Disneyland, the famous attraction situated on South Harbor Boulevard, in Anaheim, Orange County in Southern California, opened in July of 1995 and was the original location of Disneyland Park. It was the brainchild of the brilliant Walt Disney who had a vision of putting up his own amusement park after visiting a number of them with his own children. Millions of tourists, both local and foreign, flock to this world renowned destination year after year. It is a popular choice for vacationers or day trippers as there are loads of activities for both the young and “young at heart” to enjoy, all kinds of wonderful attractions and the opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse and other popular Walt Disney characters up-close and personal.
Below are directions to Disneyland, CA from a couple of different directions in the Los Angeles area. Disneyland is a short drive from most places in the LA area and is also easily accessible by public transit, the Metrolink.
There are many ways to get to Disneyland, depending on where you are coming from. Those who live nearby can just get there by foot, enjoying the view, as well as the other attractions they see along the way, while those who live in the neighboring cities and states can simply drive to this tourist destination by accessing the I-5 in Anaheim, the nearest freeway to Disneyland entrance. Others opt to get there from the north of Harbor Boulevard through CA Highway 22. Those who are not familiar with the place can also get directions from the Disneyland website and they might as well check out the parking information section, while they are at it.
If you are flying in to visit Disneyland, the best option is the Los Angeles International Airport, which also happens to be the biggest airport in the Southern California area. You can also fly in through various different airports in this area, most of which are just driving distance away from Mickey Mouse’s residence. From the airport, there are other transportation options available to get to Disney’s place.
Flagging down a taxi might set you back a couple of dollars, but this is the most convenient mode of transportation you can get around this area. If you can find one, van services that offer a shared ride to a handful of people will also prove to be more affordable. On the other hand, if you are being responsible about transportation expenses you can splurge later on cute and adorable Disney stuff and souvenirs to bring home to your families and friends.
Depending on where you are staying, you can take the Disneyland Resort Express, the shuttle services provided by Anaheim Resort which also drops tourists at Disneyland, as well as other shuttle services available there. You can also opt for cars for hire and drive to this happiest destination of all, if you wish. And then, others who find it more exciting to take the public transportation can always take either the Metrolink, Amtrak, Orange County Transit and several other train services that have stations in the vicinity of Disneyland.
Driving Directions from LAX Airport
If you are arriving by plane the most convenient airport to arrive in is the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). From the airport it is only 36 miles or 40 minutes to the Park. Follow Sepulveda Blvd South to I-105 E. Stay on I-105 E for approximately 17 miles. Take exit for I-605 N and then exit on the Santa Ana Highway or I5S. Continue on I-5S for just under 13 miles and exit at Disneyland Drive. Continue on Disneyland Drive and cross Ball Road. For day parking to Disney Adventure Park or Disneyland Park use the left three lanes to access the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure.
Local Driving Directions
From Newport Beach - follow CA95N and exit at 10B for I-5N (Santa Ana). Stay on I-5N and take exit 109 toward Katella Ave/Disney Way/Disneyland. Merge onto S Anaheim Way/El Camino Real. Turn left onto E Katella Ave. Turn right onto Disneyland Dr.
From Santa Monica - It's just over 40 miles from sunny Santa Monica to Disneyland. Take the Santa Monica Freeway and merge onto I-10E to Los Angeles. Take CA-60E towards Santa Ana, exist 1A and merge on I-5S towards Santa Ana. Finally take exit 110A for Harbor Blvd toward the Convention Center. Keep right and follow signs for Harbor Blvd S. Turn left on Disney Way Drive.
From Torrance - It's just over 30 miles to Disneyland. Take I-405S towards Long Beach exit at 37A and merge onto I-110N towards Los Angeles. Take exit 10A and merge onto CA91E. Then take exit 24 and merge onto I-5S towards Santa Ana. Exit at 110A towards the Harbor Blvd Convention Center. Keep right at the fork and continue to follow sign for Harbor Blvd. S. Turn left on Disney Way Drive.
Using Metrolink - a rapid commuter rail system that serves Southern California. There are 7 lines that serve the area. The Anaheim Amtrak/Metrolink Station can be reached directly via the Orange County Line, all other lines require a transfer to reach the Anaheim Station. At Anaheim Station, transfer to the Anaheim Resort Transit Route 15 bus, which will take you directly to the Disneyland Resort.