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  • On May 25, 2023
    Jessica from NM Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I book a package that includes hotel and park admission, do I need to make a reservation for visiting the park? Or are those dates automatically reserved for us?

    Hey there, Jessica, and welcome to planDisney! Your trip to the Disneyland Resort is coming up in a few short weeks - have you started a countdown, yet?!

    I love the convenience that comes with the Vacation Packages feature on the Disneyland website - we use it often when we visit the Disneyland Resort. When you book your package, it will include your Disneyland Resort hotel stay and your theme park tickets, but you will still need to make the theme park reservation for each day of your visit after you've finished purchasing your package.

    Hakana Matata, though, my friend! This is an easy process and I'd be happy to walk you through it. Before you begin though, I would recommend taking a peek at the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar to make sure there are still available reservations for the dates of your trip.

    After you've checked that, you'll purchase your vacation package and your confirmation email will include your theme park ticket information. You can use that information to link your tickets to your Disneyland account and visit the theme park reservations page, which will walk you through the reservation process.

    Additionally, as you're considering your vacation package purchase, I would highly recommend considering the Park Hopper option with your tickets! This will allow you to hop between the two parks starting at 11:00 AM, which gives you lots of added flexibility during your trip.

    If you need a hotel recommendation, my favorite place to stay is the Disneyland Hotel. It is conveniently located and really captures the magic of Disney throughout the resort. If I'm headed to Disneyland Park, I like to take the Disneyland Monorail into the parks when I'm staying at this hotel (there is an entry gate in Downtown Disney just passed the security gate near the Disneyland Hotel). If I'm visiting Disney California Adventure Park, then I like to walk through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for the "secret" entry gate into the park!

    Also, don't forget to utilize your Early Entry benefit since it sounds like you'll be staying at one of the hotels of the Disneyland Resort! This extra time in the parks typically comes with very short wait times for some of the most popular attractions. When I visit, I like to try to get at least 2-3 attractions in during this time and then eat a quick breakfast once the park starts to get busier - usually mid-morning.

    Thank you again for your question, Jessica! I hope you have a fantastic visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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