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Old 10-09-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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ART v. driving

Hi, all - I've been lurking for a bit, but this is my first post! Thanks to everyone for all the great info I've gleaned so far!

We are planning our first family trip down to Disneyland in January 2013 (I'm sure I'll have more questions between now and then). We will be staying at the Residence Inn Garden Grove, about a mile from the park entrance. As my son is not quite 4, we don't expect him to do that walk, which leads to the question - should we take the Anaheim Resort Transportation buses or drive the park? Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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ART buses drop you right up front at the park gates. Then walk thru the security gates then either left or right to the park of your choice.
We used ART when we stayed at the Motel 6.

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Old 10-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Is parking included with your passes?
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #4
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Nope, parking's not included - but given that there are 4 of us, the ART will be $12/day, so not much cheaper than parking. We're not really worried about cost so much as convenience!
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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Park your car in Mickey & Friends, take the elevator or escalator down, and hop on the tram. The tram from the parking garage drops you off just as close as ART but at the other end of the esplanade, near World of Disney.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
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Why not stay within walking distance?
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #7
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We landed on the Residence Inn because it seems to be the only place that offers reasonably priced 2-bedroom suites, which is what we require. If anyone knows a suite hotel within walking distance that would be better, please let me know!
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #8
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I would drive, park at M&F's or Toy Story and take the tram or shuttle (whichever applies), to me driving myself is easier then taking ART.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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This is funny as it is preference. We prefer ART over driving and we had free parking. My hubby thinks it is a vacation when he can park a car and not drive it for a week or two.

We drove and parked one time, then said forget it. Too much work.

I should note that we are a family (and friends) that like to come and go from the park. We had a young one that needed a nap during day and then the older kids and adults would hang out by the pool while the younger one napped.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #10
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sechelt, is Mickey & Friends a specific Disneyland lot? Where is the entrance? (Sorry, I'm clearly new at this!)
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:25 PM   #11
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I would ask if you are bringing your own stroller for the 4 year old? If so, it is much easier to drive yourself in my opinion. It is also nice to be able to have your car close if you need to head back for a nap, or want to store changes of clothes if your little one has an accident. All those things you might need, but probably won't! Then it is just a quick trip out to the car instead of either carting it around all day or waiting for ART to return to the room.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #12
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He doesn't really use a stroller anymore, so that's not a concern. But the option to leave the park and come back is something that we do wonder about. Honestly, we thought that might be a total pain with the car - but it sounds like that's not the case, so that's good to know, thanks!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #13
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We had a bad experience with ART, but I can only speak for our experience. It was very inconsistent in the times it both came to the hotel (We were at Embassy Suites) and the times it came to the park. I have heard it is more reliable during busier seasons of the year, but we were there during the slow season (early Feb). One night we got so sick of waiting we actually walked back after a long day at the parks. We finally ended up just driving. If you are not there during a busier time of the year I would seriously consider parking.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:16 PM   #14
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I prefer the ART to driving a car..check out their website for pass prices. child passes are much less. much easier to hop on a bus that get to parking gaarage and thru traffic back to hotel
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Another note about ART, we used their system where they can text you the next arrival for your bus. We had it down to a science of how many minutes it was afte the actual text time. We have used ART the past three trips and two of those trips were seven days and longer.
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