If you are visiting South California, you absolutely need to visit Anaheim, the home of not one but two Disney parks: Disneyland and California Adventure. How far apart are Disneyland and California Adventure?

Disneyland is the only Disney park that Walt Disney himself designed and saw completed. After the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, it is one of the most popular parks in the world.

These two parks are a great add-on to any South California vacation or destination.

How close is Disneyland to California Adventure?

Because Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are so close to one another — it’s a short walking distance to travel from one theme park entrance to the next — it is very simple to cover a lot of ground, so even if you are visiting in one day, you can squeeze a lot in. Also, if you don’t mind staying late, you might be able to see the nighttime spectaculars, like Disneyland fireworks and California Adventure’s World of Color, on the same evening!

There is no way you could miss the Disneyland Park entrance either because it is directly across from the entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. The distance between the two is shorter than the length of a football field.

Distance from Parking

The parking lot tram loading and unloading locations and the ticket booths for both amusement parks are located in the same general vicinity. So there’s no major difference from one park to the other.

Distance From Hotels

Because the entrances are so close to one another, most hotels (whether on-site Disneyland hotels or an off-site Good Neighbor hotel) aren’t really closer to one park versus the other. There are two exceptions, though.

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa does offer a hotel entrance directly into the heart of Disney California Adventure, making it much closer than the walk to the esplanade to enter Disneyland Park.
  • Disneyland Hotel is relatively close to the Downtown Disney monorail station; boarding the monorail there will drop you off inside Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. So in terms of walking distance only (the walk from the hotel to the monorail station), Disneyland Hotel is closer to Disneyland Park than it is to Disney California Adventure.

Disney California Adventure Park or Disneyland Park?

Disneyland Park

If you can only spare one day for your Disneyland trip, go to Disneyland Park. Some of the resort’s most famous rides and shows are here, like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a 14-acre addition that is dedicated to the brand and takes place in a galaxy far, far away. It is a major magnet for visitors to this park. Stepping into the pilot’s seat of the Millennium Falcon will allow you to live out your wildest Star Wars fantasies.

Disney California Adventure Park

Disney California Adventure, just those few steps away, is created in a Mission and Art Deco style to resemble Southern California as it was when Walt Disney came there in the 1920s. This amusement park has some really cool things to do, like Radiator Springs Racers, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Cars Land, which is a perfect copy of the town from the 2006 animated movie of the same name.

Disneyland’s theme parks are linked by an esplanade, providing access to Downtown Disney District, an entertainment, dining, and shopping district.

Tickets for the Theme parks

On any given day, if you have a regular one-day or multi-day ticket, you can choose to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. Since an entry ticket is not required to enter Downtown Disney, you are free to enter that area whenever you choose.

With a Park Hopper ticket, you can visit the two theme parks at Walt Disney World in a single day without paying the total admission price at each park each time. Park Hopper tickets can be helpful if there are shows that you want to watch at specific times. If you have an energetic family that is willing to travel swiftly between parks to make the most of their time, purchasing a Park Hopper pass can be an excellent investment. This pass allows the holder to exit and rejoin each park an unlimited number of times.

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