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  • On May 24, 2023
    Karla from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are we able to enter through the Grand Californian Hotel entrance into DCA without hotel reservations, if we are staying at a good neighbor hotel?

    Hi Karla! Welcome to planDisney! Thanks so much for stopping by to ask this great question.

    I'm happy to help with your planning to visit the Disneyland Resort! I also typically stay at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels when I visit. If you are walking from your hotel to the theme park, you would need to enter from Harbor Boulevard or the Downtown Disney District. The front street entrance to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has a locked gate that requires a hotel key card to enter, and it is only for registered guests staying at the hotel. If you happen to have dining reservations at the hotel, you can check in with a Cast Member at the gatehouse, and you will be given access to go to the dining location. In my experience, I have been allowed to use the entrance to Disney California Adventure Park after enjoying a meal at the hotel. However, the entrance to the theme park is otherwise reserved for guests staying at the hotel.

    I hope this information helps as you make your vacation plans. A tip I have for you is that you can make advanced dining reservations up to 60 days before you arrive. If you have more planning questions before you arrive, please stop by planDisney again. We can't wait for you to be our guest, and we would love to help!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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