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Disneyland Resort to reopen theme parks to California residents only on April 30

by Brittani Tuttle

After being closed for more than a year, guests will finally be able to walk right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. once again, as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30.

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Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Guests will be able to enjoy attractions, see Disney characters, shop for merchandise, enjoy food and beverages, take fun photos and more – all with limited capacity in place. In addition, more than 10,000 cast members will be returning 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.”

As part of this reopening, guests will be able to experience the reimagined dark ride, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish for the first time. However, the highly-anticipated new land, Avengers Campus, will not be opening with the parks and instead make its debut at a later date.

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Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Those planning to visit can expect to see surprise appearances along Main Street and Pixar Pier, with characters popping up in new ways and unexpected places in order to promote physical distancing. Select experiences that draw large gatherings of guests, like parades and nighttime spectaculars, will return at a later date.

Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance, similar to that of Walt Disney World. To enter either park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for all guests ages 3 and up. These theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability – and until further notice, only California residents are allowed to visit the parks in accordance with current state guidelines. More details about the new reservation system will be shared soon.

Leading up to the public opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will be inviting cast members and members of the local community to be the first guests to visit the parks. The limited-time, sold-out ticketed event, A Touch of Disney, will go on as planned from March 18 – April 19.

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Image via Disney Parks Blog

Guests will also be able to stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, as they embark on a phased reopening. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29 with limited capacity, and the Disney Vacation Club Villas there will plan to reopen on May 2. The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen at a later date.

The theme parks and hotels will reopen with operational changes in place that follow the guidance from health authorities and lessons from the Disney Parks around the world in order to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced person-to-person contact. Face coverings will be required for all guests ages 2 and older. Cast members will be able to explain new procedures in place and answer guests’ questions should they arise. You can also check Disneyland.com/Updates for any additional operational updates.

Future information about ticket sales and reservations, as well as what experiences will be offered will be shared at Disneyland.com.

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Cathy patton March 25, 2021 - 5:44 pm

When will Disneyland open to rest of United States?

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