The Scoop on Food
Disneyland has also changed how it doles out its iconic food. Now, instead of standing in a line to order, you tap your menu choices into the Disneyland app and use contactless payment methods. The app’s mobile-ordering feature lets you pick your quick-service food spot, order ahead, pay online, and choose your arrival time. When you get there, tap “I’m here,” and your goodies get prepared—the app alerts you when it’s all ready for pickup. At table-service restaurants, walk-ins are limited, so it’s wise to make reservations for in-park dining locations, or to add your party to the mobile walk-up list.
Downtown Disney has reopened too, along with its 19 eateries, where ordering food still happens in the traditional way. However, it’s best to make reservations at the pedestrian district’s seven popular table-service restaurants.
New Safety Protocols
Disneyland is still rolling out a phased reopening. The park’s latest health and safety protocols are prominent on Disneyland.com, and they change often based on the most recent Covid guidance. At press time, they spell out that California strongly recommends that visitors be vaccinated or test negative for Covid before entering any theme park, though these aren’t requirements and you won’t need to show proof.
As for masks, Disney also strongly recommends that everyone over the age of 2 wear them in the park’s indoor spaces, though only a minority of people are still masking or distancing themselves in the parks.
Despite these lingering reminders of the pandemic, Disneyland’s comeback still manages to feel like a fairy tale’s magical return to life.