Disneyland Hotel Reopening in July: What You Need to Know

by | May 20, 2021 | Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, DLR News

Everything you need to know about the Disneyland Hotel reopening July 2.

The Disneyland Hotel shut its doors on Monday, March 16, 2020. Since then, Disney Parks has been carefully keeping watch on CDC regulations and California COVID-19 policies.

Following the announcement of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel reopening on June 15, 2021 (Disney’s Californian Hotel reopened on April 29), we now have confirmation of the Disneyland Hotel reopening date!

The Disneyland Hotel will reopen on July 2! This is a big milestone in getting back to our new normal. Here’s what you need to know about booking and safety policies:

A Reopening With a Twist

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The Disneyland Hotel. Photo via Disney Parks Blog

As with all of the great news of reopening, this comes with caveats to ensure the health and safety of all guests and Cast Members.

The reopening of the Disneyland Hotel will have limited capacity, so limited rooms are available. Yep, that means if you want a reservation, you need to be on your toes!

If you don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn on the day your reservations become available, get in touch with our friends at Destinations to Travel. You may have heard that their services are free… and that’s completely true. This one’s on Mickey.

Keep these face covering mandates in mind during your Disneyland Hotel visit:

  • Face coverings are still required. on guests 2 and older.
  • While Walt Disney World has relaxed face covering protocol, Disneyland is operating on stricter rules.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, in all public areas, except while swimming or dining.
  • You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Disney reserves the right to require a Guest to leave if they are not properly wearing an approved face covering.

However, California Governer Gavin Newsom has plans to fully reopen in June. Via an April 5th, 2021 statement:

“On June 15, California plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around masking to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most indoor settings,” Ghaly said. “In indoor settings outside of one’s home, including public transportation and schools, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.”

So keep an eye out for relaxed face covering poilicies at Disneyland in the coming weeks.


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Disneyland Hotel Reopening

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Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Tina Chiu

Before heading back to Disneyland, you’ll need some Know-Before-You-Go pointers. Is there direct-to-room service? What about park reservations?

Will any atttractions look different when you get to the parks?

We’ve got 9 Need-to-Know Changes for you to peruse before setting foot in the parks or resorts at Disneyland.

About the Disneyland Hotel

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Disneyland Hotel in 1955. Photo via Disney Parks Blog

The Disneyland Hotel has been open since October 5, 1955, just a few months after the grand opening of Disneyland. If you’re looking for the most authentic and nostalgic trip to Disneyland, this hotel is it.

While none of the original hotel buildings stand, the modern Disneyland Hotel sits in the same spot, and many artifacts from the original building can be found on property.

The Disneyland Hotel has undergone many renovations over the years… and it wasn’t originally owned by the Walt Disney Company.

Walt Disney had a heck of a time trying to talk hotel companies into building at the then little-known area of Anaheim, California next to a theme park that no one believed would actually work.

Oh, how things have changed, right?

Walt finally talked Jack Wrather and his business partner Maria Helen Alvarez into financing The Disneyland Hotel. A couple of years after the grand opening, Wrather and Alvarez had a falling-out and Wrather bought out the whole thing.

With the success of Disneyland, Walt tried time and again to buy the Disneyland Hotel from Wrather. But it took until 1988, after the deaths of Wrather and his widow, when Michael Eisner could finally make a deal. Disney finally owned the Disneyland Hotel.

In the time that Wrather owned it, three towers, the Marina, Sierra, and Bonita were added to the original five humble two-story guest rooms. These three towers still stand, but the original five buildings are gone, bulldozed in 1999 to make way for Downtown Disney.

In 2007, the three towers were refurbished and renamed to Magic, Dreams, and Wonder respectively. Another round of refreshes and identity changes from 2010 to 2012 left them as the Fantasy, Adventure, and Frontier towers we see today.


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Written by Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...