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Day Trip From San Diego to Disneyland Resort’s New Cars Land is a Breeze

Cars Land - Disneyland Resort's California Adventure

San Diego has often been called an ideal family vacation spot, because of its great weather, over 70 miles of beaches and all the wonderful attractions and museums in the city. Another bonus? Disneyland Resort, at just 100 miles away, is the perfect destination for a day trip from San Diego.

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

My two kids got the excitement of a lifetime when they were surprised one morning and told we were going to Disneyland for the day. We hopped in the car and a little over an hour later, we arrived at the happiest place on Earth! Even though they have been lucky enough to go before, their excitement is always through the roof since Disneyland and California Adventure always have something new. With our Park-Hopper tickets in hand, we made our way to California Adventure for our first stop, the new Cars Land!

Cars Land at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure

Cars Land - Disneyland Resort's California Adventure

Step back in time for a walk though Radiator Springs.

Cars Land genuinely feels like you are transported to Radiator Springs. There is Flo’s V8 Cafe serving Route 66-inspired comfort food, Luigi’s Tire Shop, where in the back of his shop riders hover on air by floating on “flying” tires, and the most popular attraction; Radiator Springs Racers. This ride will take you on a high-speed race through Ornament Valley, inspired by the first Cars film. Radiator Springs Racers offers a fast pass and I suggest getting one as soon as you enter the park. They were sold out by 11:00 a.m. on the day we were there.

Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers

Take a race around Radiator Springs

Our favorite ride outside of Cars Land is definitely Soarin’ over California. If you didn’t love California before this ride, you will after. I have to go on this ride every time and get excited when we soar over San Diego!

Save On Your Southern California Vacation in San Diego

Pick up a Southern California CityPASS from one of the San Diego Visitors Centers or online and save up to 32% on admission to SeaWorld San Diego, Disneyland and Universal Studios (another easy day trip from San Diego). Add on CityPASS admission to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and save even more!

Brent Bernasconi

Home Base San Diego: A Spooky Day Trip to Disneyland

Take a Spooktacular Day Trip to Disneyland

San Diego is the perfect place to make your home base in Southern California during a fall vacation. You can enjoy great local attractions including the beach, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND, then take a quick day trip or two to the mountains for some skiing or snowboarding, Joshua Tree National Park for some hiking, or Disneyland for some holiday family fun.

Disneyland is a great option for a day trip full of spooktacular Halloween fun including hundreds of carved pumpkins, Disney villains, a festive Haunted Mansion decorated by Jack Skellington, Halloween treats and more.

The best part: the drive from downtown San Diego to Disneyland is just over 90 minutes (but plan for a two-hour drive just in case of traffic problems), meaning you can be back in San Diego that same night after a full day of Disney fun and at the beach the next day!

Here is a short preview of the fun and excitement you will find during a day trip to Disneyland’s Halloween Time:

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Save On Your Southern California Vacation in San Diego

Pick up a Southern California City Pass from one of the San Diego Visitors Centers or online and save up to 32% on admission to SeaWorld San Diego, Disneyland and Universal Studios (another easy day trip from San Diego). Add on City Pass admission to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and save even more!