In a promising sign that things are getting back to normal after a year of COVID hell, Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure are set to reopen on April 30. Now, if you could only get a ticket! Here’s how to get into Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in 2021.
How to Get Into Disneyland 2021
California is requiring that the Anaheim parks limit their capacity to only 25% when they reopen, so all guests ages 3 and older are required to make a reservation to get in. The reservation system (links below) opened yesterday morning – and the wait times have not been pretty.
When you log on to the reservation website, you’ll see a couple of options: “make a reservation” and “select tickets.” No matter which one you click, you’ll be told that your wait time is an hour. But some people say they’ve waited at least several hours.
Oh, and you have to be a California resident to get into both parks. At least for the time being.
Big Changes in the Parks
Once you do get in, there’ll be a host of new changes waiting for you (depending on when you visit). The biggest addition is a new land called Avengers Campus (pictured above), which is set to open on June 4 in the Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Avengers Headquarters, where they’ll encounter some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they spring into action and defend the command center.
Guests will also embark on an action-packed adventure with Spider-Man in his quest to save the Avengers Campus from havoc. No height restrictions for this ride!
There are other changes that aren’t as dramatic, but are nice touches all the same. Take the Haunted Mansion, for example. In addition to the dead folks in the cemetery in front of the house, you’ll now find some dearly departed pets. Plus, there are some new “design embellishments” in the hallway at the beginning of the ride, including the return of the fan favorite portrait “April to December.”
Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro revealed in a press conference last week that the two parks will feature new technology for the guests to play around with, similar to what is currently available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. There, guests can use their phones to translate alien languages, hack into tech, and more. Disney said you’ll be able to have similar interactions (i.e. play virtual games and puzzles) with other attractions throughout the park.
D’Amaro also said they’ll be incorporating their Disney+ properties into the park experience as well.
“Disney+ has been phenomenally successful at the Disney company,” said D’Amaro. “I think that as the Disney company continues to see such huge success with Disney+, and as you see new intellectual properties start to materialize -— whether that be in the world of Marvel or the Imagineers creating something incredibly new and interesting — that is the Disney difference. We will bring those things together to take to the world in a different way.”
Oh, one more thing. At the end of the news conference, D’Amaro held up a lightsaber hilt. He pressed a button and the light blade extended from the hilt, just like it does in the movies. D’Amaro said, “It’s real.”
Disney has not released footage of that moment. Stay tuned?