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Disneyland Parking Tips – How To Park For Free And More



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    Planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth? Chances are, you’ll need a place to park!

    Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California is known as a “local’s park,” which means most visitors won’t be staying at a hotel.

    Luckily Disneyland has a few parking options for anyone who needs to park their car while enjoying the Parks!

    This Disneyland parking guide will also cover parking at the Disneyland Resort hotels, rules about parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, and how to use ride share when visiting Disneyland.

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    Disneyland Parking Guide – Disneyland Resort in California

    Disneyland Parking Locations

    Mickey & Friends Parking Structure

    The Mickey & Friends Parking Structure is the easiest place to park for your Disneyland visit. The large structure is located west of Disneyland and Guests may utilize the included tram service, which drops them off near the Esplanade near the front gates of both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Guests can also board the trams after their visit for a return trip to Mickey & Friends parking structure.

    Guests may also choose to walk from the parking structure to the west end of Downtown Disney District.

    Mickey & Friends parking structure is easily accessible from the South 5 freeway, exiting Disneyland Drive and follow the signs. There is also a direct carpool lane exit for Disneyland Drive.

    Prior to 11am, there is an “express overpass” that takes Guests directly into the parking structure. In the evening, this overpass changes directions to help with traffic flow. If the overpass is open, you’ll see green lights. If it is closed, you’ll see a red “X” and cones will be blocking the access.

    For additional directions to Mickey & Friends parking structure, please utilize a GPS map service. 

    Pixar Pals Parking Structure

    The Pixar Pals parking structure opened in 2019 and is connected to the Mickey & Friends parking structure, effectively doubling the capacity of the lot.

    You will enter Pixar Pals through the same entrance of Mickey & Friends. There is also a small entrance to Pixar Pals parking structure off Magic Way which is usually open in the mornings. 

    Toy Story Parking Area

    The Toy Story Parking Area is a large one-level parking lot located at Harbor Blvd and Convention Way. Buses are available to take Guests from the parking lot to the Esplanade between the two Disneyland Resort theme parks. Guests may also walk along Harbor Blvd to the front entrance.

    Keep in mind, this is a large open lot with no covering, so cars can get very hot in the summer! It may also be a long walk to the busses, depending on which area you are directed to park in. 

    Note: Apple Maps and Google Maps, for some reason, direct you to a closed entrance to Toy Story Parking Area! You want the entrance off Harbor Blvd. Be sure to fix this on your app or GPS before you start your drive.

    How much does parking cost at the Disneyland Resort?

    Parking costs $30 per car for standard parking, $35 for oversized vehicles, or $45 for preferred parking which gives you a spot close to the escalators and elevators.

    If you have a Dream Magic Key, standard parking is included.

    If you have a Believe Magic Key, parking is half price.

    Guests may purchase a parking voucher ahead of their visit via the Disneyland website, which will save you a bit of time at the structure. Note parking vouchers are non-refundable.

    If paying directly at the structure, Guests may use cash, credit card, Disney Rewards redemption card, or a Disney gift card.

    What time does parking at Disneyland open and close?

    The parking areas open one hour before the earliest Park opening time, but may open up earlier.

    Technically the parking areas do not have a closing time, however Disneyland states overnight parking is not allowed. Note that shuttles and buses to the parking areas stop running one hour after the latest park closing time. 

    Does Disneyland offer parking for disabled Guests?

    Yes, both Mickey & Friends parking and Toy Story Parking Area have designated posts for Guests with disabilities. A valid disabled parking placard or license plate is required. Once you purchase your parking pass, a Cast Member will direct you on where to park.

    Does Disneyland parking accommodate larger vehicles?

    Yes, Guests with larger vehicles such as RVs, motor homes, or trailers may park at Toy Story Parking Area. The cost for oversized vehicle parking is $35.

    Does Disneyland parking have chargers for electric and hybrid cars?

    There are a limited number of ChargePoint charging stations at all three parking areas. When you purchase or scan your parking pass, let the Cast Member know you would like to use an electronic charging port. Guests must use their ChargePoint card to park in an electronic parking spot. Guests may leave their car in the same spot for the entirety of the day. 

    Do the Disneyland parking lots have restrooms?

    Yes. Mickey & Friends has a large restroom on the first level, near the escalator. Guests who park in Pixar Pals parking may also utilize these restrooms.

    Toy Story Parking Area also has restrooms near the bus loading area.

    Can you leave the Disneyland parking area and come back?

    Once you pay the daily parking rate, Guests have “in and out” privileges. Be mindful the parking areas do close in the evening, right before the Parks close.

    Downtown Disney District Parking

    If you’re visiting the Downtown Disney District for just a few hours, you can use their parking area. It is located in the Simba lot, between Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Katella Avenue. The lot is just south of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

    The first hour of parking is $10. You can get an additional 3 hours of complimentary parking with a $20-minimum purchase and validation from any Downtown Disney location. Or up to an additional 5 hours of complimentary parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table service restaurant.

    Remember to ASK for validation before you leave the store or restaurant!

    One easy way to get the $20 minimum purchase is to buy a $20 gift card from Starbucks or World of Disney.

    Without these validations (or beyond the validation time limit), each additional hour costs $14, with a max daily fee of $66. 

    Disneyland Resort Hotel Parking

    Each of the three Disneyland Resort hotels have their own parking areas. Only Guests who are staying at the hotels may park in the hotel parking areas.

    The cost per car is $35 per night, or valet for $50 per night.

    If you are dining at one of the hotels, you may be entitled to free validation. Please check the Disneyland website for the current list of participating restaurants.

    Guest Drop Off / Pick Up Locations (Ride Share)

    If you are having someone drop you off or pick you up from the Disneyland Resort area, or you are using a ride share service such as Uber or Lyft, there are two options available:

    For the Parks – There is a drop off area on Harbor Blvd between South Manchester Avenue and Disney Way.

    For Downtown Disney District – There is a drop off area off Downtown Drive (the old Downtown Disney parking lot). 

    Off Property Parking Options

    If you’re up for a bit of a walk or a short Uber ride, there are some off property parking options in the Anaheim area.

    Gardenwalk

    The nearby Gardenwalk outdoor shopping area has a large underground parking lot which offers all-day parking for $30. This is the same rate as the Disneyland parking structures, but you’ll have less traffic getting in and out. 

    However, you can get your parking reduced to only $12.50 by texting your parking ticket number and “AA” to 949-532-8293. You *MUST* send this text within 30 minutes of parking to get the deal! When you leave later that day, follow the instructions in the text response to get the discount. (This deal is available through 2022.)

    Anaheim Hotel

    There are very limited parking spaces available at Anaheim Hotel on Harbor Blvd, which is a short walk from the front entrance to Disneyland Resort. The parking is the same as Disneyland’s rates at $30; however, it’s very easy to get in and out of the Anaheim Hotel parking lot. Be advised these spaces are usually taken up before the park officially opens for the day, so get there early!

    SpotHero

    You can take your chances with SpotHero, a website that helps people find parking spaces. Your mileage may vary with this! I personally have had negative experiences with SpotHero (not for the Disneyland area) and would not personally recommend them.

    I hope this Disneyland parking guide helps make your visit to Disneyland much easier! Please reach out if you have any questions that were not answered here!

    FAQs

    Does the Disneyland Hotel have free parking?

    Parking. Self-parking is available to registered hotel Guests for $35 per night, per vehicle. Guests visiting select hotel table-service restaurants who are not registered at the hotel will receive 3 hours parking with validation.

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    Do you pay for parking at Disney hotels?

    Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will have to pay an overnight parking fee if they have a car. Prices change every so often and are based on when you made your reservation, but we’re just going to give the current prices (as of January 2022): Value Resorts: $15/night. Moderate Resorts: $20/night

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    How much does Disneyland parking cost?

    Self-parking: $35 per vehicle for the first hour plus $10 for each additional hour, with a maximum rate of $75. Valet parking: $50 per vehicle for the first hour plus $10 for each additional hour, with a maximum rate of $120.

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    Which parking lot is best for Disneyland?

    So, if you want to avoid possibly the longest walk at Disney right now and have transportation to and from parking and the theme parks, we recommend parking on Disneyland property at the Toy Story lot off Harbor Boulevard. Parking rates and information can be found here

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    Can you bring a water bottle into Disneyland?

    Yes, you can absolutely bring any type of water bottle or insulated drink container into the theme parks, as long as it’s not made of glass. You’re also welcome to carry a hydration backpack or a small cooler to keep water and other drinks cold throughout the day.

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    Can I bring food into Disneyland?

    Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. However, they must NOT be in glass containers, must not require heating, reheating, processing, or refrigeration and must not have pungent odors.

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    How do you get free parking at Disney?

    Even though you have to pay to park at your resort, onsite Walt Disney World guests do not have to pay to park at any of the theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom) or at the 2 water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon).

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    What time does Disney stop charging for parking?

    You pay the parking fee regardless of what time you enter the park. There is no free parking cutoff time. If you don’t want to pay you could always park at Downtown Disney and then catch a bus to the park. This adds extra time to the commute so it might not be worth the savings.

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    Is Disney parking cash only?

    Credit and debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, and digital wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are recommended. While cashless payments are preferred, cash is also accepted.

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    What time does Disney stop charging for parking?

    Is Disney parking free after 6 p.m. (or 7 p.m. or 5 p.m., etc.)? No, unfortunately. We will say that if you are heading into the lots near closing you will often find the booths closed up or Cast Members will just wave you in, but there is no specific time when parking is ?free? so you should always plan to pay.

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    Can you pay for Disney parking in advance?

    Disney has added the option to pre-pay for a Standard 1-Day Parking Voucher when purchasing Disneyland park tickets. The cost is $25 (which is the same as it costs at the gate) and if you’re planning to bring more than one car to the park, you can pre-purchase more than one voucher online.

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    Should you bring a backpack to Disneyland?

    Suitcases, bags, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm) are not allowed in any theme park. Loose or dry ice is not permitted in these containers. Re-usable ice packs are recommended.

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    How do you get free water at Disneyland?

    Free cups of water from any counter service restaurant

    Rather than purchasing bottles of water, you can request free cups of ice water from any of the various Disneyland counter service restaurants. Be sure to ask for a LARGE cup of water so that they don’t give you the dinky small sized ones.

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    Can I bring snacks into Disneyland?

    Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into the parks for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers, do not require heating, reheating, processing or refrigeration and do not have pungent odors. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.

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    Is Disneyland still free on your birthday?

    Sorry, the answer is sadly, no. You no longer can get free admission to a Disney Park on your birthday. The Disney Parks Moms Panel constantly welcomes guests to ask their burning questions about U.S. based parks-goings-on, and this is a common question.

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    Can I take a backpack into Disneyland?

    To answer your question, any bags, coolers, or backpacks taken into the theme parks must be no larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. You can absolutely have your backpack full of bottled water, just keep in mind that it is a bit on the heavy side.

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    Can you bring a reusable water bottle into Disneyland?

    I recommend bringing a reusable ice pack to keep your food and drinks cool all day long! And, while you are welcome to bring your own water bottles, water fountains and water bottle refill stations are located throughout both parks. A map of drinking fountains can be found on the Disneyland Mobile App.

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    Can you wear flip flops to Disneyland?

    Yes, you can wear flip flops on most all of the rides in Walt Disney World.

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    Parking at Disneyland Resort | Updated for 2022

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    Disneyland Parking (cost and location for the parks and hotels)

    Disneyland Parking (cost and location for the parks and hotels) – WDW Prep No one likes to deal with parking, especially when you’re visiting the happiest place on earth. But alas, it’s a reality you can’t avoid. Disneyland Resort is a lot different than Walt Disney World in the sense that the Anaheim resort is a lot smaller. But even though its size may be quaint it is still a good idea to understand how everything works (including the parking) before you arrive. If you’ve never been to Disneyland, you definitely want to keep reading for information about parking structures, pricing, and the best place to park depending on which area of the resort you’re visiting. UPDATE: The information below may be impacted by current reopening procedures. Please visit our Disneyland reopening guide for the most up-to-date information. Driving to Disneyland If you plan to arrive to Disneyland Resort by car, below are the available routes and parking locations. California Adventure and Disneyland Follow the signs for Theme Parks Parking (open 90 minutes prior to the earliest park opening time) and park at the following parking structures based on the route you take: Park at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structures if you are traveling: South on I-5 East on CA-91 From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) From Long Beach Airport (LGB) From Bob Hope Airport (BUR) Park in the Toy Story Parking Area if you are traveling: North on I-5 West on CA-91 On CA-22 From John Wayne Airport (SNA) From Ontario International Airport (ONT) *Recreational and oversized vehicles can only park at the Toy Story Parking Area. Be sure to follow signs to available entrances from South Harbor Boulevard, West Katella Avenue, and South Haster Street.  Daily Standard Theme Park Parking Rates: $25.00 per car or motorcycle (you can purchase parking vouchers ahead of time) $30.00 per oversized vehicle, motor home or tractor (without trailer) – at the Toy Story Parking Area only $35.00 per bus or tractor (with extended trailer) – at the Toy Story Parking Area only Daily Preferred Parking Rates: $40.00 per vehicle $15.00 per vehicle to upgrade pre-purchased parking *Preferred parking includes: closer access to elevators and escalators and is only available at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure and Pixar Pals Parking Structure. If you’ve previously purchased parking or have an Annual Pass that includes parking, you can pay the difference for that day’s upgrade to Preferred Parking at any Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structure toll booth. Trams Complimentary parking lot trams will shuttle guests to the parks from the Mickey & Friends Parking and Pixar Pals Parking structures. Trams operate until about one hour after the last theme park closes. Downtown Disney If you’re arriving at the Downtown Disney District, you’ll want to follow signs for Downtown Disney parking and park at the Downtown Disney District Parking Area. Downtown Disney parking is located off of Disneyland Drive, between West Katella Avenue and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Price: You can get three hours of same-day parking with a $20 minimum purchase and validation from any Downtown Disney location. Or, you can get up to five hours of same-day parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant. Restaurants and lounges at Disneyland Resort hotels don’t validate for Downtown Disney District parking areas. Beyond the three and five hours offerings, each additional hour costs $14, charged in 30-minute increments, with a minimum $7 charge after the initial 15-minute grace period. The maximum daily parking and lost ticket fee is $56.  Official Disneyland Hotels If you’re heading towards the official Disneyland Resort Hotels, follow signs for each individual hotel: the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For either hotel, you can choose to either valet or self-park, depending on availability. Parking Rates For Hotel Guests: Self-parking: $25 per night per vehicle Oversized vehicle parking: $30 per…

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    Disneyland Parking | Daily Rates from $14 – SpotHero

    Disneyland Parking | Daily Rates from $14 | SpotHeroFind Parking Near DisneylandHeading to the happiest place on Earth but don’t know where to park? SpotHero has you covered! We’ve located the best parking rates in Anaheim close to the park entrance or offering a shuttle. You can enjoy the convenience of booking parking ahead of time and knowing there’s a spot reserved for you.To get started, select the event you want to reserve parking for, find your preferred spot on the map, and head to checkout to complete your reservation! For more ways to get to Disneyland, check out the SpotHero Blog for details about hotel parking rates, riding the ART, validated parking, and more!Parking Near DisneylandParking FacilityDaily SpotHero PriceClarion Hotel Lot – 616 Convention Way$14SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim – 1640 S Clementine St$31FAQsHow much is parking at Disneyland?Parking in the official Disneyland parking lot is $25 per day. This includes parking in the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure, and Toy Story Parking Area. However, you can find parking as cheap as $14 on SpotHero at nearby hotels.Nearby Parking Options1420 S Harbor Blvd. – Courtyard Anaheim Marriott Garage 0.3 mi

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