It has been 412 days since Disneyland was closed, but now, the happiest place on Earth is finally open! The park closed on March 14th, 2020 due to Covid-19. This is only the third time the park has ever closed down since 1963; the first two being for the National Day of Mourning and in 2001 for 9/11. The park finally opened back up on April 30th, 2021. Due to many Covid-19 guidelines, the park has made a significant amount of changes to keep both the staff and guests safe. One of the major changes that the park will face is that there will be no more parades, firework shows and interacting with the characters either!
As soon as the park opened back up, tickets quickly sold out, but if you want to attend, you have to make a reservation before Disneyland caps their crowd capacity at 25%. According to an article by the New York Times, it states that it took Disney almost a whole month to call back the workers and staff to train them on new safety procedures, new online ticketing system, and how to make long lines for rides comply with health regulations. In another article by Conde Nast Traveler, it talks about many of the new rules that take place at Disneyland now.
The park is issuing hopper tickets so that visitors can see both Disneyland and California Adventure on the same day. But, visitors attending Disneyland cannot go back and forth between the two parks like before. Now, they must wait until 1pm until they can switch to the next park. Due to Covid, both Disneyland and California Adventure initially closed at 7pm, but since May 15th, they now close at 9pm. If you would like to eat at the park, there is no more indoor dining, so you must make reservations and order through the new Disneyland App.
In an article by USA Today, it mentions how guests at Disneyland must be stationary while eating, meaning you are not allowed to eat while you are walking around or waiting in line for a ride too. The park was actually supposed to open back up mid-July but was delayed. However, shops and restaurants in Downtown Disney were allowed to open in July under certain guidelines. Guests attending the park are encouraged to use debit, credit or gift cards for purchases rather than cash. Due to the closure, more than 32,000 employees were lost and laid off. Since then, more than 15,000 cast members and workers have been brought back to both parks.
According to an article by CNN, Disneyland once had a rule that only California residents are allowed to visit the park in groups no larger than three per household. Face coverings for guests older than two years of age are required to enter the park. Temperature screenings will take place before entering Disneyland as well. In another article by the Los Angeles Times, it talks about how only fully vaccinated people are allowed in the park. Groups buying tickets together need to make a reservation before purchasing an admission ticket through the Disneyland app. The Disney parks have a five-tier pricing system that charges more for days when demand is higher. Also, ride operators will separate members of different households, leaving at least one row or space in between. Fast Passes and Max Passes are also not available. But, the Star Wars ride requires a system that uses the Disneyland App.