Disneyland Resort hotel guests have privileges and amenities unavailable to those staying outside the World. Though some of these perks are advertising gimmicks, others are real and potentially valuable. Here are the benefits and what they mean.
If you don't have a car, commuting to the parks is easy via the Disneyland Monorail or a short walk to the parks. Guests staying in the Grand Californian Hotel can use an exclusive entrance in to Disney California Adventure. Use of this entrance restricted to only hotel guests for the first couple hours of the day, and then opens to all guests after that.
Early Entry At The Theme Parks
Disneyland Resort hotel guests are invited to enter a designated park one hour earlier than the general public each day. This benefit is subject to change without notice. Early entry can be quite valuable if you know how to use it. It can also land you in gridlock.
Babysitting And Child-Care Options
Disneyland Resort hotel guests have an option for babysitting, child care, and children's programs. Grand Californian's on-site child-care center is the Pinocchio's Workshop. Kids ages 5-12 may take part. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 5 PM and midnight. Fresh fruit and blankets and pillows are provided. Dinner can be purchased for an additional $5. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Grand Californian Hotel may use the services. The capacity for Pinocchio's Workshop is small so Disney encourages guests to make a reservation. You may do so by calling (714) 635-2300.
Priority Theme-Park Admissions
On days of unusually heavy attendance, Disney will restrict admittance to the theme parks for safety reason. When guests are admitted, Disney will usually let in first those guests staying at a Disney resort.