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Tips for Visiting Disneyland with COVID-19 Restrictions • The Blonde Abroad

by kyngsam


Dreaming of visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth”?

Whereas Disneyland and California Journey had been closed for nearly all of 2020, the 2 parks have reopened…with some main modifications.

Till June 15th, the park is barely permitting California residents. After that, it’s opening as much as everybody else!

Each parks will proceed to function at a restricted capability and quite a few issues are at present closed or are being refurbished.

As a heads up, exhibits and fireworks will not be at present working, and whereas they’re doing their finest to create that *Disney magic,* this does instantly affect the explanation journey traces are so lengthy. It’s just about all there’s to do proper now.

Wait instances are additionally lengthy due to social distancing within the queues and on the rides. Ordering meals can also be fairly complicated, and there are a selection of limitations to what’s on provide.

Planning is vital in relation to making your Disney journey come true. So, for those who’re a spontaneous/go-with-the-flow sort of particular person, it’s possible you’ll wish to wait on making a visit to Disney. In any other case, it’s possible you’ll find yourself significantly annoyed with how a lot planning the journey requires (particularly on the day of your go to).

That stated, for those who’ve been counting down the times to get again to Disney, I’ll provide the COMPLETE rundown!

Right here’s what it is advisable to know when planning a visit to Disneyland and/or California Journey with COVID-19 restrictions.

Issues to Know Earlier than You Go

Earlier than I get into the super-specific particulars and technique that will help you plan your go to, I wished to deal with a number of the most steadily requested questions that I’ve been getting:

That is so complicated. The place do I begin?

Admittedly, a number of the enjoyable was taken out of our expertise as a result of all the pieces is so sophisticated and complicated. We made plenty of errors as a result of there isn’t clear info to make the perfect resolution. I’ll do my finest to simplify and clarify every step of planning and supply my private opinion on one of the best ways to go to!

How a lot does it price?

This is determined by which tier of ticket you get, what number of days you’re spending there, what number of parks you wish to go to, and all of the added prices of meals, and parking.

Once we booked our tickets, the method was tremendous complicated since you had to purchase your ticket and make a reservation in separate steps. They’ve now simplified the reserving course of into one step, however there are nonetheless 5 completely different tiers of ticket costs on high of getting 1-day and park hopper choices. Plus, you may solely e-book your ticket on days the place there’s an out there reservation for the park you wish to go to.

Confused but? Don’t fear! I’ll break this down step-by-step later on this submit in its personal part.

On the precise rides are you socially distanced? What sort of cleansing protocols are in place?

Each queue has tape markers so every visitor occasion stands 6 toes aside. For rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World, you usually have 10+ folks multi function boat and line instances are normally brief. However with the distancing measures, they had been spacing company out by no less than three rows so solely 1-2 events (solely Four folks at instances) could be in a single boat.

Because of this sure journey instances are extremely lengthy.

For rides just like the Toy Story Halfway Mania the place you’re holding a laser gun, you get on as quickly because the final particular person will get off.

There’s nothing being sanitized or cleaned. Personally, plenty of the distancing precautions appear sort of pointless particularly as a result of issues weren’t being cleaned in between. There wasn’t somebody coming round to wipe down consuming surfaces, each desk we sat at was soiled and we wiped it ourselves with moist wipes.

All in all, social distancing is EXTREMELY in place, whereas cleansing appeared subpar/non-existent.

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Had been the wait instances lengthy?

For essentially the most half, sure. Although the park is working at a lowered capability, as a result of of us are spaced out on the rides you received’t get on sooner. Additionally, as a result of exhibits and meet-ups with characters aren’t at present taking place, everyone seems to be just about there for the rides.

That stated, I had some folks message me who went in Might and so they stated the wait instances weren’t unhealthy in any respect and so they virtually walked on. It possible is determined by what day you go as Disney is figuring issues out as they go.

As a notice, the park would possibly really look fairly crowded as a result of the traces are redirected to be fully outside and everyone seems to be standing 6ft aside.

We did discover that it doesn’t matter what the listed queue time was estimated, they by no means took fairly as lengthy.

Do you assume if somebody is visiting for the primary time, they need to wait till after COVID?

I might say positively wait till after COVID as soon as the park returns to regular. If you happen to reside regionally otherwise you’ve been to Disney fairly a bit, then it might be tremendous for you. However, for a first-time expertise, I might completely wait as a lot of the Disney magic isn’t again but.

Are there fireworks proper now?

Presently, firework exhibits will not be taking place. You may verify this calendar to see what’s on the schedule (at this writing of June 2021, no exhibits, no fireworks, no parades are on the calendar).

Are quick passes out there?

Nope. I’ll get into this beneath however you must be part of line queues for rides and quick passes will not be out there proper now, nor are single rider traces.

The place did you keep?

As a result of we reside comparatively shut, we drove there and again in a day. If you happen to’re trying to keep in a resort listed below are a number of choices:

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Did the 1 pm Park Hopper Cross create an enormous surge of crowds at the moment?

We had been the primary in line to maneuver over to Disneyland from California Journey. Once we really bought to go in at 1 pm and there have been possibly 100 folks behind us. There have been some slowly trickling in surges, however we didn’t discover that Disneyland queue instances went up after that. So it didn’t appear unhealthy in any respect.

How far upfront ought to I order fast meals and snacks?

I’ll go into extra element about this beneath, however round an hour earlier than you wish to eat. Like I stated earlier, it takes fairly a little bit of planning! If you would like a assured dinner time, positively make restaurant reservations.

How was parking?

Parking was okay — my solely grievance was that we arrived a couple of minutes early (7:26 am) and so they opened the parking line at 7:30 am on the dot — so they’d us drive across the neighborhood to come back again at 7:30 am. Not an enormous deal; I understand they’ve practices in place to forestall automobile congestion.

The constructions out there are Mickey & Pals and the Pixar Buddies Parking Constructions. The tram isn’t out there to move company proper now. Parking is $25.

If in any respect attainable, I might suggest staying at a resort the evening earlier than so you may stroll to the park and keep away from having to attend to park.

Do it is advisable to present vaccine proof to get in?

I didn’t want to offer vaccine proof for entry.

Do I want to offer a California ID?

They didn’t verify my ID and I don’t assume I needed to enter my handle when buying tickets, however I wouldn’t make the most of this (simply in case).

When had been you allowed to take your masks off?

You aren’t allowed to take your masks off within the park except you’re snacking or in a chosen consuming space. After which the masks goes proper again on. They’re VERY strict about masks in the meanwhile. You completely can’t take it off exterior of designated areas. Not even to drink water whereas ready in line.

Essential Dates to Think about Earlier than Shopping for Tickets

A listing of vital dates which may affect your expertise:

  • June 4, 2021: Avengers Campus opens
  • June 15, 2021: California set to totally reopen (this might imply that Disney might be able to improve to full capability); folks from exterior of California will now be allowed into the Disney Parks
  • June 15, 2021: Disney’s Paradise Pier Lodge deliberate to reopen with lowered capability.
  • July 2, 2021: Disneyland Lodge deliberate to reopen with lowered capability.
  • July 16, 2021: The Jungle Cruise is ready to re-open

Be aware: Splash Mountain is ready to shut someday this yr to make refurbishments and remodel it right into a Princess and the Frog-themed journey, however no official dates have been launched to the general public.

How to Buy Tickets and Make a Reservation

The process is pretty simple once you understand how it works. They recently simplified the process where you can now buy your ticket and make your reservation in the same step.

Keep in mind that every day requires a different tier ticket (for example, weekends are tier 5 and midweek is tier 2-4) which means they are different prices.

Here’s how to estimate the cost and availability of tickets:

Visit the Disneyland ticket calendar. You should verify which parks can be found on a given day and which tier tickets you will have to go to on these days.

Choose the variety of tickets you wish to purchase, the variety of days on your go to, and whether or not you need 1 or 2 parks per day. Then, you will have to browse the calendar for availability and pricing.

Toggle between the Parks and Pricing view to see which parks can be found and the price to go to every day.

For instance, if you wish to e-book a One-Day Disneyland ticket, Tuesday, July 13th is barely out there for California Journey. July 14th is Tier three for $124 and July 17th is Tier 5 for $154.

If you happen to wished to do a Two-Day Park Hopper Ticket, you will have to verify the calendar to see which parks can be found as your “Beginning Park.”

TIP: I might extremely suggest solely visiting on days the place you can begin in Disneyland. If you happen to’re doing 2 days, it will be okay to start out in a special park every day IF you wish to journey the favored rides at California Journey proper when the park opens to keep away from traces.

Which Tickets Ought to I Get?

First issues first, I wouldn’t suggest doing what we did, which was the One-Day Park Hopper Ticket beginning at California Journey. I’ll clarify why however do as I say and never as I do (learn: study from my errors!).

The kind of ticket for the very best expertise proper now would both be the Two-Day Park Hopper (beginning in Disneyland), the Two-Day (Disneyland solely), or One-Day Disneyland. Personally, I’ve by no means wanted a full day at California Journey. Even on our final go to, we completed with rides by 11 am and had been ready round to enter Disneyland for two hours.

Why wouldn’t I like to recommend a One-Day Park Hopper beginning in California Journey?

For Southern California locals who’re in a position to do what we did — which is to drive to Disneyland and again in a day, we opted for a Park Hopper Cross as we’ve been to each parks extra instances than we will rely.

We all know which rides we like using and which of them we’re tremendous with skipping. This appeared like the most suitable choice for us as we wouldn’t thoughts beginning our day at California Journey after which spending the remainder of the day at Disneyland. That’s usually how I might plan for a day on the parks.

Nonetheless, due to all of the restrictions, we didn’t get to have all of the experiences we wished to have.

Right here’s the deal — with the Park Hopper Cross you might be solely allowed into the second park (in our case, that was Disneyland) till 1 pm. And that’s a tough 1 pm — there was no getting in earlier as soon as we had been finished at California Journey.

This isn’t that huge of a deal…except you’re making an attempt to journey standard rides like Indiana Jones or Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. Why? As a result of you must be part of a digital queue for these rides.

By 1 pm, each rides had been fully booked. We didn’t actually have a likelihood to affix the queue. This won’t be a deal-breaker for everybody, however in case you are excited in regards to the new Star Wars rides, you completely want to start out your day in Disneyland.

(I’ll dish extra on digital queues in a while.)

Is it Price it for Disney’s California Journey?

That’s as much as you. We bought into the park early (earlier than the official opening time) and this was 30 minutes of pure bliss. We had been mainly in a position to stroll onto rides…after which extra folks began arriving.

I usually LOVE California Journey as a result of there are meals experiences, cool actions, and a number of the finest thrill rides. Nonetheless, there aren’t a TON of “huge child” rides so we had been finished with all the pieces by 11 am and able to transfer on.

The Automobiles journey will at all times have a ridiculously lengthy wait. Your complete day we had been on the parks, the queue wait by no means dropped beneath 90 minutes.

California Journey’s queues had been all 45-90 minute waits. As compared, traces at Disneyland had been 55 minutes at most, however many had been 30 minutes or much less.

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The Disneyland App is Important

Obtain the Disneyland App — create an account, get a ticket, after which you might have a QR code on your ticket in your profile.

Every thing you do on your go to can be within the app together with queue instances, becoming a member of digital queues Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Indiana Jones, ordering meals, and checking into the parks. It’s additionally fairly helpful for making restaurant reservations upfront.

Be ready for eating places to be absolutely booked and to depend on the app closely all through the day of your go to.

Pre-Planning for Your Go to

Obtain the Disneyland App and familiarize your self with the structure.

I’m an enormous believer in making an attempt to keep away from ready in traces as a lot as attainable, so I’d suggest downloading the app no less than the day earlier than simply to get an concept of instances. Examine queue instances within the morning, mid-day, and within the night to see which rides have the longest wait time.

You could wish to prioritize the rides with longer traces within the morning and splice in shorter ones all through the day.

If you happen to’ve by no means been to both park earlier than, this can even make it easier to get a lay of the land so you may tick issues off and never zigzag by means of the park.

Make Reservations for Eating places

I extremely suggest reserving eating places effectively upfront (we didn’t and this was such a bummer).

It could have made the expertise a lot better, for my part, as a result of ordering meals with the app took plenty of planning with a gaggle of Four with numerous dietary restrictions. Within the app, you may filter by which park you’ll be at after which filter by eating.

As a notice, the Blue Bayou restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean is generally a extremely romantic and upscale restaurant. A part of the romance is that it’s darkish, however due to COVID, they’ve to go away the entrance doorways broad open which pours brilliant mild into the restaurant.

So it’s not the conventional vibe, and doubtless not value it — except you’re going for the meals expertise.

Bringing Snacks

Due to COVID, Disneyland is at present permitting exterior meals and sealed drinks.

This hasn’t been the case up to now, however as a result of issues are so restricted proper now, that is tremendous useful! If you happen to don’t wish to carry issues round with you, you may put in lockers meals and drinks. Deliver further snacks and that form of factor!

Lockers are to the left of the Disneyland Park Entrance (exterior of the park).

About Parking and Lockers

The parking construction doesn’t open till 7:30 am so it’s considerably helpful proper now to remain at a resort close by as a result of for those who stroll to the park you save plenty of time. Plus, it’s $25 to park.

We bought there at 7:26 and so they made us drive by means of the neighborhood and never come again till 7:30.

On the dot.

We then sat within the line of vehicles till about 7:45 once they accepted funds, then we drove in and parked. We didn’t have strollers to take care of or youngsters to get out of the automobile, however for those who do have little ones with you, I might account for no less than one other 10 minutes to get organized.

Following this, you undergo a temperature verify and bag checkpoint earlier than you can begin strolling to the park alongside the trail the shuttle would usually function.

From our automobile to the park entrance, it was about 20-25 minutes.

A Be aware on Lockers and Bringing Snacks

There are not any lockers contained in the parks. Lockers are to the left of the Disneyland Park Entrance (exterior of the park) and, no matter COVID or not, I at all times make the most of them!

There are additionally bogs at these lockers, in addition to on the backside of the parking construction whenever you first park, in case you had a protracted drive and wanted a rest room break earlier than going inside.

Each time we go to Disneyland, as a result of we don’t have youngsters or a stroller, we at all times get a big locker and share it with whoever we’re going with (on this case my mother and father).

I normally convey a full change of garments together with socks and sneakers (if I’m planning to journey water rides like Splash Mountain) or, on the very least, a jacket for later within the day when it begins to chill off.

There’s a digital code and you’ll entry and lock it as a lot as you need for your entire day. It’s $10 for a big (and effectively value it for my part!).

Ideas for Rides and Experience Queue Occasions

I talked to individuals who went and so they had a tremendous expertise and journey instances had been regular. That was personally not my expertise. There’s no solution to predict if it will likely be crowded or if line instances can be lengthy.

The perfect recommendation I can provide is to reach earlier than the park opens and beeline it for the joys rides which have the longest wait instances so that you will be first in line.

For California Journey: Automobiles, Soarin’ over the World, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

For Disney: House Mountain, Splash Mountain (for those who’re okay with getting moist, journey this primary or final, most folk wish to journey this within the warmth/center of the day), Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, and the Disneyland Railroad.

Within the Disneyland App, you will notice journey queue instances and so they replace continually, so you may resolve what to journey subsequent.

A couple of annoying issues I wished to say:

As a result of queues are redirected to be fully exterior, it may be REALLY exhausting to seek out the top of the road. Disney Solid Members are holding “Line Begins Right here” indicators to point the place a queue begins.

Nonetheless, you won’t be used to getting in line for Pirates of the Caribbean all the best way previous Massive Thunder Mountain. And, many of those “Line” indicators will not be branded for the journey they’re for.

Understand that you can’t take off your masks whereas in line for a journey. So, for those who’re about to attend 55 minutes to get on a journey, make sure you quench your thirst or eat your snacks earlier than getting in line.

About Digital Queues

The 2 rides that require a digital queue are Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Indiana Jones. For these going to Disneyland first, you may be part of a digital queue for each rides at 7 am and 12 pm. You could or might not get in at 7 am — for those who don’t, you may attempt once more on the 12 pm queue opening.

Nonetheless, for those who’re doing a Park Hopper Cross and begin at California Journey, you may’t be part of the 7 am queue. You CAN be part of the 12 pm queue, however by that point, it’s possible already crammed by those that didn’t make it on from 7 am.

Right here’s the true bummer: to affix the Indiana Jones journey queue — which opens at 12pm — you must bodily be in Disneyland.

Which, let me remind you, we had been in a position to enter the park at 1 pm. So by the point we bought into Disneyland, the queue was absolutely booked.

What Buying Meals Is Like

For my spontaneous buddies on the market, this is not going to be your cup of tea.

You should plan to order your meals no less than an hour upfront and pre-book the window of time during which you’ll wish to order.

You may view the menus means forward of schedule, and maybe that is my finest recommendation. If you happen to didn’t make restaurant reservations, browse menus within the Disneyland app and select the place, what and whenever you wish to eat the day of your go to.

Right here’s the way it works:

Let’s say you need a hamburger from Tomorrowland — for those who go on the app at 11 am, it is advisable to select your pickup window, which could not be for an hour later.

When you bodily arrive on the restaurant inside your pickup window, you employ the app to pick out “I’m Right here.”

Then, you watch for them to arrange your meals.

I can see how this may be actually tough with youngsters who get cranky once they’re hungry. I’m a grown girl and I get cranky once I’m hungry lol.

I used to be mildly ready for this as a result of I heard it was a nightmare, however I didn’t understand simply how unnecessarily sophisticated it was. When you place your order, that’s it. If you happen to overlook to order one thing, you may’t simply add it to your order whenever you arrive.

So, make sure you double-check your order and there are not any modifications.

The one issues that don’t require you to order by means of the app are popcorn and churro stands. For these, there can be socially distanced queues. We waited about 15 minutes in line for popcorn. And, they ran out of churros the day of our go to.

Methods for Visiting the Disneyland Parks

Use bogs, get a locker and go straight into whichever park you’ve bought a ticket for. If you happen to do select to do California Journey first, the one time we had been in a position to get on something was very first thing within the morning because the park was opening.

Beginning in California Journey

Get to the park earlier than opening and get to the Automobiles journey (the wait was round 90 minutes for the remainder of the day).

As a notice, there are not any single rider traces proper now! Don’t imagine third occasion apps!

Then, e-book it over to Soarin’ Over the World. Due to social distancing, it’ll take you no less than an hour later within the day as they restrict the variety of folks on every journey.

Then, go to the Guardians of the Galaxy journey (beforehand Tower of Terror).

These three usually have the longest traces, adopted by Toy Story Mania and the Incredicoaster. So, if you will get on these first, it will likely be value it to have began in California Journey.

We felt sort of “finished” with California Journey by 11 am however, sadly, our Park Hopper Cross wouldn’t enable us into Disneyland till 1 pm. If you happen to’re hungry, this can be the prime time for a snack break because it takes ceaselessly to get meals.

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Beginning in Disneyland

If you happen to’re beginning your day at Disneyland or spending your whole day there, be part of the queue for Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Indiana Jones at 7 am — bear in mind there’s one other 12 pm digital queue for those who miss the primary spherical.

As talked about, I extremely suggest stepping into the park earlier than opening so that you will be first in line for a journey.

If you will Disneyland with little youngsters: Head straight onto the Disneyland Railroad for a full loop across the park (for those who plan to journey it in any respect). Then, head to It’s a Small World. On the day of our go to, these two rides had a minimal 45-minute wait your entire day as a consequence of social distancing. Then, be ready to attend 20-30 minutes for a lot of the kiddie rides.

If you happen to’re going with “huge youngsters”/adults: Go straight to Pirates of the Caribbean or House Mountain. Each of those rides constantly have lengthy waits due to social distancing.

TBA  Takeaways

  • If you happen to solely have in the future, I’d extremely suggest solely visiting one park proper now (my vote is for Disneyland)
  • If it’s your first time to Disneyland or CA Journey, wait till COVID restrictions are now not in place
  • Get a locker and produce snacks with you
  • Get to the park BEFORE the listed opening time so that you will be the primary in line on standard rides
  • Keep in a resort in a single day earlier than your go to so that you don’t need to take care of parking
  • Make restaurant reservations effectively upfront
  • Deliver a portable battery to cost your telephone

My Remaining Ideas

Is It Price Going to Disneyland Proper Now?

If you happen to’ve by no means been to Disneyland, wait till Covid restrictions are now not in place.

I’ve been going since I used to be a child and I can drive there in simply an hour or two. It’s a completely completely different mentality when you may simply brush it off and say I can go once more anytime.

However, for those who’re out of state or reside out of the country and also you’ve been saving for this dream journey to Disneyland and it’s your first time going, I might say simply wait. It’s simply not value it to go proper now. There are some huge disappointments and with out the conventional character experiences and magical interactions, it’s simply not the identical.

I’ll say that for those who’re keen to go (only for the rides) and perceive that it received’t be the identical or essentially the most regular “Happiest Place on Earth,” then go for it.

Decrease your expectations and perceive that they’re opening amidst a pandemic so issues aren’t going to be regular.

That stated, with COVID restrictions, I actually wouldn’t do each parks. For spontaneous folks, this isn’t the time to go to, you may be endlessly annoyed and spend a lot time in your telephone planning out your day. If you would like a snack or meals you must plan an hour upfront.

If you happen to’ve bought any questions concerning your journey to Disneyland or California Journey throughout COVID restrictions, please let me know within the feedback beneath!

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