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  • [Question] How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

    Ok, I wanna make sure that when I go to the parks this in a little less than a month that I park in Mickey & Friends and take the tram to the Esplanade. I DON'T want to park in the Toy Story lot and get bused in. It's just not the same. So how can I ensure this happens?

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    Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

    The easiest way is to enter Disneyland Resort off of Ball Road and follow the signs for theme park parking. This takes you right to the Mickey and Friends parking structure.

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      Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

      From the 5 South:

      Exit Disneyland Drive, make a left onto Disneyland Drive and follow it past Ball Road. Stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.

      From the 5 North:

      Exit Harbor Blvd, make a right on Harbor. Take a left on Ball Road and then another left on Disneyland Drive. Again, stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.


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        Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

        Originally posted by Maximus View Post
        Ok, I wanna make sure that when I go to the parks this in a little less than a month that I park in Mickey & Friends and take the tram to the Esplanade. I DON'T want to park in the Toy Story lot and get bused in. It's just not the same. So how can I ensure this happens?
        do not follow the signs to disneyland off the 5 they all get you to the toy story lot (maybe they are for tourists?). Exit harbor instead. We come from the south generally, so exit harbor. Hang a right onto harbor, then an immediate left (crossing 3-4 lanes of harbor) onto ball rd (it can be easier to get into the center lane that turns right onto harbor to set yourself up for the left onto ball). Go through one traffic light ay the intersection to cast dr, then make a left at disneyland drive. Keep to the left set of lanes to go towards the garage (the signs are clear). There are a ton of lanes entering the garage, my preference is to either go to the far right lane which usually has less ppl or the far left lane which lately seems to be better. The problem with the far right lane is that people see that it is empty and cutover from the second to right most lane. The far left lane is usually slightly emptier.

        Also as you go up the ramps after you have paid, notice if everyone is tending to go to one side or another. People tend to follow each other and there is one point as you hit the top of the ramp where two lanes merge then split again. You should take the side no one else is taking. This can result in you parking a little faster.

        ---------- Post added 07-28-2012 at 07:33 AM ----------

        Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
        From the 5 South:

        Exit Disneyland Drive, make a left onto Disneyland Drive and follow it past Ball Road. Stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.

        From the 5 North:

        Exit Harbor Blvd, make a right on Harbor. Take a left on Ball Road and then another left on Disneyland Drive. Again, stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.
        are these backwards?
        Last edited by txdisney; 07-28-2012, 05:36 AM.

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          Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

          Originally posted by txdisney View Post
          do not follow the signs to disneyland off the 5 they all get you to the toy story lot (maybe they are for tourists?).
          Maybe if you are coming from the south that is true, but coming from the north one definitely wants to follow the signs. There is even a special exit for Disneyland from the carpool lane to prevent having to jump across traffic to exit.

          Originally posted by txdisney View Post
          Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
          From the 5 South:

          Exit Disneyland Drive, make a left onto Disneyland Drive and follow it past Ball Road. Stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.

          From the 5 North:

          Exit Harbor Blvd, make a right on Harbor. Take a left on Ball Road and then another left on Disneyland Drive. Again, stay to your left and follow the signs to park in the Mickey and Friends structure.
          are these backwards?
          No, that is not backwards. Explodingboy got it correct. If you are coming from the north, you would be on the 5 south. When coming from the south, you would be on the 5 north.
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            Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

            Can someone tell me if it is faster getting to the park from the Mickey and Friends parking lot or Toy Story lot? In other words, the trams are probably more fun, but is it worth it? Buses faster?

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              Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

              Originally posted by monster heck View Post
              Can someone tell me if it is faster getting to the park from the Mickey and Friends parking lot or Toy Story lot? In other words, the trams are probably more fun, but is it worth it? Buses faster?
              The advantage of Mickey is that if there is a long line for the tram, it is a nice short walk to the park.
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                Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

                Originally posted by monster heck View Post
                Can someone tell me if it is faster getting to the park from the Mickey and Friends parking lot or Toy Story lot? In other words, the trams are probably more fun, but is it worth it? Buses faster?
                I think depending on the time of day and how busy it is, Toy Story is faster. If you are leaving the park with everyone else after the fireworks, there is a ton of people heading that way, but they have so many busses, there is hardly any wait. I've waited 40 minutes before getting onto the trams to Mickey and Friends.
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                  Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

                  I think that the OP is asking the question of how to park in the M&F because (I think) they were filling up the Toy Story lot before opening up M&F in the weeks after Cars Land opened. If I'm correct in the weeks after Cars Land opened later in the afternoon people were ignoring signs that M&F was full and that they had to park in Toy Story (or other lots), so Disney decided to fill up Toy Story in the morning and save M&F for the afternoon.

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                    Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

                    They were expecting so many people that cast members were parking at Angel Stadium and Honda Center so guests could even park in the employee lots. But they weren't filling up as fast as everyone thought they would, so they canned that idea.
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                      Re: How to Park at Mickey & Friends?

                      I think Toy Story usually takes a bit longer, each tram fits a lot more people than each bus, also the buses have to drive the city streets and wait for light signals to change, while the tram is non-stop across Disney property. They do have more buses, but I still don't think it makes up for the lack of capacity and stops along the way. Possibly right after fireworks and right after closing, when everyone is exiting the parks and the demand for trams is at it's worst, they buses might be a quicker drive, I really can't say on that one.

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