Today the Disneyland Resort increased their park capacity by releasing more park reservations for dates all throughout May, June and July. Before, the parks had been running at about 15% capacity since opening to residents in April. Now, with Orange County moving into California’s Yellow Tier, the resort can go all the way up to 35% capacity if they want.
Guests who want to visit the parks are still required to make advanced reservations online. With the release of more reservations today, almost all days are open for guests. Theme Park Tickets are required before making park reservations. They can be purchased online then linked to your Disneyland.com account either online or through the Disneyland app.
Other than the increase to park capacity all other health and safety mandates remain in place including social distancing and masks for all guests ages 2 and up.
Come June 15th, the state of California will be ending its COVID restrictions and Disney will have the opportunity to revise its current health and safety mandates. June 15th is also when Disney will be reopening the Paradise Pier Hotel for guests to stay at. We expect both the Paradise Pier and Grand Californian Hotel to operate at a higher capacity at that point.
Disneyland has not yet lifted their Resident-Only mandate for the parks though we expect this to change sometime around June 15th. Nothing official has been announced.
Walt Disney World Resort
In Orlando, Disney is continuing to make strides at their parks and resorts. Last week Disney World modified their mask mandate to allow guests to be mask-free in open spaces throughout the parks. Guests are still required to wear the once in line for an attraction, indoors shopping and while indoors dining (picking up food). They also lessened their social distancing requirements to less than 6 feet.
Capacity has also increased at the parks and resorts. It’s estimated that they are past 40% capacity and climbing. We’re predicting that they will be back to 100% by October, 2021, in time for their 50th anniversary. Guests are still required to make theme park reservations in advance before arriving at the parks. We expect this system to continue through 2021.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.