For anyone traveling from out of state to the parks or for anyone planning on staying in a Disney or surrounding area hotel (Good Neighbor Hotel), Disneyland has an extremely detailed list of means of transportation to & from airports! So great! They also have information on transportation from hotels to the parks! Click here to read more specifics directly from the Disneyland website. They have interactive driving directions by car, by train, by bus and from the airport.
If you’re looking for an off-site hotel that is close to the parks, check out information on Good Neighbor Hotels here.
If you’re flying into John Wayne Airport, LAX, Long Beach Airport, Ontario International Airport, Bob Hope Airport, or San Diego International Airport, be sure to read about The Disneyland Resort Express toward the beginning of the transportation page on Disneyland’s Website. It’s an extremely easy and stress-free way to get to the parks (we have friends who have used it and say it’s great)!
More ways to get to Disneyland Resort
There is a drop-off zone located off of S. Harbor Blvd on the east side of the Disneyland Main Entrance. We have used it a few times and it’s so convenient if you have someone who can drop you off and pick you up!
Reagan sitting at the Monorail station in Tomorrowland (love the Monorails in the window)!
The Monorail is a fun way to get from Downtown Disney into the parks, or from Tomorrowland back to Downtown Disney! If you don’t want to stop half way through your Monorail journey, you can take the whole 13-minute trip around both parks without getting off at the first stop – such a fun way to see everything from up above! The Monorail starts running when the parks open and stops running when the parks close. The Monorail also closes intermittently for fireworks. The entire trip takes you past through the esplanade (overlooking both park’s Main Entrances), Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Land, Grizzly Peak, by the Grand Californian and through part of Downtown Disney.
Our favorite way to ride is in the very back or front with the driver (max of 4 in the front, but more can fit in the back). When you board, you just have to ask if you can ride in either the front or back and they’ll open it up for you! Such a fun little hidden gem! Also, the Monorail is NOT air conditioned, so sitting in the front where the driver sits is the spot to be for the A/C!
The Monorail line tends to be longest in the mornings at the Downtown Disney station (usually within the first couple hours after the park opens) and in the evenings at the Tomorrowland station when guests are heading out, so just keep that in mind if you want to ride! The loading zone from Tomorrowland isn’t as busy in the morning because most people aren’t leaving the parks at that time, so that’s when we like to take our round-trip with the kiddos!
Notice Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout and Carthay Circle in the background? So fun!
The Downtown Disney Monorail Station