• On May 8, 2017
    Christine from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Planning 1st trip to Disneyland, looking to stay at Paradise Pier. How long of a walk is it to the 2 parks and Downtown Disney? Are there buses or can we take the monorail?

    Hi, Christine!

    Disneyland Resort really packs in a lot of magic in a not-so-huge space. There are 3 resort hotels, Downtown Disney, parking areas, 2 theme parks, and a monorail. All that in just about 500 acres.

    Your walk from Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel to the theme parks will be about 20 minutes. Downtown Disney is just a stone's throw from your hotel, with about a 5 minute walk. The monorail is also close, and you can hop on the "highway in the sky" for a quick ride over to the Magic Kingdom. You must present a valid park ticket to board the monorail, as it will drop you off in the Tomorrowland Station inside the Disneyland Park.

    I find staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is so convenient. Once you park your car or get dropped off from an airport shuttle, you can simply walk everywhere you need to go. My family enjoys a leisurely pace walking to the theme parks through Downtown Disney. They just need to keep me focused as I get easily distracted by all the great shops and restaurants!

    Have fun visiting the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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