If you're reading this, you probably want to stay in a hotel that's across the street from Disneyland or within walking distance. You think you'll save time and money that way. And you might. Or you might not.
Dump your preconceptions before you decide whether walking distance or "across the street" is an essential characteristic of your Disneyland hotel.
And get smart about hotels' misleading claims before you choose one.
Claims Can Be Misleading
Hotels around Disneyland sometimes make technically correct but misleading claims about their locations. If you believe them, you could end up in a place much further away from the park that you intended.
And that short walk to the front gate from across the street? Even a half mile can feel like a marathon at the end of a long day.
Hotels in the Disneyland area may advertise "within walking distance," but don't trust their claims. Here's how to find out for yourself.
What You Need to Know About Walking and Disneyland
Before you think about how far away "walking distance" is, you need to know this important fact: Most visitors walk a mile for every hour they're in the theme parks. If you're there for eight hours, you'll walk eight miles. If you stay for 12 hours, you will have walked almost a half a marathon.
When you think about walking distance, try to imagine how tired your feet and legs will be when you start that trek back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Another thing you need to know: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have only one entrance area. It's next to Downtown Disney, just off Harbor Boulevard.
If you want to walk no more than five minutes to get from the Disneyland gate to their hotel and you're an average walker who covers about three miles per hour, that means you're looking for a hotel no more than half a mile away.
A hotel that seems close to the entrance at the corner of W. Katella and S. Harbor is less than a mile from the gate, but the walk to and from it adds another 1.5-miles to the miles you already logged.
Check the walking distance from your hotel to the entrance plaza by getting directions using the walking option. Use this address for the destination in your map search: Disneyland Park, 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA.
Is a Hotel Within Walking Distance of Disneyland Right For You?
It sounds good to be able to walk to your hotel, but it might not be the right option for you. Here's how to decide.
Do you have an automobile to drive? If you do, consider taking it to a Disneyland parking lot and use the Disneyland shuttle to the entrance plaza. That will cut at least a mile of walking — and maybe as much as three miles. If you stay a little further away at a hotel with free parking, your savings may more than cover the parking fee.
If you don't have an automobile, be honest with yourself about how far you can walk in a day. Try to get a hotel as close to the entrance as your fitness level allows. You can also consider a hotel on the Anaheim Resort Trolley route or one that operates a private shuttle. Or check into using a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft to and from your hotel.
Is That Disneyland Hotel "Across the Street" Really Close?
Some hotels advertise "across the street from Disneyland Resort" or "in the heart of Anaheim across the street from Disneyland" when they're actually a long walk from the front gate. They aren't lying, but their claims can be misleading.
The tricky part of evaluating claims of across street is to know which street they're talking about. A hotel on West Ball Road could indeed be just across the street from Disneyland. But Ball is on the north the only entrance is on the south side of the parks, more than a mile's walk away.
What About Hotels That Say "Main Gate?"
Several Disneyland area hotels are named "Main Gate." You'd think they were close to the main Disneyland gate, wouldn't you? But most likely you would be wrong.
A few hotels that say Main Gate are indeed close to the gate but check the facts before you reserve.
In fact, most properties with "main gate" in their name are actually in the nearby town of Garden Grove, more than a mile away.
How to Find a Disneyland Hotel Within Walking Distance
Check this map of Disneyland hotels to see for yourself where the nearby hotels are - and how close they are to the front gate.