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Disneyland Reopening Tickets & Information

With Disneyland and California Adventure set to reopen their gates on April 30th, the resort has released new information on both how to reserve tickets and what will be available to guests when the parks do open. This post will cover ticket information and what rides and restaurants will be open when the resort resumes operations.

Let’s start with the ticket information. Like Walt Disney World, guests will have to reserve what days they want to go to the parks ahead of time. With pent-up demand and the parks opening at 25% capacity (with an outside chance of 35%), we expect reservations to fill up extremely fast. The usual caveat that guests must have both a valid theme park ticket and a reservation applies.

Mickey Sparks Fantasmic DL

As we’ve previously covered, Disneyland Resort will only be open to California residents for the time being. With California stating a goal of being fully open by June 15th, we expect that restriction to be dropped by then at the very latest. If Disney had their way, I think it would be dropped before then but they are following California’s recommendations for now. Along with that restriction, reservations can only be made for groups of 3 households or less. Again, don’t expect those restrictions to last long assuming the pandemic is in a downward trend.

The reservation system will open on April 12th to those with already existing tickets. Online ticket sales and reservations for those without tickets will open up on April 15th. Once you have your ticket linked to your Disney account, here’s how the reservation system works.

It’s a pretty straight forward process that will surely be much more difficult thanks to Disney websites constantly crashing on launch days. Be prepared for a frustrating few hours if you are trying to secure tickets on April 12th or 15th.

In a bit of surprising and good news, Disneyland Resort will be offering Park Hopper tickets from the get go. Guests will have to reserve a park that they will need to be in until 1 PM and then can hop (Happy Late Easter!) freely after that. Guests who have multi-day tickets will need to reserve a park for each day of their ticket.

Now that Annual Passes have been eliminated for the time being, that leaves a large group of people looking to get them on April 15th at 8 AM. There’s going to be a ton of pent-up demand and I think the parks will likely reach capacity for the first month or two of operation, with the weekends selling out especially fast. If you have further questions on the process then please let us know in the comments.

Cars Land RSR night DCA

So, What’s Open?

Not all attractions will be open when Disneyland and DCA return on April 30th. That includes all entertainment that draws large crowds so parades, stage shows, and nighttime spectaculars are out. The same goes for meet & greets, although characters will surely be roaming around the parks ready for socially distant selfies.

Here’s a list of attractions open at Disneyland:

  • 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
  • Surprise Character Sightings
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
ATAT room RotR DL

Here’s what’s open at Disney California Adventure:

  • 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 – Non-Swinging
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round – Swinging
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Surprise Character Sightings
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Here’s what is not open at Disneyland:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Chip ’n’ Dale Treehouse
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mickey and the Magical Map (closed permanently)
  • Mickey’s House
  • Omnibus
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

Attractions that won’t be open at California Adventure:

  • Animation Academy
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Golden Zephyr flying DCA

Many of these attractions are closed because they’re inside and last longer than 15 minutes. For others (like Buzz), I have to assume the cleaning protocols lead to a difficult opening. The Matterhorn and Jungle Cruise aren’t opening due to refurbishments.

The list of dining locations that aren’t opening with the parks is far more substantial, unsurprisingly. Some of these haven’t been cleared to open yet and others are closed because opening them at 25% capacity doesn’t make financial sense.

These are the dining spots closed at Disneyland, DCA, and the Grand Californian in that order:

  • Alien Pizza Planet (DL)
  • Blue Bayou
  • Carnation Cafe
  • Clarabelle’s
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Harbour Galley
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Maurice’s Treats
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Rancho del Zocalo
  • Refreshment Corner
  • Royal Street Verandah
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • Tropical Imports
  • Troubadour Tavern
  • Turkey Leg Carts
  • Bayside Brews (DCA)
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Cozy Cone Motel (Cone 4)
  • Fairfax Market
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Mortimer’s Market
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Schmoozies
  • Trolley Treats
  • Wine Country Trattoria
  • Napa Rose (GC)
  • Napa Rose Lounge
  • Storytellers Cafe
Flo's neon sky DCA

I would expect many of the table-service restaurants to open up before too long. California doesn’t allow indoor dining in the red tier, which is a tier below where Anaheim currently resides. I would guess that Disneyland Resort is just being cautious and doesn’t want to announce restaurants will be open just to have it reversed before the parks ever reopen.

That covers all of the information we currently have about Disneyland Resort’s reopening. As always, it’s a fluid situation and things could change on a dime. We will try to keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Matterhorn sign and mountain DL

Are you looking forward to Disneyland Resort reopening? Let us know your thoughts, along with any questions you might have, in the comments below! Planning a trip to Disneyland Resort? Check out our Disneyland Trip Planning Guide to help you out. If you enjoy what you are reading here on Wandering in Disney please share this post with your friends and like our social media pages. You can also subscribe to the blog via WordPress or email. All of those links are on the right side of this page. Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!

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