Disneyland Day Trip

Looking for the ultimate Southern California vacation with a trip to both Disneyland and the beach?  Stay in a Huntington Beach hotel and enjoy an authentic California beach town while getting your time in with Mickey Mouse. 

Disneyland is only a short 25-minute drive from Surf City USA.  Huntington Beach resort hotels Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa and The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel also provide shuttle service to and from Disneyland, making your theme park visit easier than ever.

The Disneyland Resort consists of Disneyland theme park, Disney California Adventure theme park, and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.   If you want to spend time in all three areas, plan a minimum of a long weekend in Huntington Beach.  Here is a sample itinerary to help you achieve your ultimate Southern California beach and Disneyland vacation.

Arrive on Friday afternoon.  After checking into your Huntington Beach hotel, head to Downtown Huntington Beach to browse the Art-A-Faire and Certified Organic Farmers Market at the Huntington Beach Pier.  Then enjoy dinner at one of the many Downtown HB restaurants with a view of sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Stay to revel in Surf City USA's nightlife or head back to your hotel to prep for a fun day at Disneyland.

If you're a theme park junkie, you'll want to hop on the first shuttle to the Disneyland Resort.  If you're seeking a more relaxing vacation, have a leisurely breakfast followed by a quick swim in the hotel pool or a short visit to the beach.  Take the late morning shuttle to Disneyland and enjoy one of the two theme parks.  In the evening, take a break and have dinner in the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.  Request a balcony seat at Tortilla Jo's, Catal, or Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen for a late dinner with a view of the fireworks.  If you prefer to skip Downtown Disney, head back to Huntington Beach to enjoy a beach bonfire at sunset, complete with all the hot dog and s'mores fixings from Waterfront Adventures.

Wake up to the sound of the ocean waves and enjoy a stroll along the beach or at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.  Stop for an early brunch at Duke's at the Huntington Beach Pier before heading to the Disneyland Resort to visit your second theme park.  After your day in the park, browse the Downtown Disney district for Disneyland souvenirs.  Shop World of Disney for authentic theme park merchandise or visit the WonderGround Gallery for unique Disney themed art. The kids will love a visit to the Lego Store, where they can see classic Disney characters made of Legos and build their own Lego masterpiece at the free Lego play tables. Have dinner at Downtown Disney or head back to Huntington Beach for dinner at Ruby's on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Before checking out of your hotel, spend your final morning at the beach.  Rent a bike and take in the 10 miles of uninterrupted beach or be adventurous and take a surfing lesson.  For those looking to relax, yoga on the beach is a great way to start the day. A quick brunch at Bruxie will give you energy for the trip back home.

Driving Directions to the Disneyland Resort
For those with their own transportation, driving to the Disneyland Resort gives you the freedom to come and go as you please. Parking at the resort is currently $17 per car or motorcycle per day, though this amount is subject to change without notice.  Oversize vehicles may park for a larger fee.  Keep your receipt for in and out privileges on the same day.

There are two main parking areas for the Disneyland Resort.  The Toy Story parking lot off Harbor Boulevard, between Katella and Orangewood Avenues, is the easiest access for those arriving from Huntington Beach.  The Mickey and Friends parking structure off Ball Road and Disneyland Drive is the second parking area.  Both offer shuttle/tram service to the parks.  However, the Mickey and Friends parking structure tends to fill up long before the Toy Story parking lot.

  1. From Huntington Beach, take Beach Boulevard heading north (away from the beach).
  2. Take the 22 Garden Grove Freeway East for four miles and exit on Harbor Boulevard South.
  3. Upon exiting the freeway, merge onto Trask Boulevard.
  4. Make a left turn onto Harbor Boulevard and drive 2.5 miles.
  5. Turn right on Convention Way into the Toy Story parking lot, across from the Anaheim Convention Center.
  6. Enjoy your day at the Disneyland Resort!