• On Feb 21, 2019
    Nanette from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our hotel is near Downtown Disney. Can we ride the monorail into the park in the morning? Does it open as early as the main entrance to Disneyland?

    Hiya, Nanette!

    I’m so excited to hEAR that you’re making plans for your September visit to the Disneyland Resort! I love visiting the Downtown Disney District, and one of my family’s favorite things is hopping on the Disneyland Monorail for a ride into Disneyland Park. Yes, you can ride the Monorail into Disneyland Park in the morning, with your valid Disneyland Park admission. The Monorail should open at the same time as Disneyland Park – you can check the calendar for park hours as your trip gets closer. Keep in mind that trains run approximately every 10 minutes. You’ll typically pass through a security checkpoint in order to enter the Downtown Disney District, then you can head straight to the Downtown Disney station for the Monorail. You’ll need to show your valid theme-park ticket before entering the turnstiles and heading up the stairs or elevator to get in line. If you’re traveling with a stroller, you’ll need to collapse it before boarding.

    During your journey to Disneyland Park, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the Happiest Place on Earth before stopping at the Tomorrowland Station, located right above Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. I recommend using the Disneyland app once you’re in the parks to check Monorail availability and wait times, in case you want to head back to your hotel for a midday nap or pool break. 

    Please stop back with any other questions... I'm all EARS!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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