeks with all visitors age 3 and up needing a spot booked ahead of time.  The parks will still feature characters but in new ways (instead of meet and greets) to maintain social distancing.  Parades and firework shows will be on hold for now.  Disney notes in their post that attractions, restaurants and other offerings may be limited, unavailable or remain closed due to following state guidelines.

Ahead of the reopening the resort will still hold A Touch of Disney, a food and retail event that will start on March 18th and end on April 19th.  After that cast members and members of the local community will be invited to the parks as part of reopening plans. 


While the parks were closed the Disneyland Resort ended their annual pass program, so as the parks reopen all visitors will be day guests for the foreseeable future.  We can expect tickets to sell out very fast, and it will be interesting to see the pricing available when the reservation system goes live.  Keep an eye out on the resort's website for more information in the coming weeks.