• On May 30, 2021
    Christine from IL 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're staying at the DVC grand Cali villas. In the past, we were advised to use the front gates instead of the private one into CA park to get in "the fastest". Is this still the recommendation? Thank you!

    Hey Christine!

    Welcome Home and welcome to planDisney!

    The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are my absolute favorite! I have my first stay coming up in a couple of weeks after over a year and I am so excited to get back to the craftsman style elegance throughout the hotel. Even though Disney Vacation Club offers so many amazing resorts in their collection, I feel the most at home at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. If you haven’t already, make sure you grab a dining reservation at one of the amazing restaurants on property. I’m hoping to try the breakfast at Storytellers Café on my next visit. I’ve seen some pictures of the new menu items and they look amazing!

    I see that you love to rope drop as much as I do. I always recommend getting to the theme parks right at opening because you can get so much done in those first few hours. In the past, I would also have recommended using the main front gates because they usually allow guests to enter the parks early and wait inside the park before the opening time. This gives you a bit of a head start as the entrance in the hotel usually opens right at the opening time for the day. 

    If you can get to the main entrance gates early this would still be my recommendation. Otherwise I’d recommend using the hotel entrance for this trip. The reason is that to promote social distancing, they are only allowing a certain number of guests in the Esplanade at this time. The lines then overflow to the tram drop off area across from World of Disney. So if you can get to the front gates before the overflow, that would be my recommendation. Otherwise use the hotel entrance.

    Well Christine, I hope you and the rest of your group have a great time!

    Remember, always believe in the Magic!

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Hello from Southern California! I live 90 minutes from the "Happiest Place on Earth." I love photography and the Disneyland Resort and when you put them together, it's pure magic! I have a Disney-loving, rope-dropping family of four. My wife even calls me the Rope Drop Champion. I'm an Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member, with home resorts on both coasts. I can't wait to help you experience the most magic while on vacation and show you how to rope drop like a pro! Learn More About Andres

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