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  • On Jun 13, 2024
    Michelle Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m book in to stay at the Grand Californian Hotel for 4 days and have a 3 day park ticket. Having never visited before I just need some advice - do I need to get Genie+, do I need to book meals in advance?

    Hello, Michelle! 

    Welcome, and thanks for bringing a question to us at planDisney. I’m so glad to hear you’re planning a stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort! The hotel’s California Craftsman-inspired architecture and décor are breathtaking. Plus, with valid theme park admission, you can enter Disney California Adventure Park using a private entrance located right inside the hotel! 

    Disney Genie+ service is a great tool, especially for a first-time visitor who wants to see and do as much as possible! It allows Guests to select arrival windows for Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances at select attractions in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park so they can spend less time waiting in line and more time exploring the parks! If you already have your ticket and didn’t purchase Disney Genie+ at that time, you may be able to buy it separately through the Disneyland mobile app on the day of your visit (pending availability) after entering a theme park.

    If you would like to dine at any table-service restaurants, it would be best to make reservations. Guests can generally begin booking dining reservations online up to 60 days in advance at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time. When your booking day arrives, plan to sign into your MyDisney account on or in the Disneyland mobile app a few minutes early so you’ll be ready to search for the restaurant of your choice. If you have multiple reservations to make, search for the most popular dining locations first, such as Blue Bayou Restaurant (my favorite table-service restaurant in Disneyland Park). 

    If you’re not able to book a restaurant on your must-do list on the first try, don’t give up! Availability can fluctuate, so keep checking periodically as your trip approaches. There's also the possibility of joining the Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability list on the day you arrive. This is a convenient feature in the Disneyland mobile app that’s available at select dining locations. Additionally, there are so many amazing options for quick-service food at the resort! My family never has trouble finding options for delicious meals and snacks, and mobile ordering makes it so convenient to enjoy our favorites while exploring the parks.

    I hope this information helps you plan, Michelle, and that your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth is a dream come true! Please write back if you have more questions before your vacation begins.

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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