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  • On Jun 15, 2024
    Allison from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How can I best maximize my limited early entry time when staying at a Disneyland hotel? What’s the best place to start?

    Welcome to planDisney, Allison!

    I’m so glad you found me here and trusted me with your question about making the most of the daily Early Entry perk that is available to guests of the Disneyland Resort Hotels. Earlier this year, my family and I stayed at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and I made sure to lock in theme park reservations based on the theme park where Early Entry was available each day, so I’m glad to share my experience and a few tips with you here.

    Allison, at the time that I’m writing this, 30 minutes of Early Entry is available at the Disneyland Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Just be sure to check the official website before your visit for any updates. Also, don’t forget to make theme park reservations for each day you plan to visit.

    In my experience, starting your day at Fantasyland is a great idea. The queues get long quickly since there are no Individual Lightning Lane passes available for its most popular attractions. My family and I headed straight toward Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, and Peter Pan's Flight, enjoying them all before the park opened to the general public! 

    Pro tip: Make sure you check in to the theme park a few minutes before Early Entry begins. Let the Cast Members know you’re an Early Entry guest, and they’ll guide you past the other early birds and direct you to Fantasyland before rope drop.

    But Allison, if you're more of a thrill seeker, perhaps you want to take advantage of walking right on to Space Mountain with a quick dash over to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, then polishing off your extra time in the airspace of Astro Orbitor. You’ll get a great start to your day and wave at the arriving guests from above!

    Now, over at the Disney California Adventure Park, which is currently available to hotel guests for Early Entry on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, my first instinct is to jump on a thrill ride as soon as possible. It’s all about beating the crowds with this perk, so I’d start with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT!, then race over to the Incredicoaster, and round out with Soarin' Around the World before regular hours begin.

    I hope this clears things up for you, Alison. You're like a shooting star. You've come so far you can't go back to where you used to be. So hop back on that magic carpet and visit me again if you have more questions or want more tips for navigating your time at the resort.

    Remember to take it wonder by wonder, 

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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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