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Since mid-March of 2020, the gates of Disneyland Resort have been, essentially, closed. Yes, certain shopping and dining aspects of California Adventure have been opened (then closed, then opened again), but it’s an area not much larger than Downtown Disney.

Entrance to Disney California Adventure Park

Finally, finally, Disneyland Resort will be somewhat re-opening. What will be available? How can guests access the park? Will this opening finally include Disneyland? Here’s what you need to know about A Touch of Disney ticketed event at California Adventure.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

What is A Touch of Disney?

First, let’s address what exactly this event is. A Touch of Disney is a ticketed event. Not a “park ticketed” event. Not a “legacy passholder” event. Everyone must purchase a ticket to this event.

It is a food, shopping, photo spot, and character sighting event all rolled into one. The food is described as “iconic food and beverage items from both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.”

Disney California Adventure Park

Guests will be able to enjoy Dole Whips, churros, and even the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich that is famous to New Orleans Square in Disneyland park. Additionally, six seasonal “marketplaces” will be available for food purchases (no doubt taking advantage of previous Food & Wine festival stops).

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Guests will also be able to explore the park and shop for the latest in Disney apparel and accessories as well as purchase sweets and treats at Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff.

Finally, guests will be able to catch a glimpse of favorite characters like Joy, Sadness, and even Mickey himself! Special photo opportunities will also be available, but only if you attend A Touch of Disney!

Where and When to Buy Tickets

Tickets for A Touch of Disney will only be available at beginning on March 4, 2021. Guests will not be able to purchase tickets at the resort.

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Tickets will be available for dates on a “rolling basis” until the experience ends. The dates for A Touch of Disney are March 18 through April 5, 2021. The ticketed event will only occur Thursdays-Mondays from noon-8pm.

Included in A Touch of Disney Event Tickets

According to the latest from the Disney Parks Blog, “The introductory $75 ticket includes admission, parking for the experience at Mickey & Friends parking structure, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the day of the experience, and a $25 A Touch of Disney dining card valid towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to restrictions including not being valid for alcohol). Ticket prices are subject to change.”

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To summarize, a ticket price of $75 will include:

  • Admission to the event
  • Parking at Mickey & Friends parking structure
  • Unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken on the day of the experience
  • $25 dining card valid toward the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages
Pixar Pier Entrance sign at Disney California Adventure Park

Extra Details for A Touch of Disney Event

While this news is a positive step forward for our west coast Disney friends, it still does not mean that everything is “back to normal.”

Lamplight Lounge will be open for reservations during A Touch of Disney ticketed event.

For example, Disneyland park remains closed to the public. Rides at California Adventure will not operate. However, table reservations will soon be available for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge-Alfresco Dining starting on March 11, 2021.

Save money and time with the Sip and Savor Pass! Discounts available for Annual Passholders!

Also, great news for those that purchased Sip and Savor passes for the 2020 Food & Wine Festival. Disney will refund $7 for each unused tab still attached to the pass. To request a refund, call 888-231-7639 or by visiting the online Disneyland help center. These passes cannot be used at the A Touch of Disney event.