• On Dec 20, 2020
    Alisa from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, how do I get a reservation to Disneyland?

    Hey howdy hey, Alisa! You’ve got a friend in me at planDisney, and I can’t wait to help you with your question!

    It sounds like you’re planning a visit to the Downtown Disney District this week. I’m so excited for you to experience a taste of holiday magic at the Disneyland Resort! Even though we can’t experience the theme parks just yet, I’m so thankful that Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening. There’s something about the ambiance of Downtown Disney, from the familiar music to the adorable merchandise -- I just can’t help but smile when I’m there!

    As for reservations, you won’t need to worry about making any ahead of time, since reservations aren’t required for entry. Normally I would recommend making a dining reservation ahead of time, but unfortunately, restaurants and dining locations that aren’t offering take-out are currently closed. If you do happen to purchase food or beverages to-go, you’ll need to head off-property before opening and consuming them. However, select retail locations remain open, so you can still head over for some last-minute holiday shopping! Just keep in mind that Downtown Disney District will be closed on Christmas Day.

    Now, let’s get you ready for your visit to Downtown Disney! First, click here to find out how the experience has changed, and everything you’ll need to know before your arrival. For starters, face coverings are currently required for all Guests ages 2 and up. As for parking, I recommend heading to the Simba Lot, where you can self-park for a rate of $10 per car. (Prices are subject to change without notice).

    Upon arrival, be prepared for a temperature screening and security screening before entering Downtown Disney. Once inside, you may need to enter a virtual queue for busier shops such as World of Disney, Disney Home, and Marceline’s Confectionery. Inside Disney California Adventure Park, you may also need to enter a virtual queue for Elias & Co. or Trolley Treats. I recommend checking in with a Cast Member near the entrance of the shop to ask if you’ll need to join the virtual queue, so you can map out your shopping plans accordingly. If you have your heart set on some scrumptious Churro Toffee from Marceline’s, I recommend arriving by midday for your best chance – it tends to sell out quickly!

    I hope this information helps you enjoy a magical Disney day, Alisa! As we await the reopening of the Disneyland Resort theme parks and hotels, I recommend keeping your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest updates and announcements.

    Wishing you a pixie-dusted, joyful holiday season!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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