Magic Happens Parade at DLR
  • On Jun 14, 2023
    Cathy from ACT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    The park opens at 8am, what time should we get there to ensure entry at 8am. Also, we visited many years ago and the characters did a welcome train ride before the park opened, does this still happen.

    Hey there, Hi there, Ho there, Cathy! 

    You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney! Your question brought a big smile to my face because earlier this year, my panelist pals Al C, Amanda D, Michelle R, and I were so lucky to be invited to an event at the Disneyland Park that began before opening to celebrate 100 years of the Walt Disney Company. We had a blast all day and were able to pose for photos with Mickey, Minnie, and the gang in their platinum best for the Disney100 celebration. It was truly a magical experience to see the Sensational Six dressed up for such a special occasion!

    After the Wondrous Journeys nighttime spectacular that evening, Mickey and Friends were back to wave us good night at the Main Street, U.S.A. station of the Disneyland Railroad. It was such a magical moment! So, I asked around, and it seems that although there isn't a specifically scheduled appearance, it is quite common to witness characters welcoming guests in Town Square at the park's opening. I remember them doing that when I was a little Mouseketeer myself. But don't worry if they don't happen to be around right at rope drop when you visit next month, Cathy. You can still find Mickey and the gang around the park, spreading happiness and bringing smiles to everyone they meet. Keep your eyes peeled and prepare for a big, warm hug!

    And hey, have you downloaded the Disneyland Mobile App yet, Cathy? It's a game-changer when planning your day and navigating character meet-ups. Once you've downloaded it, you'll be able to see which characters are around the resort while you're there and specifically where to find them. Here's a pro tip: open the app and tap on the location icon at the bottom left of your screen, just to the left of the center, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!! You'll see a handy map of the entire resort. Then, at the top, hit the "Attractions" button, and a drop-down menu will appear, listing all the cool things you can explore on the map. You'll even see a section for "characters"! Tap on that, and voila, you'll see a bunch of location icons scattered across the map. For a more detailed view, I like to click "Show List" in the upper right corner, which gives me all the details I need. It's like having a personal character tracker in the palm of your hand!

    I’m sorry I couldn't fully confirm that characters are always available at the 8am opening to greet guests at the Main Street, U.S.A. Station, Cathy. But if you have more questions or need more tips or suggestions about how to make your trip run smoothly next month, keep those questions comin’! I’ll be able to respond more quickly if you message me directly now that you’ve got a friend in me.

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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