Traveling to the Disneyland Resort is very exciting to say the least, there are so many options! This article will hopefully give you a few ideas for travel and transportation on your next Disneyland adventure.
Let’s first talk about getting to California. There are two basic ways, fly or drive. Depending on where you are coming from, one will be a better option. I have driven and flown, but primarily I will fly. The drive for us is about 10 hours, which is a big chunk of time dedicated in travel time for a vacation. Driving is very obviously the cheaper option, but luckily we have gotten away with some cheap flights. I mainly fly on Delta being a SkyMiles member and really have loved their services. We can almost always find a roundtrip flight for about $150 a person. We have also flown Southwest and got a great deal as well, about $140 a person.
It is important to first decide your budget and then select what travel option fits best. One of my favorite ways to help get an idea of flight prices is using the app “Hopper”. It allows you to track dates and prices for flights and will give you an idea of if it will be going up or down in price. Be sure to check it out! Once you decide your budget, book your trip as early as possible to prevent prices from rising. If you plan on driving, be sure to factor in where your hotel is located and if they provide parking and what the cost is. If your hotel is far enough away that you need to drive to the park, be sure to also factor in cost of parking at the Disneyland resort. My favorite combination is flying in, using a shuttle service, and walking to the parks to save money.
Now let’s talk about transportation inside California. First, thinking about how to get to a hotel from the airport. There are taxis, Uber, Lyft, shuttle services, and car rentals. Renting a car can be expensive and time consuming, but it is always an option. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft can cost quite a bit of money to Anaheim from LAX. You can always go online and use their estimator calculators to get an idea of total costs. Our preferred method is a shuttle service. Shared shuttles can generally be an inexpensive option and easy to use. We use SuperShuttle and always find discount codes online. For a round trip shuttle ride, it is about $35, tip included. You can book these types of shuttles online or over the phone. Discount codes are easily found online, simply Google the shuttle service and discount code and voila! Another really great and easy way to book shuttles to and from airports is via a travel company. One of our absolute favorites to use is Get Away Today. Not only can you find deals on shuttle services, but also hotels, tickets, and even food. Be sure to use promo code "5DisneySisters" to save even more money when you book with them.
Once you are in the Anaheim area, there are many transportation options to the parks. If possible, save yourself time and money and book a hotel within walking distance. But when you are unable to stay close to property, there are a few options. First, check to see if your hotel provides a shuttle. Some provide them for free and others for a cost. Most hotels work with ART, a transportation company in Anaheim. Tickets can be purchased for one day or multiple days and are usually available at your hotel or via Get Away Today. These shuttles will generally make multiple stops around the resort area. If you have a car, you are more than welcome to drive to the parks. Parking does cost per day, so keep that in mind. Final option is a Taxi, Uber or Lyft ride to the resort area, I have not used this option before but know people who have. One tip I have is to make it easy to locate your position, have them pick you up at a Disney hotel, it helps all parties out.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the best options available in transportation and travel to the Disneyland Resort. What is your preferred method of transportation? Let us know in the comments!