Want to know how to make a theme park reservation for your next trip to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure? We now have the details to share with you. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed any important dates yet.
We already shared the happy news that Disneyland is planning to reopen both theme parks to guests starting April 30. In fact, Disney California Adventure has already partially reopened, just without the attractions, for a food themed event. Things are happening in Anaheim.
One of the details we’ve been waiting on is just how the ticket and park reservation system will work at the Disneyland Resort. In order to visit one of the parks, you’ll have to have both a valid park admission media for that date and a park reservation for that date.
Park reservations are only available in advance, online, and are subject to availability. What the number is, only Disneyland knows, but it’s thought to be 25% of park capacity or about 21,000 a day, give or take a few thousand.
Here’s what we know about how the ticket and park reservation system will work for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!
First, guests who already have valid ticket media will be able to log in to the park reservation system beginning April 12 to make their reservation on days that their ticket is valid.
Disneyland did cancel Annual Passes, but there were a lot of single day or multi-day passes already sold at the time the parks closed in 2020. Many of these tickets had their expiration dates extended due to the closure.
If you have questions about your ticket and want to know what days you’ll be able to make a reservation for, you can visit Disneyland.com/ParkUpdates beginning April 9 and enter your ticket information to find out.
Then April 15, ticket sales will resume to all eligible guests. Once you have a ticket, you can then make a reservation for a date that ticket is available for.
Other restrictions apply. For instance, only California residents are able to visit Disneyland right now. So even if you have a valid ticket, if you live out of state, you’re out of luck. That’s a state guideline, not a Disneyland rule.
Disneyland may also withhold park reservations for select dates and increase availability as time goes on. You’ll want to keep a close eye on Ticket calendars to see if a date that’s full now, adds availability later.
Disneyland provided this handy visual aid to help walk you through the process of validating your tickets for a date, creating your party, and then making a reservation.
Having a resort reservation does not guarantee you access to the parks. You will need to book a theme park reservation. Therefore, it’s recommended that you book your theme park reservation before booking a hotel stay for that time period.
Travel agents, like ours here at The Disney Blog, will be able to set you up with tickets, park reservations and hotel reservations beginning April 15 for stays beginning April 29.
Park hopping is available to those with park hopping tickets, but you won’t be able to cross the esplanade until after 1pm each day. When you make your park reservation, you’ll have to select which park you will start at on that day.
Starting April 30, both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have operating hours listed as 9am to 7pm. These are subject to change.
If you’re driving to the resort, you’ll find guest parking at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures located off Disneyland Drive.
Disneyland has already started welcoming back cast members who are going through additional training for health and safety protocols required to open during the pandemic.
Guests will be asked to pass a temperature screening, wear a mask (when not stationary and eating or drinking), and maintain six foot distance from other guests, even while in queue for the attractions. Some attraction vehicles will have limited seating to accommodate physical distancing.
Although we can’t attend, we’re not California Residents, we’re very much looking forward to seeing Walt’s original theme park open again for guests. Cast members have spent a long time away from their cherished roles too, so be sure to be extra kind and thankful for their service when you visit.
Once again here are the 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.
Let us know in the comments if you’re ready to plan your next trip to Disneyland and when you expect that to be!