Disneyland Resort’s limited-time event, A Touch of Disney, is into its second week of operation at Disney California Adventure. We had recently given some parking tips as there are no trams currently running from the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure to the theme park. With four weeks left to go, and each Disney ticket being sold for the event, there are still many Guests who will still plan to visit this special Disney experience.
One of ITM’s readers, Chris, commented a concern about the disability parking being very far from the entrance of the Disney California Adventure Park without any trams running. “What are they doing for those that are disabled? Without some form of shuttle service, the ADA spots are too far from the front gate.”
For more information on services for Guests with disabilities, visit the official Disneyland website here.
Mickey & Friends Disability Parking
This is quite an understandable challenge so when someone on the Inside the Magic team visited Disney California Adventure this week, we inquired about parking accommodations for those with disabilities. We asked if there was a special tram or shuttle offering for those that are disabled. Unfortunately, this is the only available route that Guests can take if they choose to use the complimentary event parking at Mickey & Friends.
The Disney character wall at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure isn’t just one of the unique photo locations. Currently, you’ll find that this area on the first floor of the parking structure is the place for wheelchair rentals. This is typically where the tram would pick you up to take you to the Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Park, and DCA. You can stop here to rent an electric scooter or wheelchair prior to going through the security checkpoint if you want to make sure that you have that option before heading along the tram route to A Touch of Disney.
Ask A Cast Member
With the tram not currently running for this Disney event, we thought there may be some useful tips here to ensure you have a good Disney experience.
After we asked a Cast Member about transportation options for those who need them, they did mention that if it is deemed necessary they would try to accommodate. What that means exactly, we’re not entirely sure, but Cast Members are the ones in charge of making all that Disney magic after all. So, don’t be afraid to ask a Cast Member for help if you need assistance while you are visiting the Disneyland Resort for A Touch of Disney. They can provide you with the proper guidance during your visit.
Park at Simba Parking Lot
The designated Downtown Disney District parking is the Simba Lot. If you aren’t in need of the wheelchair rental as you have your own, or if you are just looking for a shorter walk, it may be a good idea to try your hand at parking at the Simba Lot. It’s a $10 parking fee right now, but it may be worth it as it is a much closer distance to the entrance of Disney California Adventure.
With your ticket to A Touch of Disney either in hand, email, or loaded onto the Disneyland app, you’ll be able to enter the Disneyland Esplanade through Downtown Disney and head to the queue before entering the Disney California Adventure gates. It’s good to note that the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure opens at 11:30 a.m., and the Simba Parking Lot opens well over an hour before that. Parking at the Simba Lot will give you plenty of time to park and not have to rush to get to the gates of DCA.
Hope these ideas will help you plan for a smoother day at A Touch of Disney. Before you know it, you’ll be taking your Disney dining card for dining on food like Dole Whip, churros, a classic Monte Cristo sandwich, or with an outdoor dining table reservation at Lamplight Lounge or Carthay Circle Lounge.
Do you have any questions about navigating the Disneyland Resort during this special event? Ask in the comments below!