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  • On May 22, 2017
    Karen from IL Asked

    We are taking our first trip to Disneyland, staying at Paradise Pier. Which is the best way to enter DL park from the hotel; the monorail from Downtown Disney or the main gate? At what time can guests of PP use the entrance in the Grand Californian?

    Howdy, Karen! Yay! I am so excited that you will be visiting the Disneyland Resort for the first time!

    To get to Disneyland Park in the most efficient manner, I suggest heading directly to the gates. Depending on the timing, you might end up waiting longer for the Disneyland Monorail than it takes to walk to the parks. I like to take the monorail at the end of the day or when we are going back to the hotel for a mid-afternoon break. It's a nice little journey through the parks and a relaxing way to get to the hotel. Finally, if you are visiting sometime this June, you should know that the Disneyland Monorail will be closed for refurbishment.

    For Disney California Adventure Park, I just confirmed with a Cast Member that you can use the entrance from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa any time of the day, but there are few details to be aware of. Guests of either Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel or the Disneyland Hotel, must use the entrance to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa that is located off of the Downtown Disney District by Anna & Elsa's Boutique. You cannot enter through the main hotel front entrance. Entering the hotel this way means that you will go through security twice - once when you enter the Downtown Disney District and again in the hotel as you enter the park. So, it will most likely be faster to head directly to main gates for Disney California Adventure Park as well.

    I hope this clarifies things for you. Please return to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with any future questions!

    -Linda M.
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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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