by: CHRISTOPHER TORRICK
Disneyland re-opens on April 30th 2021 and things are already heating up.
For some one of the signs of normalcy in a post covid19 world would be the reopening of The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Under the state of California guidelines, the parks will be limited to 15% capacity and be limited to California residents. Percentages will rise as Orange County's tier changes, but admissions will be limited. Here is what we have learned so far.
RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED
Having a ticket doesn't guarantee entry. In addition to purchasing a ticket, you'll have to make a reservation for the day you wish to attend. The good news in this is if you can get a reservation, you will be able to enjoy the park with no crowding. It is estimated that Disneyland maxes out at 85,000. If that number is close to accurate, you would only be rubbing shoulders with about 13,000 fans. I suspect Disneyland sees higher attendance during off season rainy days. Imagine that!
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY
This will be a tough pill to swallow for fans in bordering states, and I suspect this will cause problems for cast members working the front gate. It's not a Disney rule, it's a California rule. Disney will be vetting ticket sales. There is no doubt with demand as high as it is, ticket brokers will be looking to profit and tickets will get into the hands of folks that don't reside in California. If you are out of state and you purchase them from a broker, expect the "I just drove 600 miles" line to fall on deaf ears.
NO PARK HOPPING
The only tickets available will be one day park specific tickets. Make sure if you have the chance to buy tickets that you get the park you want. There will be no on-site ticket sales, so the park that you have on your ticket will be the one you will have to attend.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS DON'T GUARANTEE YOU A TICKET
This is one that really surprised us. With the Disney Hotels being some of the most expensive in Anaheim, you would figure a ticket/hotel package would be available. As of this writing, Disney is saying no. If you are planning on staying overnight, don't book anything until you know you have tickets and reservations.
ADD THE DISNEYLAND APP TO YOUR PHONE TODAY!
Just a little time saving advice. If you want to take advantage of the record low crowds during the reopening of Disneyland, download the Disneyland app today and make sure you set up an account. When these tickets drop, the race is on! Having this taken care of in advance will help - however - Disney's resources will be stretched thin. Expect crashes and lock ups. It happened for the "Taste Of Disney" event, where thousands of fans were attempting to purchase tickets for a food tasting event at Disney's California Adventure (which is currently underway and sold out). Patience is key.
Disneyland Resort reopens to guests on April 30th, 2021 to the smallest crowds in a very long time. Look for future blog posts from your friends here at Mountain Country 107.9, as we are sure that things will change.
-- Chris Torrick