• On Mar 19, 2019
    Robert from WA 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.

    We are military, and got those amazing tickets, but they say they do not get extra magic hour. However, we are staying at Paradise Pier, which does get it. How do I ensure we get in for extra magic hours?

    Hi, Robert,

    I'm so excited about your upcoming visit to the Disneyland Resort. Those specially-priced theme park tickets for members of the U.S. Military are a great deal! You'll also love the benefits of staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. My favorite is Extra Magic Hour, which allows Disneyland Resort hotel guests to experience select attractions at one of the parks one hour before park opening during each day of their resort stay! To redeem this benefit, simply show your hotel room key at the park entrance along with your valid theme park admission. Don't forget your Military ID as well, since that will be required to make use of the U.S. Military Discount Tickets.

    Here are a few secret tips I hope you enjoy. At hotel check-in, use your Military ID, even if you aren't redeeming a U.S. Military discount for hotel stays. Although subject to availability, you never know if some extra pixie dust may come your way! Due to limited capacity at security checkpoints exiting Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the exclusive park entrance for that hotel, as well as its direct access to Downtown Disney District, are not available to other visitors on the way to the parks. But, to save a few steps, you may find it convenient to return to Paradise Pier Hotel from the parks through them. Finally, note that your hotel benefits are valid every day of your stay, including check-in day and check-out day. That's right, you may enjoy Extra Magic Hour, access to the pool, and more even before you have access to your room (just check in early!) and after you leave the room your last day!

    Have a magical time, Robert!

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