We Put the Viral Disneyland Parking Tip to the Test!


A Disneyland parking “hack” has been circulating social media, but does it actually work? We put it to the test

Recently, some Disney fans have been avoiding long lines at the Mickey & Friends parking structure off Disneyland Drive. Instead, they have been taking Disneyland Drive to Magic Way, turning right, and entering the Pixar Pals parking structure (adjacent to Mickey & Friends) with very little wait on most mornings before 11 a.m.

The first time we tried this hack, we arrived at around 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. But in our experience, this was a complete bust — we were not allowed to drive anywhere near Magic Way, much less the Pixar Pals parking structure entrance.

Disneyland parking tip - the Pixar Pals parking structure has two entrances
The Pixar Pals parking structure at Disneyland Resort, located at the corner of Disneyland Drive and Magic Way.

We tried again on a Sunday at around 2 p.m., and although cars were allowed to drive on Magic Way, the entrance to Pixar Pals was blocked off with traffic cones.

Our third time testing this parking tip, however, actually worked! On a Monday at around 8 a.m., the entrance to the Pixar Pals parking lot was open, and we were able to bypass a long line at Mickey & Friends by using the Pixar Pals entrance on Magic Way.

Overall, in our experience, this parking hack is a toss-up. If you get lucky and Pixar Pals is open in the morning when you drive to Disneyland Resort, it can save you a lot of time. But if you happen to drive there and the Pixar Pals parking entrance is closed, then you will spend even more time driving all the way back around to Mickey & Friends.

View more of our experience on TikTok above!