For the 50+ Traveler

More attractions will be open than not when Disneyland and California Adventure open their doors to visitors at the end of the month. But a few of the most popular attractions will remain closed for the time being.

The theme parks are opening April 30 to California residents only and with limited capacity as officials continue to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Reservations are mandatory for entry.

Those who do make it into the parks will find about 20 attractions closed. At the top of the list are the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Jungle Cruise, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and the Disneyland Monorail. The rest of the list is made up primarily of attractions on the water or in exclusively indoor venues where social distancing is an issue.

The Jungle Cruise closure was expected since Disney announced in January that the ride would be undergoing significant changes to eliminate some racially insensitive aspects. When those will be complete is unknown.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters are also labeled as closed for refurbishment, with no expected opening date listed.

Here is a complete list of attractions that will be closed when the parks reopen:


  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Chip ’n Dale Treehouse
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Minnie’s House
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

California Adventure

  • Animation Academy
  • Boudin Bakery Tour
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop

In addition, a few restaurants and retail outlets will remain closed, but the majority will be open for service. Guests will be required to eat at the restaurant, since walking without a mask on in the parks is not allowed.

While the list of closed attractions seems long, most of the favorite attractions will be open, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, It’s a Small World, and more.

In addition, rides more suited to younger visitors will be open, including Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and more.

One of the newest attractions, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be open but operate with a virtual queue and no lines. The ride had only been open a few weeks before the pandemic hit and forced Disneyland to close last March.

Park officials keep an updated list of open attractions on their website.

Disneyland and California Adventure will operate with an extensive list of rules involving reservations, coronavirus protocols, and more. Reservations will open on April 12 for both parks and will be the only way to enter. Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing will be mandatory. Disney expects these precautions to last through 2021.

In addition to some attractions being closed, other changes visitors will notice is the cancelation of parades, nighttime spectaculars, single-rider queues, and magical makeovers. In addition, there will be no meet-and-greets with princesses and other Disney characters, although they will be roaming the grounds as usual.

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