Disney asked fans on Facebook and Twitter to share their top parking tips last week. Here are some of the most frequently mentioned tips for Disneyland.
More than 30 percent of tips stated that it was best to either stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or a hotel nearby and walk or take the hotel shuttle to the Parks.
Nearly 16 percent of responses recommended that guests get to the Parks early to get the best parking spots.
About 5 percent suggested purchasing a premium annual pass with parking included and to remember where you parked.
To sort through all 2,300 tips on Facebook and Twitter and suss out which ones were the best, I also spoke with our Operations and Parking teams to see what tips they might have.
One big tip they shared was about the accessibility of the recently-opened Toy Story Lot, which includes sections called Buzz, Woody and Jessie. The Operations and Parking teams said they thought a lot of people would benefit from parking in this area:
Guests traveling from the South or East will find there is less traffic traveling to the Toy Story Lot than the Mickey & Friends Structure.
Guests with small children and strollers might appreciate the short walk to the bus at the Toy Story Lot.
Guests with strollers, or guests who prefer more room on their transport to the Parks, might appreciate the buses that service the Toy Story Lot because of their easy access for strollers, their wide seats and the air conditioning.
Guests who have not purchased tickets online or prior to their visit might prefer this lot because of the opportunity to purchase tickets here, with a very minimal wait.
Guests who are coming from the North or West will likely find Mickey & Friends more convenient because there is a special ramp that leads from the freeway to the parking structure. Visitors who plan to include a stop at Downtown Disney Disney District might also prefer to park at Mickey & Friends because of the proximity to the trams that go back and forth.
Curious about how to get to these lots? Check Disneyland.com. If you’re coming from the North or West, directions will lead you to Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, and if you’re coming from the South or East, the directions will take you to the Toy Story Lot.