Disneyland Resort will reopen both of its theme parks on April 30 using park reservations and restricted to California residents

Mar 17, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

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Posted: Wednesday March 17, 2021 11:34am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has today announced on CNBC that both of its California theme parks at the Disneyland Resort will reopen April 30 2021.

In new guidance from the state, theme parks will be able to operate at between 15% and 35% capacity depending on levels of COVID in the area . In contrast, Walt Disney World reopened in July 2020 at a 25% capacity.

As at Walt Disney World, advance theme park reservations will be required to visit the parks as a measure to control attendance.  To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines. Disney has said that more details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

Prior to the full public opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will invite cast members and members of the local community as part of a soft opening. A Touch of Disney, the limited-time ticketed experience which has sold out, will go on as planned at Disney California Adventure from March 18 through April 19.

The hotels of the Disneyland Resort will reopen in phases. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, with limited capacity. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Reopening Disneyland will return more than 10,000 Cast Members back to work. “The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here,” said Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place.”

Note that Avengers Campus, the new Super Hero land, will open at a later date at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland was originally planned to reopen on July 17 2020 after its closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19. It did open the Downtown Disney shopping district in July, and parts of California Adventure for dining. 

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MansionButler841 hour ago

I just don’t understand why all these locals who know it’s hella expensive, hella crowded, and know AC is hella crappy keep showing up. I thought Universal and Knott’s were the new go-tos since they respect locals. Who needs Spidey when you can have SLoP and Silver Bullet?

MisterPenguin1 hour ago

More people wanting to be there than the land/park can accommodate is, of course, going to be problematic. The ones who think that they can just stroll right into a newly opened land while there still are some pandemic restrictions on capacity with no waits are delusional. If Disney didn't create a two hour line to get into the park/land, then the land would be literally shoulder-to-shoulder packed... and don't think for a minute the same people wouldn't be complaining about that online. Then there are the APers who are now complaining about the cost per entry, now that their heavily discounted free rides are over. They're not realizing that the high price was meant to discourage them, not entitle them to special treatment. Could DL have managed the crowds better? Yes. They certainly should have cut back on park reservations for the day, signaling "we're full."

AL2000HS5 hours ago

Yeah there are problems across the board. They can't hire anyone new until all those that were laid off that want to come back get retrained first (part of the union agreements). I think end of this month or beginning of next is when new hires start to come in in some locations. Calosha is second. Got to have distancing and such and most kitchens are not large enough so staffing has been reduced. Until calosha changes procedures Disney is stuck with that. Some Vendors that they get treats/food from either went bankrupt or having a hard time themselves keeping up with the demand because of covid. But with things opening up there will be more food locations to choose from that should ease food waits. Fingers crossed. And indoor queues limits / social distancing should be gone by the 15.

mickEblu7 hours ago

I was surprised how smooth starting my day at Mickey and friends was. I got to the parking structure at 8:45am and walked through security at 9:30am and we re slow moving with 2 strollers and lots of bags. Granted, in the old days this would have been terrible but not bad by modern standards.

George Lucas on a Bench7 hours ago

Maybe they should just shut it all down again.

waltography7 hours ago

This doesn't help the crowds towards the middle of the day, but I've been telling people if at all possible to park in M&F and shoot to arrive before 8am for the best morning experience. Harbor is a straight-up mess (people start lining up at 5am for no good reason) and by the time you're through the parking structure, getting into the parks is pretty much a short wait since the gates are already open on both sides and lines move just fine. Disney needs to up the capacity on their end immediately just to meet the actual capacity in the parks, let alone any proposed capacity increases past two days from now. Absolutely no excuse that you can't get Dole Whips past noon if you don't mobile order ahead fast enough.

George Lucas on a Bench8 hours ago

Mobile Order does suck. We had great success just leaving the park and enjoying DTD establishment while the Hungry Bear and other food courts at DL were abandoned.

GrandCanyonConcourse8 hours ago

Very interesting, at WDW when we clicked “I’m here” the order was usually immediately ready. Longest it took was maybe a min later.

Curious Constance10 hours ago

We got five day hoppers too. But I can’t imagine waiting on Harbor for 1-2 hours. I wonder if more people are entering from Harbor side or it’s mostly due to trying to keep the esplanade distanced?

Animaniac93-9810 hours ago

Thankfully my park ticket was purchased at a discount through Undercover Tourist. It was about $77/day for a 5-day hopper. If it's still this bad post-Labor Day than I'll skip rope drop and the two boarding group rides. Not worth it.

Curious Constance10 hours ago

I don’t think you could pay most people to go through this experience more than once.

the_rich10 hours ago

Then I expect you won't be going ever again. The cost isn't going down.

The Hitchhiker11 hours ago

Disney must lower the cost of daily admission once capacity is expanded and remove the lottery system for their biggest ticket rides. I can’t imagine going to Disneyland until these problems are met.

Curious Constance11 hours ago

Why does Disney always seem to be the worst for this kind of stuff? They have the most money. They should be by far the best. It’s inexcusable. The majority of these people are locals now. Imagine if the majority of them had spent thousands on airfare and hotels and food for a vacation. How would they feel then? Things better do a 180 here is a couple days.