Disneyland brings fireworks back: Here's how to get tickets
Disneyland has also removed its requirement for face masks for fully vaccinated guests.
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After finally reopen to everyone on June 15, more than a year after shutting down due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the United States, Disneyland has brought back its nightly fireworks show starting on the Fourth of July.
For the first time in its 65-year history, the iconic California theme park initially shut down for a month on March 12, 2020 -- and remained closed until April 30, 2021, when Disneyland and California Adventure reopened for California residents only. Here's everything you need to know about the reopening, how to get a theme park reservation and ticket, the launch of Avengers Campus and when annual passes might be making a comeback.
Fireworks are back at Disneyland
Disneyland is celebrating the Fourth of July by bringing back its fireworks show, called Mickey's Mix Magic. The new 10-minute show will combine fireworks with projections, lights, music and lasers across Main Street USA, the Rivers of America and It's A Small World.
No word yet on when the nighttime World of Color show will be back at California Adventure.
Disneyland and California Adventure are open for everyone
Face masks are no longer required as long as you're fully vaccinated. Those who aren't fully vaccinated must keep wearing a mask in indoor areas, but Disneyland will not ask for proof of vaccination. Instead, guests will be asked to "self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry." (Once the Toy Story parking lot reopens June 18, all guests will be required to wear a mask while on the Disney shuttle bus, however.)
The Ant-Man themed Pym Test Kitchen features a $100 sandwich for six to eight people, enlarged soda cans and a "Glowing Pym Particle Capsule" to light up your beverage. There's also two new food carts: Shawarma Palace and Terran Treats.
Meet and greets with Marvel superheroes will take place throughout Avengers Campus, including a decked-out Dr Strange area and an acrobatic Spider-Man animatronic that will soar and flip between the buildings above. For merch, the WEB Suppliers store will sell customizable Spider-Bots, Spider-Man light goggles, backpacks and more.
How to get a Disneyland ticket, and how much they cost
Potrock said Disneyland sunsetted annual passes due to capacity constraints and to "reimagine an annual pass program that wasn't just built on the last couple of decades, but was built on how our guests and our fans wanted to use the parks going forward."
"We're working on that right now and we'll clearly be launching something before the end of the year," Potrock said. "It's going to be an exciting new program that I think people and our biggest fans -- and quite honestly our most loyal fans -- I think are going to be very responsive to."
The Downtown Disney shopping and dining area reopened 10 months ago on July 9, in line with California's restaurant and retail guidelines. (Between December 2020 and January 2021, Orange County was subject to strict stay-at-home orders due to ICU capacity falling below 15%, with Downtown Disney forced to close until Jan. 25.)