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With all of the exciting chatter about The Disneyland Resort potentially reopening soon, I figured it was time to start up a resource page! I’ll keep this area updated about any Disneyland Resort reopening information and what Guests will need to know about visiting!


I’m excited to share that Disneyland reopened on April 30, 2021! The initial phased reopening will include reduced Guest capacity, attraction restrictions, and other safety precautions such as social distancing.

Keep reading for more detailed information!

Close up of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

When Will Disneyland Reopen?

Disneyland reopened on April 30, 2021.

Mickey Mouse standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

In early March, the California government revised their reopening guidelines for theme parks, stating that counties in the Red tier could reopen theme parks and amusement parks at 15% capacity and other limitations.

This was an exciting change, as the guidelines prior said that theme parks could not reopen at all until counties reached the Yellow tier.

As a reminder, the California COVID-19 reopening tiers are:

🟣Purple – most restrictive
🟡Yellow – least restrictive

In a statement dated March 9, 2021, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced the intention to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in “late April.” On March 17, 2021, Mr. Chapek announced the planned reopening date of April 30, 2021.

Statement from Bob Chapek

The Disneyland Resort is currently recalling over 10,000 Cast Members back to work, and it will take several weeks to retrain them as well as prepare the parks for California’s new operating requirements.

When Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen as theme parks, while in the orange tier, the following restrictions and guidelines will be enforced:

  • 25% Guest capacity
  • Open to California residents only
  • A new reservation system will be used. Both a ticket and a reservation will be required for entry.
  • Physical distancing in queues and on attractions
  • No character meet and greets, but characters will pop up in new fun places
  • No parades, fireworks, or nighttime shows

As Orange County, where Disneyland is located, moves through the tiers, most requirements will remain the same except for capacity:

  • Red tier – 15% capacity
  • Orange tier – 25% capacity
  • Yellow tier – 35% capacity

Will Disneyland Really Only Be Open to California Residents?

Disneyland has confirmed that, in accordance with the state’s guidelines, only California residents are able to visit the theme parks for now.

Out-of-state residents will be allowed to visit the Disneyland theme parks starting June 15, 2021. 

Non-California residents are able to visit the Disneyland parks starting on June 15, 2021.


How Can We Purchase Disneyland Tickets?

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.

Tickets and Pricing

The Disneyland Resort will be offering the same types of tickets, at the same prices, that were in place prior to the shutdown. Refer to the charts below or visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/park-reservations/

I recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time through Undercover Tourist and save a couple dollars! Click here to see ticket prices and options.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tickets:

  • The tiers 1-6 refer to value pricing verses peak pricing, with tier 1 being the cheapest days and tier 6 being the most expensive days. For example, weekends and holidays will be tier 6 pricing. Slower days, like a winter weekday, will be a lower tier, such as tier 1 or 2. Visit the Disneyland Park Availability website to view which days fall under which tiers. 
  • Tiers are only relevant for 1 Day tickets. The tiers do not apply to multi day tickets.
  • Multi day tickets must be used within 14 days of the first day of use (2 weeks). 
  • If you are a current valid ticket holder (purchased prior to the shutdown), including So Cal promotional tickets, please click here to check for updates about your ticket type.



1 Day 1 Park Tickets
Adult (Ages 10+)
Ages 3-9
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 1
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 2
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 3
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 4
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 5
1 Day 1-Park Ticket – Tier 6


1 Day Park Hopper Tickets
Adult (Ages 10+)
Ages 3-9
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 1
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 2
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 3
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 4
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 5
1 Day Park Hopper Ticket – Tier 6


Multi Day Tickets – 1 Park
Adult (Ages 10+)
Ages 3-9
2 Day 1-Park-per-Day Tickets
3 Day 1-Park-per-Day Tickets
4 Day 1-Park-per-Day Tickets
5 Day 1-Park-per-Day Tickets



Multi Day Tickets – Park Hopper
Adult (Ages 10+)
Ages 3-9
2 Day Park Hopper Tickets
3 Day Park Hopper Tickets
4 Day Park Hopper Tickets
5 Day Park Hopper Tickets


For more info, refer to the Ticket Calendars on the Disneyland website.


Additional info:

– Staying at the Disneyland Resort hotels 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 vary for both parks. Hours are subject to change so check the Disneyland website or mobile app before your visit.

– Parking is not included with the price of the ticket. Parking is available at Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals structures, as well at Toy Story parking lot. Both parking areas open 2 hours before park opening. Parking is $30, or $45 for preferred parking. Larger vehicles may require an extra parking fee.



What Will and Will Not Be Available When Disneyland Reopens?

Restrictions Based on State Guidelines

Based on the California guidelines and what we are seeing at other Disney Parks, we can expect the following to be available to guests when Disneyland reopens in the Orange tier:

  • Outdoor dining and snack carts
  • Limited indoor dining
  • Outdoor attractions
  • Retail shopping and shopping carts
  • PhotoPass experiences
  • Character experiences from afar

We can expect the following to NOT be available when Disneyland reopens:

  • Any attraction or queue where Guests or Cast Members spend more than 15 minutes indoors
  • Parades
  • Shows
  • One-on-one character experiences

What Attractions Will Be Open?

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
  • Grizzly River Run
  • 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 (under refurbishment)
  • 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
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

What Dining Locations Will Be Open?

On April 16, Disneyland released a list of all the food and beverage locations that will be open when the parks reopen on April 30, 2021.

Disneyland Park:

  • Bengal Barbecue (mobile order available)
  • Café Orleans
  • French Market Restaurant (mobile order available)
  • Galactic Grill (mobile order available)
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (mobile order available)
  • Jolly Holliday Bakery Café (mobile order available)
  • Little Red Wagon (mobile order available)
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand (mobile order available)
  • Mint Julep Bar (mobile order available)
  • Plaza Inn (mobile order available)
  • Red Rose Taverne (mobile order available)
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Ronto Roasters (mobile order available)
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Café (mobile order available)
  • The Tropical Hideaway (mobile order available)
  • Toon-Up Treats
  • Various vending carts serving ice cream, popcorn, churros, beverages, snacks, and hot foods

Blue Bayou restaurant will reopen on May 28, 2021.


Disney California Adventure:

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats (mobile order available)
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners (mobile order available)
  • Cappuccino Cart – Gourmet Coffee (mobile order available)
  • Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (mobile order available)
  • Cozy Cone Motel (mobile order available)
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical
  • Flo’s V-8 Café (mobile order available)
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
  • Hollywood Lounge (mobile order available)
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (mobile order temporarily available through Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill)
  • Poultry Palace
  • Rita’s Baja Blenders (mobile order temporarily available through Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill)
  • Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)
  • Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)
  • Studio Catering Co. (mobile order temporarily available through Hollywood Lounge)
  • Various vending carts serving ice cream, popcorn, churros, beverages, snacks, and hot foods

What Hotels Will Be Open?

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa reopened on April 29, 2021. Click here to check availability and make reservations.

At reopening, three dining locations will be open:

  • GCH Craftsman Bar
  • GCH Craftsman Grill (mobile order available)
  • Hearthstone Lounge (mobile order available)

Napa Rose and Storytellers Cafe will reopen on May 28, 2021.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on June 15, 2021. 

The Disneyland Hotel will reopen on July 2, 2021.



It’s an exiting time for us Disneyland fans, and I will continue to update this article as more information is revealed!

This article was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated.

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About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.