Either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure offers some sort of early entry every day. (During busy times, Disney sometimes offers early entry at both parks.) Early entry allows a particular group of people into a particular park one hour before the park opens to the public. So if a park officially opens at 8:00 a.m., some people will be able to enter at 7:00 a.m.
Do NOT make the mistake of assuming that Disneyland early entry functions the same as Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World in Florida.
The following chart summarizes the usual timing early entry programs at Disneyland Resort.
|EMH||Extra Magic Hour for registered guests at Disney Resort Hotels.|
|MM||Magic Morning for those with certain 3-day (or longer) park tickets|
|AP||Annual Passholder Early Entry (not currently offered)|
If you find any of this confusing, click on one of the above links or see Disney's explanation at the Disneyland Early Admission Options page.
Still Arrive Early!
If you participate in any of these early entry windows, we recommend that you arrive at least 90 minutes prior to official park opening (that is, 30 minutes before you can enter the park) to ensure that you are among the first to enter and enjoy the full hour of lower attendance.
During an early entry period at Disneyland, certain attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland will usually be open. The rest of the park's attractions (and all FASTPASS machines) will remain off-limits until the official opening time.
Disney California Adventure Attractions
During an early entry period at Disney California Adventure, all attractions in Cars Land are open, along with select attractions and select food, beverage, and merchandise venues. World of Color FASTPASS machines are open for business, but all others will be shuttered until the park opens to the public. A long line will have formed at the Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASS machines well in advance of that.
Last updated on January 15, 2015