Disneyland Area Transportation
There are a number of ways to travel to and around the Disneyland Resort area. Some of them free of charge, and others require a small fee. There is a variety of options for Disneyland area transportation, so no matter your party size there is always a way to make it to the Happiest Place on Earth!
Many people who frequent Walt Disney World may be surprised to find that there is no need to hop on a bus, boat, or monorail in order to get from park to park at the Disneyland Resort. The two theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, are right across the Esplanade from each other and are just a quick hop from the gate of one to the gate of the other.The parks are also a fairly easy walk from all three of the onsite resort hotels and several of the offsite hotels, too. The “blessing of size” at Walt Disney World may not exist at Disneyland, but there is a benefit to the smaller park; nearly everything is within walking distance.
Some of the offsite hotels offer complimentary local transportation, but many of the offsite hotels participate in the Anaheim Resort Transportation system or ART. ART provides (at a charge) transportation all over the Anaheim Resort area, as well as to shopping, sporting venues, and Knott’s Berry Farm. The ART route map is available here. The ART website provides a “How-to-Ride” tutorial. The ART system is easy to use and fairly reasonable in price. It’s great for those who didn’t drive their own car or rent a car. It’s also great for those who would rather leave their car parked at the hotel, rather than park at the Disneyland Resort. The ART buses drop riders off at the bus drop-off near the East Esplanade.
Another option for transportation from your hotel to Disneyland or other nearby attractions would be a taxi. The taxi would likely cost more than the ART, but the wait may be less. There are several taxi services that operate in the Anaheim area. You could also use an app-based ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft which may cost significantly less than a taxi would for a similar distance.
If you are interested in renting a car after you reach Disneyland, there are rental car agencies nearby. There is even an Alamo rental office on the edge of Downtown Disney. Renting a car provides you with more freedom in traveling around the area, and is a great option if you want to explore other destinations that are not adjacent to Disneyland. Remember to add in the cost of parking at Disneyland into your calculations for the cost of your rental car.
The Disneyland monorail is a transportation service from the monorail station in the Downtown Disney area to the monorail station in Tomorrowland of Disneyland above the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. When utilizing this service you will enter the park from Tomorrowland rather than the front of the park. Monorail transportation is included with your Disneyland park ticket. As the monorail’s destination is the inside of Disneyland, you must have a park ticket to ride the monorail. Disneyland is within a short walking distance of Downtown Disney, but riding the monorail has a charm unto itself, and many children consider it an attraction worth visiting. The 2.5 mile monorail loop travels in the air around Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure providing riders with views of both parks. The monorails travel at around 30 mph and the total trip time from one station to the other is about 13 minutes.
There are a few California airports close to Disneyland Resort that offer transportation so you can start your fun ASAP! The 2 closest Airports are John Wayne Airport (SNA) which is 15 miles away, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) which is 13 miles away. Taxi, Shuttle, and Limousine services are available at both of these airports. However Disneyland Resort Express is offered through John Wayne Airport. Upon exiting baggage claim guests will approach the ground transportation center and locate Disneyland Resort Express pick up area. Reservations are not required for this service, but there is a fee.