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  • [Question] Walking from Paradise Pier Hotel

    How is the walk from this Disney hotel room the parks? Thinking of staying there later this year and was wondering. Do you go out the hotel and walk towards the dlh to get to DTD?
    Last edited by biggsworth; 01-14-2019, 10:31 PM.
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    Here's a more helpful answer: about 15-20 minutes to the front gate, depending on your walking speed. The old option to cut through the GCH is no longer available, I'm pretty sure.

    You could walk about 7-10 minutes to the Monorail, but you have to factor in time waiting in line (possibly for more than 1 train) and the actual ride time into Tomorrowland. If you're going first thing in the morning, I recommend being in line no less than 30 minutes before park opening if you want to be on the first train. That said, it saves your feet the walk, and the line to scan your tickets may be faster than waiting in line at the front gate.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post
      Here's a more helpful answer: about 15-20 minutes to the front gate, depending on your walking speed. The old option to cut through the GCH is no longer available, I'm pretty sure.

      You could walk about 7-10 minutes to the Monorail, but you have to factor in time waiting in line (possibly for more than 1 train) and the actual ride time into Tomorrowland. If you're going first thing in the morning, I recommend being in line no less than 30 minutes before park opening if you want to be on the first train. That said, it saves your feet the walk, and the line to scan your tickets may be faster than waiting in line at the front gate.
      ^^^ only way^^^
      Just get those feet going ,,,,,,,,,,,, maybe with a cup coffee in the morning ,it might be a little faster ....LOL
      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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      • #4
        The isn’t too bad. Yes you head toward DLH and make a right at the DTD entrance near where ESPN used to be. You can cut through DGC from park to hotel but you cannot going the other way, there is a gate and an attendant. We stayed recently at DGC and saw some people turned away trying to cut through.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies!
          These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

          DL 55th BDAY trip report
          My company had a special night at the park
          WdW trip report with WWoHP
          NYE 2011 trip report
          Mice Chat 7th anniversary
          Leap year 24 hour report
          New DCA trip report
          NYE 2012
          HKDL trip report

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          • #6
            I remember when Paradise Pier hotel had it's own enterance to DCA across the street. Also they had an omnibus from there to Downtown Disney! Too bad they are all gone now.

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            • #7
              The hotels on Harbor are a quicker walk, and much, much cheaper. The downside to those hotels is that you have to go through the most crowded bag check location. I stayed at PP when you could cut through the GC, but not anymore.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoFi View Post
                The hotels on Harbor are a quicker walk, and much, much cheaper. The downside to those hotels is that you have to go through the most crowded bag check location. I stayed at PP when you could cut through the GC, but not anymore.
                Yeah I am going to to Paradise pier for early entry later in the year. I have actually only ever stayed on property once which was free. We always stay at the HOJO or Grand Legacy. Could never justify the cost until the Star Wars storm comes rolling in I figured we will try it out.
                These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                DL 55th BDAY trip report
                My company had a special night at the park
                WdW trip report with WWoHP
                NYE 2011 trip report
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                Leap year 24 hour report
                New DCA trip report
                NYE 2012
                HKDL trip report

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by biggsworth View Post

                  Yeah I am going to to Paradise pier for early entry later in the year. I have actually only ever stayed on property once which was free. We always stay at the HOJO or Grand Legacy. Could never justify the cost until the Star Wars storm comes rolling in I figured we will try it out.
                  Early entry is worth it! That's what I miss the most, for sure!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JoFi View Post
                    The hotels on Harbor are a quicker walk, and much, much cheaper. The downside to those hotels is that you have to go through the most crowded bag check location. I stayed at PP when you could cut through the GC, but not anymore.
                    Yup...while there may be a few other options that are a few physical steps closer to the gates, any time made up in distance can be and is often lost many times over dealing with the Harbor side security especially at park opening and peak times.

                    While there are many arguments to validate staying off site, the distance one does not end up being a better deal overall in my experience.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DisneyPilot View Post

                      Yup...while there may be a few other options that are a few physical steps closer to the gates, any time made up in distance can be and is often lost many times over dealing with the Harbor side security especially at park opening and peak times.

                      While there are many arguments to validate staying off site, the distance one does not end up being a better deal overall in my experience.
                      When we go we always stay Harbor side. We avoid early morning queues by getting into DTD early for Starbucks or we simply sleep in and go in at a later time. We are for the first time ever paying for and staying on property to hopefully get a leg up on seeing Star Wars during Magic Morning. We secured our rooms already for later in the summer while most APs are blocked. and well away from the rumored June openings. As a huge Star Wars fan I don't need to be "first" but I do want to see it this year and ASAP within my own reason. I feel staying on Property will be worth it this one time.
                      These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                      DL 55th BDAY trip report
                      My company had a special night at the park
                      WdW trip report with WWoHP
                      NYE 2011 trip report
                      Mice Chat 7th anniversary
                      Leap year 24 hour report
                      New DCA trip report
                      NYE 2012
                      HKDL trip report

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                      • #12
                        We try and stay on site once a year for 2 nights even though we live 15-20 min from the park it is just nice to put yourself in the bubble and never leave for a couple of days. It's the best way to forget about the world for a bit. Early entry is really nice and we also appreciate having access to a clean bathroom all day and a guaranteed quiet place to relax and take a break for bit. We also really enjoy being able to ride GRR and then hop back to our room to change into dry clothes and shoes after getting soaked. Rooms are really expensive I will not deny that, but since we are local and do not have to pay travel expenses and have AP's it ends up being cheaper than most other vacations we've tried to plan. The ROI is still decent, for 3 days 2 nights for about $1200 including cost of food etc. is not too shabby when you figure those 3 days are at DLR. The security check points going from the hotels are rarely longer then 3-4 people in our experience but I know the Harbor entrance side can get way backed up and is the reason that even though we come from the south we pass the park and exit Lincoln to be able to park at Mickey and Friends as we feel it's a quicker entry with less hassle and a shorter walk. ( Plus the last time we did Toy Story we ended up waiting for over 20min. for the a bus to arrive! )

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                        • #13
                          After a full day of walking in the parks: Too far lol
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                          "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are. "

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by biggsworth View Post

                            When we go we always stay Harbor side. We avoid early morning queues by getting into DTD early for Starbucks or we simply sleep in and go in at a later time. We are for the first time ever paying for and staying on property to hopefully get a leg up on seeing Star Wars during Magic Morning. We secured our rooms already for later in the summer while most APs are blocked. and well away from the rumored June openings. As a huge Star Wars fan I don't need to be "first" but I do want to see it this year and ASAP within my own reason. I feel staying on Property will be worth it this one time.
                            Of the 3, I'd say that the GCH is the best to "beat the crowds," but not by much and, in my opinion, not worth the extra cost vs staying across the street. While I'll admit the security line trying to get in from Harbor will be longer than the hotels, the question is, is it worth the extra 400-600 per night.

                            The Paradise Pier is obviously not a good way to beat the crowds, as its the farthest, and the DLH also isn't because it's "benefit" of a monorail doesn't help you get in first. Assuming you get on the first monorail (on a normal summer day, have to get there 30 minutes before park opening to line up), that'll put you in Tomorrowland around 8:10-15, then you have to hoof it over to SW:GE. It would be faster to walk, but again, that defeats the purpose because staying across the street is still closer.

                            Now, if the official hotels offered special perks -- SW:GE FastPasses, dedicated entry, a monorail only for resort guests during rush hour -- then it may be worth it. I don't think they have announced this yet, and if they do later, I don't know if it'll apply to reservatiosn made prior to that announcement.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by disneyfn View Post
                              I remember when Paradise Pier hotel had it's own enterance to DCA across the street. Also they had an omnibus from there to Downtown Disney! Too bad they are all gone now.
                              I wonder why they cut that out... maybe it was a perk that was costing them but earning nothing in return.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post

                                Of the 3, I'd say that the GCH is the best to "beat the crowds," but not by much and, in my opinion, not worth the extra cost vs staying across the street. While I'll admit the security line trying to get in from Harbor will be longer than the hotels, the question is, is it worth the extra 400-600 per night.

                                The Paradise Pier is obviously not a good way to beat the crowds, as its the farthest, and the DLH also isn't because it's "benefit" of a monorail doesn't help you get in first. Assuming you get on the first monorail (on a normal summer day, have to get there 30 minutes before park opening to line up), that'll put you in Tomorrowland around 8:10-15, then you have to hoof it over to SW:GE. It would be faster to walk, but again, that defeats the purpose because staying across the street is still closer.

                                Now, if the official hotels offered special perks -- SW:GE FastPasses, dedicated entry, a monorail only for resort guests during rush hour -- then it may be worth it. I don't think they have announced this yet, and if they do later, I don't know if it'll apply to reservatiosn made prior to that announcement.
                                Yeah nothing is announced for magic mornings this summer. I'm guessing they will allow on site guests into DL first as a perk for staying on site. But that's just aa guess. Luckily I can cancel if it doesn't work out that way. All the on-site hotels beat the crowds if you get in the parks an hour early. Last year we got to stay in the GC for free and getting into DL and DCA that extra hour was amazing for lines.
                                These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                                DL 55th BDAY trip report
                                My company had a special night at the park
                                WdW trip report with WWoHP
                                NYE 2011 trip report
                                Mice Chat 7th anniversary
                                Leap year 24 hour report
                                New DCA trip report
                                NYE 2012
                                HKDL trip report

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by biggsworth View Post

                                  Yeah nothing is announced for magic mornings this summer. I'm guessing they will allow on site guests into DL first as a perk for staying on site. But that's just aa guess. Luckily I can cancel if it doesn't work out that way. All the on-site hotels beat the crowds if you get in the parks an hour early. Last year we got to stay in the GC for free and getting into DL and DCA that extra hour was amazing for lines.
                                  True, but nowadays anyone with a 3+-day ticket can get into the parks an hour early.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post

                                    True, but nowadays anyone with a 3+-day ticket can get into the parks an hour early.
                                    Yeah it has been that way for a while. Didn't seem to effect anything when I stayed on property though it was still better than showing up for gates open.Just takes a little planning to make it work out.
                                    These are some of my favorite TRs I have posted

                                    DL 55th BDAY trip report
                                    My company had a special night at the park
                                    WdW trip report with WWoHP
                                    NYE 2011 trip report
                                    Mice Chat 7th anniversary
                                    Leap year 24 hour report
                                    New DCA trip report
                                    NYE 2012
                                    HKDL trip report

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post

                                      I wonder why they cut that out... maybe it was a perk that was costing them but earning nothing in return.
                                      It was removed when they expanded Villas at Grand Californian Hotel in 2009. There would still be some space there between DCA and Grand Californian for a entrance area like before except now there is a backstage path for Little Mermaid that it would have to cross.

                                      https://www.yesterland.com/hotelgate.html

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                                      • #20
                                        What about coming from a Katella Ave hotel (like the Best Western Stovall or Quality Suites) onto Disneyland Drive? IS walking past the Paradise Pier and onto the sidewalk by the Downtown Disney parking being Earl of Sandwich, etc the best option?

                                        Sounds like my old standby of just cutting through Grand Californian Hotel is a thing of the past.

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