COVID-19 Disneyland Guide: How to Safely Enjoy Disneyland's Reopening
Are you planning a Disneyland trip once California's parks reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown, but worried about what's different? This guide will tell you what you need to know to enjoy Disneyland while staying safe from coronavirus.
With the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland and announcements about the reopening of Disney Springs, we now have a good idea of what Disneyland will be like in a COVID-19 world. Here's the rundown:
Buy your Disneyland tickets ahead of time.
To make it easier to practice social distancing and do more frequent cleanings, Disneyland is limiting ticket availability. Secure your spot by buying tickets online in advance. (You can also save money over gate ticket prices.) Check for park closures the day of your trip to be sure.
Bring face masks for everyone over 3 years old.
Disneyland requires guests to wear face masks at all times except when dining. You'll need to bring your own masks, so pack several per person. Disneyland will provide hand-washing stations throughout the park and hand sanitizer at checkout counters and exits to rides.
You'll get a temperature screening before entry.
Guests will have their temperature taken with a touchless scanning thermometer at park entrances. Anyone with a high temperature will be turned away.
Follow Disneyland's social distancing rules.
You will need to maintain a safe distance from other guests at all times. Pay attention to social distancing markers, such as big stickers showing you where you can and can't stand. Physical barriers may restrict guests from wandering around freely.
Rides and shops will be limited to fewer people at a time.
Rides, boats, trolleys, trams, etc. will have reduced seating. Restaurants, stores, and gift shops will be limited to 50% capacity. When gift shops are full, you'll use alternate exits from rides.
Cashless and touchless payment is preferred.
Disneyland is asking guests to use contactless payment methods like smartphones or smart cards to limit physical contact with cashiers.
FastPass+ is suspended.
FastPass+, Disneyland's system for reserving spots in lines, will be unavailable. The space usually reserved for FastPass+ is being used to expand the regular waiting areas. Disney says wait times should stay lower though since park attendance will be reduced.
Some Disneyland attractions will be closed.
Scheduled entertainment like musical performances and stage shows that would draw a big audience are closed. High-touch interactive areas will be off-limits, too.
You won't get up-close with Disney characters.
Sadly, you won't be taking meet-and-greet photos with your favorite characters. Instead, Disney characters may perform small shows for limited audiences or ride on floats in mini-parades throughout the day.
Stay home if you have a fever or feel any symptoms.
Reschedule your trip if you've been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
You may not feel sick, but you can spread the virus without showing symptoms. Better to play it safe and quarantine until you can get test results.