Disneyland Updates

We are listing updates to The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2023 here. The author will submit updates as needed. Please check back often for the latest information, or subscribe to the Unofficial Guides newsletter to stay up to date on all the news for Disneyland, as well as other Disney parks.

Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2023 Updates

(as of 1/10/2023)


18 Disneyland Mobile App

After “review your park and dining reservations,” insert “compliment exceptional cast members,”

20 Ticket Prices

Admission prices have increased as of October 2022:

One Day One Park $104-$179 ($98-$169 kids)

One Day Parkhopper $169-$244 ($163-$234 kids)

Two Day One Park $285 ($270 kids) +$60 with Parkhopper

Three Day One Park $360 ($340 kids) +$60 with Parkhopper

Four Day One Park $395 ($370 kids) +$60 with Parkhopper

Five Day One Park $415 ($390 kids) +$60 with Parkhopper

Prices for Magic Key annual passes increased in August 2022:

New prices are $1,599 for Inspire (replaces Dream), $1,099 for Believe, $699 for Enchant, and $449 for Imagine.

23 Disney now offers seven seasonal tiers for all single-day tickets. The price difference between a Tier 0 (cheapest) and Tier 6 (most expensive) single day is currently $75.

24 The Park Hopper premium on a single-day admission is currently $65. As of February 4, 2023, park hopping is permitted beginning at 11 a.m. (instead of 1 p.m.)

25-26 Magic Keys

Replace “Dream Key Pass” with:

The Inspire Key pass, which replaced the Dream Key pass, is the top-tier annual pass with the fewest blockout dates, although it is invalid during the two weeks around Christmas and New Years. (Disneyland no longer offers any annual pass valid 365 days a year). The Inspire Key, which costs $1,599, includes admission to both parks during normal operating hours, free self-parking in the theme park garages and lots, and unlimited PhotoPass downloads. The pass also provides up to 15% discounts at most resort dining locations, 20% off the daily Genie+ fee, and 20% off most merchandise. Inspire Key passholders may hold up to six theme park reservations at one time.

All Key levels now include 20% off the daily Genie+ fee.

Believe Key now includes unlimited PhotoPass downloads.

Enchant Key and Imagine Key now include 25% off self-parking at the Toy Story lot only.

25 Sales of new Magic Key passes briefly resumed in November 2022, but are currently sold out. Existing Key holders may still renew their expiring passes.

26 before Rides and Shows Closed for Repairs insert:


We’ve to describe that thing you carry around as proof of your admission to the park. In fact, Disney admission media come in three forms.

The latest admission option is a rubber wristband called a MagicBand+. MagicBands have been available for several years at Walt Disney World, and will be introduced at Disneyland Resort in late 2022. About the size and shape of a small wristwatch, it contains a tiny radio frequency identification (RFID) chip, on which is stored a link to the record of your admission purchase in Disney’s computers. Your MagicBand+ gives you access to the park turnstiles and Lightning Lanes you’ve reserved, tracks PhotoPass images you’ve collected, and can also function as your Disney hotel-room key. MagicBand+ also includes motion sensors, haptic vibrations, and multi-colored lights that synchronize with select nighttime spectaculars, and allow you to play interactive games like Batuu Bounty Hunters using the PlayDisney app.

MagicBand+s are available for purchase in a variety of styles for about $35-$55, with modest discounts for Magic Keyholders and on-site hotel guests.Each member of your family gets his or her own MagicBand, each with a unique serial number. The wristbands are removable, resizable, and waterproof, and they have ventilation holes for cooling. Their built-in batteries will need to be charged before first use, and recharged every couple days; a USB charging cable is included in the box, but not a wall plug. When drained of power, you’ll still be able to use the band to end the park or your hotel room, but interactive features won’t work.

Some guests, particularly those with hand- or wrist-mobility issues, find using the MagicBand physically challenging. To help with this, the center portion of the band (essentially a puck the size of a quarter) is removable. The puck can then be placed on a lanyard or clipped on a bag, making it easier to maneuver.

If you don’t want a MagicBand+, your second option is a credit card-sized piece of paper with a barcode, which will be handed to you for free the first time you enter the park. Your third option is to use the Disneyland app on your smartphone. This option allows you to scan your smartphone for admission at park entrances.

28 Themed Entertainment Association 2021 Theme Park attendance report: https://aecom.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/reports/AECOM-Theme-Index-2021.pdf

28-29 Selecting the Time of Year: In 2022, the busiest time of all was Spring Break and Easter (April 9-17), followed closely by Christmas Week through New Year’s Day. The week of Presidents Day (Feb 17-24), the first week of summer (June 13-22), fall break and Columbus Day (October 3-16), and Thanksgiving Week (November 19-25) were also extremely busy.

The slowest period of the year is from early August through late September, especially the first two weeks in September. The next slowest times are early January through mid-February, early March, the week following Easter until Memorial Day weekend, and after Thanksgiving weekend until the week before Christmas. Traditionally, Disneyland saw large summer crowds from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but recently attendance has been moderate during the hottest weeks of late June and July.

31 Selecting the Day of Week: In 2022, the majority of the busiest days fell on weekdays rather than weekends, likely due to restrictions on local Magic Key holders. 

31 The Spoiler

After Dapper Day insert “or Bats Day (May; batsday.net), or RunDisney footraces, which will resume in 2024 (rundisney.com)”

32 Early Entry

Peter Pan’s Flight is included in early entry. Details on included attractions can be found at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/early-admission-options/.

38 Preferred Parking costs $50 (or a $20 upgrade if prepaid)

38 The Toy Story parking lot security checkpoint only operates during the peak morning arrival period. If entering later in the day, you may pass through security after being bussed to the Esplanade.

39 Valet parking may not be available at the Grand Californian for guests without hotel or dining reservations during peak seasons. When available, valet parking at resort hotels is $65 plus $10 per hour, up to $135 daily for nonguests.

46 Valet parking at resort hotels is $65 per night for guests.


51 Paradise Pier Hotel

Paradise Pier Hotel will be renamed Pixar Place Hotel, and will sport new artwork in the common areas and guest rooms, along with a Finding Nemo-themed splash pad near the pool.

74 Radisson Blu Anaheim has been renamed The Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Blu SkyBar is now Top of the V.


93 The price for Genie+ has increased to $25 if purchased in advance when buy park admission, or $25-$30 (depending on demand) if purchased the day of your visit.

WEB SLINGERS is now included in Genie+ instead of being an Individual Lightning Lane.

94 Individual Lightning Lane pricing now varies daily between $12 and $25 based on demand.

94 On very busy days (such as during Christmas Week in 2022), Genie+ may sell out entirely within hours after park opening.

97 Lightning Lane

Change “However, you may retrieve Lightning Lane return times for the opposite park before 1 p.m., when park hopping is permitted. In that case, you’ll automatically be assigned a return time after 1 p.m., regardless of what times are currently being distributed to guests already inside the park.” to “However, you may retrieve Lightning Lane return times for the opposite park before 1 p.m. (when park hopping is permitted) as long as the requested ride is already distributing return times later than 1 p.m. If the current return times are still before 1 p.m., you’ll be told to try that reservation again later.”

97 Disney’s Genie+ app now allows you to modify an existing Lightning Lane reservation by picking a different time (if available) instead of having to cancel and rebook. Try reserving your desired ride even if the return window is too late, then refresh the app repeatedly until an earlier return time appears.

99 Genie+

Change “Genie+ includes access to “Audio Tales” inside the Disneyland app” to “Genie+ includes access to Snapchat-style photo filters and “Audio Tales” inside the Disneyland app”

99 PhotoPass attraction picture downloads will soon be included in Genie+ at Walt Disney World.

109-110 Guided tours have resumed at Disneyland Resort. 

Walk In Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps has been replaced by Walt’s Main Street Tour. This 90 minute walking tour still offers a historical perspective on both Disneyland Park and the man who created it, but now focuses only on Main Street U.S.A., and doesn’t include rides on any attractions. The tour’s highlight is a visit to Walt’s private apartment above the Main Street firehouse – including a photo op, and snack on the second-story patio overlooking Town Square – which is a bucket-list experience for any die-hard Disney devotee.

Cost is $160 for all ages, and the tour is offered multiple times in the morning and early afternoon. (The tour is considered inappropriate for younger children, who will likely be bored; guests under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.)

122 As of February 4, 2023, PhotoPass attraction picture downloads are free for all guests throughout the Disney100 celebration.

Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort is a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour highlighting seasonal traditions in both theme parks, from “it’s a small world”’s holiday overlay to the Christmas Fantasy Parade. The tour costs $110 for all guests ages 3 and up; guests under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Tours run from mid-November through early January, and depart daily around 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.


118 Disneyland will deliver purchases to the Merchants Guild next to City Hall, where they can be retrieved before exiting the park.



180 Park Opening Procedures

C(1) change “If you are going to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” to “If you are going to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge”

C(2) delete “or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”

184 Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from January 9 through Spring 2023, to refurbish long-broken effects.

187 Haunted Mansion

The Hat Box Ghost animatronic, which was previously exclusive to Disneyland, will be added to Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion in 2023.

190 Splash Mountain

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a sequel to the film The Princess and the Frog, set in 1927. Guests will visit the old salt mine that Tiana has turned into her new business, and help her find the missing ingredient for her special recipe. The revamped ride will include new animatronics, elaborate lighting effects, and songs and dialogue recorded by the original voice actors, including Anika Noni Rose.

194 Lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop now cost $250.

198 Rise of the Resistance

after “This route is slightly longer but much less congested, so the fleet-footed can beat the

pack to the ride entrance.” insert “However, on busier days cast members may force you to take the Frontierland route in order to join the Rise of the Resistance queue.”

203 Fireworks

Disneyland Forever has been retired again as of September 2022, and will be replaced in 2023 with Wondrous Journeys, a new fireworks spectacular celebrating the Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary. It will feature a new song, “It’s Wondrous,” along with references to all 60 Disney animated features. 

213 Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open on January 27, 2023. The rest of Mickey’s Toontown will open on March 8, 2023.

214-215 Runaway Railway: change “enhanced with three additional show scenes not seen in the Walt Disney World version” to “enhanced with an expanded interactive queue which doubles as a museum of Mickey Mouse memorabilia from across the decades”

217 Toontown Playground: Donald’s Boat will reopen with Mickey’s Toontown as Donald Duck’s Pond, and include some new water play features.

217 The Toontoon coaster is now called Chip & Dale’s Gadget Coaster.

218 Toontown Playhouse: Goofy’s Playhouse will reopen with Mickey’s Toontown, and will feature an expanded “How To Play Yard” with fully accessible equipment for children with disabilities. 

218 Tomorrowland

After “retro-future” add: Disney Vacation Club members can visit the Star View Station on the second floor of Star Wars Launch Bay, starting in early 2023. The lounge offers phone charging stations, WiFi, and air conditioning, along with murals referencing extinct attractions like Monsanto’s Adventure Thru Inner Space.

220 Monorail

Delete “At press time, the monorail was closing daily at 7 p.m., even when the park was open late.” (the monorail has resumed running until closing)

228-229 Parades

The Main Street Electrical Parade has been retired again as of September 2022. The Magic Happens parade resumes performances on February 24, 2023, and will typically run twice each day.

229 The Plaza Inn parade lunch package costs $45 for adults ($25 for kids ages 3-9; tax and gratuity not included), and includes viewing of the second Magic Happens parade.

230 Wondrous Journeys, a new fireworks show celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary, will debut on January 27, 2023, replacing Disneyland Forever. The new show will include references to all 60 Walt Disney animated features, and will feature immersive projections like the previous production set to an original theme song, “It’s Wondrous.”

233-235 Seasonal Events: Merriest Nites parties were not held in 2022. Disneyland After Dark 2023 events include Sweethearts Nite (Jan 31-Feb 16); and Princess Nite (March 7 & 9).


256 Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley transports guests from the park entrance to the Hyperion Theater and back again.

257 Red Car Trolley

Replace “Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!” with “the Hyperion Theater”

262 Avengers Campus

Replace “(The planned Avengers-themed E-Ticket, which promised to allow guests to participate in a massive battle above Wakanda, has been placed on hold.)” with “A third ride was announced at the 2023 D23 Expo that will allow guests to participate in a battle against a victorious variant of Thanos alongside Avengers from across the entire multiverse. Details on the attraction – including an anticipated opening year – are scarce, but concept art appears to depict an indoor ride utilizing screens.”

276 Pacific Wharf

DCA’s Pacific Wharf area will be transformed into San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6. The bridge to the area will be redecorated as Japanese-style Golden Gate Bridge, and a new meet & greet with Baymax will be added. The area’s dining options will get a makeover, but no major additions have been announced.

280 World of Color

The current World of Color will be replaced on January 27, 2023 by World of Color – One, a new show featuring characters from classics like Mulan and The Lion King, along with newer films such as Encanto, Coco, Moana, and Soul. It will also include a new song, “Start A Wave,” inspired by the concept of creating change through a single action.

283 The Pixar Pier bridge is available for non-ticketed standby viewing during World of Color. It is not part of the Blue ticketed section.

284 The cast of Avengers Assemble rotates frequently; a special Christmas edition featuring Hawkeye is the most fun.

286 The DCA Food & Wine Festival returns on March 3-April 25, 2023.


294 The free Touring Plans Dining Reservations Finder (https://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/reservation-finder) can help you secure in-demand restaurants by alerting you via text if your desired table is temporarily available. 

302 Alien Pizza Planet: change “The cafeteria-style setup usually means less waiting.” to “You must now order and pay before picking up your food, which defeats the cafeteria-style setup, resulting in more waiting.”

303 Disneyland Snacks: Corn dog (Stage Door Cafe)

308 Stage Door Cafe: change “The corn dogs are nearly as good as those from the Main Street cart” to “The corn dogs are better here than those from Main Street’s Little Red Wagon cart (which no longer cooks them fresh)”

317 La Brea Bakery Cafe has permanently closed. It will temporarily reopen as Earl of Sandwich, before being demolished and replaced with Porto’s Bakery.

325 Ralph Brennan’s is closed for renovations, and will reopen as Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio. The Jazz Kitchen Express will be called Beignets Expressed.

325 Rancho Del Zocalo now offers Mobile Ordering.

334 BluSky Restaurant and Bar is now called Top of the V, serving the same Spanish menu.

340 Downtown Disney: When renovations are completed, Downtown Disney will have over 12 new venues, including Porto’s Cuban bakery.

342 WonderGround Gallery is moving into the former ESPN Zone.


348 Universal Hollywood Annual Passes price increase

Silver Annual Pass $229 ($219 online)

Gold Annual Pass $309 ($229 online)

Platinum Annual Pass $559 ($549 online)

California Neighbor Pass $189 ($179 online) per 9 months

352-353 Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: This attraction may open 30 minutes after the rest of the park.

355 The Special Effects Show has permanently closed at Universal Studios Hollywood as of 1/8/2023.

357 Animal Actors has permanently closed at Universal Studios Hollywood as of 1/8/2023.

356 Studio Tour: Universal has reconstructed the Jupiter’s Claim sets seen in Jordan Peele’s film NOPE near the end of the tour, where spooky sound effects assault trams as they pass by wild west storefronts. Live actors may invade the sets for the Terror Tram during Halloween Horror Nights.

374 Palm Springs

After the SHAG Store, insert “You can see Walt Disney’s personal Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I airplane (a.k.a. “Mickey Mouse One”), which has been restored and placed on exhibit at the Palm Springs Air Museum (745 North Gene Autry; <#>760-778-6262; palmspringsairmuseum.org).”

Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2022 (Archived Updates as of 8/8/2022)


p16 Disney’s official PlanDisney.disney.go.com website shares answers to common guest questions from a diverse team of dedicated park fans (previously known as the “Disney Moms Panel”).

p17 Disney has launched an official PlanDisney trip planning podcast.

p20 Disneyland Resort admission prices increased in October 2021. Tier 6 adult single day/single park tickets are now $164, and single day park-hopper passes are $224.

p24 Park hoppers who arrive after 1 p.m. may enter either gate first, regardless of which park they reserved, but a reservation at one of them is still required.

p24 Park hopping is officially prohibited until 1 p.m., but you can actually enter the opposite park as early as 12:55 p.m..

P24 Sales of all new Magic Key annual passes are currently suspended; guests who already have Magic Keys should be able to renew, but may have to select a different tier of pass.

p31 Early Entry to the Disneyland Resort theme parks resumed for on-site hotel guests only on August 8, 2022. Details on included attractions can be found at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/early-admission-options/.

p37 Parking trams will begin operating again at the Disneyland Resort garages starting on February 23.

p38 If you drive a Tesla or another electric vehicle, you’ll be happy to know that the Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, and Toy Story parking structures have dozens of spots where you can recharge your EV while enjoying the resort. Inform the toll booth attendant that you need an EV charging spot, and navigate to the designated section. You’ll need to install the ChargePoint app on your smartphone ahead of time to power up, which costs $0.35 per KWh. Tesla owners will need their j1772 adapter to attach the plug.

p38 Parking in Disneyland Resort garages and lots costs $30 for cars and motorcycles, $35 for RVs and oversize vehicles without trailers, and $40 for buses and tractors with extended trailers. Preferred Parking is $45. Downtown Disney rates are unchanged.

p38 If you are coming from the I-5 southbound and want to park in the Toy Story Lot, the shortest route is to exit at Katella Avenue and make a left on Clementine Street. However, this entrance is not open all time, unlike the lot’s main entrance on Harbor Boulevard.

p39 Valet parking at the Disneyland Resort hotels costs $50 plus $10 per hour, up to $120 daily for nonguests. 


P43 Early Entry to the Disneyland Resort theme parks will resume for on-site hotel guests only in summer 2022. Package delivery to on-site Disneyland Resort hotels is resuming in summer 2022. The “Hey Disney!” digital assistant in the Amazon Alexa devices being installed in all on-site hotel rooms will allow guests to communicate with Disney characters and get information about their vacation. 

p45 Parking for registered resort guests at any of the Disney-owned hotels is $35 per night for self-parking ($40 for oversized vehicles; free for Disney Vacation Club members) or $50 per night for valet.

p45 Grand Californian parking: $35 self/$50 valet

p47 Disneyland Hotel parking: $35 self/$50 valet

p47 The Grand Californian’s Eureka Fitness Center offers early morning power walks and boot camps, held inside Disney California Adventure before the park opens to guests. Sessions cost $25 for 45 minutes, and are open to registered guests staying at all 3 on-site Disneyland Resort hotels. Space is limited; visit na.spatime.com/dlr92802 for class times and reservations.

p48-49 Rates and availability for Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites can now be searched online at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/disneyland-hotel/rates-rooms/

p50 Paradise Pier Hotel parking: $35 self/$50 valet

P50 Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is being rebranded with Pixar characters. An exclusive park entrance across the street from the hotel will allow guests direct access into Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Gardens (near the Corn Dog Castle).


P91 Lightning Lane attractions chart

Disneyland: Add Autopia, Delete * from Space Mountain

DCA: add Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

p91 change “Genie+ users can use participating Lightning Lanes as many times as they like during the day, but they can only claim one return window at a time and must redeem

it at the selected ride before picking another.” to “Genie+ users can only claim one return window at a time (unless using the ‘2 hour loophole’ described below) and must redeem it at the selected ride or let it expire before picking another. Unlike FastPass, guests may only use each participating Lightning Lane once per day, so you’ll be back in standby if you want to re-ride your favorites.”

Change “Lightning Lane access is not bundled into Genie+ for two selected rides in each park—Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Space Mountain at Disneyland, and Radiator Springs Racers and WEB SLINGERS at Disney California Adventure” to “Lightning Lane access is not bundled into Genie+ for one or two selected rides in each park—Star Wars Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland, and Radiator Springs Racers and WEB SLINGERS at Disney California Adventure”

Change “Pricing for these rides varies daily based on demand” to “Pricing for these rides varies daily between $7 and $20 based on demand”

After “maximum of two attractions per day” insert “(and only once per attraction)”

p93 change “When you use the Disneyland app to secure a Lightning Lane reservation, it will show you a set of return times to choose from, such as “1 p.m. to 2 p.m.,” “1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.,” and so on. You’ll pick the one that works best for your day;” to “ “When you use the Disneyland app to secure a Lightning Lane reservation, it will assign you the next available return time, such as “1 p.m. to 2 p.m.,” “1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.,” and so on;”

Change “FastPass allowed an unpublicized 15-minute grace period and exceptions for ride breakdowns, and we expect Lightning Lane to do so as well.” to “Lightning Lane allows an unpublicized 15-minute grace period and exceptions for ride breakdowns.”

Change “In the old free FastPass system, Disney would normally allocate 75%–80% of a ride’s hourly capacity to FastPass riders. In practice, that meant that Disney put three or four people from the FastPass line on the ride for every one person it took from the standby line. Even with a separate line for FastPass riders, people often waited 30 minutes or more in the FastPass line once they returned to ride.” to “Disney will normally allocate 80%–90% of a ride’s hourly capacity to Lightning Lane riders. In practice, that meant that Disney puts between four and 10 people from the Lightning Lane on the ride for every one person it takes from the standby line. Under the free FastPass system, people often waited 30 minutes or more in the FastPass line once they returned to ride.

p94 change “If your Genie+ return time is more than 90 minutes away, you may be able to retrieve a second reservation for a different Genie+ attraction 90 minutes after scheduling your first.” to  “If your Genie+ return time is more than 2 hours away, you may retrieve a second reservation for a different Genie+ attraction 120 minutes after scheduling your first.This trick, which is known as the ‘2 hour loophole’ can be used to ‘stack’ multiple overlapping Lightning Lane reservations in the evening; see the tips below for details.”

Add “If you change your mind about a Genie+ Lightning Lane you selected, you can cancel it through the app and replace it with a new attraction. Be aware that if you change your mind back, your initial reservation may no longer be available.”

Add “Once you’ve entered the park for the day, you can use Genie+ to continue to retrieve Lightning Lane return times after you’ve exited, so you can reserve another ride while lunching in Downtown Disney or napping at your hotel.”

Change “Once park hopping is permitted in the afternoon, Lightning Lane reservations may be made at either park.” to “However, you may retrieve afternoon Lightning Lane return times for either park before 1 p.m., when park hopping is permitted.” 

p95 change: “Attractions may not dispense Lightning Lane reservations while they are closed for technical difficulties or special events.” to “Attractions will not dispense Lightning Lane reservations while they are closed for extended refurbishments or special events, but it may continue to dispense return times through Genie+, when temporarily unavailable, with a time buffer added to accommodate the anticipated downtime.”

Change “your Lightning Lane automatically converts to a Replacement Lightning Lane pass. Replacement passes remain valid for use until closing time at that attraction (if it reopens) or at selected other Lightning Lane attractions in the same park. If the original return window was near to closing time, the Replacement pass may be valid on the following day.” to “your Lightning Lane automatically converts to a ‘Multiple Experiences’ Replacement Lightning Lane pass. Multiple Experiences passes remain valid for use until closing time at that attraction (if it reopens) or at selected other Lightning Lane attractions in both parks. Multiple Experiences passes are also accepted at many attractions that do not offer Lightning Lane; tap “find out where you can go” in the app to see exactly where your pass may be redeemed. If the original return window was near to closing time, the Multiple Experiences pass may be valid on the following day. Individual Lightning Lane purchases may be refunded if you are unable to ride, but no refunds are issued for Genie+ due to attraction closures.”

Change “The only exception to this rule is a Replacement Lightning Lane reservation” to “The only exceptions to this rule are the ‘2 hour loophole’ described above, and Multiple Experiences Lightning Lane replacement passes”

p95 add before Virtual Queues

10 Steps to Mastering Genie+

Genie+ and Lightning Lane doesn’t negate the need for a good touring plan, particularly for families focused on the slow-loading childrens’ rides that don’t offer the service. However, expert Genie+ users can adopt a “carpe diem” attitude that will allow you to hit most – if not all – of the headliners with minimal pre-planning.

1. Before your visit, make two lists: one of all the attractions you want to experience that offer Genie+ Lightning Lane, and another of those you want to see that don’t participate in the service.

2. Make sure your Disneyland smartphone app is properly set up with your admission tickets attached before arriving at the park.

3. Arrive early and try to enter the park at least 30 minutes before the official opening.

4. Purchase Genie+ and make Lightning Lane reservation for an eligible attraction on your list as soon as you enter the park. Get the earliest time available, preferably right at park opening, and set an alarm to remind you when to get your next return time.

5. As soon as you’re permitted, head to the most popular non-Genie+ ride on your list and get in the queue.

6. If your first Lightning Lane’s expiration is still more than 30 minutes away, go ahead and ride the next closest non-Genie+ attraction on your list first. Otherwise, go straight to use your first Lightning Lane.

7. You can claim another reservation in Genie+ after scanning in for your first Lightning Lane.

8. Repeat this cycle until the soonest available Lightning Lane return time is more than 120 minutes away. At that point, begin selecting the latest available return times, keeping an eye out for evening return times on outdoor rides that look better after sunset (like Incredicoaster and Big Thunder Mountain ).

9. At noon, grab reservations for any nighttime shows (like World of Color) that are available; they won’t interfere with your Lightning Lanes.

10. Remember to take advantage of the ‘2 hour loophole’ and keep retrieving another Lightning Lane return time at least every 120 minutes, stockpiling them for later in the day, even if you leave the park for a break. You can only hold one Lightning Lane reservation per attraction, but if a ride breaks down you’ll get a ‘multiple experiences’ replacement pass valid on selected rides in both parks for the rest of the day (and possibly the next).

p95 Virtual Queues have been discontinued at Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers. Both rides now offer Standby queues and paid Individual Lightning Lanes. Virtual Queues are used for the noon daily distribution of viewing passes for World of Color. Virtual Queues may be reintroduced at rides during peak attendance periods, or on popular new attractions. 

p97 Single Rider lines are currently not available at Space Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure in Disneyland. WEB SLINGERS in DCA now offers a single-rider line.


p105 As of February 17, 2022, face masks are optional indoors and outdoors for all vaccinated guests at the Disneyland Resort, and no proof of vaccination status is required. At Universal Studios Hollywood, face masks are optional for all guests as of March 4, and proof of vaccination status is no longer required before entering the park.

p106 Manual wheelchairs and a limited number of ECVs are available to rent inside the bottom level of the Pixar Pals parking structure.

P109 Package delivery to on-site Disneyland Resort hotels is resuming in summer 2022.

p109 The Walmart Neighborhood Market at 10912 Katella Ave is permanently closed as of late March 25, 2022. The nearest Walmart Neighborhood Market is at 1120 S Anaheim Blvd in Anaheim.

p113 The Main Street Photo Supply Co. in Disneyland Park has been replaced by the Plaza Point Holiday Shop. For assistance with PhotoPass, visit the photo concierge booth in the Esplanade to the left of Disneyland’s entrance.


p165 Miguel from Coco and Mirabel from Encanto greet guests outside the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant in Frontierland. Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon now appear in DCA’s Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (instead of Russel and Dug from UP).


p173 Single Rider lines are currently not available at Space Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure.

P175 A bust and plaque paying tribute to Frederick Douglas have been added alongside the Lincoln memorabilia in The Disneyland Story preshow.

p178 The Single Rider line is currently not available at Indiana Jones Adventure.

p182 Splash Mountain will reopen in 2024 with new Princess and the Frog theming.

P185 Characters from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian can be found in Black Spire Outpost near the bazaar, including Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Din Djarin, and Grogu (a.k.a. Baby Yoda). These characters will not interact with those from the sequel trilogy like Rey and Kylo Ren.

p187 Lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop no longer include a carrying sling.

p189 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance no longer uses a Virtual Queue system.

p191 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance no longer uses a Virtual Queue system; Standby and paid Individual Lightning Lane queue are available.

If rope dropping Rise of the Resistance, exit the hub into Frontierland, go through the tunnel behind Big Thunder Mountain, then turn left towards the ride.

Be aware that Rise of the Resistance closes for nightly maintenance at 8 p.m., even on evenings when the park stays open much later. 

p192 Since the advent of Lightning Lane and Galaxy’s Edge, Big Thunder Trail has become one of the most congested pinch-points in Disneyland park.

p197 “Tale of the Lion King,” a live adaptation of the film using music and storytelling that was previously staged at DCA, reopens at Fantasyland Theatre on May 28, 2022. The Fantasyland Theatre also hosted “Celebrate Gospel!” choir performances in February 2022.

p200 The Matterhorn Bobsleds single rider queue is located to the right of the entrance at the ride’s exit.

P203 Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire reopened on April 29, 2022. Tangled is typically performed for the first 3 showtimes of the day, with Beauty and the Beast taking the stage for the remainder.

p206 Mickey’s Toontown is closed for renovation as of March 9, 2022. When it reopens in early 2023, Toontown will feature an enhanced version of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, featuring 3 additional show scenes not seen in the Walt Disney World version. A green space called CenTOONial Park will be added, along with a “dreaming tree” inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown to relax under. Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House, and Donald’s Boat will all be reimagined with new themes and play features. Mickey’s House, Minnie’s House, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will all reopen with minor changes.

p210 Autopia offers Lightning Lane

p212 Disneyland Monorail reopened in October 2021, but will be temporarily closed again from February 4 through March 6, 2022.

p213 Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, which was originally scheduled to reopen in Winter 2021, remains closed for refurbishment at press time with no reopening date. 

p214 The Single Rider line is currently not available at Space Mountain.

p214 During seasonal Star Wars celebrations (late April/early May through July 4), Disney temporarily rechristens Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain. This Star Wars–inspired version includes projections of dogfighting TIE Fighters and X-wings that swoop past your ride vehicle, blazing red and green laser blasts, and John Williams’s stirring score blasting out of your in-seat speakers. Jedi junkies, who will happily jump in line over and over again for this flight, will be interested to know that it fits into official saga canon as the Battle of Jakku, which took place a year after Return of the Jedi and generated the crashed Star Destroyer that Rey scavenges in The Force Awakens. (Geek out concluded.)

P217 Fantasmic! has reopened at Disneyland, with no Virtual Queue option. Guests can purchase dinner packages for reserved viewing, or watch from a standby viewing section. Standby viewing areas open 2 hours prior to the first show, and may fill up within half an hour. Reserved viewing sections may fill to capacity 30 minutes prior to showtime.

p220 The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland Park starting April 22, featuring a new 118-foot long finale float celebrating the parade’s 50th anniversary. Magic Happens is not scheduled to return at this time. The Main Street Electrical Parade ends its latest run at Disneyland on September 1, 2022.

p221 Starting April 22, The Plaza Inn offers parade-viewing packages that combine a fried chicken lunch (including a dessert and beverage) with reserved parade viewing later that evening along Main Street in front of Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. At $40 per adult ($25 kids ages 3–9; tax not included).

p222 The Disneyland Forever (4 ½) fireworks show, originally created for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary in 2015, returns to Disneyland Park on Friday through Sunday nights starting April 22, 2022. Disneyland Forever will run nightly during the summer months; Mickey’s Mix Magic will be presented without pyrotechnics on Monday-Thursday nights when Disneyland Forever is not scheduled. The Disneyland Forever fireworks show will end on September 1, 2022. Mickey’s Mix Magic will be performed in its place, with pyrotechnics on select nights.

p222 replace “DISNEY ROCK GROUPS” with “TOMORROWLAND TERRACE: The stage in front of the Galactic Grill hosts high-energy Disney musical groups, who perform seasonally according to the entertainment schedule. It’s also home to periodic character dance parties, where an interactive DJ directs guests to boogie with Pixar pals. 

P223 Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience is resuming on nights when fireworks are scheduled; cost is $60 per person.


p242 WEB SLINGERS now offers a single-rider queue.

P243 DCA’s Red Car Trolleys resumed operation in Summer 2022. The Red Car Newsboys show will not return. P243 The Red Car Trolleys now travel between Buena Vista Street and the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood; they do not stop inside Avenger’s Campus.

p246-247 Mickey’s PhilharMagic is periodically preempted when the Sunset Showcase theater is used to screen movie trailers promoting Disney’s hopeful cinematic blockbusters, such as the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

p247 Monsters Inc offers Lightning Lane

p248 The planned Avengers-themed E-Ticket, which promised to allow guests to participate in a massive battle above Wakanda, has been placed on hold.

p249 Look for a plaque honoring Marvel Comics writer Stan “The Man” Lee at the entrance to the land.

p251 WEB SLINGERS no longer uses a Virtual Queue on most days; Standby and Individual Lightning Lane are offered. Single-riders line is available.

p265-266 The original Soarin’ Over California ride film – which some fans still consider superior to the current version – temporarily returns in the spring during DCA’s Food & Wine Festival.

p266 World of Color reopens at Disney California Adventure starting April 22, 2022. The Pixar Pier bridge is available for non-ticketed standby viewing during World of Color.

p272 In January and February 2022, Disney California Adventure hosts an expanded Lunar New Year Festival, with Raya (from Raya and the Last Dragon) and Tigger joining Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs to celebrate the “Year of the Tiger.” Look for a traditional Lucky Wishes Wall and kids’ crafts at Paradise Gardens; meet Raya at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail; and find Asian culinary treats at food booths along the walkways in between. (World of Color will not run during the 2022 Lunar New Year, but the special preshow may return in 2023.)

p272 Sip ‘n Savor passes, available during seasonal events, are valid for a set number of selected samples from food booths. If fully used on the most expensive eligible offerings, they offer modest savings over buying a la carte, but they can’t be used for alcoholic beverages.

P273 Seasonal Events: Disneyland After Dark Grad Nite Reunion will be held at DCA on June 23, 28, & 30, 2022.

p280 The Disneyland app has an unfortunate habit of saying that no walk-ups are available even when there are plenty of empty tables. This is especially common at locations frequented by locals, such as DCA’s Magic Key Terrace and Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel. Ask in person at the restaurant if you can join the waitlist, even if the app insists it’s full. 


p280 Kosher foods are also available at Mortimer’s Market and Carthay Circle in DCA. 

p290 Market House: You can only redeem rewards or use Mobile Ordering at the Downtown Disney Starbucks location.

p293 Troubadour Tavern has reopened near the Fantasyland Theatre. Bratwurst has been removed from the menu, along with the spicy brown mustard. The new menu includes sweet potatoes stuffed with chicken-coconut curry, berbere-speiced popcorn, and animal-themed cookies.

p294 Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta has reopened, with a new shrimp scampi pizza added to the menu.

P296 Paradise Garden Grill serves a new barbeque-focused menu – including St. Louis-style chicken, North Carolina-style pulled pork, and Kansas City-style ribs – when it isn’t taken over by seasonal food festivals.

P311 Rancho Del Zocalo now offers Mobile Ordering.

p317 Best Boba Tea:

Pink Pig Boba & Pizza<n>1650 S. Harbor Blvd. Ste. B, Anaheim; <#> (909) 316-9777; pinkpigbobapizza.com. The closest place to the Disneyland Resort to get fresh fruit tea, milk tea, or cloud tea with popping boba, red beans, lychee jelly, and other tasty toppings. Skip the pizza, which tastes previously-frozen, and stick with the superb Asian tea selection.

p321 Jägerhaus restaurant in Anaheim has permanently closed.

p326 The AMC Movieplex, Earl of Sandwich, and other existing structures on the western end of Downtown Disney are being demolished in 2022, making way for new shops and open-air gathering spaces. Din Tai Fung, a popular West Coast Taiwanese restaurant chain that attracts long waits for its authentic dim sum, is being added to the complex; and Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar are being transformed into Paseo and Centrico, serving Mexican fare. The popular Earl of Sandwich will reopen a pop-up quick service location, and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will be reimagined with a Californian vibe replacing its New Orleans look. The refreshed Downtown Disney will feature a new mid-century Palm Springs-inspired entry portal on the west side, along with a stage for live entertainment and green space for relaxing.

p351 The private lounge for Magic Key passholders located on Wine Country Trattoria’s upstairs terrace was expanded to encompass the restaurant’s entire upper floor.


P331 Rumors claim a high-speed “drifiting” roller coaster themed to the Fast & Furious films is coming to the park later this decade, possibly replacing the Special Effects and Animal Actors stages.

P331 Another difference from Disney is that Universal’s thrill rides use more restrictive restraints, which larger guests may have difficulty fitting into; always test the sample seat outside the attraction entrance before joining the queue.  

p331 The USH smartphone app now also has a digital wallet, which can scan your physical tickets to store your party’s park admission.

p334 Universal Studios Hollywood single day adult admission has increased to $144. A two-day admission ticket to USH is available online for $149-$174, depending on the date selected for first use during purchase; the second day must be used within 7 days, but no reservation is needed. Early entry is no longer included with tickets purchased online.

P337 Despicable Me Minion Mayhem may open 1 hour after the rest of the park’s attractions.

p339 Secret Life of Pets may open one hour after the park opens during the off-season. When using Virtual Line, you should wait no more than 20-30 minutes before boarding.

P341 Universal Studios Hollywood’s Special Effects Show is reopening on the Upper Lot in summer 2022:




What it is A theater presentation on special effects. Scope and scale Major attraction. When to go Anytime. Comments Predictable but still interesting; may frighten young children. Duration of show 30 minutes. Probable waiting time 15 minutes.

DESCRIPTION AND COMMENTS Guests view a fast-paced presentation on special effects, with elements borrowed from both the old Special Effects Stages (formerly on the park’s Lower Lot) and the Horror Make-Up Show found in Universal Studios Florida. Audience members participate in demonstrations of green screens, computer-generated Imagery (CGI), and motion capture. The educational content will already be familiar to anyone who has ever watched a DVD making-of documentary, and the show lacks Horror Make-Up humor and spontaneity, but the finale stunt demonstrations include a spectacular opportunity to watch a full-body fire burn in person.

TOURING TIPS The best seats seem to be in the center of the theater, not directly up front. Or try the seats to the left or right of the center runway. This show is only performed on weekends during the off season.

P341 Universal has reconstructed the Jupiter’s Claim sets seen in Jordan Peele’s film NOPE near the end of the tour, where spooky sound effects assault trams as they pass by wild west storefronts.

p351 Single rider queues have returned to attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lower Lot.

P351 Super Nintendo World, featuring the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge augmented reality dark ride, will open on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lower Lot in early 2023.

p354 The Frog Choir performs seasonally at Universal Studios Hollywood, and features Christmas music during the holiday season.

p355 On select evenings throughout the year, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show (★★★½) brings the Forbidden Journey facade to life with colorful spells and magical creatures cavorting to John Williams’s stirring film score, all thanks to the Muggle miracle of digital projection mapping. While the Sorting Hat narrates, each of the school’s four houses gets a chance to unfurl its banners and show off its mascot; watch out for Slytherin’s snapping snake. The brief 5-minute celebration is capped with a quick burst of pyrotechnics. The Dark Arts and Christmas light shows are still performed seasonally.

P382 #18. “Orbiter” should be spelled “Orbitor”