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  • On Oct 5, 2021
    Julie from UT Asked

    I have a 8:00 reservation for Plaza Inn. The park opens at 8:00 that day. I'm worried about getting thru security as the Harbor side entrance can get really busy. Is there a special line we can use to get thru security like there is for park entrance?

    Welcome to planDisney, Julie!

    Excellent question! I’ll be more than happy to share with you what my family usually does for early morning reservations.

    I always say that arriving early, and having extra time, is much better than being late! I’m a stressor, so I much rather give my family a larger time cushion to prevent additional worries. I always plan on arriving 45 minutes to 1 hour earlier than my reservation time, I recommend you doing the same. That extra hour will give you time to walk over to the Disneyland Resort, get through security, and line up at the front entrance. 

    There’s no separate line for Guests with reservations to use at the security checkpoint, but there’s usually one at the Disneyland Main Entrance turnstiles available for Guests with reservations to use. It's just the line at the security line that you’d need to plan for. 

    Julie, arriving early will be your safest option. I’m not sure about you, but I like to coordinate a cute outfit on my visits and there’s nothing worse than stress sweating! I’m hoping that planning ahead and arriving early will prevent this scenario for you.

    Have a great visit, enjoy your breakfast, and please wave hello to Minnie Mouse for me!
    -Shantel
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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