For Your Information: Early Admission Opportunities at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

UPDATE 9/30/12: See below for updated information on early admission benefits for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests.

We’ve already told you about Extra Magic Hour benefit for Disneyland Resort hotel guests, but that’s not the only way to enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park early.

Early Entry Opportunities Available at the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort Guests with 3-Day, 4-Day or 5-Day Theme Park Tickets and 2012 Southern California CityPass

Disneyland Resort guests who purchase 3-Day, 4-Day or 5-Day theme park tickets prior to arrival at the resort and those with valid 2012 Southern California CityPass can choose one day during the duration of their Theme Park ticket or Southern California CityPass to enter Disneyland park (only) one hour prior to scheduled opening on any of the following days: Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests

UPDATE: Guests of the hotels of the Disneyland Resort can take advantage of Extra Magic Hour* each day of their stay at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure parks. (Valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key required)

*Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure park on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday before the applicable park opens to the general public. Check for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. To enhance the Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores, restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

*Early Entry admission is non-transferable and does not guarantee access to any attraction or location. Applicable days and times of operation, and all other elements including, without limitation, operation of attractions, entertainment, and services may vary and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Subject to capacity, previously scheduled park events and other restrictions.


  • So I’m confused. For early entry when you stay at the resort, is this going away after 9/13? Or is it like super extra early during this time from July to September?

  • Is this the same as Magic Morning?

  • So it looks like the California Adventure days are on Magic Morning days at Disneyland. Is that correct? Also, what will be open on those mornings in DCA & DL?

  • Erin,

    A little off subject but wondering if Disneyland will host the “Not so scary Halloween” parties this year? If so, do you know what the dates are and where one can buy tickets?

  • I’m confused by the sentence: “Annual Passholders may only use the privilege once at each park.” Does this mean that we may only get in early once at each park throughout the entire open season, or once per park on each day that we sign up?

    • Alison – This opportunity is available to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders from June 18 to September 13, 2012, and they may only register to use the privilege once at each park during that entire time period, not once per day.

  • @Anthony- I stayed at the GC and as annual pass holder and was able to show my room key and annual pass for early entry into the park. No problem. You can ask the cast member when booking your hotel as well.

  • Thank you for the information. When staying at a DLR hotel, does an annual passport count as a “valid theme park ticket” when presented with an “active room key?” Having a definite answer to that question will make a major difference as we decide where to book a hotel room for our next visit. Thanks!

    • Anthony – Yes, a Disneyland Resort Annual Passport is considered a valid theme park ticket, aside from on days that are block-out dates of course.

  • What attractions will be available for early entry at Disney California Adventure?

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