Big Demand for ‘A Touch of Disney’ Is Causing Frustration Among Fans

Rides are still off limits, but Disney-lovers can get a little taste of their favorite place—if they can get tickets

UPDATE: MARCH 3, 2021 – Tickets for A Touch of Disney went on sale this morning, and crushing demand for access to the Disneyland food festival appeared to overwhelm the purchasing platform.

Inside the Magic, an unofficial Disney blog, reported holding in a “virtual waiting room” for more than an hour, only to ultimately be told tickets were not available. The blog also shared reports from fans who say they were told they were next in line to purchase, only to have the ticketing site return an error.

Despite the bugs and wait times, at least one Twitter user reports being told that tickets are not in fact sold out, and the company is working to resolve the issues.

Latest message if you are paused for Touch Of Disney,” @DisneyGals tweeted at 10:06 AM. “‘Message last updated: 9:57 AM PST Thank you for your continued patience! The queue has been paused and tickets are still available. When we can do so, the queue will reopen. Please remain in the queue as your spot is being held.'”

Today’s tickets were for an initial run of March 18 to April 5, but Disney has implied the festival may be extended beyond that date, pending reopening guidelines for the rest of the park.

FEBRUARY 24, 2021 – Much of Disneyland remains closed, but California Adventure is allowing fans in for a special food-focused experience. A Touch of Disney, initially running March 18 to April 5, offers an opportunity to stroll the grounds, eat some fun foods, and snap those all-important Disney selfies.

A number of food and drink vendors will be open for outdoor dining during the event. According to a list published by Disney Food Blog, offerings include dozens of snack carts and cafes throughout the property, including some booths that will be brought back from previous iterations of the California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Adult visitors will be able to partake of beer and wine stations, and select retail shops will also be open. For those who want a more elaborate meal in addition to their on-the-go snacks, patio reservations can be made at Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge.

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Image: Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Capacity for the ticketed event ($75) will be limited, though Disney officials have not confirmed how many people will be admitted to the park at any one time. Participants must wear masks any time they are not specifically eating, and submit to temperature and security screenings at admission.

Under current California state guidelines, large amusement parts cannot reopen rides and other attractions until the county where they are located reaches the Yellow Tier. Even then, they can operate at only 25 percent capacity.

Disney executives have argued those rules are too restrictive, and say they hope to reopen safely sooner. On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors made a largely symbolic statement of support for a bill currently before the State Assembly. That bill would move limited-capacity theme park reopenings to the Orange Tier.

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