Dreaming of visiting Disneyland? This is considered a normal dream. Many children dream of visiting theme parks, museums, or other places where they can engage in their favorite activities and escape the daily routine.
While Disneyland and California Adventure were closed for almost all of 2020, the two parks have reopened with some major changes. Among the new things is the addition of two new rides, one based on Star Wars and another based on the park’s classic characters.
As of June 15th, people from outside California are allowed into the park.
Both parks will be running at a limited number of attractions and parks will be operating with restrictions and operating at different times.
As a heads up shows and fireworks are no longer in operation, and they are doing their best to create that *Disney magic*. But because of the lack of those activities, ride lines have been much longer than they were in the past.
Queues are also long because of social distancing. There are also long queues for ordering food, because the options are very limited.
Planning is key when it comes to making your Disney trip come true. So if you’re a spontaneous/go-with-the-flow type of person, you may want to wait on making a trip to Disney. Otherwise you may end up seriously frustrated with how much planning the trip requires (especially on the day of your trip!) Visit (a place).
“Some parts of Disneyland, like Space Mountain, require a couple of extra tickets.”
Here’s what you need to know when planning a trip to Disneyland and/or California Adventure with COVID-19 restrictions. Siblings with baby siblings:
Things to Know Before You Go
How do I plan a trip to the park with my second grader? Visiting a city park is a popular option for parents who want to spend time with their children outdoors. And, finally, if you’d prefer to watch or listen to the full episode, just click on the play button in the top left corner:
This is so confusing. Where do I start?
I admit, some of the fun was taken out of our experience because everything is so confusing and overwhelming. We made many mistakes because there’s no clear information to make the correct decision. I’ll do my best to simplify the process and help you create a plan. Best way to view leaves:
How much does it cost?
The cost of these tickets can be anywhere from $19 to $59 depending on which park you want to visit. Each extra day costs $10. The most expensive tickets allow you to visit all the parks in the Walt Disney World Resort.
When we booked our tickets, the process was confusing because we purchased our tickets and made reservations in separate steps. They are now simplifying the booking process into one step, but there are 5 different tiers of ticket prices on top of the three-day and park hopper options. We charge per reservation. You can only book your tickets on days where there’s availability for the park you want to visit.
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On the ride itself, are you socially distanced? In close proximity, are there any cleaning protocols that are put in place?
Guests at parties and events stand 6 feet apart. At amusement parks, guests usually stand in long lines for rides. But, since the distancing measures have been put in place, most parties have had to put people further away from one another. rows so only 1-2 parties (only 4 people at times) would be in the same boat.
So certain ride times last such a long time, because of these reasons.
For rides like the Toy Story Midway Mania where guests are holding laser guns, guests should get in line for the ride as soon as they have dropped off the last guest.
There is nothing being sanitized or cleaned. The idea that sanitizing and cleaning are necessary because people are not touching each other seems silly. We weren’t at restaurants, we went to friends’ homes. The only places we touched things were our hands, and those were clean. Wiped ourselves with wet wipes.
Clean your surroundings. Stay at home as much as possible and limit your contact with others. If you must leave the home, select areas in your home that are relatively free of germs, such as bathrooms.
EDIT AS OF JUNE 15TH:
Disneyland’s website states that because it has removed the physical distancing requirements with respect to guests, it will allow them to determine the level of their distancing.
Basically if you want to socially distance yourself — you are welcome to, but it will not be enforced for other guests.
Starting on June 15, if you are vaccinated, you will not be required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors at Disneyland.
In regards to vaccinations, this is what Disney’s site says:
While guests will not be required to show proof of vaccination, actively immunized guests will self-attest to hospital staff that they are in compliance with vaccine requirements. All guests will be required to attest that they are fully aware of the State of California’s strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated. Before entering one of the Disneyland Resort theme parks, guests with a negative COIVD-19 test (within the last 28 days) may receive a Disneyland Resort theme park ticket for the date selected.
Were the wait times long?
For the most part, Yes. Even though the Disney park is operating at a reduced capacity due to the crowds, you won’t get on the attractions any faster. Also, because shows and meet-ups with characters aren’t currently happening, everyone is at the park for the rides.
That said, some other people messaged me who experienced the 6 minute wait time on 1/2/19. They reported the wait time to be nearly 5 minutes. Disney is still figuring things out, but I have a feeling this wait time will continue to drop with each pass.
Although this park might be crowded, you should know that the lines are entirely outdoors, with everyone standing six inches apart.
We found that even when the estimated wait time was listed as twenty minutes, it did not take long.
No, I do not think a person is able or obligated to wait until after COVID to visit someone.
I would definitely wait, no matter how excited you are to go! The parks are still closed to visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the characters may still be unavailable. But Disney has already started rebuilding their parks, and the characters are returning to their parts once the parks are reopened.
Are there fireworks right now?
Right now, there will not be any firework displays, parades, or neighborhood parties. You can check the calendar for upcoming events, but at this time, all scheduled events have been canceled.
Are fast passes available?
Nope. I’ll explain this below, but not now, and single rider lines are not available and Fast passes are not available right now.
Where did you stay?
Because we live relatively close we drove there and back in a day. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, here are a few options:
- The Westin Anaheim Resort
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- The entrance to a Marriott hotel.
Did the 1 pm Park Hopper Pass create a surge of crowds at that time?
We were among the first in line to move to Disneyland from California Adventure. When we actually got to go in at 1 pm and there were maybe 100 people behind us. There were some slowly trickling in surges, but we did not notice that the Disneyland queue times went up after that. So it did not may seem to be bad.
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How was parking?
Parking was okay — my only complaint was that we arrived a few minutes early (7:26 am) and they opened the parking line at 7:30 am on the dot — so they had us drive around the neighborhood to come back at 7:30 am. Not a huge deal; I realize they have practices in place to prevent car break-ins, but it felt like an unnecessary inconvenience. Congestion.
There are two structures available, one featuring Mickey & Friends and one containing Pixar Pals. Parking is $25.
If possible, stay at a locally operated hotel or motel the night before so you can skip the park’s long lines of cars.
Please produce written vaccine proof in order to gain access to the pool.
I did not need to provide proof that I had undergone vaccine protection.
Do I need to provide a California ID?
I didn’t have to show an ID to purchase this ticket. Also, I didn’t have to enter my address when purchasing this ticket. This is just in case, though.
When you were at school you were allowed take your mask off.
At night, you are not allowed to remove your mask except to drink water, and its removal should only be done indoors or in designated areas. Your mask should be put back on immediately upon leaving an area where eating is allowed. waiting.
Important dates to consider before buying tickets First, there are only Universal Orlando tickets. Unlike Disneyland or Walt Disney World tickets, Universal Orlando tickets do not allow you admission to any other parks. Second, you can only buy tickets for the number of days you want to visit. Universal Orlando has three main theme parks: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure
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- June 4, 2021: Avengers Campus opens
- June 15, 2021:California is set to fully reopen (this could mean that Disney may be able to increase to full capacity); people from outside of California will be allowed to into the Disney Parks; masks are no longer required for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
- June 15, 2021:Disney is renovating the Paradise Pier Hotel, and it may temporarily close for renovations.
- July 2, 2021:Disneyland Hotel will be reopened with reduced capacity.
- July 16, 2021: The Jungle Cruise is set to re-open
Splash Mountain is scheduled to close for refurbishment sometime this year. However, no official dates have been released to the public.
Tickets are sold at the ticket office near the bus station. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 9182051776. To avoid disappointment, it is best to book your tickets in advance.
The process is pretty simple once you apply the process. They are now selling tickets online and on websites.
Keep in mind that every day requires a different tier fare. For example, weekends are tier 5 and midweek varies in prices from tier 2-4.
Here’s how you estimate the cost and availability of tickets:
Visit Disneyland’s ticket calendar. The calendar shows you which parks are available on a given day and which tier tickets you will need to visit on those days.
How many tickets do you want? How long do you want to visit? Do you want 1 or 2 parks per day?
At any time, click on the Parks or Pricing tab to view a list of parks available and the cost to visit each park each day.
For example, if you want to book a One-Day Disneyland ticket on Tuesday, July 13, it is only available at the California Adventure theme park. Tuesday, July 14, is Tier 3 for $124 and Tuesday, July 17, is Tier 5 for $154.
If you intend to purchase a two-day park hopper ticket, and you wish to see what parks are available as your “Starting Park,” you can check the attraction calendars.
TIP:A second grader asked: I would recommend visiting Disneyland only during off-peak seasons when the crowds are smaller and lines are shorter. * * *
Which Tickets Should I Get?
First, I would advise not doing what we did, which was the One-Day Park Hopper Ticket starting at California Adventure. I’ll explain why but do as I say and not as I do (read: learn from my mistakes!).
Admission tickets. The Park Hopper option allows you to visit Disneyland and California Adventure. The Two-Day and One-Day options cover either Disneyland or California Adventure. My family members and I were waiting around for two hours to enter Disneyland.
Why wouldn’t I recommend a One Day Park Hopper starting in California Adventure?
For those who live in Southern California, the Disneyland Park Hopper option may be your best bet. You should be able to easily drive to both parks in a day, and spend the day there before returning home.
We know which rides we like to ride and which ones we’re fine with skipping. We opted to start our day at California Adventure and then spend the rest of the day at Disneyland. That’s normally how I would plan for a day at the Disneyland Resort. parks.
However, because of all of the restrictions we did not have all of the experiences we wanted to have.
So here’s the deal: with the Park Hopper Pass, you can only get into the second park (in our case, Disneyland) for one hour after you finish visiting California Adventure. So, once you finish at California Adventure, you don’t get to spend more time there.
This is not a big issue, unless you are trying to ride popular rides like Indiana Jones or Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. There, you must join a “virtual queue.”
Both rides were completely booked by 1 pm, so we did not get to wait in line for them, and it might not be a deal-breaker for everyone, but if you are excited about the new Star Wars rides, you need to start your day in Disneyland.
(I will write about virtual queueing later on.)
Is it worth the visit to experience the thrilling roller coasters and breathtaking rides California Adventure has to offer?
That’s up to you. We got to the park early (before the official opening time) and this was 30 minutes of pure bliss. We were basically able to walk onto rides—and then more people started arriving.
First of all, California Adventure has some of the best thrill rides, cool activities, and food experiences. However, there’s only so much big kid stuff you can do in a day, and so we’re done with it by 11:30am!
Lines are always long for Cars rides. All of the time we were at the parks, the queue for Cars was never less than 90 minutes.
Lines at Disneyland were 55 minutes at most, but many were 30 minutes or less. At California Adventure, lines were 45 minutes to 90 minutes long.
The Disneyland App is Essential
The Disneyland App and create an account, get a ticket, and then you have a QR code for your ticket in your profile.
Everything you do for your visit will be in the app, including queue times, entry into virtual queues, ordering food and checking in at the parks. The app is also quite handy for making restaurant reservations in advance.
Be advised that restaurants and cafes will be fully booked, so you will have to use the app.
Pre-Planning for Your Visit
Download the Disneyland App and familiarize yourself with the various attractions and rides.
I recommend downloading the app at least the day before just to get an idea of wait times. Check the queue times in the morning, mid-day, and in the evening to see which rides have the longest wait time.
Prioritize long, long lines in the morning and insert shorter lines throughout the day.
If you have been to neither park before, the park map will make it easier to find things, and navigating by landmarks will help you not zigzag through the park.
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I arrived at the Disneyland parking structure at 7:30 am and arrived at the park entrance by 8:15 am. We went straight into California Adventure. While you won’t get to ride earlier than 9 am, you will be the first in line and can strategize to maximize the time you spend on tracks with the longest wait times.
Make Reservations for Restaurants
I highly recommend booking restaurants in advance (we did not and this was a big bummer).
It would have made the experience much better in my opinion because ordering food with the app took a lot of planning with a group of 4 with lots of dietary restrictions. In the app, you can filter by which park you’ll be at, and then filter by dining.
As a note the blue Bayou restaurant inside “The Pirates of the Caribbean” is usually a pretty romantic and upscale restaurant. Part of the romance is that it’s dark, but because of COVID-19 they have to leave the front doors wide open which pours bright light into the restaurant.
Plus, I’m not sure any second grader really wants to be there.
Due to the coronavirus, Disneyland has recently lifted their prohibition on outside food and sealed beverages.
This is a very practical tip! Some people don’t want to carry food and water around with them, so they put them in lockers. Bring snacks along, too.
Lockers are to the left of the entrance to the Disneyland Park (outside of the park).
About Parking and Lockers
The parking structure does not open until 7:30 am, so it is probably a good idea to stay at a hotel nearby, because if you walk to Central Park, you will save a lot of time. Also, the parking fee is $25 per car.
We arrived at 7:26, and we had to wait in the neighborhood until 7:30.
On the dot.
We lined up in a line of cars until about 7:45 when they accepted payments, then we drove to the parking lot and parked. We did not have strollers to deal with or kids to get out of the car, but if you do have little ones with you, I would account for at least another 10 minutes to get organized.
You first go through a temperature check and a bag checkpoint before you start walking. You go through the same checkpoints as the shuttle. However, the shuttle does not stop at the tennis courts, the playground, or the pond.
From our car to the park entrance, it was about 20-25 minutes.
A Note on Lockers and Bringing Snacks
Lockers are not available inside the parks. Lockers are located outside the entrance of the Disneyland Park, and they are always open regardless of COVID-19.
There is also a toilet at the top of the parking structure, in case you were coming from a long drive and needed a bathroom break. There are also bathrooms in the lockers.
When we go to Disneyland, we always get a locker and share it with whoever we’re with.
I usually bring a full change of clothes including a jacket for later in the day when it starts to cool off.
There’s a digital card. It’s $10 for a large and it’s worth every penny.
Tips for Rides and Ride Queue Times
I talked to people who went, and their experience was positive. But there was nothing they could do to predict if it would be crowded, or if line times would be long.
The best advice I can give is to arrive before the park opens and go straight to the rides that line the longest so you’ll be first in line.
For California Adventure:Cars Soar Over the Walt Disney World Resort and the Marvel Superhero attractions of Guardians of the Galaxy.
For Disney:Splash Mountain (with the child’s permission). Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a Small World and the Disneyland Railroad.
In the Disneyland App, you can see wait times for rides. As wait times change, the app can suggest new rides for you.
A few things I wanted to mention:
Because queues are redirected to be completely outside it can be really hard to find the end of the line. Disney Cast Members are holding “Line Starts Here” signs to indicate where the queue begins.
However, you might not be familiar with waiting in line past the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for Pirates of the Caribbean. Many of these “line” signs are not branded for the ride they’re for.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to take your face cover off while in line for a ride. So be sure to get your drink and snack before waiting 55 minutes for an attraction.
Bring a charger for your smartphone. You can always wait until you get back to your hotel, but you can get started working on assignments before class. That way, you won’t need to scramble for your phone when the teacher calls on you.
About Virtual Queues
There are two rides that you can enter a virtual queue for at Disneyland Park. These are Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Indiana Jones. If you have not yet visited Disneyland and are going to Disneyland first, then you can join a virtual queue for both rides at 7 am and 12 pm. Opening.
However if you are doing Disney’s Park Hopper pass and start at California Adventure you cannot join the 7 am queue. You can join the 12 pm queue, but by that time it’s likely already filled by those who didn’t make it on from 7 am.
The biggest bummer is the Indiana Jones super-ride ride queue, which opens at 12pm.
Which made me realize we had to enter the park at 1 pm, and so by the time we got into Disneyland the queue was fully booked.
If you want to avoid long lines for Star Wars Rise of the Resistance or Indiana Jones: Stunt Spectacular, start your day at Disneyland. The lines were short for both rides when there was less than a half-hour to go until the park closed.
What Purchasing Food Is Like
For my Harry Potter fans out there this will not be your cup of tea.
It is preferable to order ahead. If you anticipate that you will need your food quickly, it is preferable to pre-book your window of time.
The menu can be viewed way ahead of schedule. If you did not make reservations in advance, you can view the menus in the app and select what and when you want to eat the day of your visit.
Here’s how it works:
If you want to order a hamburger from Tomorrowland, you should go on the app between 11 am and 12:30 pm. However, the pickup window might not be until an hour later, at 1 pm, or 2 pm.
Then you wait until they prepare and cook your food.
I can see how this would be extremely difficult with children who get cranky when they’re hungry. I’m an adult, and I tend to get cranky when I eat.
I was a little prepared for this, as I heard it was a “nightmare”. However, I did not realize just how unnecessarily complicated it was. Once you place your order that’s it. If you forget to order something you can’t just add it when you arrive.
So be sure to check your order, and if there are any modifications, make the necessary arrangements.
The only places that do not require you to order through the app are popcorn and churro stands. For these places, there will be queues established that are socially distanced, and these queues will probably take about 15 minutes to complete. The churros stand ran out of churros the day we visited.
On Main Street in Disneyland, the Candy Palace sells everything from caramel apples to sour sweets. To satisfy your sweet cravings, this candy shop is an easy place to get a sugary treat, as it has a quick and easy line and lots of options (plus churro stands). You can get funnel cakes at the Stage Door Cafe. They were delicious but took us an hour to get one.
The strategy for visiting the Disneyland parks depends on the season. For example, during the summer, and on weekends, the parks get crowded, and it is best to arrive at the park early so that you can avoid the crowds and find a place to park.
Go to bathrooms to get lockers. Lockers are secure boxes where you can store your belongings while you explore a theme park. Go to theme park security to get a wristband (a piece of plastic that looks like a bracelet). The wristband is your key to using all the rides at the theme park. Go straight to the park you chose. Bring the wristband and ticket or pass you have been given with you. Bring your camera!
Starting in California Adventure
Get to the park before opening! Try to arrive at the Toy Story Land area before opening to snag a parking spot, then head to Cars ride (the wait was around 90 minutes for the rest of the day).
As a note, there are no single rider lines right now! Do not believe 3rd party apps!
Then book it over to Soarin’ Over the Globe. Due to social distancing, it will take at least an hour later in the afternoon, as they limit the number of people on each ride.
Then go to the Guardians of the Galaxy ride (previously Tower of Terror).
Toy Story Mania, Incredicoaster, and Luigi’s Flying Tires all have the longest lines, followed by Cars Land, Grizzly River Run, and Radiator Springs Racers. So, if you can get on those first, it will be worth it to have started in California Adventure.
We started feeling “done” with California Adventure around 11 a.m., but we didn’t have enough time to spend in Disneyland until 1 p.m., where we would have a 3 p.m. FastPass to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. If you’r hungry, this is a good time to grab a snack break; the wait time for food tends to be longer during specific times of the day.
Starting in Disneyland
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have a virtual line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at 6 am, and Indiana Jones at 7 am. If you miss those, another virtual queue will open at noon, so try again later.
First, I recommend going to the park before opening so you’ll be first in line when you return to the park.
If you are going to Disneyland with young kids, consider making it a day trip. If you stay at Disneyland overnight, your kids may become tired and whiny. Ride the Disneyland Railroad around the park. Next, head to It’s A Small World. On our visit, those two rides had minimum 45-minute lines the entire day due to social distancing. Next, be prepared for 20-30 minutes or more for the Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Splash Mountain. A large number of kiddie rides.
If going with “big kids” or adults, choose a slide that is at least 3 feet (1 meter) high.These are the rides you should skip. There will always be a long wait to ride these rides.
- I recommend visiting one park on your trip. Disneyland is the obvious choice, as it offers an amazing variety of rides and activities for all ages.
- If you are a first-time visitor to Disneyland or CA Adventure, wait until the COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in effect before planning a trip.
- Get a locker and bring snacks with you
- Go to the park before the listed opening time so you will be in line first on popular rides.
- We recommend staying in a hotel the night before your trip. When you eat, simply park your car at the hotel.
- Make restaurant reservations at least 3 to 4 months ahead of time so that you can enjoy your favorite dishes with your loved ones.
- Carry a battery charger to charge your phone
My Final Thoughts
Do Disneyland tickets cost too much now? Disneyland is a popular destination, and many families travel from around the world to see it. Children can be especially reluctant to leave, and it can be hard to convince them that the costs outweigh the benefits of the trip.
Disneyland. Don’t let the coronavirus restrictions keep you from visiting Disneyland.
It’s been since I woke up as a child. It’s a very different mentality when it’s easy to brush it off and say that I can go anytime.
But maybe you want to go to Disneyland. If you do, wait. It’s just not worth it to go right now. There are big disappointments and without the fun Disney characters. It’s not worth it. The magical experience that I had with my grandmother will not be as magical as it will be when I get my own home.
I recommend that you go for it. If you’re willing to just for the rides and understand that it won’t be the same “Happiest Place on Earth” then go for it.
Expect some delay. There may be delays in reopening after reopening.
In the event of COVID-19 restrictions, I would not do both parks. For spontaneous people, this is not the time to visit. You will have endless frustration trying to plan your day, and so much time on your phone planning out your day. If you want a snack or food, you have to plan an hour in advance.
If have any questions about the Disneyland or California Adventure park during COVID-19 restrictions, please let me know in the comments.