• On Mar 25, 2021
    Joelle from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When Disneyland reopens, it is only open to California residents for an amount of time. If I (a California resident) have a friend visiting from out of state in May, will he be able to get into the park with me as a guest?

    Hi Joelle,

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks for taking the time to visit us with your question.

    I’m happy to hear you’re already planning a trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in May! After being closed for over a year, so many people are eager to get back to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park to soak in some much-needed Disney Magic. 

    As you probably know, when the Disneyland Resort theme parks reopen on April 30, 2021, there will be several changes in place for the health and safety of all Guests and Cast Members. Guests will need to obtain a park reservation in addition to having valid admission. Capacity and theme park reservations will be limited to promote physical distancing. And until further notice, to comply with current guidelines stipulated by the State of California, only California residents will be allowed to experience the theme parks during its initial reopening phase. Depending on when California updates these guidelines (for example, move to a less restrictive tier based on Blueprint for a Safer Economy), I am sorry that I cannot provide a definite answer whether your friend from out-of-state will be able to join you in the parks at the end of May. I'm hoping as new Covid cases continue to decrease, Orange County will be able to move to a less restrictive tier soon. Crossing fingers that you and your friend can experience the magic of Disney together!

    As this pandemic situation is constantly evolving, so are the updates and changes to park operations. I recommend that you check Disneyland.com and Disney Parks Blog regularly for the latest park news. You can also follow Disney’s social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram, so you don’t miss a thing. 

    Please visit us on planDisney again if you have further questions.

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Kiki, California

Greetings from Northern California! I have been fascinated by the magic of Disney since I was a little girl; now that I am a mother of two, I love watching my children experience Disney Parks through their own eyes. I am also surrounded by fellow Disney-loving nurse friends whom I enjoy quick adults-only Disneyland Resort escapes with. Whether you are planning your once-in-a-lifetime family trip or a short adults-only getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth, I am here to help!

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