The ART shuttles are a really convenient and economical way to get to and from Disneyland.
You can buy shuttle passes from the hotels and RV parks in Anaheim, they all sell them. You can also buy your passes in advance, online, and have them shipped by regular mail to your home address or to the hotel you will be staying at.
The shuttles travel every 15 to 20 minutes. There are bus stops along the routes, but they are not the same as the city transit bus stops, so make sure you ask when you buy your pass, where your closest stop is. The shuttle will drop you off at the main gates to Disneyland. When you are ready to go home, you walk to the appropriate shuttle stop in front of the DL main gates, and wait for the next shuttle to arrive.
The passes can be purchased as a one-day, three-day or five-day pass. 2009 rates are $4, $10, and $16 for adults and $1, $2, and $4 for children ages 3 to 10. This allows you unlimited use of the pass for each day. We found this really convenient, because we were there in late August. This is peak volume season for the parks and is also the hottest time of year to be there. The beauty of the unlimited shuttle pass was that it allowed us to leave the park mid-afternoon and go back to our RV park to swim and rest for a couple of hours every day. Then, we just hopped on the next shuttle back to the park and arrived, rested and refreshed.
The shuttles run until after the park closes, so you can stay as late as you want and don't have to worry about whether you'll have a shuttle ride home.
The website link below will allow you to have a look at the schedules & route maps so you can determine if your hotel is on to close to one of the ART routes.
We caught the bus to disneyland once and walked the rest of the time as our hotel was very close to the park entries. The disney Shuttle buses come every 15 minutes to most hotels and cost us $10US each for 3 days of travel. Public transport is readily avaliable on the main roads and there are bus stops eveywhere.
Things have changed since I last went to Anaheim. Especially, there have been changes made in the city that effects the transportation situation. I've mostly used my own car to get around Anaheim, but I have used hotel shuttles a couple of times. It seems that the hotels are not always offering this service any more. I suggest you take a look at Trip Planner to see the most efficient way of getting where you want to go in Anaheim.
Disney offers information about getting there from the airport, including their own shuttle service. Take a look at their Transportation page. They do charge a fee.
On the roads to Dineyland, I saw these Bus Stops that seemed to be for anyone going to the Parks.
Disneyland is not far from Harbor Drive or I-5. Won't have any trouble to follow the signs to it. We took our car. Many hotels near Disneyland provide a free shuttle bus service if you wish to avoid paying the parking fee.
To get around on the Matterhorn take a bobsled.
Starting JUNE 10!!
Going along Harbor Blvd, the main artery leading to the Disneyland entrance, is easy with BRAVO, the newest bus route of OCTA. The M-F route, 543, covers part of and alleviates the existing 43 route. BRAVO is distinct with the bright orange and blue paint job, smaller size and will have limited number of stop throughout its route, from the Fullerton Transportation Center (major Amtrak/ Metro Link stop for greater Los Angeles metro travel) in Fullerton to MacArthur/Harbor in O.C. central Costa Mesa.
Bravo to OCTA for creating this route, which will be a great relief for the at times heading room 43 route buses!
The 543 will cost the same as the 43, $2.00 one way.
Check website for schedule!
If you want to do some serious upscale shopping and power-walking before or after Disneyland, you may want to consider taking the South Coast Plaza shuttle. It is a perfect and roomy comfy ride from Anaheim to Costa Mesa, in which lies S.C.P., the grandest mall of them mall in Orange County. Do consider the shuttle, as it is a hassle-free way to get around in O.C. without a car. Cost is $10 roundtrip per person and kids under 17 years of age are FREE!. Credit cards are even accepted! No need to show hotel reservation- just do payment aboard and relax.
Check schedule on mall website. Heads up: Shuttle doesn't operate on major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter).
These are the hotels that S.C.P. Shuttle serves (most all in Ana):
Anaheim Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Resort
Disney’s Grand Californian
Disney’s Paradise Pier
Doubletree Suites by Hilton
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Sheraton Anaheim Hotel
Sheraton Park Hotel
South Coast Mall Address/Info:
3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
if you are arriving at john wayne (santa ana) airport and need transportation to anaheim area hotels your best bet are the airport shuttles. beause they make multiple stops they are not as fast as a taxi but they are considerably cheaper. the cost of a taxi to anaheim is about $35 and the shuttle is $10 per person. there are several shuttle operators at the airport and i used american shuttle and was pleased with their service. the shuttle service area is located across the street from baggage claim. for airport return trip allocate 30-45 minutes travel time.
The Supershuttle is a good way to get to any airport in the LA area, but it does take a while. The nice thing about it is that it picks you up from where ever you'd like. The bad thing about it is that it picks up several other people, from all over the city also. It's not so bad in Anaheim, since all the hotels are around the same area. If you're going to LAX, give yourself about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to the airport, though without traffic it could take as little as 1 hour. It cost $15 to LAX from Anaheim.