It was a successful first week of A Touch of Disney as Guests were able to explore most of Disney California Adventure once again for some Disney magic. After a long-awaited year, Disney California Adventure Park is open on select days for this limited-time Disney event running through April 19 before the theme parks of the Disneyland Resort reopen (with rides!) on April 30.
Did you go to A Touch of Disney last week or are you planning to in the next few weeks? Well, if you haven’t gone yet, you should know that many have mentioned they were not being prepared for those long Disney days, as it has been over a year of the Disneyland closure, after all.
One of the biggest things to know is that although the ticket includes free parking at the Mickey & Friends parking structure, there are no trams running from the parking structure to DCA. That means that Guests who park at Mickey & Friends will be walking the entire tram route in order to get to the Disney California Adventure gates and attend A Touch of Disney. So, here are three tips to make sure you survive the day and make it back to your car in the evening!
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Whether you’re using your Disney dining card for a Dole Whip, churros, or a classic Monte Cristo sandwich, heading to a reservation at Lamplight Lounge or Carthay Circle Lounge, shopping the latest Disney merchandise, or looking for those unique photo locations for the Disney PhotoPass photos, this experience will have you walking all over the place. Not to mention, there’s a surprise offering over by Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff!
We highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes if you are heading to A Touch of Disney because you should be prepared for a lot of walking at this park event. There are always fun ways to dress up sneakers so that you’re looking Disney fabulous and able to comfortably enjoy the day at the resort.
You can also prep yourself and your spirit with these Disney workouts! After all, Disneyland is about to reopen on April 30th so you can start your Disneyland day training! Also, you’ll get a taste of Disneyland at A Touch of Disney in the meantime too!
Bring a Stroller
If you plan on bringing young children to the event, it’s best you bring a stroller. Since A Touch of Disney doesn’t include attractions, there isn’t really a chance for kids to sit as often as they typically would during a normal day at Disneyland. We’re sure they’ll be enjoying all the food as well, but they’ll most likely be running around trying to spot their favorite Disney character interacting with them from afar.
You can easily use a stroller as a spot for your kids to relax with a snack or a drink, as you can sit alongside them (perhaps with your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages!) and enjoy the view. At the end of the night, you’ll definitely be thankful you have a stroller, so you don’t have a weighted cardio walk back to the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure.
Park at the Simba Parking Lot
Some Guests have opted to park at the Downtown Disney District Simba parking lot instead of taking the long hike to and from the large parking structure. It is an added cost of $10, but at the end of the day, many shared that the added fee was worth the price since it meant they didn’t have to walk quite as far to get back to their car at the end of the day.
As long as you have the A Touch of Disney ticket in hand, in your email, or loaded onto your Disneyland mobile app, you’ll be able to walk to the Disneyland Esplanade and over to the Disney California Adventure theme park entrance. Note that there is no validation for parking at Downtown Disney at this time, but the $10 parking fee allows you all-day access.
Another perk of parking at the Simba lot is that Guests can park over an hour earlier than at the Mickey & Friends parking structure. While parking doesn’t open at Mickey & Friends until 11:30 a.m., parking opens at the Simba lot at 9:45 a.m. This is a benefit because it means that these Guests are able to line up in the queue quicker at the entrance of Disney California Adventure, since they can get into Downtown Disney earlier than those who park at Mickey & Friends.
We understand that the ADA disability parking at Mickey & Friends are quite far from the entrance of Disney California Adventure. After speaking with a Cast Member, they said it is currently the only route people can take. However, it is deemed really necessary they could figure out how to accommodate the Guests. There is a wheelchair and scooter rental before you reach the security checkpoint at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure.
Were you at the first week of this new Disney experience? Are these things you wish you knew or thought about before going?