What’s OPEN at Disneyland Resort

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What’s open at Disneyland and in the surrounding area? As Disneyland continues their phased reopening, with Disneyland theme parks opening April 30, 2021 you may be wondering what exactly is open and operating.

We’ve seen Disney do an excellent job with extra safety precautions in place so we can also look forward to visiting some of our favorite places safely during reopening.

Disneyland reopening guide

Are you ready to come back home to the Disneyland Resort area?

I have compiled a list of things that are open and more details to help you plan your trip.

What’s Open to Californians and Non-residents

California state guidelines dictate how Disneyland Resort can reopen. For the time being, here’s what’s open to residents and non-residents.

Disneyland esplanade

Anyone can visit:

California residents only:

  • Disneyland Park when it initially reopens on April 30, 2021
  • California Adventure Park when it initially reopens on April 30, 2021
  • Special tickets, reservations and identification will be verified

Disneyland Resort Health Check

I’ve covered health and safety measures extensively in this Disneyland reopening article but also have some basics for you right here. 

Health Screenings will be performed at each entry point. All guests must have a temperature lower than 100.4.


masks required Disneyland


It’s a simple, quick process to get your temp checked as you arrive at Downtown Disney. 


Disneyland Health screening

If anyone in your party has a temperature above the limit, you can return at a later time or step aside to be re-screened. After this, you’ll go through the regular security screening process covered here.

Disneyland Resort Mask Policy

Yes, face coverings are required for the duration of your visit. This includes cast members and guests ages 2 and up.

See more regarding the face covering requirement here

What’s Open at Downtown Disney

You do not need to be a California resident or have a reservation to visit Downtown Disney. But there are a few things you should know before you arrive. 

Downtown Disney entrance

Downtown Disney Parking

Downtown Disney Parking is limited to the Simba parking for $10 per car. Validation does not apply during this time.

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The Simba parking lot leads you to enter Downtown Disney near Earl of Sandwich. You do NOT need a dining reservation to visit Downtown Disney, but it will help incase parking is full.

See the best places to eat in Downtown Disney here.

You do not need a Disneyland ticket to visit Downtown Disney. You will have to go through security to enter in this part of the Disneyland Resort “bubble” but again, no Disneyland ticket is required.


Simba parking Downtown Disney


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Downtown Disney Entrance

Downtown Disney Entrances are available near Earl of Sandwich after parking in the Simba lot, or on the Harbor Blvd. pedestrian access point. The pick/up drop off area is open on Harbor Blvd. 


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No matter which direction you’re coming from, it’s super easy to access. Just follow the signs for entry. Note that entry may be paused throughout the day due to capacity restrictions.


What Restaurants Are Open in Downtown Disney

It’s hard to decide where to eat at Downtown Disney. Where I go definitely depends on my mood, who I’m with and what I’m craving.

The good news is there are many fabulous places to eat at downtown Disney District, so whatever you’re craving there’s something for you.

Current food and drink options open in Downtown Disney:

  • Black Tap’s CrazyShake Window
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • Jazz Kitchen Express
  • Marceline’s Confectionary
  • Salt & Straw
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Some food carts

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My downtown Disney and go-to’s are Tortilla Jo’s, Uva Bar and Black Tap, but I do like to keep everything else in rotation. Click here for all the food details and my in-depth dining reviews.

What Shops are Open at Downtown Disney 

Disney welcomes YOU back as part of the phased reopening of Disneyland Resort. As Downtown Disney progresses to a full opening, hours and offerings continue to expand. Here’s what’s open for shopping.

Most retail locations will remain in operation at Downtown Disney.

Disney Stores Are Open at Downtown Disney:

  • Disneyland exclusive merchandise shopping opportunities pop up often during  special, reservation only shopping experience in Downtown Disney. Follow Disney Parks Blog for your chance to shop.
  • Disney Home
  • Disney Pin Traders
  • Marceline’s Confectionary
  • The Disney Dress Shop
  • Star Wars Trading Post coming soon to the old Rainforest Cafe location, currently in WonderGround Gallery
  • World of Disney
  • WonderGround Gallery returning soon

NEW shopping experiences in Downtown Disney. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge shopping inside the old Rainforest Cafe and reopened WonderGround Gallery. Disneyland Resort’s Backlot Premiere Shop for seasonal merchandise and more. 

Disneyland backlot shopping

Other Stores Open at Downtown Disney:

  • California Sole
  • Curl Surf
  • The LEGO Store
  • Pandora Jewelry 

Curl Surf Downtown Disney

  • Rinse Bath & Body Co. (via kiosk in DTD)
  • Sephora
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Sunglass Icon

What’s Open at California Adventure

California Adventure welcomes an all new foodie event—A Touch of Disney this spring. Read more about A Touch of Disney, a ticketed event here


Carthay Circle Christmas


Disneyland Resort’s Backlot Premiere Shop for seasonal merchandise and more is located inside California Adventure with entry via the esplanade. Look for signs directing you there.


Downtown Disney Best Photo Spots


Current food and drink options open in California Adventure during A Touch of Disney:

  • Award Wieners
  • Carthay Circle Lounge
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Food & Beverage Carts Carts
  • And more offerings!

Current shopping open in California Adventure:

What attractions will open with California Adventure on 4/30/21?

State guidelines mandate which attractions can operate. Mostly outdoor attractions and indoor experiences with a certain time limit.

Here’s what can open at California Adventure:

  • Games of Pixar Pier
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Inside Out: Emotional Whirlwind
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Read what’s closed here
  • Print your Disneyland Plan here

What’s Open at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park welcomes guests back inside April 30, 2021.

What attractions will open with Disneyland Park on 4/30/21?

State guidelines mandate which attractions can operate. Mostly outdoor attractions and indoor experiences with a certain time limit.


its a small world disneyland


Here’s what can open at Disneyland:

  • There are so many attractions at Disneyland that will reopen, including these outdoor rides
  • Some indoor rides will continue to operate like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, it’s a small world, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, Space Mountain, Star Tours.
  • Read what’s closed here
  • Print your Disneyland Plan here

Disneyland Area Hotels are Open

Initially, California Governor Newsom issued an executive order that grants authority for the state to take over hotels and motels for medical use for coronavirus patients. This does not mean all hotels were part of that measure.


Anaheim Hotel Pool


Many Disneyland area hotels have begun to reopen, or were open the entire time:

Pool area Cambria Anaheim


Most hotels in Anaheim are planning to reopening even as Disneyland adjusts their reopening date. Here’s an entire list of all the hotels I have stayed at while visiting Disneyland, along with their reviews.

I’d love to hear from you! How did your visit to Disneyland visit go? Email me with subject line “what’s open at Disneyland” to [email protected], I’d love to share your advice!

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