• On May 2, 2019
    Jennifer from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi there! Going to Disney in September. We are staying at the Grand. I know there is a direct entrance to DCA from the Grand, but I recently heard there was an easy way to get through security to get into Disneyland also. Do you have any info about that?

    Greetings, Jennifer, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    September is a great time to visit the Disneyland Resort – the weather is cooling down, and so are the summer crowds! I’m also excited to hEAR that you’re planning to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – it’s one of my favorite Disney hotel experiences! Plus, as you mentioned, it has the extra benefit of a special entrance into Disney California Adventure Park! It’s great to know that your hotel room is literally steps away, especially when traveling with children. I love taking a midday pool break, then returning to the parks after dinner for a nighttime spectacular and dessert!

    As for entering Disneyland Park from the Grand Californian, you’ll need to exit the hotel on the Downtown Disney District side of the property. You’ll encounter a security checkpoint right before arriving at Downtown Disney District. The only Guests who will be accessing this checkpoint are coming from the hotel, so your lines shouldn’t be as long as those coming from the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, for example. From there, you’ll turn right, then head down the pathway to The Esplanade between Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. It’s just a short walk, and you’ll be at the Main Entrance to Disneyland Park! You definitely picked the most convenient place to stay at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    In addition, don’t forget to take advantage of Extra Magic Hour, an early-admission option made just for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests. Each day of your stay, with your valid theme-park admission, you’ll be able to enter one of the parks one full hour before the general public. Currently, hotel Guests can enjoy Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and Disney California Adventure Park on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. You’re going to love this extra-special time in the parks, and you’ll be able to check many of your “must-do” attractions off your list! 

    Wishing you a magical adventure at the Disneyland Resort this fall!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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