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  • Mar 24, 2024
    Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have reservations at Grand Californian in April. Mon-Fri. We have DCA reservation for that Monday. We want take advantage of early entry. Looks like we can check in virtually a few days before. Where do we park to get in for early entry?

    Hi there, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for your question! I'm thrilled to hear you'll be staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa next month! You're going to have such a great time.

    You are most definitely planning correctly here - as a Disneyland Resort hotel Guest, you get access to Early Entry including on the day of your check-in. As you mentioned, you'll just want to check in either through the Disneyland Resort mobile app or in person after you park.

    When you arrive, you can approach the main driveway up to the entrance of the hotel and follow the instructions of the Cast Members at the front. If you have luggage, they can hold it for you at the Bell Desk and will give you a ticket to redeem your luggage later once your room is ready. You can then either choose self-parking or valet at the hotel. 

    Once parked, you can head into the park that offers Early Entry for that morning - just make sure to check the Hours & Events Schedule to confirm which park offers the Early Entry benefit for that particular day and make sure you have your theme park reservation for that park all set up through the My Plans hub.

    Plus, keep in mind that you have two special entrances to Disney California Adventure Park from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa! The first can be accessed by following the signs to the park from the lobby of the hotel and will deposit you near Grizzly River Run.

    To access the second entry, you'll want to exit the hotel through the main entry (near the Bell Desk) and follow the sidewalk as if you're headed out of the hotel area toward Disneyland Drive. Once you exit past the push door, hang an immediate left and use your hotel keycard to buzz in through this door. Follow the sidewalk around the side of the hotel until you reach the second entry that will deposit you in Pixar Pier near Corn Dog Castle.

    Thanks again for your question and enjoy your upcoming visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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