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Disneyland in California has been closed since March 2020.

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Disneyland is set to reopen on Friday after California issued new guidance on theme parks in March. It comes after Disneyland closed its gates more than a year ago due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. For the first time in its 65-year history, the iconic California theme park initially shut down for a month on March 12 — and has remained closed since.

Here’s everything you need to know about the reopening of California Adventure and Disneyland, and how to get a theme park reservation and ticket.

Read more: Disney unveils plans for Disneyland expansion

Disneyland and California Adventure reopen April 30

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Disney’s two California theme parks will reopen April 30, with the soft opening of the parks taking place on Tuesday, April 27 for cast members and their families. Disney relit Sleeping Beauty Castle during a live stream on Monday.

What to know:

How to get a Disneyland ticket

Sales resumed on Thursday, April 15 for Disneyland tickets in May and June, and despite an hours-long virtual waiting room on launch day, tickets are still available now for most days in May and June.

As for pricing, Disneyland now has a tiered ticketing system for all one-day tickets: 

  • Tier 1, one park/park hopper: $104/$159
    Dates: None
  • Tier 2, one park/park hopper: $114/$169
    Dates: May 18, 19, 25 and 26; June 1 and 2
  • Tier 3, one park/park hopper: $124/$179
    Dates: Mondays through Thursdays in the last two weeks of May; Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June
  • Tier 4, one park/park hopper: $139/$194
    Dates: All weekdays in the last two weeks of May; Mondays through Thursdays in June
  • Tier 5, one park/park hopper: $154/$209
    Dates: All weekdays and weekends

There’s no tiered system for multi-day tickets.

No word yet on an annual pass replacement after Disneyland cancelled its passholder program on Jan. 14. At the time, Disney said it was “developing new membership offerings” for when it reopens. Those who held an annual pass as of March 14, 2020, are now called “Legacy Passholders” and will continue getting discounts for now when shopping or dining at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street in California Adventure.

How to get a Disneyland reservation

Once you’ve finally secured a ticket, you’ll need a reservation for the days you plan to go. The online reservation system launched April 12 at 8 a.m. PT, but only to people who already held a ticket for a time during the park’s year-long closure (here’s where to check whether your Disneyland ticket is still valid) but is now live to everyone who holds a ticket.

How to get a theme park reservation:

  1. Access the reservation system online — but only once you have a valid ticket.
  2. Log into your Disney Parks app to link up tickets from your family or friends so you’re all in one group.
  3. Select the day and theme park you want to visit.
  4. If you intend to hop between both parks, you can choose which park to start your day at — you’ll then be able to visit the other park starting at 1 p.m. that day.
  5. Review and confirm.

Disney also unveiled expansion plans for Disneyland and California Adventure.

Avengers Campus opening June 4

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California Adventure’s latest area Avengers Campus opens in June.


Disneyland’s new Marvel-themed area will finally open to the public on Friday, June 4Avengers Campus, located in California Adventure, will include the Guardians of the Galaxy ride opened in 2017, as well as the new ride called WEB slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure.

For food, the Pym Test Kitchen will serve up sandwiches and pasta, the Pym Tasting Lab will offer craft beers and experimental cocktails, and there’s also two new food carts: Shawarma Palace and Terran Treats.

Meet and greets with Marvel superheroes will take place throughout Avengers Campus, including a decked-out Dr Strange getting area. For merch, the WEB Suppliers store will sell customizable Spider-Bots, Funko Pops, Spider-Man light goggles, backpacks and more.

Downtown Disney is open

The Downtown Disney shopping and dining area reopened eight months ago on July 9, in line with California’s restaurant and retail opening guidelines.

Between December 2020 and January 2021, Orange County was subject to strict stay-at-home orders due to ICU capacity falling below 15%. Restaurants were forced to close in Downtown Disney and California Adventure, but Newsom lifted the lockdown orders Jan. 25.

Currently, all dining and shopping locations in Downtown Disney are open, apart from locations in the Disneyland HotelDisney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney opened a new Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney in mid-February so you can get your Star Wars merchandise fix while Galaxy’s Edge is closed.

Disneyland Resort also became a coronavirus vaccine site in early 2021 as the Toy Story parking lot began serving as Orange County’s first vaccine super site on Jan. 14. 

Why was Disney World allowed to reopen in 2020?

Disneyland had initially announced an optimistic reopening date of July 17, 2020, its 65th anniversary. It was forced to backtrack on those plans when California declined to issue theme park guidance. The state revealed its initial theme park reopening guidelines on Oct. 20, which wouldn’t have allowed the park to open until it was in the yellow tier, with fewer than 1 daily case per 100,000 people and a 2% positive test rate.

On the other side of the country, however, Disney was permitted to reopen the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios in July last year due to Florida’s less-strict state and local guidelines.

The Orlando Disney parks have social distancing and wellness measures, including temperature screenings, wearing masks, keeping guests six feet apart while lining up for attractions and a guest reservation system to limit capacity. Fireworks have also been suspended.

Disney Springs shopping and dining area reopened on May 20 with limited parking, fewer entrances, temperature screening before entry, masks required, physically distanced lines and barriers, reduced hours, no entertainment and more sanitization and disinfectant. Disney-owned stores and restaurants in Disney Springs began reopening May 27.

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