Disneyland Resort Magic Morning

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Want to get into Disneyland 1 hour early— this is all about Disneyland Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour at the Disneyland Resort.

How to get in Disneyland one hour early, all the details and secrets here.
How to get in Disneyland one hour early, all the details and secrets here.

Did you know you can get into Disneyland Resort parks one hour early?

The Disneyland Resort has two early admission options and the two sound so identical that most people confuse them. Add on top of that the lack of credible information about Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour, and you could be setting yourself up for disappointment. No need to worry, we’ve done all the Magic Morning research so you don’t have to.

Let’s start by defining the two early admission options.

Magic Morning at Disneyland Park

Tomorrowland sign

  • If you are a guest of any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, this DOES NOT apply to you . . . well it sorta does, but that’s where it gets confusing (see Extra Magic Hour info below).
  • Magic Morning is an early admission option offered ONLY at Disneyland Park, NOT California Adventure. If you’re a guest of Disneyland Resort Hotels, you get access to this same time period, only for you it’s called Extra Magic Hour and some things are different. Hang in there and keep reading.
  • Magic Morning at Disneyland Park is offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Magic Morning begins one hour before the official park opening.

    Get in one hour early at Disneyland park!
    Get in one hour early at Disneyland park!
  • Guests with a discount 3 day+ ticket purchased with our friends at Get Away Today get access to Magic Morning at Disneyland Park.
  • 3 day pass or longer receive ONE Magic Morning early admission during your entire visit. This is not a bonus offered only on certain tickets— when you buy a 3 day ticket or longer in advance, your 3 day+ ticket automatically comes with a Magic Morning at Disneyland Park.
  • Magic Morning access is indicated on the back of your advanced purchased 3 day+ park ticket, good for one Magic Morning use.

    Disneyland one hour earlier than everyone else? Yes please!
    Disneyland one hour earlier than everyone else? Yes please!
  • Select attractions on Main Street, U.S.A., in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during Magic Morning.
  • FASTPASSES are NOT available during Magic Morning; stand-by lines are your only option.
  • You can sign up for Jedi Training during Magic Morning, and I encourage you to do so, it should only take you a few minutes.

Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland Resort

Extra Magic Hour- all the details on how to get into California Adventure one hour early.
Extra Magic Hour- all the details on how to get into California Adventure one hour early.
  • If you are a guest of any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, this applies to you. If you are staying off-site, you do not have access to Extra Magic Hour but may be able to use Magic Mornings instead (see above info).
  • Extra Magic Hour is an early admission option offered at Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. 
  • Yes, Extra Magic Hour and Magic Mornings at Disneyland Park are essentially the same thing and occur during the same time. It is not a separate event.
  • Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland Park is offered on Tuesday, Thursday at Saturday.
  • Extra Magic Hour at California Adventure is offered only to registered guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

    Get on Toy Story Midway Mania before the crowds, strategies here!
    Get on Toy Story Midway Mania before the crowds, strategies here!
  • Extra Magic Hour begins one hour before the official park opening.
  • Registered guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels with a valid park ticket receive Extra Magic Hour access during your entire stay.
  • You do not need to book a package with Disney to get access to Extra Magic Hour,  you can get discount Disneyland tickets with our partner here and book your stay with promo code HAPPIEST10 for even more savings at a Disneyland hotel here.

    Extra Magic Hour at California Adventure.
    Extra Magic Hour at California Adventure.
  • Select attractions on Main Street, U.S.A., in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during Extra Magic Hour.
  • Select attractions at California Adventure including Radiator Springs Racers and Toy Story Midway Mania are open during Extra Magic Hour.
  • FASTPASSES are NOT available during Extra Magic Hour; stand-by lines are your only option.

Magic Morning at Disneyland Resort Q&A

How to get into Disneyland Resort one hour early.
How to get into Disneyland Resort one hour early.
  1. Can I use my Magic Morning for California Adventure? Unfortunately, no. Magic Morning is only for one time use at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
  2. What time is Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour? Early admission begins one hour before regular park opening. Check the Disneyland app for official park hours.
  3. What rides are open during early admission? Attractions offered during early admission can change at any time, but typically you’ll find Fantasyland and Tomorrowland open at Disneyland, Cars Land, Paradise Gardens Park and Pixar Pier open at California Adventure.
  4. Can I use Disney MaxPass or FASTPASS during early admission? You can select via Disney MaxPass only, but they won’t be eligible to redeem until regular opening hours.
  5. What days does California Adventure have Extra Magic Hour? Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  6. What days does Disneyland open for early admission? Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
  7. How can I get early admission to California Adventure? To get Extra Magic Hour at California Adventure you must be a registered guest at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels.
  8. How can I get early admission to Disneyland? You must either be a registered guest at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels or have a valid 3 day+ ticket to Disneyland Park.
  9. Can I sign up my child for Jedi Training during early admission at Disneyland? Yes, a certain number of spots are available during early admission.
  10. Can I use my Magic Morning access on every day of my visit? You can only use Magic Morning one time per ticket on either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
  11. Can I use my Extra Magic Hour access on every day of my visit? Yes, with a valid theme park admission and being a registered guest at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels allows you this access.
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There’s certainly lots of information to keep straight, if we’ve missed something or if you have a question please let us know and we’ll address it in the comments and with updates to this post.

12 thoughts on “Disneyland Resort Magic Morning

  • Kelly S. Boland

    Jessica,
    We have purchased 3 day military hopper passes. We are arriving Sunday Dec. 10th. We were wanting to participate in a Magic Morning Breakfast. Having a hard time clarifying how to get this done. Any help you may give would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

    • Hi Kelly, you can make reservations online at Disneyland.com. If your reservation is during Magic Morning, there is usually a special line at the gates for those waiting to dine. Let me know if you need any other help planning, but I would snag those reservations ASAP. 🙂

  • Danielle

    During the holidays, as it is very busy, I am told usually both parks open an hour early every day. If that is the case, can you use a Magic Morning day on Wednesday in Disneyland (as the park is technically open early that morning)?

    • Hi Danielle. Regular park hours during the holidays are quite extensive. Usually the park will open at 8:00 am and close at midnight. That means Magic Morning begins at 7:00 am on the designated days (currently Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). In short Magic Morning is the hour before regular park opening. Does that make sense? Let me know if you need any other assistance during your trip. You might also find this article on the Holidays at Disneyland to be of some help.

  • Jan

    Hi there
    Thanks for the detailed sharing. Can I get extra magic hour if I just buy one day ticket and stay at the Disney hotel? Is there any separate registration required other than belonging the key card with you for the whole family’s entry? Appreciate your advice.

      • Jerry

        Will each registered guest receive a key card or is one hotel key card good for everyone? The reason I ask is because, my brother is visiting the park for one day, but he is not staying in the hotel. Will he be able to get in with me?

        • Hi Jerry, thanks for your question. When you enter the turnstile, simply show one room key for your party to enter. I haven’t heard of anyone having problems bringing in their entire group but of course it’s at Disney’s discretion to check guest counts upon entry but I do think it makes things move slower and more complicated for them. Of course, if there is a slip up your brother can grab some breakfast at nearby La Brea Bakery and meet up with you soon after!

    • So glad I could help clarify some of the madness that is Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour. I love Magic Mornings and enjoy using that hour and then having breakfast in the park as the general public arrives. Enjoy your visit!

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