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  • On Oct 18, 2023
    Mike from CO 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 staying at the Disneyland Hotel. If we go through Downtown Disney to get to the parks, do we have to go through security twice? Do lines for security tend to lessen after the early morning rush?

    Hey there Mike,

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for your question! It looks like you're arriving at the Happiest Place on Earth later this week - how exciting!

    I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel on a recent trip with my son! It's my absolute favorite place to stay when visiting since it keeps that Disney magic going throughout the whole trip. 

    I'm happy to share that you'll only have to go through the security checkpoint one time when entering the Downtown Disney District from the Disneyland Hotel (it's just as you leave the hotel area). If you're headed to Disneyland Park, this is definitely the best way to get there! You can either walk through the Downtown Disney District or you can ride the Disneyland Monorail into the Tomorrowland station. 

    If you're heading to Disney California Adventure Park, you might consider entering through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (though you would need to go through security again if using this entrance). You'll enter the park near Grizzly River Run

    In terms of wait times at the security checkpoints, in my experience, it does tend to be longer first thing in the morning. However, if you're staying at the Disneyland Hotel then you also can enter the parks before everyone else through Early Entry. My suggestion would be to utilize this time to get in some extra rides on attractions!

    When I visited with my son a few weeks ago, we just arrived at the security checkpoint about 20 minutes before Early Entry began. This gave us enough time to get through the checkpoint queue and get into Disneyland Park for the entirety of the Early Entry time!

    Thanks again for your question, Mike! I hope you have a fantastic time visiting the Disneyland Resort.

    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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