Day tripper at Disneyland Resort

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Early admission options

  • Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests – Enjoy early admission, during every day of your hotel stay, to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in either Disneyland Park (currently on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) or Disney California Adventure Park (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) one hour before the park opens to the general public.
  • Magic Morning at Disneyland Park – Guests with a 3-day or longer theme park ticket or Guests with a Southern California CityPASS can enjoy one early admission (during the duration of their theme park ticket or Southern California CityPASS) to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations at Disneyland Park one hour before the Park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Valid theme park tickets must be purchased before arrival at Disneyland Resort. Southern California CityPASS may be purchased in advance.

Applicable days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of Characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

Plan your day with the informative maps

Theme Park guide maps and times guides for shows, character greetings, parades and fireworks are available at the front entrances and Guest Relations locations in each park, and at the check-in desk of your Disneyland Resort hotel.

Disney FASTPASS Service lets you reduce your wait times

Disney FASTPASS Service allows guests to maximize their time in the park by reserving a specific time window to enjoy their favourite attractions. When guests return during that time, they enjoy a shorter line reserved for FASTPASS holders.

FASTPASSES are distributed by terminals near the entrance to each attraction that uses FASTPASS. Insert your theme park ticket into the terminal. Both a FASTPASS ticket and your park ticket come out. The FASTPASS ticket indicates a time period during which you may return and enter the special FASTPASS priority line for the attraction.

Tips to remember: You can hold one FASTPASS per park at the same time. After you have obtained a FASTPASS on one attraction, you cannot obtain a FASTPASS on a second attraction for at least two hours.

Travelling with small children

A family vacation to the Disneyland Resort can be a magical experience that you treasure forever – but a few tips can make it feel like a vacation for you, too.

  • Stroller rentals – stroll in style with Disney as you skip the hassle of bringing a stroller from home. Stroller rentals are available outside the Disneyland Park Main Entrance. Rented strollers may be used in both Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park, but are not permitted in the Downtown Disney District. Look for the stroller symbol on each park guidemap.
  • Baby Care Centres – forgot sunscreen, diapers or other family essentials? Visit a Baby Care Centre to stock up on many of the items you might need for your little ones. Great for those with infants, toddlers and preschoolers looking for a place to rest, relax or have a snack in each of the theme parks. There's also a private room for nursing mothers and a waiting room for the rest of the family. Check out your park guidemap or ask a Cast Member for more location information.
  • Rider Switch – This handy service is available at select Disneyland Resort attractions and allows guests to take turns waiting with youngsters too young or too small to ride a certain attraction, then "switch" with another adult guest from their party to experience the attraction without standing in line twice. See a Cast Member at the attraction for additional information.

When staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you're within walking distance to and from the Theme Parks and the Downtown Disney District. So it's a short trip back to the room for a nap before returning to one of the Theme Parks to watch fireworks or a parade at night! Disney Resort hotels, designed with little ones in mind, also offer:

  • Pinocchio's Workshop – For an additional fee, parents can enjoy a night out and treat children ages 5 to 12 to an evening of arts and crafts, computer games, Disney films, dinner and snacks in a licensed child activity centre with an environment created especially for kids. Pinocchio's Workshop is located at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Disney Character Wake-Up Calls mean you can start your day off right with a special wake-up call from a Disney character!

Single rider line

Single rider lines may reduce your wait time if you are willing to split up your party and ride alone. Subject to availability.

Combine dinner with World of Color

Want to treat the family to lunch or dinner and preferred seats for World of Color? Make lunch or dinner reservations at Wine Country Trattoria or Carthay Circle Restaurant or dinner only at Ariel’s Grotto. Enjoy a full-service, 3-course meal from a prix-fixe menu and receive one voucher per prix-fixe meal (the voucher is provided by your server upon payment of your dining experience).

Get the best spot to watch the parade

Everyone loves a parade, and Disney is the best in the business. The characters and dancers mix and mingle and make everyone feel special. Be sure to arrive to your chosen location about 30 minutes early, as spots fill quickly.

Beat the crowds

While the parade-lovers are waving and singing along with the music, take advantage of the situation by heading for popular attractions to minimize your wait time.

Consider alternative viewing locations for popular entertainment offerings. In Disneyland Park, try watching Fantasmic! across from the Haunted Mansion, and the fireworks from in front of "it's a small world." In Disney California Adventure Park, view the parade from in front of the Golden Vine Winery or across from the Pacific Wharf.

If you are at the back of Disneyland Park, look for the Disneyland Railroad Station. Every few minutes, a train picks up the passengers and takes them on a trip around Disneyland Park, including a stop near the main gates. If you are in Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park, use the monorail. It takes you out of the park to the Downtown Disney District.