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  • On Jun 18, 2023
    Sarah 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.

    We are staying at the Paradise Pier. I know the walk is only 15 minutes, but that is still too far for my special needs son. How can we get as close to the Disneyland entrance as possible without walking? Are there any transportation options available?

    Hello, Sarah,

    How exciting to be staying at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. You will be surrounded by the magic of the Disneyland Resort throughout your entire stay.

    The Disneyland Resort is set up as a pedestrian-friendly resort. Theme parks, hotels, dining, shopping, and entertainment are all conveniently located within short walking distances of each other. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel is very nicely situated for very easy access to the Disneyland Resort theme parks. The normal path through the Downtown Disney District entrance adjacent to the Disneyland Hotel is quite enjoyable, with the many shops, restaurants, and sights to see along the way. Although there are plenty of places to sit and rest along the way through the Downtown Disney District, there are other options available that can reduce your walking distance even more.

    Guests going to Disneyland Park may choose to enter the theme park by riding aboard the Disneyland Monorail. This option is available to all Guests with valid theme park admission and theme park reservations. Guests staying at Paradise Pier Hotel also have exclusive access to an entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. To use this entrance, Guests will cross the street and use their hotel room key or the mobile key in the Disneyland mobile app to unlock the gate that leads to the park entrance in the Paradise Gardens Park area. The last time my family stayed at Paradise Pier Hotel, Cast Members also indicated that we were allowed to use the other gate that goes toward the lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which would allow us to walk through that hotel toward the main entrance of Disneyland Park, bypassing a portion of the Downtown Disney District.

    Guests who may benefit from the use of a mobility aid such as an Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV). ECV rentals are available at the entrance to Disneyland Park. However, those rentals are not permitted to be taken back to hotel rooms. But there are also third-party rental companies, including the Disney Featured Provider, ScooterBug, who will permit using their equipment at both the theme parks and hotel rooms. ScooterBug can be reached at (800) 726-8284.

    Tony’s Tip: Some of our family members have special needs too. We are very grateful for the accommodations the Disneyland Resort offers Guests with disabilities. To find out what accommodations may be available and appropriate for you, you may wish to speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member.

    I hope you have a magical time, Sarah!

    ~Tony
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