Disney California Adventure to Host Special Ticketed Event

Disneyland announced yesterday that Disney California Adventure park will be hosting a limited-time extra ticketed dining experience.

Attractions will not be open during the event.

Currently planned to begin mid-March, we will debut an all-new, limited-time ticketed experience, focused on our world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences…all to be offered multiple days a week. With limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place, Guests once again will get to step into a magical Disney environment — an environment that will provide memorable and fun experiences our Guests are craving. 

Portion of letter sent to Disneyland cast members by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock

Entertainment and magic have been missing from the iconic Disneyland parks for nearly a year. Next month, it will all start to change. Fans will finally have the opportunity to return to the California Adventure Park next month for a limited-time experience.


Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock announced the plan Monday in a letter to workers sent in honor of California Adventure’s 20th anniversary. The ticketed events are expected to take place multiple days a week beginning in mid-March.

Disney is not yet permitted by the state to fully reopen all of the park’s attractions. Due to the unrealistic guideines set forth by out of touch California Governor Gavin Newsom, the parks won’t reopen for some time. Leaving many in a financial lurch who rely on the parks to put food on the table.

Although only a drop in the bucket, around 1,000 Disney cast members will return to work for the event. Tens of thousands of the company’s workers have been furloughed or laid off due to the pandemic and the state’s refusal to entertain options.

“With limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place, Guests once again will get to step into a magical Disney environment — an environment that will provide memorable and fun experiences our guests are craving,” Potrock said.

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The limited reopening points to the potential beginning of a recovery for Disney’s California theme park operations after the pandemic hammered the company’s bottom line.

The news of this “distinctly Disney experience” was announced in a letter Monday to cast members from Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock commemorating the 20th anniversary of Disney California Adventure Park.

No official opening date has been set. The experience will focus on the park’s “world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences.”

The event announcement comes following the lift of the Los Angeles area’s stay-at-home order in late January. Recently, select Downtown Disney District outdoor dining on Buena Vista Street has reopened.

“While that is clearly not all we want to accomplish, it’s a start,” Potrock noted. “Teams are working as we speak to start recalling identified Cast in the coming weeks.”

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“This past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but that has not curtailed in any way our ability to move forward with a spirit of optimism,” he continued.

Disney California Adventure Park has been closed since March 14, 2020.

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