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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Rental Car Considerations

Hot Tip:  National Car Rental is the "official" car rental company of Disneyland.  If you rent from National, and have the "Emerald Aisle" perk, you can avoid a wait in line when you pick up your car at LAX or John Wayne Airports.


Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland's transportation system is limited. Of course, since the scope and size of Disneyland is so much less than that of WDW, the available transportation is not unreasonable. The bottom line for a trip to Southern California: If you are flying to the area, and you're going to be "doing" more than just the Disneyland Resort, you really need to have a rental car.

Besides the need for traveling to and from the airport and your hotel, you will need transportation to local restaurants and other area attractions.

On the other hand, if you are flying to Southern California...
     - AND -
you're staying at a Disney hotel or another nearby hotel that offers a shuttle to the resort (or is so close by that walking is not prohibitive)...
     - AND -
you're planning to visit only the Disneyland Resort...
then you can take an airport shuttle to your hotel, rely on the Disney transportation and/or your hotel shuttle and skip the rental car. You'll have to judge for yourself.

 

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