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  • On May 1, 2023
    Keira from North West Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the difference between the “resort” and “theme park ticket reservations”? Disney told someone that the resort doesn’t tend to sell out but that theme park ticket reservations do.

    Hey howdy hey, Keira!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for stopping by with your Disneyland Resort vacation planning question. It looks like you'll be arriving at The Happiest Place on Earth next month - the countdown is on! Keira, I'd be happy to discuss the differences between Disneyland Resort hotel reservations and theme park reservations. You've got a friend in me!

    There's nothing like staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel while visiting The Happiest Place on Earth. All three Disneyland Resort hotels are located within walking distance of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and the Downtown Disney District. Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel experience special benefits like early theme park entry, which allows them to enter the theme parks 30 minutes before they open to the public! Keira, at this time, Guests are able to book Disneyland Resort hotel reservations for arrivals through December 31, 2023.

    To enter a Disneyland Resort theme park, a Guest must have both valid theme park admission and a theme park reservation for the first theme park they intend to visit on a given day. Keira, I encourage you to check the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar ahead of your holiday to ensure that the theme parks you'd like to visit have availability remaining for your intended dates. Theme park reservations are available on a rolling basis, and, at this time, are currently available through early September 2023. If you've already purchased theme park tickets, I recommend making your theme park reservations as soon as possible, Keira. At the time of writing, it appears that both theme parks have reservation availability remaining during your holiday!

    Keira, I hope that you find this information helpful. I'm wishing you the rootin'est tootin'est time on your Disneyland Resort holiday! If you have any additional planning questions, please feel free to revisit us at planDisney again anytime. We're here to help you make the most of your time at The Happiest Place on Earth!

    To infinity and beyond,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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