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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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How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System

Hot Tip:  Note that there are TWO trams currently running from Disneyland to various destinations.  Make sure you're climbing aboard the right one, before you end up at the wrong place...and don't hesitate to ask any nearby Disney Cast Member for help if you need it.

Disneyland's transportation system pales in comparison to that of WDW. On the other hand, with just a single theme park and two hotels, a complex transportation system isn't really warranted in California.

Essentially, there are four main things to be aware of regarding transportation at Disneyland:

  • Parking:  Disneyland's parking lots charge about $8.00 for the privilege. If you leave the parking lot, and return later in the day, your original parking stub is still valid. Keep it handy! Last, park annual passes include free parking, so take advantage of that feature (if you enter the parking lot and have to pay in order to go buy your passes which include free parking, ask the ticket seller for your refund.)  [Note: A very large, new parking structure is being built that will actually have direct access to I-5 with tram service to the park.]

  • Monorail:  The Monorail runs from a station in Tomorrowland to the Disneyland Hotel and back. Day visitors can take a ride just for fun, or you can disembark at the Hotel for an afternoon lunch or just a change of pace -- even if you're not staying at the resort!

  • Trams:  Trams run to and from the park and the Disney-owned and operated hotels. They also run in the parking lot itself to help the leg weary get back to their cars at the end of a long day.

    • Lion King Tram (Timon/Pumba) - Runs from the Eastern side of the Disneyland entry plaza (near Harbor) to the parking lot South of the park and the hotels. 

    • Pinocchio Tram - Runs from the Western side of the plaza (near West Street) to the parking lot that is North of the Disneyland Hotel.

  • Non-Disney Shuttle Buses:  Non-Disney busses run from most of the area hotels to a bus station area just to the West of the main gate. It's very handy to use the shuttles instead of your own car...so find out if your hotel has such a service and what the schedule of runs is.

It really is necessary to have your own vehicle (or a rental) for some things. For example:

  • Day trips to non-Disney attractions such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, etc.

  • Meals at off-site restaurants.

  • Resort Hopping. Even though we usually stay off-site in California, we still enjoy driving over to the Disneyland Hotel, on occasion, for a meal or shopping or just to stroll.

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