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  • On Nov 4, 2022
    Michelle from WA 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 am checking in to the Grand Californian hotel at the normal check in time, can I valet park there starting in the morning so I can enter the parks before my room is ready?

    Hi there, Michelle! Welcome to planDisney! We are so happy you found your way to our little corner of the magic. 

    A holiday stay at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be filled with festive fun, and I have great news for you! The perks of being a Disneyland Resort Hotel Guest stretch from the morning of your check-in day until the evening of the day you check out. In order to make for a smooth arrival, I would take advantage of the Direct-to-Room Service. Within 5 days of your arrival, you will see the option to "Start Check In" when you head into the "My Hotel Reservation" section of the Disneyland Mobile App or by logging into your account on the website. This will ensure that you are all checked in when you roll into Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and the valet service will be able to easily pull up your reservation. The best part? If you have opted into text messaging notifications, you'll receive a message as soon as your room is ready! The app will show your room number and a hotel map, and you can even unlock your door by using your phone as a digital key! Talk about a smooth magic carpet ride!

    As a Guest of a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you'll also be able to take advantage of Early Entry on those check-in and check-out days. This allows you to have 30 magical minutes in the parks ahead of the official park opening! You'll also be able to use the Next-Day Delivery Service for any in-park purchases. If you find any must-have mementos, have them sent back to your hotel directly so you don't have to carry them around while you enjoy the magic!

    Michelle, you are in for some holiday cheer! The lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is fully decked for the season complete with a giant gingerbread house and a holiday treat cart. Cozy up with some hot cocoa in one of those comfortable chairs in the lobby and just soak it all in! If you have any more questions, we are always here for you at planDisney!

    Merry magic awaits!
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Hello from Philly! Disney Parks have been my heart and soul since my 3-year old feet first hit Main Street, U.S.A. Nothing compares to the burst of pure joy, nostalgia and magic that I feel EVERY time I enter the gates! I love planning Disney vacations and have been known to convert a non-believer or two in one magical afternoon. Whether it's park days with friends, multi-generational trips, toddling around with kids or flying solo, I'm ready to help you personalize the magic at the Happiest Place On Earth! Learn More About Tara

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