Disneyland Reopens This Month: Expect Fewer Attractions, No Meetings and Greetings, and Shorter Lines

Visitors can reenter the “happiest place on Earth” starting later this month, but the experience may not seem as happy as it did before the pandemic. Unless, of course, you’ve always hated those long lines for rides.

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, which includes Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, a separate park with a similar theme to the state of California, will reopen on April 30. Both theme parks will be limited to 15% of their capacity when they reopen, online. with the guidelines established by California. The two parks have been closed since last March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Disney DIS, -0.02% released more information on how visitors can book a visit to theme parks and what to expect in terms of attractions and restaurants later this month. As with Walt Disney World in Florida, which reopened its four theme parks last summer, visitors will need to make a reservation to visit the Disneyland Resort and have valid theme park admission for the parks. And all guests will be required to wear masks during their time at the theme parks. In fact, to get an idea of ​​what to expect with the reopening of Disneyland, visitors can see how Walt Disney World parks function amid the pandemic, travel experts said. “I would expect that, from a guest perspective, the basic distancing procedures that they have established for Florida parks will be followed in much the same way in California,” said Don Munsil, co-owner of the travel website MouseSavers.com . Here’s more than people can hope for if they plan a visit to the Disneyland Resort later this month – Only Californians will be able to get in at the beginning.Using state guidelines, Disneyland won’t be open to everyone, so people will want to wait about reserving your flights to LAX for now. Only California residents will be able to visit the parks, and Disney cautions that visitors may be required to present proof of residence to enter. Also, groups cannot have more than three households, so people may want to make other plans for that big post-vaccination family gathering. You will need to have a reservation in advance.As with Walt Disney World, even local residents shouldn’t expect to show up at the parks in Anaheim and wait to get in, and that will be quite a big change for the large number of people in the metropolitan area of The Angels who made impromptu visits to the Mouse House in the past. As in Florida, there is a new reservation system that guests must use prior to their visit. Dates may be available continuously and reservations are limited. “Entering a park requires both a theme park reservation and an admission ticket valid for the same park on the same date for each Guest 3 years and older,” Disney states on the Disneyland website. “If you have a multi-day ticket, you must make a reservation at the park for each date of your visit.” Visitors are limited to one park reserve per day. The reservation system is scheduled to go live on April 12 for anyone who already has valid theme park tickets before the Disneyland Resort closed last year. New ticket sales will resume on April 15 and families without prior tickets can make their reservations at that time. There is also no way around the reservation requirement. “Since both a theme park reservation and an admission ticket valid for the same park on the same date are required for entry to the park, reservations for dining experiences and other previously reserved experiences will not guarantee access to a park.” Disney claims. still ‘hopping’ between parks Visitors can still purchase special “Park Hopper” tickets that allow them to visit the two theme parks located at the Disneyland Resort. But reservations are still required. Here’s how it works: Families should make a reservation for the first park they want to visit on a given day. And first they must enter that park. Then, starting at 1 pm, they will be allowed to “jump” to the other park for the rest of the day. A word of caution though: if the second park is full, your family may be barred. Not all attractions are reopening. While visitors will be able to experience most of their favorite attractions and games when theme parks resume operations later this month, some will not be available for the foreseeable future. As with Walt Disney World, nightly fireworks shows and parades are on hiatus due to physical distancing requirements, given the large crowds that form for both. The same goes for character encounters and greetings. So the little ones will not be able to get to know Mickey Mouse, Cinderella or Winnie the Pooh up close, although famous people will appear in the parks in other ways. Additionally, some of the parks’ most famous attractions are closed for the time being, including the Matterhorn Bobsleds Roller Coaster, Jungle Cruise, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, among others. “The reason many of these remain closed is relatively straightforward: Indoor attractions are limited to 15 minutes under California theme park reopening rules,” wrote Tom Bricker, owner of DisneyTouristBlog.com, in a post on his travel website about returning from Disneyland. In other cases, attractions may be closed for scheduled renovations. For example, Disney recently announced that it was renovating the Jungle Cruise attraction at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. (Disneyland did not comment on the reasons the attractions did not reopen.)

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“‘One of the big changes Disneyland guests will see is the long lines outside, like at Space Mountain.’ ”- Len Testa, president of the travel website Touring Plans

And the experience with some rides and attractions will be quite different. For starters, Disneyland guests won’t be able to get FastPasses or MaxPass, special tickets that allow them to set aside time for a ride and essentially cut the line. And attractions that used to have individual passenger lines won’t have those special lines for now. “One of the big changes Disneyland visitors will see is the long lines outside, like at Space Mountain,” said Len Testa, president of the travel website Touring Plans and co-author of “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.” . “Disneyland doesn’t have as much indoor waiting space as the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, and Disney is trying to limit the amount of time visitors spend indoors.” Testa cautioned that while the lines seem long due to social distancing, they should move relatively quickly. Additionally, visitors are likely to see Plexiglass dividers along the queues for rides and even in some ride vehicles. Dining options will be limited, and you’ll want to place an order on your phone. As is the case with the rides. attractions, not all restaurants and dining options will. be available to eat or shop when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen. In particular, there will be no “character dinner” experiences where families can eat and be visited by characters. Also, some restaurants will have limited capacity as indoor dining is not yet allowed due to California guidelines. For table service restaurants, visitors can make reservations beginning April 22. For both table service and quick service restaurants, the use of the Disneyland mobile app is recommended. Households with dinner reservations can register through the app, and those without reservations can be added to a mobile list without an appointment. At quick service restaurants, guests are encouraged to use mobile ordering to minimize interactions with theme park staff. “We are suggesting that people place those orders half an hour before they want to eat, to avoid delays in preparing the food,” Testa said.