Mickey Kitchen Essentials
  • On May 29, 2022
    Laura from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are arriving earlier than expected. We are going to do DTD. I know that we should park at the Simba lot, $10 under 4 hours with validated parking. How do you get from Simba to DTD. Walk, Bus, Tram? Map shows sidewalk go under DTD by Lego Store.

    Welcome Back, Laura!

    It's so good to see your name pop back up, asking another fantastic Disneyland Resort vacation planning question. Thank you for continuing to reach out to us hEAR! This is a great question and an even better plan. I fully support fitting as much magic as possible into all of your Disney Days, even if it isn't exactly theme park fun. There are so many shops and dining experiences and entertainment, you can almost have an entire day of fun just in the Downtown Disney District!

    The answer to your question is that you're on the right track and headed in the correct direction. However, when looking at the map you're going to take a different, well-marked-in-person, not-nEAR-as-many-moving-cars, sidewalk. The Simba lot is just south of and also directly behind Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Instead of taking the sidewalk that is in front/just east of the Paradise Pier Hotel, you're going to sort of go behind/west of it, towards the traffic circle.

    You're going to keep going north on the sidewalk that stems from the traffic circle until you reach the three-story-tall Mickey Fantasia Hat outside The Disneyland Hotel and Bibbidi Bobbidi boo, you'll be at the western-most point of the Downtown Disney District, which has its own security check. From here you'll start the fun with some food trucks and even a stage where there's always something going on. As you keep walking east, you'll actually be on a pedestrian bridge between the Lego store and Splitsville that goes over Disneyland Drive, safe from the busyness below.

    It sounds kind of daunting but the whole walk is less than .9 of a mile to get from the Simba lot to the main Esplanade area between the Disneyland Park and Disney California Theme Park entrances. Or, if you're a time-distance kind of Mouseketeer, it's maybe a 10-minute walk from the Simba lot to the entrance of the security check, if that.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR up your question, Laura, and better plan your upcoming Disneyland days! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account. We even just launched the brand new planDisney Podcast, which can be both listened to and watched! Thank you again for visiting. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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