Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • On Jan 18, 2022
    Nathan from Leicestershire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, First time visit to Disneyland. If we've booked a Hotel Package with Tickets, do we need to have paid in full before we can book a Park entrance reservation? Thank you

    Hi Nathan!

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm so excited for your upcoming trip to The Happiest Place on Earth! I'm so glad that you found us hEAR, and I'm happy to be your planEAR today!

    I'm happy to report that no, you do not need to wait until your Disneyland Resort Hotel Vacation Package (or Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel + Ticket Package) has been paid in full before you can make the all-important Park Pass Reservations, which notate which theme park you'd like to visit which day. While final payment is due 30 days before check-in, Park Pass Reservations can be made starting 120 days before each Disney day. I unfortunately don't have the proper magic mirror to see when you'll be visiting Mickey and his pals, Nathan, but hEAR's a helpful Park Pass Availability Calendar to help plan your Disney days.

    Did you know that you can also make Dining Reservations to sit-down table-service locations starting 60 days before the eat-date and also prior to making your final payment? Some of the most popular reservations to book are Blue Bayou Restaurant, Carthay Circle (both the Restaurant as well as the Lounge which is currently offering Alfresco Dining), Lamplight Lounge, the Character Breakfast at Plaza Inn, Storytellers Cafe (which is a Character Breakfast in the morning but non-character experience at lunch and dinner) and Wine Country Trattoria. If you're a big Star Wars fan you'll definitely want to make a reservation at Oga's Cantina for drinks, but you'll also need a reservation if you'd like to build your very own lightsaber at Savi's Workshop or robot buddy at Droid Depot. (Pro Tip: Reservations open at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Time, and if you don't get a spot on your first try, keep checking back.)

    I hope this hasn't been information overload, Nathan! Be sure to keep up with the Disney Parks Blog as well as the official planDisney Instagram account for all kinds of tips and tricks. And if you have any more questions please feel free to reach back out to us - We're All Ears!

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