What It’s Like to Ride an Attraction in Disneyland With Current Restrictions

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park have officially reopened at Disneyland Resort!

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

And today, after a FULL year of the parks being closed, we were finally able to get on some of our favorite Disneyland rides. But, the rules about outdoor lines, indoor ride time limits, and other theme park restrictions in California are a bit different than they are in Florida. So, what’s it really like to ride an attraction in Disneyland right now? Here’s what we experienced today!


According to the updated California theme park guidelines, all queues for attractions or rides must be outdoors. The guidelines also note that there should be plexiglass installed to ensure that there are at least six feet between groups.

Many ride queues in Disneyland’s theme parks were already outdoors, or mostly outdoors, so that wasn’t a dramatic change for some rides. But other rides did in fact have larger indoor queues, like Indiana Jones Adventure and some others.

Time for an Adventure!

When we visited today, all lines for rides were outdoors, in compliance with the guidelines. 

Look for the Cast Members with the signs!

We also found social distancing markers throughout the queue areas, much like what we’ve seen over at Disney World.

Make sure to abide by the ground markers.

Additionally, many attractions also had plexiglass installed in their queue areas to ensure distancing. Again, this is not really too different from what we’ve seen over in Disney World.

Ride Vehicle Loading

Much like when Disney World first reopened, Disneyland Cast Members were loading vehicles with 1 party in instances where social distancing could not be maintained.

The queue for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

In larger ride vehicles, more than one party was being loaded. But, either plexiglass had been installed on the ride vehicle, and/or several rows of space were being left between different parties. 

Plexiglass on the Indiana Jones Adventure ride vehicles.

We’ve seen this changing a bit over at Disney World, where more rides are now seating guests in every row or seating more guests than before. But, at Disneyland, quite a bit of space was generally being left between different parties.

Indoor Ride Time Limitation

California’s theme park guidance also specifies that all indoor rides must be limited to no more than 15 minutes. That’s generally not a problem as many of Disneyland’s rides are outdoors, don’t spend that much time indoors, or generally are not that long.

Rise of the Resistance is a pretty long ride!

One of the attractions that is quite long though is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. To follow state guidelines, the ride experience was shorted a bit by cutting out the first pre-show. We walked right through the room with Rey and BB-8.

We skipped the first pre-show and moved on to this room.

The ride kicked off with the transport vehicle, and from there, the only difference was the addition of plexiglass to separate parties.

Plexiglass on the Rise of the Resistance ride vehicles.

It was still just as exciting as it was before!


Overall, many of the same things we’ve seen at Disney World are being utilized in Disneyland including social distancing markers, plexiglass, and limited capacity. But, things are ever so slightly different since queues must be outdoors and indoor rides must not be longer than 15 minutes.

We’ll make sure to keep updating you today!

We’ll continue to keep an eye out for any other unique aspects of Disneyland’s reopening and keep you informed about everything going on during this historic time!

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