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  • On Aug 18, 2023
    Staci from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do the resorts at Disneyland have room keys/cards? My mom and I will be traveling to Disneyland in the fall and staying at the Disneyland Hotel was wondering if there was an alternative to using a smart phone to unlock your room and get into the parks?

    Hiya Staci,

    Welcome to planDisney! I just recently returned from a Disneyland Resort vacation, including a stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Staying at a Disneyland hotel is such a treat! I love being so close to the Theme Parks, and the early entry is the best perk of all. We were able to do so much during that extra 30 minutes, and not having to deal with huge crowds was a massive plus.

    Staci, I’m with you; not relying on your smartphone for everything is my preferred way to vacation. I have a flashback of forgetting to charge my phone one night and my smartphone dying. Luckily, Disneyland hotels can provide you with a room card upon check-in, so your smartphone is not your only way to get into your room. This is the case even if you used online check-in! Just head to the front desk when you arrive to check in or after you have your room number if you used Direct-to-Room Service to request a room key.

    I hope this was helpful, Staci! Before I let you go, even if you get a room key from Disneyland Hotel, you won’t be able to use it to enter the Theme Parks like you would at Walt Disney World Resort. Your key card will only be able to be used for room entry, unfortunately. I highly recommend using a MagicBand+ for each of you to avoid using your phone.

    Please come back and see us if you need anything else!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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