Fans Rush to Claim Disneyland Tickets, Reservations

April 16, 2021, 2:03 PM · How long did you wait to make a Disneyland reservation?

That's the question that many California theme park fans have been asking over the past day, after fans slammed Disneyland's online queuing system to buy tickets and make reservations for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, which reopen to the public on April 30. Many fans reported multi-hour waits.

So what's left now? Checking Disneyland's availability calendar at midday today, there were no reservations available at all for June 5 and 12 - both Saturdays. The new Marvel-themed Avengers Campus opens at California Adventure on June 4. DCA also had no reservations as a starting park left for Sunday, June 6, however it remains available as a starting park on all other dates.

Under Disneyland's reservation system, you must reserve your spot at one of the two theme parks, however if you have a Park Hopper ticket, you may be free to move to the other park starting at 1pm, subject to the other park not hitting capacity restrictions.

Disneyland is out as a starting park on its reopening day, April 30, as well as all Saturdays and Sundays in May. It's also unavailable on eight weekdays in May.

Currently, Disneyland's availability calendar only shows dates through June 28. California officials have announced that the state is expected to exit its current tier system that limits theme park capacity on June 15. However, there's no guarantee that the state will not adopt some other set of rules on that date that might limit park operations. And state limits are just a baseline. Disney is free to impose stricter limits on its capacity and operations as it sees fit to protect the health of its cast members and guests, as it has done in Florida.

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Replies (5)

April 16, 2021 at 2:28 PM

Logged into the system at 745am. Finished everything at 640pm.
Got into the official ticketing system around 230pm. Put my tickets in the cart and then made the mistake of "add a hotel". That bumped me back into the queue system. Luckily figured out I could safely go back to the cart. Had to wait in the queue system after the tickets were purchased to make reservations. I think that was due to the fact I got bounced out during the hotel selection process.

April 16, 2021 at 3:43 PM

Crazy seeing al these wait times. I logged in around 730am and finished purchasing and making reservations around 945am

April 16, 2021 at 4:10 PM

The queues should’ve been different. One queue to buy tickets then reserve your day and the other to reserve your day for a pre-existing ticket. I get the system wouldn’t work well if there were two different reservation systems because they’ll both need to load into one system and that may cause some problems if it closes on one system but not the other.

I had both pages load at the same time to save time. Seems like the wait times are much faster now and the rush has died so it won’t be much of a problem now.

April 16, 2021 at 8:53 PM

I’ll wait it out, I’m in no rush.

April 17, 2021 at 2:33 PM

Living 15 miles outside of California, I'm missing all this chaos. It may have been better to sell date-specific and park-specific tickets that automatically reserve one's spot in the park.

Park-hopping complicates things, but I get that it's a big thing for some visitors (my last visit in 2019, about seven years since I had last visited), I got a two day one-park ticket for Disneyland Park because it was more important for me to relive that park than to visit DCA, which was pretty bad when it first opened (but admittedly has gotten a WHOLE HECK OF A LOT BETTER since then; I just didn't have the same memories tied to DCA and this trip was about reliving memories).

But it is what it is. And I'm not mad that I cannot visit (I am okay with waiting my turn, plus I have no vacation time anyway after taking a week off to rest and recuperate from being mask police at my job a month or so ago), and I'm not mad about how Disney is handling things. Sure, things could be better -- but also, there's a pandemic going on. And while vaccines are getting out there, not everyone has taken advantage, either due to availability or not wanting it (I got my second shot this past Thursday morning, which means two weeks from then I should be immune -- but that doesn't mean I cannot spread it even if it doesn't affect me).

It's just something, at least as far as Disney parks go, where I realize that (a) it's not all about me, though I DO get the frustration of people who waited for HOURS to get tickets and reservations, and (b) precautions are still warranted, and (c), these are frankly extreme circumstances and to expect Disneyland to be at the top of their game after just a long closure just seems silly, and (d) Disney websites and apps haven't exactly been 100% reliable in the first place.

I don't expect people to not be disappointed. But I do get that there are many reasons behind this.

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