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  • On Jan 24, 2022
    Rashmi 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.

    We are planning two days in the Disneyland parks- both California adventures and Disneyland. In the past we were able to access the park one hour early for a magic morning hour when we stayed at a Disneyland resort hotel some thing that’s available?

    Hiya, Rashmi! Thanks so much for popping in to planDisney with your question. Oh boy, what fun to be planning a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! I am delighted to help you with some tips to make your vacation even more magical. 

    Rashmi, as Disneyland Resort is carefully managing park capacity for the health and safety of every Guest, currently the Magic Morning early admission option is unavailable. However, my family and I still love to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel whenever possible to have easy and close access to the theme parks. We have stayed at all three; each has its own charm. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is closest to the parks, in fact it is attached to Disney California Adventure Park, so you really can’t get any closer! We often take a midday rest at the hotel, which helps us refuel for more fun in the evening and night. The elegant and craftsman-style décor is awe inspiring and we love to relax in the lobby taking it all in. Disneyland Hotel is the beautiful, classic, iconic, original hotel and the entrance to the Disneyland Monorail is just steps away, which will put you right in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has a fun and beachy vibe, gorgeous rooftop pool and is located across the street from the Downtown Disney District, hence also very close to the parks. 

    There is another great option to be close to the parks. There are several Good Neighbor Hotels nearby, including our favorite Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort, just across the street. We find it to be a cheerful, ship-shape accommodation for our family, a short 5 minute walk to the main entrance of the parks. 

    I imagine you're thinking about how to get on all the popular attractions during your visit. One way you can maximize attractions is to add Disney Genie+ to your day. It can be added to new tickets at time of purchase, or you can add it to your day after you have entered the theme park, using the Disneyland mobile app. My family and I visited during one of the busiest weeks of the year and using Disney Genie+ we got on every attraction we wanted to. The phenomenal cosmic power of Disney Genie+ gives you access to almost 20 Lightning Lanes across the two parks, so you spend less time waiting in queues and more time having fun exploring the parks! 

    Rashmi, I hope you have the most magical vacation ever, and please stop by and see us again with more questions! We’re all EARS! 


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Meet the Panelist: Kamini, California

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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