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  • On Feb 27, 2023
    Chandra 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.

    Hello, My family and I will be staying at the Disneyland Hotel this spring and I was wondering if we would be able to use the Pixar Pier or Grand Californian entrance into DCA for early entry? Or will we need to go the the front gates? Thank you.

    Hello Chandra, and welcome to planDisney!  How exciting that you have a trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth" coming up soon!

    Early entry is probably my favorite benefit of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel.  We love to get into the parks first thing in the morning, and we find we can get so much accomplished in those first few hours.  Good news Chandra, I spoke to a Cast Member, and they said you are able to use both the Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel entrances into Disney California Adventure Park as long as you have a valid admission and theme park reservation for that same day.  

    At one of my recent visits though Chandra, I found the line from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa into Disney California Adventure Park to be a bit lengthy, and in hindsight, I would have just lined up at the main entrance.  I would definitely make the decision that is best for your family, but we prefer to get to the front gates early, and enjoy some coffee in line while we wait.  

    Since you'll be staying at the Disneyland Hotel which is one of the most magical places to stay in my opinion, I would definitely check-out Goofy's Kitchen for a fun and energetic character dining experience right at your hotel!  Goofy's Kitchen offers the character dining experience for both breakfast and dinner, and we usually opt for the dinner option on a non-park day to get some extra Disney magic when we're not heading to the parks.  Do not miss the amazing selection of desserts for either meal!  

    I hope this information was helpful for you Chandra, and please do not hesitate to come back and ask me any other questions for your trip!

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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