Disney prepares to welcome fans back to park with “A Touch of Disney.”
Beginning on March 18, Disney’s California Adventure park will be open to the public for a new, limited experience called “A Touch of Disney.”
As the Disneyland blog says, “It’s time to experience some of the sights, sounds and flavors of the Disneyland Resort” once again. In this long-awaited entry to the park, guests will be able to satisfy their Disney cravings with opportunities to taste the beloved treats, shop merchandise and wave to their favorite characters.
In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, Disneyland and California Adventure parks are remaining closed for regular operation until further notice. “A Touch of Disney” will allow fans to experience the magic of Disney once again and roam the grounds of California Adventure to reunite with their favorite aspects of the park — minus all of the rides.
“A Touch of Disney” will begin on March 18 and guests can plan a visit Thursday through Monday between the hours of noon and 8pm. The park has not specified how long the experience will be open to the public for.
Mimicking the concept of Disney’s annual Food & Wine Festival, the food-focused event will be primarily tasting style, meaning many of the kiosks and concessions will serve in small portions. That way, visitors can try a bite of everything they’ve been missing. Restaurant-style dining locations, such as Lamplight Lounge, will be available upon reservation which guests can make starting on March 11.
The event will be limited capacity and open for advanced reservations only. Tickets can be purchased online via the Disneyland website, and specific dates and sales will begin on March 4. Members of the Disneyland Legacy Passholder program will receive earlier access to purchase tickets. Starting at $75, a ticket will include admission along with dining credit, photo ops and parking.
Disney has been working hard to find ways to keep the magic alive while focusing on health and safety for both guests and workers. As Downtown Disney has been open to the public on and off throughout the pandemic, the already implemented health guidelines will roll over to “A Touch of Disney.”
Following state and local restrictions, each cast member and guest over 2 years of age will be required to wear a face covering in the park. In addition to masks, hand-washing stations will be provided as well as physical barriers to encourage social distancing. Temperature checks will also continue to be a part of the protocol upon entry.
As many food options and store locations will be available to guests, cashless payments are highly recommended. Through the Disneyland app, visitors can utilize the Mobile Order feature to purchase foods, beverages and products.
Introducing these new rules will pave a way for the eventual reopening of the well-missed parks, and this new experience is offering fans a hope for the future of Disneyland. “A Touch of Disney” eases the pain as it helps fans as they wait to ride their favorite rides again.