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  • On Aug 29, 2022
    Jessica from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Early entry at Disneyland, Will they be looking at the names on the reservation and confirming who and how many is in our group? Also, will our entire group have to be with me since I am the one that has the reservation confirmation on my phone?

    Hiya, Jessica!

    I’m very glad you are looking ahead to these important details of your Disneyland Resort vacation. I have a feeling that your thoughtful planning will pay off and your trip will be as smooth as possible.

    Let’s start with the basics. Early Entry at the Disneyland Resort is available to visitors who meet all three of the following criteria:

    The name linked to a theme park ticket is largely there for your convenience to help you keep things straight for your party. It’s especially handy if your group should split up to enjoy different attractions using Lightning Lane access. When a ticket is first activated, the Cast Member at the theme park entrance will take a photo of the Guest using that ticket and link it electronically to the ticket. The photo linked to the ticket rather than the name will be used to verify the Guest using the ticket is valid.

    Separate from the ticket-to-Guest association is verification of hotel Guest status for Early Entry eligibility. In the case of the main entrance to Disneyland Park, hotel Guests have their hotel reservation verified at a checkpoint near the entrance of Tomorrowland. The easiest way to verify your hotel status is to show your room key card. In some cases, Cast Members may also ask to see your hotel reservation in the Disneyland mobile app. The reservation screen in the app will include the names of Guests included on the reservation. Guests of the Disneyland Hotel may use the Disneyland Monorail to enter the park during Early Entry. Guests of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel each have a dedicated entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. Note that the entrance for Guests of Paradise Pier Hotel requires an active room key card or the digital room key available in the Disneyland app.

    Tony’s Tip: If you purchase the Disney Genie+ service with your tickets, you may reserve your first Lightning Lane return time as soon as you scan your ticket at the park entrance. Attraction Lightning Lanes become active after regular park opening. But having that first return time booked during your time in Early Entry is another great perk to enjoy.

    I hope you have a magical time, Jessica!


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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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