Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian

Resort hotels at Walt Disney World aren't the only ones who have tightened their security policies in recent months.  Fortunately these changes have streamlined the theme park entry process for resort guests. 

Grand Californian Security

Mirroring recent changes at several Walt Disney World resorts, some security checkpoints at Disneyland have moved into the hotels themselves rather than their previous location just outside of the theme parks.  At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, the change applies to both the private entrance to Disney California Adventure theme park as well as the Downtown Disney access point typically used by guests headed to Disneyland park.  

Grand Californian Security

Downtown Disney Security Checkpoint

This move enhances security throughout the Disneyland resort area by extending the security perimeter to include all of Downtown Disney.  Hotel guests can also expect a quicker trip through security with shorter lines than were typically encountered at the Disneyland entrance plaza.  

Similar checkpoints have been added near Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and other locations to accommodate off-site guests. 

A security presence has been added near the Grand Californian entrance off Disneyland Drive.  Individuals who are not registered guests at the Grand Californian are being steered toward a more appropriate entrance point.  

Grand Californian Security

Disneyland Drive Security Checkpoint

Guests staying at nearby Paradise Pier Hotel have been known to take a shortcut through the Grand Californian to reach certain destinations, particularly Disneyland and Downtown Disney.  Only those with Grand Californian room keys, restaurant reservations or other documented reasons for visiting the resort will be permitted.  Others are being routed to their designated security checkpoint.  

Thanks to Chris for the details and photos!

Reader Comments
Re: Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian -- Brad1972
2017 Jun 27 01:00:04 PM
This sounds like a good change to me, in every way. I love the Grand Cali, but probably my biggest pet peeve about the place is that it is a victim of its own success... It is such a beautiful, relaxing place and so convenient to the parks that so many people go there to just "hang out," taking up seating and crowing the common areas so there is no room for the people who are actually staying there. I hope that as a side benefit this might alleviate some of that excess congestion.
Re: Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian -- denlo
2017 Jun 27 08:48:47 PM
It sounds like this security change might effect the guests using the entrance into the Disney California Adventure at the Grand Californian Resort. We have only stayed there once for five nights but every time we used that entrance we spoke to people that were staying at other Disney hotels that were taking advantage of this entrance to get early entrance into DCA.
Re: Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian -- TimK
2017 Jun 28 12:47:17 AM
denlo wrote:
It sounds like this security change might effect the guests using the entrance into the Disney California Adventure at the Grand Californian Resort. We have only stayed there once for five nights but every time we used that entrance we spoke to people that were staying at other Disney hotels that were taking advantage of this entrance to get early entrance into DCA.

Yup. Not just the DCA entrance but also people trying to take a shortcut through the Grand Cal to Disneyland or Downtown Disney.
Re: Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian -- atrius
2017 Jul 02 01:00:52 AM
I wasn't aware that there have been similar changes at WDW resorts.


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Re: Stricter Security Screening at Grand Californian -- denlo
2017 Jul 02 11:37:27 AM
atrius wrote:
I wasn't aware that there have been similar changes at WDW resorts.

As far as I know the security changes at WDW resorts are in connection to entrance to the parks. As you are screened before taking the monorail or for CR/BLT there is security on the walkway to MK.

When we drove over to another resort the guard always scanned a magic band. But that is the only change, they still let us in even when we didn't have dining reservations and were not staying there.

I know that at CR/BLT and BC/YC there are times that they refused entrance to the parking lot for anyone that was not a guest including those with dinner reservations. Most of the guests had been notified of this change, but some refused to adhere to it and were told to go back to the TTC to park. I am not sure where the YC/BC dinners were told. But these limitations were only during very crowded periods when large conventions and holidays were involved or at YC during some construction.

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