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  • On Jan 12, 2023
    Reggie 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.

    We are checking in to the Grand Californian hotel on 1/18. We have reservations to visit Disneyland park that same day. Can we enter the park early (hotel guest access) even though we have not checked into hotel yet?

    Hi Reggie, welcome to planDisney! It looks like we've arrived at your check-in day at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Sorry we weren't able to address this a bit sooner, but hooray - you're at the Disneyland Resort!

    In case this is still helpful, you are absolutely correct that you can still access Early Entry on the day that you are checking in to your Disneyland Resort Hotel. I typically check in through the Disneyland Mobile App, but in this situation, I recommend going right up to the front desk so they can get you everything you need to access the Early Entry into Disneyland Park. You can also leave your bags at Bell Services and give them a call later in the day to deliver your luggage when your room is ready!

    The only question left for you to answer is: which attraction is first? For Early Entry, we like to go straight for the attractions that will likely get busier later in the day. At Disneyland Park, we usually head to Fantasyland - especially to ride Peter Pan's Flight. At Disney California Adventure Park, I usually like to head straight to Pixar Pier for the Incredicoaster

    The good news is that there really is no wrong answer here! Early Entry is an extra magical time in the parks and such a cool option for those staying in Disneyland Resort Hotels. Depending on how long you're staying, make sure to check out the Lunar New Year celebration (and treats!) in Disney California Adventure Park that starts on January 20 as well!

    I hope you enjoy your stay at Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa! I stayed there with my family for the first time last November, and it was incredible. We especially loved taking a quick break in the lobby in the early afternoons to listen to the piano.

    Thanks again, Reggie, and have an excellent trip! 
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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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