dlr activities 01; world of color; rainbow lights; water show; mickey head
  • On Mar 25, 2024
    Monica 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 staying at the Disneyland Hotel in the next couple of weeks, are we able to use the Grand Californian entrance into DCA?

    Hi, Monica! 

    Welcome back to planDisney, and thanks for sending us another Disneyland Resort question. I’m happy to hear you’re planning a stay at the beautiful Disneyland Hotel! The magical, retro-inspired decor makes it my favorite on-property hotel. The carved wooden headboards in each bedroom feature fiber-optic fireworks, creating an in-room light and music show with the flip of a switch!

    Yes, Guests with an active hotel reservation at any of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels can utilize the exclusive entrances to Disney California Adventure Park as long as they have valid theme park admission and a theme park reservation. However, the most convenient way to access the park if you’re coming straight from the Disneyland Hotel is usually to walk through the Downtown Disney District to the park's main entrance. Otherwise, you’ll have to pass through two separate security checkpoints-- one at the entrance to the Downtown Disney District and another before you can pass through the gate from the hotel into the park. 

    There is one more limited-access entrance into Disney California Adventure Park for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests. It’s a convenient place to enter if you plan to spend time exploring or dining at Pixar Place Hotel. To access this gate, exit Pixar Place Hotel and cross the street at Disneyland Drive toward the main entrance of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Just before the pedestrian access gate that leads to the hotel, turn immediately to the right and you'll see another gate. Scan your hotel key to enter it and then follow the path to the security checkpoint and entry turnstile into Disney California Adventure Park. This entrance is located between Corn Dog Castle and Seaside Souvenirs, giving you quick access to Paradise Gardens Park!

    I hope this information helps you plan, Monica, and that your vacation is pixie-dusted to perfection! Please feel free to write back with more questions as your trip draws near.

    Wishing you magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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