Compared to Walt Disney World, getting around Disneyland is nowhere as near as overwhelming.
But, all that said, it's always best to know the different options that are available to you when it comes to transportation around the park and in Anaheim.
Ready? Let's check out all of the ways to get around Disneyland.
First and foremost, the easiest and cheapest way to get around Disneyland is — walking.
The Disneyland Resort is much smaller than Walt Disney World, meaning sometimes you don't need to use the Monorail, hop on a bus, or pay for an Uber.
Most likely, if you're staying at one of the official three Disneyland hotels or have a room at a Good Neighbor hotel that's within decent walking distance, as long as you have no physical restrictions that would make it difficult, you can and should walk.
Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and the Downtown Disney District are in such close proximity to one another that transportation isn't needed. You can literally walk from Disneyland to DCA in about one to two minutes.
Pros: Walking is super convenient. Plus, it's nice not to have to rely on transportation. This also means you don't have to factor in an hour to get to and from the parks (ahem, Walt Disney World).
Cons: You may be too tired to walk, especially after a long day at the parks.
Another way to get around the resort is by driving.
If you choose to drive to or around Disneyland, there are parking rates and different ways to get around the area.
Pros: You don't have to rely on another form of transportation and you can decided when you want to arrive and leave.
Cons: This is another expense and sometimes you'll have to deal with traffic and packed parking garages. Lots can become full quickly too.
You can also take advantage of using a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. Rates vary depending on the service you choose and, of course, the total distance traveled.
If you're being picked up or dropped off by a rideshare service, these are the designated locations:
- Downtown Disney: Take Magic Way from Disneyland Drive, then turn left at Downtown Drive and follow signs to the drop-off area. Don't linger, because standard parking rates will apply after the 15-minute grace period.
- Harbor Boulevard: Enter the drop-off area from the right southbound lane of South Harbor Boulevard between South Manchester Avenue and Disney Way.
Parking or unattended vehicles are not permitted.
Pros: You don't have to worry about parking or paying for it, but simply being picked up and dropped off.
Cons: Rideshare is another expense and depending on the driver, app, and crowds, it may end up being more of a hassle.
There are two Monorail stations inside Disneyland: one in Downtown Disney District and the second in Tomorrowland above Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland Park.
You can catch a ride at either station. Trains run about every 10 minutes and each round-trip (2.5 miles) is 13 minutes.
Aboard the Monorail, guests will see views of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Downtown Disney.
Only guests with valid theme park admission to Disneyland Park can board the Monorail in Downtown Disney.
Pros: This is a great, scenic, and classic way to get around Disneyland. The Monorail is also included in the price of your ticket.
Cons: Only park guests can use it unlike at Walt Disney World, where anyone can hop on the Monorail and a park ticket isn't required.
Good Neighbor Hotel Shuttles
Each of the three official Disneyland Resort hotels are located on property and within walking distance to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney.
Some of the Good Neighbor Hotels (located off property) offer shuttles that are either complimentary or for an additional fee with service to Disneyland Resort providing access to the parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney.
Many of the Good Neighbor Hotels are within walking distance with some located right across the street, so you can simply just walk, especially if a shuttle isn't offered.
You can board a hotel shuttle at the East Shuttle Area, which is located between the theme parks, near Harbor Boulevard.
These are the hotels that offer shuttles:
- Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
- Candy Cane Inn
- Anaheim Marriott
- Anaheim Marriott Suites
- Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites
- Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites
- Best Wester Plus Stovall's Inn
- Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort
- Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim
- Cortona Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort
- Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove
- Desert Palms Hotel & Suites Anaheim Resort
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim North
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim South
- Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim
- Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Anaheim Garden Grove
- Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Hilton Anaheim
- Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim Garden Grove
- Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Anaheim Resort Area
- Holiday Inn & Suites Anaheim
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Maingate Area
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
- Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Hyatt Regency Orange County
- Motel 6 Anaheim Maingate
- Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort
- Residence Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort Area Garden Grove
- Residence Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
- Springhill Suites by Marriott Anaheim Maingate
- Springhill Suites Marriott at Anaheim Resort Convention Center
- Staybridge Suites Anaheim Resort Area
- SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim
Pros: Good Neighbor hotel shuttles are yet another great way to get around Disneyland, especially if you don't want to walk. This is also a good option for guests with disabilities.
Cons: Walking is usually quicker and easier than taking a shuttle. Depending, if you have to pay for a shuttle (there are only a few that are complimentary), it's probably best to just walk.
Transportation For Guests With Disabilities
Many of Disneyland's transportation systems are accessible for guests with disabilities, in need of assistance, or use wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs).
Various types of wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated on bus and trams routes.
There's a van available with a wheelchair lift that transports guests between the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure and Downtown Disney. Oversized wheelchairs, ECVs, and scooters may be too big for some transportation systems.
If you are staying an Independent Hotel (that is, not at a Disneyland Resort hotel or one of the Disneyland Good Neighbor hotels) and you don't have a car, public transportation will be one of your options for getting to the parks.
The Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) is an affordable and convenient option. The buses shuttle guests to both area hotels and the Disneyland Resort.
Service usually begins around 7 a.m. and lasts through midnight, seven days a week (typically one hour before Disneyland opens and continues until 30 minutes after close). You can purchase daily or multi-day passes either online or in various locations throughout Anaheim, including select area hotels.
There are select kiosks (credit card only: American Express, VISA, and MasterCard) located throughout the Anaheim Resort Area, including:
- Disneyland Resort Main Transportation Center
- Anaheim Resort RV Park
- Clarion Hotel
- Hilton Anaheim
- Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort
- Peacock Suites
- WorldMark Anaheim
- Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
Rates (prices vary for adults ages 10+ and children ages 3-9; reduced fare is for seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities, and Medicare Card holders):
- 1-Day Pass: $2.50/child and reduced fare; $6/adult
- 3-Day Pass: $3.50/child; $5.50/reduced fare; $16/adult
- 5-Day Pass: $5.50/child; $8.50/reduced fare; $25/adult
- 15-Day Pass (only available at kiosks): $15/child; $50/adult
- 30-Day Pass (only available at kiosks): $25/child; $69/adult
You can board a public bus at the East Shuttle Area, located between the theme parks, near Harbor Boulevard.
There is a Greyhound bus station at 100 W. Winston Road in Anaheim, less than a half mile from Disneyland.
Once at this bus station, you'll have to transfer to ART Route 10, which will transport you to Disneyland via S. Anaheim Blvd. and Ball Road.
Pros: This can be more affordable than other transportation options.
Cons: Again, it's another expense. Plus, you have to rely on the public transportation's schedule and times, which could interfere with your park day.