You will now need Disneyland reservations to visit the theme parks until further notice. The parks will look a bit different when things first open with new preventative health policies in place, including limited capacity, in order to make it a safe experience for guests and cast members.
The number one question has become: how do I get a reservation for Disneyland? Our guide has you covered with everything we know so far and what you should do to prepare!
Reservation Policy in Place for Disneyland Attendance
When Disneyland reopens, the parks will use an advance reservation system for guests to secure their spots. The official language from the Disneyland website states:
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.
You can read more on the Disney Parks Blog post that first announced Disneyland's reopening plans. While we don't have the details yet, we will keep this page updated as we get more information so you're prepared to get your reservations to the Happiest Place on Earth. Keep checking back often!
What We Know
It's also been confirmed that park hopping will be allowed with your reservation which is great news for Disneyland. Since Disneyland and California Adventure are so close together, it makes sense to allow park hopping for Disneyland as many guests commonly see both our parks as ‘one big park.' This is one of my favorite parts of the Disneyland Resort!
We expect that guests with multi-day tickets will secure just one reservation for the consecutive days of their tickets and be good to go. So for example, if you have a 5-day park ticket you should just be able to secure a reservation starting with your first day in the park and that will cover you for the following days of your ticket.
Walt Disney World Releases Reservation System
Walt Disney World has released the full details for how guests will make reservations for upcoming park visits through the 2021 year. The most important thing here to note is how different Walt Disney World and Disneyland are due to the size of the resorts, amount of hotels, annual passholders, and tourist demographics.
However, we still learned some interesting tidbits from this announcement that could give us insight into how Disneyland may proceed. Here are the most important takeaways:
- Disney World on-site resort guests get first priority at reservations, followed by Annual Passholders, and regular ticketholders.
- Guests have been given advance notice to make their reservations. The reservation system wasn't rolled out ‘quietly' or with no notice.
- Guests use their Disney account to make their reservations.
- Guests pick a specific time to enter the park when they make their reservation.
- Disney World stated new ticket sales and hotel reservations will resume later this summer, based on reservation availability.
- Guests looking to travel in 2021 can make reservations through September 2021.
Again, it's important to keep in mind that Disney World and Disneyland are very different so we might not see the same policies implemented at Disneyland. For example, our travel partner has confirmed Disneyland will allow park hopping while it is not currently available at Disney World.
You can read more about Walt Disney World's reservation system in our guide.
Disneyland Reservations: Frequently Asked Questions
It's understandable that this new process is raising lots of questions for annual passholders, guests coming out of state, and everyone in between!
Will park hopping be allowed?
Yes, park hopping at Disneyland will be allowed with the new reservation system! Unlike Walt Disney World, park hopping at Disneyland is as simple as walking across the esplanade making it a must for Disneyland guests.
What if I have a multi-day ticket? How can I make sure I get in everyday?
It is highly likely that guests with multi-day tickets will make just one reservation for their ticket type that will allow them access for the consecutive days their ticket allows. So for example, a 3-day park ticket would secure one reservation that would allow multiple access on the days the ticket allows.
Will annual passholders also have to make reservations?
Yes, Disney has stated in their official announcement that annual passholders will also be required to make park reservations.
Will annual passholders get first access to park reservations?
We don't know the answer to this yet but there is speculation that there will be some level of priority access for annual passholders. Disney values their annual passholders and will want to do everything right by them. Based on what we're seeing with Walt Disney World's reservation system, Annual Passholders make their reservations before regular tickted guests (but after those with on-site hotel reservations).
My annual pass expired during the closure- what should I do?
It's been reported that guests that called Disney to ask this very question have been told by cast members that once Disneyland reopens all passes will be extended by the amount of time that they the parks were closed before your expiration date.
Can I renew or get an annual pass right now?
No, along with ticket sales Disney has also temporarily stopped all annual pass sales and renewals.
Will on-site Disney hotel guests get priority at reservations?
We don't know the answer to this one yet but there is speculation this could be the case. The reason for this is when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened at Disneyland, Disney resort hotel guests got automatic reservations to the new land. So it could be possible Disney does something similar with park reservations. Disney typically holds their Disneyland Resort Hotel guests at a top priority because these are premium hotel rooms and there are only three hotels on property (this is very different than the Walt Disney World Resort hotels because there are so many more out there).
Disney World has also given their on-site Disney hotel guests first priority in their reservation so it's safe to assume we'll see a similar policy at Disneyland.
What if I can't get a reservation?
This is the trickiest question to answer right now. Until we know more about the reservation system and demand to visit Disneyland right now, it's hard to know how accessible these reservations will be.
We're confident that guests will know far enough in advance if they secured a reservation or not so they can adjust their plans. Disney won't want guests (especially those from out of state!) showing up to the parks and finding out at the last minute they didn't get a reservation. We expect that reservations will be made far in advance and not the same day of your visit.
What if my tickets expire?
The good news is that unused Disneyland tickets never lose their value and can be applied to the purchase of new tickets. So if you ever end up with expired tickets, hang onto them!
Disney has also extended the expiration dates for many of their ticket types. Tickets purchased after this year's price increase will not expire until December 2021. Disney has also extended all the Spring ticket deals for child promo tickets and SoCal residents so they will not expire until December 2021. If you purchased tickets before the price increase this past February, those are the only tickets remaining right now with expiration dates at the end of 2020.
But again, your tickets never lose their value! You will just pay any applicable price differences to reuse them at a later date.
I heard Orange County removed their policy requiring masks, what does that mean for Disneyland?
Masks will still be required at Disneyland, Downtown Disney, and all common areas of the Disney owned hotels. You can see more on their official page about mask requirements.
Mask are required for ages two and up and must be worn except for when dining. Face coverings must have ear ties or loops- no gaiters or bandanas are allowed.
As of 6/18/20, the governor has required that masks are now mandatory for the entire state which now overrides county orders. People traveling to Disneyland should be prepared for this requirement as it will apply to airports, public transportation, and other areas of the state you may visit on your vacation.
What kind of face covering can I wear? Can I use a gaiter?
Disney has updated their policy regarding face coverings to help guests be informed on what type of face covering is allowed in the parks. As a reminder, guests aged 2 years of age and older must wear a face covering at all times (including water rides) except when dining.
- All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the guest to remain hands-free
- Unacceptable styles:
- At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandannas are not acceptable face coverings nor face coverings containing vales, mesh, or holes of any kind.
- Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with Disney’s existing rules.
Disneyland Reservations- How to Prepare
Get Your Tickets
You need to have already secured a ticket in order to be able to access Disneyland reservations as all ticket sales have been paused by Disney until further notice. Authorized ticket resellers, like our travel partner Get Away Today, had tickets available a few days past the announcement (and some readers have reported that they can still purchase through our direct link though this will likely end soon). This is a great reason to subscribe to our newsletter! We will immediately notify you of time sensitive changes like this so you don't miss out!
Pay Off Layaway Plans
For guests that have a layaway plan through Get Away Today you have to pay off your tickets to get the ticket numbers to make reservations. You can keep the remaining balance of your trip (other park tickets and hotel reservations) on layaway but your tickets must be paid in full by this date in order to get your ticket numbers from Disney in time to make a reservation.
Create a Disney Parks Account
If you haven't already, create a Disney Parks online account which will allow you to link your ticket numbers to your account and use the Disneyland app. While we don't know for sure, it's likely that you will have to have a Disney Parks account to secure a reservation either through the website or the app. Have your account created and ready for this possibility!
Link Your Ticket Numbers
Link your ticket numbers to your Disneyland account using the website or the app. This just ensures you have another possible step done before the reservation system goes live. Again, we don't know if this will be how guests will book but it can't hurt to have this step taken care of! This is a common park planning step to take anyways since the Disneyland app is used for MaxPass or prior to the closure securing Rise of the Resistance boarding groups.
Keep checking back for more information, we will update this guide immediately with news as we receive it.
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