Disneyland is reopening; What to expect


After 412 days of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disneyland is finally reopening its gates to the public on April 30th, 2021. Of course, some rides like Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout that shove you in small rooms will need changing, so here’s everything that will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Downtown Disney District will still be open with all of the stores and restaurants that were open there before the pandemic. Of course, you would need a mask to go inside and shop or eat at any of the open restaurants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also because of this, Disneyland’s Fastpass and Disney MaxPass will be unavailable when the park reopens. The Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour offerings at the Hotels will also be unavailable when Disneyland reopens.

Disneyland has discontinued the Annual Pass and will not continue it until the end of the year, so visitors will need a ticket for each person to get to Disneyland and each park. According to the official Disneyland website, disneyland.disney.go.com, “Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passport program. Although sunsetting the Annual Passport program may be disappointing to some, we are excited about what’s ahead and know that our future is bright. We are developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility, and value for our biggest fans.”

There will be changes to the theme park itself. According to disneyland.disney.go.com, “ We are pleased to announce our phased reopening of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. We’ve made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and appropriate government agencies. Until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, in line with current state guidelines. Proof of residency may be required. Guests who are under isolation or quarantine orders must not enter the Disneyland Resort.” Some things will also be required to enter the Disneyland park, such as face masks “for each Guest age 2 and older, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, which must be worn at all times, except while actively eating or drinking, and while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.”

In conclusion, although some things will not be the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first step towards everything returning to normal.