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  • On May 1, 2022
    Maritza from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    For Disneyland are you still required to reserve your tickets in advance or is it still available to purchase tickets at the gate?

    Hi Maritza!

    Welcome to planDisney! We're so excited that you found us hEAR with this great Disneyland Resort vacation planning question! I'm happy to be your planEAR today!

    One of the procedures brought about by the reopening of Disneyland Resort from the historic pandemic closure is the introduction of Park Pass Reservations, which kind of let Mickey know which park you'll be playing in and on which day. Sadly, unlike most of the other modifications like dividers up between seats and tables being spread out in dining areas, this looks like it's one measure that's going to stick around as this helps the big cheese plan his days a little better too. So yes, you do still need to make Park Pass Reservations to enter either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. If you have the Park Hopper add-on option, please remember that you'll select the park you'd like to start your day in; hopping starts at 1:00 PM and continues for the rest of the day based upon availability. 

    I've hEARd from some Cast Members that yes, there are sometimes same-day theme park tickets available at the Ticket Booths at the main entrance. But, I wouldn't count on it as I'd hate for you to get all the way to the gates and then be turned away because you couldn't buy a ticket. Your best bet is to try to buy online or in your Disneyland Mobile App; I've seen last-minute reservations on the Park Pass Reservation availability calendar pop up the day before (the night before, really) or even the morning of a desired Disneyland day. (Those are usually other Guests deciding to change their plans at the last minute.) Be like Dory and 'keep refreshing and keep refreshing.'

    Park Pass Reservations currently open for booking 120 days in advance of every Disney day. I'm a last-minute planner person myself, so even though it's hard to make and then cancel plans all the time, it's better to have the Park Pass Reservation and need to change your dates later than it is to want to go to The Happiest Place on Earth and not be able to find reservations.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR your question up, Maritza! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account where we're sharing all kinds of neat tips and tricks, treats and eats, behind-the-scenes photos, and even sneak peeks! And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

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Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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