Today, Disney officially announced all the details surrounding their highly anticipated Food and Retail event at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort. Now unlike our fellow Disney fans on the East Coast, us West Coast fans have not had our parks open. Just mere glimpses with Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street. Additionally, it’s nice to know that more people will be going back to work! So make sure you’re kind and patient with these Cast Members! Here are some of the main details you need to know before going:
- Dates: Beginning Mar. 18th; offered Thursdays – Mondays from noon to 8 p.m.
- Pricing: 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.
- Tickets: A Touch of Disney tickets will be available on Disneyland.com beginning March 4, for select days from March 18 through April 5, 2021. Tickets for this experience will then be released for dates on a rolling basis until the experience ends. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online at Disneyland.com for a specific date (subject to availability).
- Dining: Table reservations for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining will be made available beginning March 11. Table reservations do not provide admission to A Touch of Disney and dining at those locations requires A Touch of Disney ticket that is valid on the same day as the table reservation. Reservations are recommended, and additional details are coming soon.
*Tickets for the experience will not be available at the Resort, are non-refundable, and may not be resold or transferred for commercial use. The number of tickets available are limited and no discounts apply. Each guest may purchase up to eight tickets. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions. Online registration required. Experience elements and information including, but not limited to, offerings, menu items, merchandise, and services, are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations whether due to inclement weather or otherwise.
Some other cool details include a special curated soundtrack playing through the park, especially made for A Touch of Disney. As well as Character Photo opportunities scattered through the park! Now you may be saying to yourself, $75 is expensive for a food and retail event. But, if you break it done it’s not so bad. $10 parking, $25 food voucher, $10 for Unlimited Photos (part of Fastpass+) which leaves $35 for the entry fee. Which is lower than Knott’s Berry Farm’s Food and Retail event! But, Knott’s has Free Parking all the time and their ticket price of $45 includes admission, 5 tastings and entertainment. So ultimately it call comes down to perceived value of this particular Disney event. The Disney fans here on the West Coast will have no problem in finding the value in this ticket price. But for us particularly, it doesn’t work. We’d much rather go to Knott’s and experience unique food offerings for $45. But to each their own in this case.
We are excited and happy people are returning to work, happy that Disney fans have something to look forward to here on the West Coast and excited to see Disney finally make moves to normalcy. We cannot wait for the day Disneyland opens again to gleeful families who’ve traveled far and wide just to get a bit of magic.
Visit the A Touch of Disney website on March 4th to snag tickets!