With changes and enhancements to existing attractions, new experiences and merchandise here’s what’s new at Disneyland Park, officially reopened today!
After being closed for over a year due to safety concerns stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland Resort officially reopens today.
Guests returning to the parks will notice some changes around Disneyland, and not just in the form of social distancing markers.
Character greetings have been adjusted to aid in distancing, attractions have been refurbished (and in some cases, reinvented,) and the park is welcoming back guests with some uniquely Disney offerings.
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
The classic Fantasyland dark ride attraction formerly known as “Snow White’s Scary Adventures” has been reimagined as “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish.”
In a trend that has continued in recent decades, these new changes help to bring Snow White front and center in her own attraction.
A Snow White figure dances with the drawfs in the cottage as the scent of a baking pie wafts through the air.
New special effects, projection mapping and more accencuiate a much more vibrant jewel mine scene as the drawfs sing Heigh Ho.
And the ride’s conclusion has been completely reimagined with a much more triumphant “happily ever after” moment.
Of course, fans of the former version of the attraction will still be pleased as the scary witch transformation has remained, as well as other classic moments—now better than ever!
King Arthur Carrousel
Nearby in Fantasyland, another favorite has received a bit of love during the park’s downtime.
Walt Disney Imagineering recently completed an extensive refurbishment of the King Arthur Carrousel. All 68 horses were repainted by hand, using more than 30 different colors.
One of the most beloved theme park attractions in the world, Haunted Mansion has received some new spooks and fresh looks.
Outside, freshly landscaped details now adorn the pet cemetery, representing their stories from beyond the grave.
Inside, one of the Mansion’s original portraits known as “April to December” once again graces the portrait hallway.
The ride’s loading area has been redecorated to help fill out the world since the area has been better illuminated for safety reasons in recent years.
Another small nod to Haunted Mansion’s early development lore, a statue of the one-eyed cat can be found in the enhanced area.
Other changes around the attraction include improved 3D sound for the stretching room and more.
Jungle Cruise (Opening this Summer)
The world-famous Jungle Cruise is receiving some new scenes (and new skipper jokes) right now.
New story details for the totem pole scene, a new sinking boat sequence, and a reimagined Trader Sam finale will be waiting for guests when the attraction reopens this summer.
Runaway Railway’s Construction Progress
Opening in 2023, Toontown is getting a little bigger as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is being added to Disneyland Park!
Guests entering the park today may notice a totally not at all noticeable building with a hilarious banner installed letting you know that there’s definitely nothing to see here.
Rise of the Resistance’s Slightly Adjusted Operation
To stay within the state’s guidelines for indoor attractions, rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance must trim some of the attraction’s run time.
You may notice somewhat shorter preshow elements for this ride to get the 18-minute experience down to 15, while not compromising on the full experience.
Special Character Greetings
To help keep guests and Cast Members safe, characters will be greeting everyone from special vantage points around the park.
Guests may see Mickey and Minnie waving from the train station, or Disney Princesses such as Mulan appear at the Royal Theatre to wave and pose at a distance for guests taking selfies.
You can spot Miguel from Pixar’s Coco in Frontierland and Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi can be spotted on the platforms in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Welcome Back Merchandise
If you’re looking to find mementos for your first visit back to the park, you can find new “The Magic Is Back” merchandise for sale at the Disneyland Resort.
You can spot t-shirts, face masks, tumblers and more for sale inside the parks, all featuring the classic Disneyland logo!
Tickets and Park Reservations
One of the biggest changes happens before you even arrive. All guests visiting the Disneyland Resort must have both a ticket and a park reservation to enter the theme parks. Learn more here.
Park reservations are required to help the resort manage capacity, which is currently limited to only 25% of the parks’ regular capacity. You can check the park reservation availability calendar here.
While single and multi-day park tickets are for sale, currently you cannot purchase annual passes while the company reworks the Disneyland passholder program. We are expecting to see a new version of the program introduced by the end of the year. Learn more here.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Disneyland has implemented enhanced health and safety measures, including requiring temperature screenings and face coverings.
Guests are reminded to practice physical distancing, not touch their face, frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Learn more here.
For more information on what you need to be prepared for your visit to the Disneyland Resort, see our Planning Checklist.