With #Disneyland and Disney #CaliforniaAdventure reopening on April 30 and ticket sales starting next week, prospective park visitors are wondering what to expect there.

#COVID_19 safety protocols will represent the biggest changes.

Some of the rides and attractions at the #Anaheim theme parks will still be shut down when they reopen.

Here’s a thread of some rides that will be available at Disneyland when it opens its gates to visitors.

Astro Orbitor

The ride was the centerpiece of Tomorrowland when the park retrofitted the section in 1996.

On the Astro Orbitor, guests sail speeding starships through a galaxy of whirling orbs, planets and astrolabes.

Haunted Mansion

Today the Mansion is perhaps best known for its whimsy — the floating musical instruments, the painting that stretches to reveal a man in his underpants. It’s the haunted house at its most humorous, wrote @toddmartens in 2015.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

As the sole ride in #StarWars: Galaxy’s Edge, the largest-ever expansion in Disneyland themed to a single franchise, Smugglers Run puts six players in the cockpit of the #MillenniumFalcon.

Pirates of the Caribbean

More than any other single attraction, Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean has evolved with the cultural — and pop cultural — zeitgeist, beginning even before its debut.

Dozens of other rides and attractions will be available when Disneyland and California Adventure reopen at the end of the month.

See the full list at latimes.com/business/story…

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