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  • On May 16, 2022
    Noel from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm going to be staying at the Disneyland Hotel and a friend is driving over to visit me. Can they park at the Disneyland Hotel parking lot? Or where would they have to park?

    Hi Noel!

    Welcome to planDisney!

    This is a great question. How fun that you have a friend who lives so close to the magic where they can visit for the day! Guests at a Disneyland Resort Hotel are allowed to have visitors stop by to say hello, check out the hotel, and even stay to enjoy a meal. And the Disneyland Hotel is not one to be missed with all of the magic and memories and mementos everywhere you look. Be sure to check out the lobbies in each of the hotel towers for interesting artifacts and antiques from the different Disney decades!

    Parking for Guests visiting a Hotel Guest is kind of tricky. It's completely up to the guard at the parking lot stand, but usually, if it's a short visit (under an hour) it's not a problem. Your friend might be instructed to take a ticket, which incurs an hourly charge, but, if you dine at a Disneyland Hotel dining location, up to three hours of parking can be validated as part of the meal. Parking in the Downtown Disney Parking lot is a similar validation system, just a bit more confusing: the first hour is a *$10 charge, then hours 2, 3, and 4 are complimentary when you spend a minimum of *$20 at a Downtown Disney District shop. OR, hours 2-6 are complimentary when you have a same-day Downtown Disney District table-service meal validate your receipt.

    However, if you're hoping to have your friend park and then enjoy a full day in the theme parks, the best option for your buck would be to either have your friend park in the Parking Structure or call the hotel lobby and see about adding your friend's car to your Guestroom charges for the day.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR up your question, Noel! And I hope that you and your friend have so much fun catching up at The Happiest Place on Earth! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen

    *Prices listed are current at the time of answer and are subject to change without prior warning.
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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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