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  • Oct 14, 2023
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    What time do gates open from grand CAlifornia hote to downtown Disney and gates to DL park for those hotel guests?

    Hello there!  Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your great question.  

    During my last visit, security opened at 7:00 AM for Guests to make their way through the security checkpoint and into the Downtown Disney District.  This time may change based on what time the theme parks open that day, so my recommendation is to check with a friendly Cast Member at the hotel when you check-in.  

    If you are staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, you'll receive a wonderful benefit called early entry.  Early entry will allow Guests who are checked in and staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels access to Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park 30 minutes before regular park opening to enjoy select attractions, dining and shopping locations.  The early entry benefit is being updated in late January 2024, so I'd definitely reference the theme park calendar for the schedule for any future trips.  

    Early entry is my family's favorite benefit of staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, we find that we truly can several of our favorite attractions accomplished first thing in the morning!  We also love to bring a portable breakfast to the security line to save time in the morning and also help pass the time.  We keep easy breakfast items in our hotel room such as cereal, milk, and granola bars, and it makes it easy to take a meal on the run when we want to head to the parks early.  

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful trip and are able to take advantage of early entry!  If we can help with any other questions for your upcoming trip, please come back and ask!

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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