Sleeping Beauty Castle

Early entry is a perk allowing guests staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels to enter a designated Disneyland Resort theme park 30 minutes before the scheduled park opening time every day of their stay. It grants access to select attractions, dining locations, and shopping venues in the park. To take advantage of early entry, guests must have a valid park ticket, theme park reservation for the same park on the same date, and be staying at an eligible Disneyland Resort hotel (Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel, or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa).

Disneyland Park: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Disney California Adventure Park: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Star Tours Attraction entrance

Disneyland Early Entry Rides

Alice in Wonderland – Dark ride, based on the animated Disney film that takes riders through the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland.

Astro Orbitor – Rocket-spinner ride with views of Tomorrowland and beyond.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – Interactive dark ride based on Toy Story, allowing riders to shoot at targets and rack up points.

Disneyland Monorail – Narrated transportation ride circling the park on an elevated track with views into the park and surrounding area.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Classic carnival-style ride with flying elephants that riders can control up and down.

King Arthur Carrousel – Intricately decorated merry-go-round with hand-painted horses.

Mad Tea Party – Spinning teacup ride inspired by the Mad Hatter’s unbirthday party.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Dark ride based on The Wind in the Willows, with several scenes following Mr. Toad’s motorcar adventures.

Peter Pan’s Flight – Suspended dark ride retelling the story of Peter Pan with riders “flying” over London and Neverland scenes.

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – Dark ride retelling the story of Pinocchio, with riders whisked through scenes from the classic animated film.

Snow White’s Enchanted Wish – Dark ride retelling Snow White’s story through the Evil Queen’s perspective, with the poisoned apple scene.

Space Mountain – Indoor rollercoaster ride in the dark with sharp turns and drops.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Motion simulator ride based on the Star Wars films, taking passengers on a wild intergalactic flight.

Shops

  • Esplanade Stroller Shop
  • Little Green Men Store Command
  • The Star Trader
  • Market House

Dining

  • Little Red Wagon
  • Main Street Fruit Cart
  • Galactic Grill

WEB Slingers Attraction Entrance Sign

California Adventure Early Entry Rides

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – Enclosed drop tower dark ride with randomized ride experiences as riders help Rocket the Raccoon rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Incredicoaster – High-speed outdoor rollercoaster with sharp twists, turns and loops themed around The Incredibles.

The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Dark ride retelling the Little Mermaid story through scenes and songs from the animated film.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – Whip ride with tractor trailers swinging and spinning to country music inspired by the Cars films.

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! – Dark ride that picks riders up in taxi cabs to help Mike and Sulley return Boo safely home.

Soarin’ Around the World – Flight motion simulator ride with riders lifted into a giant projection dome to experience a virtual hang glider tour around the world.

WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure – 3D interactive dark ride, allowing riders to sling webs from onboard “WEB Slinger” vehicles.

Shops

  • Esplanade Stroller Shop
  • The Collector’s Warehouse
  • Seaside Souvenirs
  • WEB Suppliers

Dining

  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Mortimer’s Market

Exterior of hotel at dusk

History of Early Entry and Who Can Use It

Early entry replaced previous early admission offerings at Disneyland Resort in 2022, including Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning. Previously, early admission was offered periodically on certain days of the week and alternated between parks. The updated early entry perk allows access every morning to one designated park for eligible hotel guests.

To utilize early entry, guests must be staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels – the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel, or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Valid park admission and a reservation for the same park on the same date is also required. Early entry can only be used on the mornings following each night stayed at an eligible hotel.

Railroad Garden

Conclusion

Early entry allows eligible guests to experience popular attractions with little-to-no wait time before the parks officially open. It’s an excellent perk, granting access to over a dozen top rides across both parks. Guests who strategize and prioritize the most in-demand attractions can significantly cut down on wait times and pack more into the early park hours.