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  • On Apr 23, 2022
    Michael from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I use the Grand Californian Hotel DCA park entrance on the day I check-in? I read that you need to show a hotel key, but we wouldn't have one yet since check-in is not until 3pm. Thank you!

    Hey there, Michael! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Oh boy, you’re staying at one of my favorite hotels on the entire planet. Great choice! 

    Guess what, Michael – you can check in even before you arrive, using the pre-arrival check in feature within the Disneyland mobile app. Then, once you arrive at the hotel, even if it’s before 3:00 p.m., stop by the front desk and pick up your key, or inquire about the mobile key option in the app. You can absolutely use the park entrance from the hotel even before 3:00 p.m.! The special park entrance is a huge perk of staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and you should enjoy it to the fullest.

    While you’re at the hotel, can I convince you to stop by my very favorite restaurant in all of Disneyland Resort? GCH Craftsman Bar is right next to the pool and has amazing food and refreshing cocktails. The Prickly Pear Rose and Double-baked Nachos are a welcome treat anytime I visit! 

    I hope you’re planning to enjoy World of Color at Disney California Adventure Park – your timing is great as it just returned last week! 

    Wishing you many magical moments, Michael! Adventure is out there. 


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Greetings from the Golden State! Like Elastigirl, I am a committed wife and mom, resourceful, passionate, and will stretch to any length for my loved ones! Two of my favorite places to spend time with my family are Disneyland Resort, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Being there is a treat for all the senses - the amazing sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors make us smile from ear to ear. I have decades of magical Disney moments woven into my heart, and I can't wait to share the magic with you! Learn More About Kamini

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