Disneyland has reopened many of its most popular rides, eateries and shops, but there are still plenty of places that remain closed as the Anaheim theme park is in a phased reopening after a year-long COVID-19 pandemic shutdown continues.
More than 30 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure attractions, shows, restaurants and shops are closed for nearly three months after the park reopened.
It sounds like a lot, but the number should be considered in context. Nearly 180 Disneyland and DCA attractions, shows, restaurants and shops have reopened since the coronavirus shutdown – and additional reopenings are being announced all the time.
DCA’s Carthe Circle restaurant reopened the upstairs dining room on Thursday, July 22, and the Golden Horseshoe will return to Disneyland on July 29 for food and drink service without live entertainment.
Finding Nemo Submarine Tour – one of the Disneyland attractions with the tightest limits in the COVID-19 era – will return in “winter 2021”. It’s actually a much narrower window than it seems – with winter beginning on December 21 and 2021 ending on December 31. Expect to return to sub-weekly operations for the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day—usually the busiest time of year at one of these parks.
What’s still closed?
A large part of Toontown remains closed – due to construction and ongoing COVID-19 precautions. No food and drink locations are open in Toontown – along with Daisy’s Diner, Pluto’s Dog House and Clarabell’s Ice Cream Shop are all closed. Those eateries are next to the former Gag Factory shop, which has been torn down to make room for the new entrance for Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway dark ride debut in 2023.
Toontown has several character meet-and-greets (Mickey House and Minnie House) and children’s playhouses (Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse, Donald’s Boat and Goofy Playhouse) that remain closed due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns.
Beyond the Nemo sub, the biggest attraction that remains closed is the Disneyland Monorail—which also has tighter confines. The only other Disneyland attractions that remain closed fall into the character meet-and-greet category (Fantasy Fair Royal Hall, Pixie Hollow and Star Wars Launch Bay) and the high-touch Frontierland shootin’ exposition.
The Haunted Mansion will be closed for renovation from August 16 to September 2 to replace the dark ride with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” holiday overlay.
You might not even notice the attractions still closed at Disney California Adventure – Bakery Tour, Blue Sky Cellar, and Red Car Trolley. DCA’s Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has reopened for renovations after just opening for a few days.
The biggest thing missing from parks right now is entertainment. The spectacular “Fantasmic” and “World of Colour” nightly and “Magic Happens” parades are not yet back. The same goes for Disney Junior Live’s short shows at the Fantasy Fair Royal Theater and Stage. The “Mickey’s Mix Magic” fireworks show returned in time for the Fourth of July.
The cast of “Frozen Live” and “Mickey and the Magical Map” have been called off – leaving both theaters dark. All mention of major theatrical shows has been removed from Disneyland’s website.
Almost every retail store has returned to Disneyland except Fairy Tail Treasures at Fantasyland and Main Street Photo Supplies. Silhouette Studio on Main Street USA has reopened without Silhouette artists WDW News Today. All DCA shops have reopened.
The biggest missing piece from Disneyland’s restaurant lineup is Carnation Café on Main Street USA Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square and Pacific Wharf until DCA’s Bakery Tour comes again to provide bread bowls for main menu items. The cafe will not return. The quick service Troubadour Tavern at Disneyland and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at DCA are also closed.
Just outside the theme park gates, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel and PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel have closed permanently. Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is expected to return soon. Disney has not announced when the surfside lounge fast-casual restaurant and grab-and-go sand bar at the Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen.