Actually, buying a 3 day or more Bonus ParkHopper (most Advance Purchase PH's) gets you one day of Early Entry.
The second way to get Early Entry is to stay at one of the three Disney owned hotels (DLH, PPH or GCH) and show your Room Charge Slip at the Early Entry Turnstiles during the dates of your stay, you may attend multiple Early Entrys, so long as they occur during your stay. This option has not been officially advertised and could end at any time.
Currently Early Entry is offered four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. (Some changes in June due to Grad Nites and the Pirates Premiere).
The gates open one hour prior to the posted opening, so just get in the turnstile area that is clearly marked Early Entry about 15 minutes earlier than that.
Most of Fantasyland is available, as are Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and the Astro-Orbitor in Tomorrowland. (All subject to delayed openings due to mechanical issues). The rest of the park is off limits until the official park opening.
Early entry is currently being done. When it goes away is usually in the off season, but due to the recent high attendance for the 50th it has continued non-stop since the start of the celebration.
Early entry days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The park opens one hour prior to the regular scheduled time.
Last week on Thursday we did a rope opening where Main Street is open
"to the rope" 1-1/2 hours early (i.e. park is scheduled to open at 9am, Main Street opens to the rope at 7:30am) "To the rope" basically opens Main Street as far as Photo Supply with a few of the shops being open. I've been told we are going to do this on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday only. I'll find out for sure tonight.
Edit....but not the extra half hour early for a rope opening. Rope openings are only through the Main Gate. You can still take the Monorail on any of the Early Entry days but it will only start running one hour early.
Buy airline tickets online months in advance.
Purchase Deluxe Annual Pass from local Disney Store.
Make Disneyland Hotel reservations (w/10% discount!)
Get 4-day hopper with Early Entry for lovely wife.
Find out if AP holder can get Early Entry (in this thread!)
Arrive on Friday afternoon and stand in line to register AP.
-> This Friday! <- yay!
Get up really early on Saturday for our Early Entry day and purchase $30 AP black-out day admission and still get in early?
uh... (brain esplodes)
Tee hee! We're visiting again after a 13 YEAR absence, and I've got all of our questions answered, except this last one...