Did you know that if you stay in any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels that you can get early entry into Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure? This can be a huge benefit of staying in the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel where you are guaranteed early entry. This is also open to guests who stay at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel.
You really need to know what you are doing to make the most of the Disney Grand Californian Hotel early entry perks. Read on and we have some tips for you.
Title photo Brett Kiger
How much of a benefit is the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel early entry perk? The benefit can be huge, particularly at busy times of the year when the crowds can arrive early in the morning. If you have early entry privileges you can have experienced the major rides a couple of times before the general public are allowed in.
These early entry privileges are known as Disney Magic Morning Hours. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Disneyland resort hotel guests will be allowed to enter Disneyland one hour prior to the time that the park opens to the general public. For California Adventure Park guests are allowed to get into the park one hour early on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. If the park opens at 8 am you will be allowed to enter at 7 am.
If you are a Disneyland resort hotel guest you really must take full advantage of this early entry perk as it will make a lot of difference to your experience. We know that it can mean getting up early, and with kids that isn’t always the easiest experience, but it will be worth it when you realize you can ride Radiator Springs Racers at least twice and possibly three times before most guests are even getting out of bed.
Tips To Make the Most Out of Disney Grand Californian Hotel Early Entry
There are definitely some ways that you can get the most out of the Disney Magic Morning Hours.
We have waited over an hour with the line backed up to the lobby to get into the park ‘early’. On a couple of occasions we didn’t make it into Disney’s Californian Adventure park before the non Disney hotel resort staying public did. We convinced ourselves three times that it would be OK and the line really could not be that slow. We were wrong. Do not make this mistake. Go to the main entrance of Disney’s Californian Adventure and you will get in quicker.
If you want to use the exclusive Disney’s California Adventure Park entrance get there very early – and by that we mean more than 45 minutes early. The reason? This entrance just cannot cope with the capacity of guests anymore. The security checks take an absoulte age and only seem to have a maximum of two Cast Members working at the same pace the sloths do at the DMV on Zootopia! Once you are over this barrier there are only two turnstiles open for entry. We could go on. Just avoid.
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.