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  • On Jul 21, 2022
    Karee from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is using the Grand Californian hotel entrance or the Paradise Pier Hotel entrance for entry into either Downtown Disney or California Adventure, strictly for Disney Resort Hotel guests or is it open for anyone with a park ticket?

    Welcome back, Karee!

    It's so great seeing your name pop back up in our magic mirror. Thank you for sending another fantastic Disneyland Resort vacation planning question our way!

    This is a great question, one that just recently changed a bit. At the current time, to be able to access Disney California Adventure Park from either the dedicated entrance inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the recently reopened "back gate" entrance near Goofy's Sky School, yes, you do need to have a valid room key showing that you are a current Guest of one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels.

    However, I'm very happy to share that everyone, no matter where they're staying, is welcome to enter the western-most Downtown Disney District entrance. There is a security checkpoint stationed at this entrance, but after that, it's about a 15-minute walk to The Esplanade, which is the space directly between the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park turnstiles. This entrance is located just steps away from the famous Disneyland Hotel, and right before the new-ish Star Wars Trading Post store; hEARs a map for reference.

    Pro Tip: While the walk clocks in at .7 of a mile, you might want to add more sauntering time if you have a Mouseketeer or two who likes to stop and look at all of the shops.

    I hope that this helped to better plan your upcoming Disney days, Karee! Be sure to check out our most recent tips and tricks on the official planDisney Panel Instagram account. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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