Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • On Mar 12, 2022
    Hannah from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you visit Disneyland on a whim? Like, you suddenly have an urge to go today and you happen to be free today so can you buy a 1-day ticket the same day and go?

    Hey there, hi there, Hannah! I have to say I like your way of thinking. A trip to Disneyland Resort on a whim sounds extra magical to me. 

    The short answer is yes it is possible to visit Disneyland Resort on a whim. The longer answer is you would need a little bit of pixie dust for it to all work. This is because since the reopening of Disneyland Resort a reservation system has been put in place to help manage the volume of Guests with the reopening guidelines issued by the State of California. Reservations are required to enter the parks at Disneyland Resort. This means that you would need to purchase a ticket and there would also need to be reservation availability for that day. 

    My advice would be to bookmark the Theme Park Ticket Reservation Availability Calendar and keep checking that. As soon as you decide you are going to make the trip happen, purchase the ticket either through the Disneyland website or Disneyland app and it will prompt you to make a theme park ticket reservation in the check-out process. This will help ensure that you get both the ticket and reservation before checking out and you won't be left with a ticket, but not a reservation. 

    I also want to mention that the availability calendar is fluid so as people book reservations and cancel reservations the availability could change. So if you don't see availability for one day a week prior, there could be availability closer to the date as people are more likely to cancel. I've been able to snag a reservation the night before or the day of when it previously showed no availability. 

    Hannah, I hope this answer gets you one step closer to a magical last-minute visit to The Happiest Place on Earth! See you real soon!

    Carrie
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Meet the Panelist: Carrie, California

Well hello friend! I'm Carrie, a work-from-home mama and military wife who currently calls sunny San Diego home. We love that we are close enough to Disneyland Resort to make a last-minute trip to see the Mouse quite frequently. You'll find us in the parks braving drops and coasters to work up our appetite to take as many snack breaks as we can fit in! I love helping my friends plan memorable trips to Disneyland Resort and can't wait to help you too! Learn More About Carrie

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