After a 412 day closure, Disneyland has finally reopened! I was there on opening day and I can confirm that, despite the changes and restrictions, the magic is still all around. However, if you are planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in 2022, there’s a lot of new information guests need to know about.
I’ve recapped everything on my Disneyland Reopening Guide, but in this article I’ll be sharing the most important points and some tips I’ve learned from actually being there.
Obviously the situation regarding the coronavirus and the restrictions are changing rapidly. I will update this article with new information as it develops. But I encourage all guests to check out the official Disneyland website for the most up-to-date-information.
Keep reading for the most important items you need to know about when visiting Disneyland in 2022.
Visiting Disneyland with Coronavirus Restrictions
1. You must have a park ticket AND a park reservation. As they ramp up to full capacity, Disneyland is requiring guests to make theme park reservations for the day(s) they want to visit. This helps control the crowds.
Magic Key passholders also must make park reservations.
Here’s how to get tickets and reservations:
‣ Step 1: Purchase your tickets. Decide on how many days you want to go, and if you want one-park or park hopper tickets. Click here for more details on Disneyland ticket types and current prices.
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‣ Step 2: Once you have your tickets purchased, you’ll need to make a theme park reservation. Click here to see the availability calendar and make reservations.
What is Disneyland’s capacity right now?
When Disneyland reopened in 2021, it did so with reduced Guest capacity, based on California health guidelines. As of March 2022, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy said “We are coming back toward full capacity. We’re not yet there.” (Source)
Disney doesn’t give out exact numbers regarding their Guest capacity, but it is estimated max capacity for Disneyland Park is around 85,000 Guests, and Disney California Adventure is around 50,000 Guests.
By utilizing Park Reservations, Disneyland can avoid overcrowding, which offers a poor Guest experience.
2. Park hopping *IS* allowed but only after 1pm. And you must have a Park Hopper ticket. If you have a one-park-per-day ticket, you can only visit the park you chose when you made your reservation.
3. Face coverings are optional indoors. Also, all guests must wear face coverings while on Disneyland transportation, such as the Toy Story parking lot bus. Guests do not have to wear masks while outdoors or while on the Disneyland Railroad or Disneyland Monorail.
4. Entertainment is back! Fireworks returned in Summer 2021 with Mickey’s Mix Magic, and the Disneyland Band is back performing on Main Street USA. You may also spot the Pearly Band performing in Fantasyland as well! In April, the Main Street Electrical Parade and World of Color return.
5. The Disneyland Resort hotels have limited amenities. All three Disneyland Resort hotels are open now, but their amenities are limited. There are no dining options available at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and limited options at the Disneyland Hotel right now, but guests can have food delivered from select Downtown Disney restaurants.
6. The Disneyland mobile app is a must. The Disneyland app is more important than ever before. You scan your ticket, see a map, check attraction wait times, make dining reservations or mobile order food, pay for merchandise at select locations, and check PhotoPass images all within the app. IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to bring a phone charger with you! I recommend a Fuel Rod, which you can swap at kiosks throughout the parks.
7. Get familiar with mobile ordering for food. Mobile ordering through the Disneyland app is so easy and reduces your time waiting in lines! I suggest planning your meals a couple hours ahead of time, and avoid peak mealtime hours (noon for lunch and 5pm for dinner) if possible. And keep in mind, some places like Plaza Inn, with their popular fried chicken, book up fast.
IMPORTANT TIP: The Starbucks locations (Market House at Disneyland, and Fidler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure) are open but do NOT use mobile ordering. And the lines are very long in the morning. Plan accordingly!
8. Free FastPass and MaxPass are gone. FastPass has been replaced by Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Genie+ costs $20 per Guest per day, and some popular attractions have their own individual Lightning Lane fee. You can read all about it here: Guide to Disneyland Genie+
9. Character hugs and autographs are back! As of April 18, 2022, Disneyland is phasing in traditional character meet and greets! While some characters will still appear socially distanced, you can get up close and personal with Mickey, Minnie, and their pals in the Town Square area of Main Street USA at Disneyland.
10. Disability Access Service and rider switch is still available. For Disability Access Service, visit the Guest Services areas next to City Hall or at the end of Main Street near Plaza Inn.
IMPORTANT TIP: If you have any Guest Services questions, look for the Cast Members wearing red and blue plaid. There are many standing around near the front of the park and can be spotted all around the different lands. They are there to assist guests with any questions!
For rider switch, inquire at each individual attraction before joining the line.
11. PhotoPass is available AND is a great value! For a limited time, guests can purchase an all-day PhotoPass+ for only $19.99! Purchase in the Disneyland app and you’ll get access to your photos right away! PhotoPass downloads are also available as part of Genie+.
So, is Disneyland even worth visiting with all these restrictions? It’s an enthusiastic “YES” from me. While the current version of Disneyland is stripped down to the basics – attractions, food, and shopping – it was simply magical for me to just be inside Walt’s park.
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