Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

This page provides updated information about The Disneyland Resort’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, including closure updates and news about reopening.

This page provides updates about The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA only.

Newest updates are at the top.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

April 6, 2021Disneyland has announced new details about purchasing tickets and making reservations for their reopening on April 30, 2021.

Theme Park Reservations: To enter the Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park, both a theme park reservation and a valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up.

The theme park reservation system will launch on April 12 for guests with existing valid theme park tickets.

Theme park ticket sales will resume on April 15. Guests without existing valid tickets may purchase their tickets and also make park reservations on this date.

Key dates to remember:

  • April 9: If you currently hold a theme park ticket, you can check available days for your 1-day ticket type beginning April 9 on Disneyland.com/ParksUpdates.
  • April 12: The theme park reservation system will open no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 12 and guests who already have valid theme park tickets may begin making park reservations.
  • April 15: Theme park ticket sales will resume no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. Reservations for Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel will also open on this date.
  • April 22: Dining reservations will open.

Additional info:

– Staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel does not guarantee a theme park reservation.

– Guests with park hopper tickets may choose which park to begin their day. Park hopping will be available after 1pm.

– Park hours will be 9am to 7pm for both parks.

– Parking will be available at Mickey and Friends, and Pixar Pals structures. There is no mention of Toy Story lot.

According to the OC Register, the following attractions will be operating on opening day (subject to change):

 

Disneyland Park:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • It’s a Small World
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Surprise character sightings

Disney California Adventure:

  • Games of Pixar Pier
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout
  • Incredicoaster
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Midway ManiaTurtle Talk with Crush

Attractions not on the list:

Disneyland Park:

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Chip n Dale Treehouse
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Jungle Cruise (under refurbishment/reimagining)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

Disney California Adventure:

  • Animation Academy
  • Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

One item that has not been announced yet is ticket prices. Also no information about any perks for Legacy Annual Passholders. I will update further as new information is announced.

March 30, 2021 – Orange County, where Disneyland is located, is moving into the orange tier effective tomorrow, March 31, 2021. If Orange County can remain in the orange tier through April 30, Disneyland parks can reopen at 25% capacity. For reference, Orange County was previously in the red tier, which meant only 15% capacity.

It is possible COVID numbers could continue to decrease, moving Orange County into the yellow tier before April 30. If that happens, capacity can be raised to 35%.

As a reminder, the California reopening tiers are:

Purple (most restrictive)
Red
Orange
Yellow (least restrictive)

As of right now, there are no tiers beyond yellow. So presumably, we would go from the yellow tier back to “normal” once the California government deems it safe enough to do so.

I’ll share more whenever it is announced!

Mickey Mouse standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

March 17, 2021 – Disneyland has announced a planned reopening date of April 30, 2021. You can read details on the Disney Parks Blog.

A few items of note for reopening:

  • Capacity will be limited to 15% (per California guidelines)
  • Only CA residents (per California guidelines)
  • A new reservation system will be implemented
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel will reopen with limited capacity on April 29
  • No parades or nighttime shows
  • Physical distancing still enforced, so no character meet and greets
  • The reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish will be open
  • Avengers Campus will reopen later in the year
  • FASTPASS, Disney MaxPass, Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour will not be available

What we don’t know:

  • Will masks be required? Very likely yes, but the Disney Parks Blog article does not mention them
  • Reopening dates for Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
  • Which attractions will be operating
  • Which dining locations will be operating
  • Ticket options and cost, and when they go on sale
  • No announcement yet for new annual pass options

I’ll share more when it’s annouced!

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Statement from Bob Chapek

March 9, 2021 – During a shareholders call/meeting earlier today, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced the intention to reopen Disneyland in “late April.” He also said they will be recalling more than 10,000 Cast Members for that initial phased reopening. This is about half of the Cast Members that were furloughed nearly a year ago.

It was also mentioned that Avenger’s Campus would NOT be included in the phased reopening and would instead open sometime later in 2021.

An opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.

March 5, 2021 – Updated California reopening guidelines indicate Disneyland and other California theme parks could reopen as early as April 1. The guidelines for amusement parks are now as follows:

  • counties in the red tier: limited to 15% capacity
  • counties in the orange tier: limited to 25% capacity
  • counties in the yellow tier: limited to 35% capacity
  • no indoor dining
  • limits on indoor rides

Right now Orange County is in the most restrictive Purple tier, with the order being Purple, Red, Orange, then Yellow.

Previous guidelines indicated theme parks could not reopen until the county reached the Yellow tier, so this is unexpected and welcome news for the theme park industry.

Disneyland’s president Ken Potrock released a statement saying they were looking forward to sharing an opening date soon.

This is breaking news and more info will be released soon.

A Touch of Disney logo featuring bright colors and Mickey Mouse face

February 24, 2021 – Disneyland has announced more details about their limited-time ticketed event. “A Touch of Disney” will open March 18, 2021 at Disney California Adventure. Here are some basic details:

– Starts March 18
– Open Thurs through Mon from noon to 8pm
– Tickets are $75 and date specific
– Ticket includes parking at Mickey and Friends, unlimited PhotoPass downloads, and a $25 gift card you can use on that day only.
– Online reservations open March 4. Dining reservations for Carthay Circle Lounge and Lamplight Lounge open on March 11.

For more details, please visit the Disney Parks Blog.

February 23, 2021 – Disney announced they are reopening Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel for DVC members on May 2, 2021. At this time the hotel grounds will not be open to the public, and only available to DVC guests with a current reservation for the hotel. More details to come!

2019 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Guide

February 8, 2021 – Amongst celebration posts for Disney California Adventure’s 20th anniversary today, The Disneyland Resort has announced DCA will reopen for a “limited-time ticketed event.”

“Currently planned to begin mid-March, we will debut an all-new, limited-time ticketed experience, focused on our world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, [and] carefully crafted entertainment experiences,” Disneyland president Ken Potrock said in a letter to cast members.

As reported in the OC Register, the event should bring around 700 cast members back to work. The event will include food offerings, merchandise, and some entertainment, although no parades, shows, or anything else that would attract a crowd. No attractions will be operational.

There is no word on if Disneyland will be offering credit for unused Food & Wine Festival tabs purchased in 2020. I expect more details will be announced about this event shortly.

Based on state re-opening guidelines, it is likely the theme parks will not re-open until late spring or summer.

February 5, 2021 – Outdoor dining has resumed at selection Downtown Disney restaurants, including Carthay Circle Lounge, Smokejumper’s Grill, and Award Wieners on Buena Vista Street. Parking is still at Simba lot for a flat fee of $10. Reminder that outdoor dining does not mean you can dine with people outside your household.

January 14, 2021 – Are you sitting down for this one? The Disneyland Annual Passport program is ending.

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock made the announcement on their website. Part of the announcement is quoted below:

For nearly four decades, our Annual Passport program has been an important part of connecting with some of our most valued Guests. We are incredibly honored and grateful for that legacy, and the memories and magical moments you have helped us create over the years.

It’s because you’ve played such an important part in the history of the Disneyland Resort that I personally wanted to share this news with you. In the next several days, we will begin the process of issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current Annual Passport program due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations and expected restrictions around the reopening of our theme parks.
 
The announcement goes on to state that new membership offerings are being developed:
 
I know that sunsetting the Annual Passport program will be disappointing to many of our Passholders who are just as anxious as we are to reopen our gates and welcome Guests back when the time is right. But we are also very excited about what’s ahead. We plan to use this time while we remain closed to develop new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans. Once we have more information to share about future membership offerings, our Passholders will be the first to hear from us as we embark on this next chapter.
 
All Annual Passport holders will receive a refund in the coming days. For more information you can visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/annual-passholder-refund-information/#annual-passport-refund-information
 
Anyone who had an AP valid on March 14, 2020 may continue to receive some discounts at Downtown Disney until new offerings are announced. Furthermore, January 15 through February 25, 2021, passholders can receive a 30% discount on select Disney merchandise at select Downtown Disney locations, Monday through Thursday.
 
 

December 5, 2020 – Due to new stay-at-home restrictions for Southern California, all outdoor dining at the Downtown Disney District, including Buena Vista Street, will close effective Monday, December 7, 2020. This includes Disney-operated food carts. Some Downtown Disney dining locations may choose to offer carry-out menus, but food may not be consumed on property.

The following statement is from Disneyland’s website:

While the Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening, beginning Dec. 7, restaurants and dining locations that do not offer take-out will close. At that time, Guests will not be permitted to open or consume any food or beverage items on property, and food and beverage items purchased at the Downtown Disney District must be taken to-go, for consumption off property only. Retail locations will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures in place.

Under the new restrictions, retail locations can operate with 20% capacity (currently 25%).

The restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks to help reduce the capacity of hospital ICUs.

Mask up, wash your hands, and stay home as much as possible.

December 4, 2020 – Disneyland is postponing the reopening of the Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, which were originally planned to reopen on December 6 for DVC members.

The decision comes after the California Government issued warnings of a new stay-at-home order for certain areas if the hospital ICU capacity reaches above 85%. Orange County in Southern California is dangerously close to these levels.

November 16, 2020 – Orange County, where Disneyland is located, has been moved back into the Purple tier. Purple is the most restrictive tier. This means indoor dining locations (which were operating at 25% capacity) must close. Only outdoor seating will be permitted at Downtown Disney and on Buena Vista Street when it opens on November 19.

Click here for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and Orange County.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

October 23, 2020 – The Disneyland Resort announced today they will be opening Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure for shopping and dining. This new offering will be considered part of Downtown Disney’s operation. Disney California Adventure will NOT be open as a theme park. No attractions will be available.

Buena Vista Street will open on a yet-to-be-announced date in November 2020. Access will be through Downtown Disney, not the front gates.

Shopping and dining experiences will include:

– Elias & Co
– Julius Katz & Sons
– Kingswell Camera Shop
– Trolley Treats
– Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
– Carthay Circle Lounge (which will offer an expanded outdoor dining section and an all-new menu of cocktails and dining)
– Smokejumpers Grill (with a “streamlined” menu and mobile ordering only)

Popcorn and churro stands will also be operating.

Stage 17, part of Disney California Adventure that recently reopened as a shopping experience, will remain open with a separate entrance via the Esplanade.

I will share more information on this as it is released!

October 20, 2020 – Larger theme parks cannot open until Tier 4 (yellow) with limited capacity of 25%. All theme parks must implement a reservation system and screen guests for symptoms before entering. Face coverings will be mandatory unless eating or drinking.

List of theme park guidelines for California

Currently Orange County, where Disneyland is located, is in the “red” tier, with no sign of moving up to the orange tier anytime soon, as cases are rising in the area.

Source: California Public Health

October 9, 2020 – Orange County, where The Disneyland Resort is located, has moved into the “red” tier, which means restaurants can operate indoors at 25% capacity.

There are still no guidelines from the California government for reopening theme parks. It does not seem hopeful that the Disneyland Parks will reopen any time soon.

 

June 24, 2020 – The Disneyland Resort has postponed the re-opening of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and the Disneyland Resort Hotels. As of right now Downtown Disney will continue its phased re-opening on July 9, 2020.

The postponement is due to the California government not reviewing any theme park re-opening plans prior to July 3, which would make it impossible for Disneyland to move forward with it’s planned July 17 reopening. A new planned re-opening date has not been announced.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

June 22, 2020 – The Disneyland Resort has released new guidelines for visiting Downtown Disney District when it reopens on July 9. New guidelines include:

– Face coverings required (guests must bring their own face masks)
– All guests will have their temperature screened. Guests with temperatures 100.4 or above will be denied entry, as well as those in their party.
– Social distancing and capacity limits will be enforced
– Parking will be in the Simba lot. Guests may enter from the west entrance, or via the esplanade from Harbor Blvd. Valet parking will not be available.
– Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be set up.

Disney has added the following disclaimer on their Downtown Disney District website: “An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 currently exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting the Disneyland Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.”

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

Find these and any new updates here.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

June 10, 2020 – The Disneyland Resort is proposing a phased re-opening on July 9 for Downtown Disney District, July 17 for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and July 23 for Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Additional info: Capacity will be limited so all guests will need a new theme park reservation, including APs.

Parades, nighttime shows, and character meet & greets will not be available.

World of Disney will be open on July 9 when Downtown Disney reopens. A full list of shops and restaurants is not available yet.

The Disneyland Hotel is not mentioned at all in the reopening plans.

May 23, 2020 – Today the California Governor approved Orange County’s request to move into “Phase 2” of reopening, which includes in-person dining at restaurants and retail establishments, among other things. This means some locations at Downtown Disney or Disneyland Resort hotels could potentially open. Under the reopening guidance, establishments must perform a detailed risk assessment plan, train employees on how to limit virus spread, implement control measures and screenings for employees, establish disinfectant protocols, and implement social distancing for customers. (Source)

Disney has not made any comments on when any areas of The Disneyland Resort may reopen.

Based on Disney’s guidelines for Disney Springs, which reopened last week, it is safe to predict face masks will be required once The Disneyland Resort opens.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

May 8, 2020 – The Disneyland Resort is now taking reservations for travel dates July 1, 2020 and later. Previously they were taking reservations for June 1, 2020 or later.

If you currently have an arrival date before June 30, 2020, please call (714) 520-5050 for assistance.

March 12, 2020Disney announces the temporary closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure at the end of business on March 13, 2020. Disneyland Resort hotels close on March 16, 2020, and Downtown Disney stores closed March 17, 2020.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

Click here for official updates from The Disneyland Resort.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will The Disneyland Resort reopen? – At this point there is no information regarding when Disneyland will be open again. Keep checking this page for updates, or keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as all announcements will be shared there first.

When will other Disney Parks be opening? – Shanghai Disney Resort was the first resort to close, and is also the first to reopen. They began a phased reopening on March 9, 2020 (some shops and dining locations). Shanghai Disneyland reopened with new safety measures, including reduced capacity, on May 11, 2020.

Disney Springs, located at Walt Disney World, will begin phased reopening on May 20, 2020, with reduced capacity, temperature checks, and required face masks.

What can we expect when Disneyland opens again? – There have been no announcements regarding new safety measures but we can expect to see the same practices put into place at Disneyland that we are seeing at other Disney locations, including:

– Locations at Downtown Disney will likely open first
– Reduced guest capacity
– Temperature checks
– Required face masks
– Social distancing
– Increased hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers
– Cashless transactions recommended
– Mobile ordering
– Virtual queues

Will it be safe to visit The Disneyland Resort when it reopens? – There’s no easy way to answer this question, obviously. Until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19 and enough of the population gets the vaccine, there will always be a threat of the virus spreading.

That being said, I trust Disney to do everything possible to reopen their parks with minimal risk to their guests and Cast Members. Abiding by the safety procedures – social distancing, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer – will certainly minimize the risk of getting sick.

The only sure way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to stay home and avoid contact with others. If you are immunocompromised or otherwise in a high risk group, I recommend staying away from any places with large public gatherings for the time being.

Will you be going to Disneyland once it reopens? – Now that Disneyland has announced a re-opening date, I can say I will not be going. It is way too early for theme parks to be re-opening, and no large gatherings of people should be taking place anywhere in California or Florida until the cast counts and hospitalizations go down and stay down. I personally have no problems with cooperating with any safety measures Disneyland puts in place, including wearing a face mask and having my temperature checked, and bringing hand sanitizer with me. But after seeing the general public’s behavior now that stores and restaurants are re-opening, I don’t trust other Guests to follow the rules needed to keep me safe, and it’s impossible for Cast Members to enforce these vital rules 100% of the time. So no, I will not be visiting any time soon.

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Updates

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