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  • Jul 18, 2023
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    Our family of 4 will check into our on-park Disneyland (CA) hotel the day before our planned ticket entrance/reservation (we will a 2 day tickets). What facilities/features of Disneyland are available after we have hotel checked in?

    Hello there, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for your question! I'm happy to hear you and your family have a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth coming up in just a few short weeks. Have you started counting down the days, yet?

    It sounds like you arranged your trip in a similar way that I have with some of my family's previous visits. We like to get all the traveling out of the way with a travel day - though you have a bit further to travel than we do! We usually arrive mid-late afternoon, but don't enter the parks until the following day.

    Luckily, you'll have full access to everything at the Disneyland Resort besides the parks! That means you can venture into Downtown Disney District to look around, shop, and get a bite to eat when you arrive. Since it sounds like you're staying at one of the hotels of the Disneyland Resort, you also will have access to their pool area! This could be a good way to get energy out after a long day of travel.

    Alternatively, you could also consider upgrading your theme park tickets from 2- to 3-day tickets. I did this for our family when we last visited as I realized the price difference between these two tiers was much lower than I had anticipated, and we were able to spend the afternoon and evening of that first day in the parks. If you're interested in this option, I would recommend calling a Cast Member at the Tickets line to discuss if this might be an option for you.

    Whichever option you decide, there are plenty of fun things to do on this first day of your holiday. Thank you again for your question! Please feel free to come back and see us if you think of any follow-ups. We'd love to help!

    Have a Magical Day,
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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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