By Jennifer Stuart
Whether it is your first trip to Disneyland or if you are a Walt Disney World veteran, it pays to understand how these work at Disneyland. If you want to maximize your rides and minimize your waits, you will want to take advantage of these if you can.
In the above example, you can see that there is a Magic Morning on the Tuesday and Thursday. (Disneyland also offers Magic Morning on Saturdays). Although you may plan on visiting the parks on both those days you will only be able to use Magic Morning for one of those days, so decide which is going to be better for you. When you walk up to the turnstiles you will see that some say Magic Morning ...choose those lines. We advise trying to hit bag check at least 20 mins to a half hour in advance of the start of Magic Morning to make the best use of your time.
Most other Fantasyland rides you would be able to do fairly quickly in that initial hour, especially if you take advantage of the single rider line for Matterhorn.
There is no Magic Morning for Disney California Adventure. The only way to get in early to this park is to take advantage of Extra Magic Hour available to guests staying at one of the 3 official Disney Hotels: Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian. Extra Magic Hour for California Adventure is usually offered on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Always check the Entertainment Schedule to see what days Extra Magic Hour is offered.
Link to the entertainment Schedule here.
Insider tip: It is generally faster to go through the main gates rather than the Grand Californian entrance during Extra Magic Hour.
For Extra Magic Hours you can expect select rides throughout the park to be open, including the rides in Cars Land. You can expect that most people taking advantage of this time will head straight for Radiator Springs Racers.
For tips on using fastpasses at Disneyland read our post Disneyland Fastpass for Beginners. Disneyland first -timers check out our post on What to do on your first trip to Disneyland.
If You enjoyed this post, you may be interested in some of our other Disneyland posts.
Updated Feb 2018
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