Disneyland is almost a weekly adventure. (Thank heavens for season passes… definitely worth the investment!) When you go that often, your bound to learn a thing or two along the way. One thing I’ve learned from numerous trips (with two kids, one stroller, all by myself) is to ditch the tram. Yep! You read that right. Once you get out of the Mickey & Friends parking structure, instead of standing in line, unloading the kids from the stroller, folding up the stroller & trying to get all the gear and kids onto the tram, simplify your life…. walk from the parking structure to the Disneyland Resort. They say it’s about a 1/2 mile, but i don’t think it’s even that far, usually i can walk it in about 12 minutes. On several occasions I’ve actually made it there BEFORE the people I rode down on the elevator with. For me, it’s so much easier to walk to short distance, than deal with the hassle of the tram. (& the bonus is, if anyone is sleeping in the stroller, you don’t have to wake them up to take them out!)
Finding the walking path to the park is easy… there are signs posted along the entire path, showing you the way. But here is a detailed how-to: As you come down the escalators or elevators at the parking structure, the tram & it’s loading area is on your left, head to the right, & cross the tram pathway toward the Pinocchio Parking Lot & towards Downtown Disney (don’t worry you’ll see a sign). Once you cross the tram pathway, simply follow the signs… you’ll turn left & walk down towards Magic Way. Once you reach Magic Way, continue to follow the signs & take a left, walking towards the intersection of Magic Way & Disneyland Drive. Cross the street, & continue following the signs, which have you turn right, walking along a pathway. After a few minutes, you’ll come to a fork in the road, as the sign will indicate you’ll go left, & just keep walking. You’ll end up at the tram unloading station. Just keep walking, & you’ll head towards the gates & your entry to the happiest place on earth.
So there you have it. One of my best Disneyland tips & tricks. It’s not terribly exciting, but it’ll definitely make your life so much easier, and it’s one less line you’ll have to wait it!