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  • On Dec 28, 2021
    Paola from NV Asked

    About how long of a walk is it to the park entrances from the parking structures?

    Hi Paola!

    Welcome to planDisney! I am so happy to be your planEAR today! 

    This is a great Disneyland Resort planning question! Many guests, both local and from all over, drive in for the day to visit Mickey and his pals. I love parking in the parking structure and walking to The Happiest Place on Earth. It's well lit, security is constantly out monitoring just in case, and most of the route is on the inside edge of the 'Disneyland Bubble'. Plus it's a great way to work off some of those great Disneyland snacks!

    According to Google maps, the walk is about .9 of a mile. Guests currently have two options to make this trek: there's a permanent walking path that has direct access from and back to the second floor of the Pixar Pals side of the parking structure. (Which can also be accessed from the Mickey & Friends side by either cutting across the garage or getting to the ground level of the structure and then going up to level two of the Pixar escalators.) The path ends at an entrance on the West side of the Downtown Disney District, where you'll then go through bag check and make your way east towards The Esplanade. This walk usually takes me about about 20 minutes from car to gate, and add in another 5 to 15 to consider the bag check.

    We also have the option right now of walking the parking structure tram loop while that service is still paused. The benefit of the tram loop is you can enter a bigger, brighter, and more staffed bag check area. I also prefer the tram loop on my way to the parks because it means I can bypass the majority of the shops and restaurants in the Downtown Disney District so my preschooler can't throw a fit about wanting to go in every store and buy all the things before our Disney day has even begun, ha! To use the tram loop you'll head to the center of the ground floor level of both the Pixar Pals and the Mickey and Friends sides of the structure, go through the security check and follow the others from there. (And pro tip while you're walking: keep your eyes peeled in the greenery as you might spy some of the famous Disneyland cats!)

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up, Paola. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort Planning Questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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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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