Flying to Disneyland–Which Airport to Fly Into and How to Get to the Resort
Last update September 22nd 2016 Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California. Many people will tell you that it is in LA, it is not. The closest airport is John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA). I recommend flying into this airport due to its proximity to the resort.
Your other option of flying to Disneyland is LAX, Los Angeles’ huge airport. The drive from here to the resort is a long one especially during commute times but the deals are often times better flying into LAX deals are often better due to more flight options.
Airports Near Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center
There are four options for airports when flying to Disneyland or the Anaheim Convention Center. These airports, listed in the order of nearness to the Anaheim Resort are the John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), the Ontario International Airport (ONT), and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
John Wayne Orange County Airport
The John Wayne Airport, located 14 miles from the Anaheim Resort, provides a simple flying experience with just one building that is split up into a Terminal A and Terminal B. Upon arrival at the airport, the walk from your gate to the baggage carousel and then upon your return from the check in to the gate is quick and easy.
The top airlines that provide service out of the Orange County Airport are:
Delta Air Lines
The airport is second in the area only to the Los Angeles Airport for the amount of flights and destinations served each day. The airport serves over 740,000 passengers a month and services 240 arrivals and departures each day.
This is far and away our top recommendation for flying to the Disneyland Resort or the Anaheim Convention Center. However, flight fare can be much less expensive at other airports such as the Los Angeles International Airport. Be sure to compare prices.
Long Beach Airport
The Long Beach Airport, located approximately 19 miles from the Anaheim Resort area, is a tiny airport that serves only Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and US Airways.
If you are able to find a good price with one of the four air carries, you will have an easy experience in this small airport.
Ontario International Airport
The Ontario International Airport, located approximately 35 miles from the Anaheim Resort area, is the third largest airport in the Anaheim area. This is a quaint airport that is quick and easy to navigate.
Los Angeles International Airport
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located 35 miles from the Anaheim Resort, is the bustling fifth biggest airport in the world. When visiting from anywhere outside of the US, you will most likely find the best rates and flight options flying into the Los Angeles International Airport.
Every airline imaginable flies into LAX.
Getting From the Airport to Disneyland and Convention Center
There are quite a few options for getting from the various airports of southern California to the Disneyland Resort. My favorite transportation options are listed below.
Using Uber to Disneyland
Whenever visiting Disneyland we fly into John Wayne Airport (SNA) and then use the Uber app to get from the airport to our hotel. Uber is a mobile app that you allows you to request a car from your smart phone.
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You have a couple of different tiered options for the type of Uber car that you use coming to Disneyland. On the main screen of the app you will see the available cars nearby for each level of service. Each of the levels have pros and cons and vary in price.
UberX– this is the least expensive option and allows up to four passengers. These are the drivers that sign up for the app and use their own car.
uberXL – this level is designed for larger groups and allows up to 6 passengers. These drivers are also using their own (larger) cars.
uberBlack -consists of luxury sedans that fit up to four people. These drivers and cars are members of a luxury fleet that generally is a member of a limo/hired car service. These cars can pickup at any airport because they hold a specific license, however you do not need to use this level when flying into Orange County. They are ahead of the game and allow any Uber car to pick up.
Be sure to download the app before you leave for the trip. Baggage claim at the Orange County airport is usually pretty fast, so plan on only about 10-15 minutes to get from the gate, to the luggage, and out on the sidewalk to be picked up.
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Taxi To and From Disneyland
There is taxi service offered to and from all of the airports, but can get expensive. When you have a larger party, the taxi can be an especially good deal. There are two sizes of taxis, the four passenger sedan style and the seven passenger van. The rates are the same for both sizes. The van is a much better deal here than on Uber.
In California, car seats are required for children who are not yet eight years old or four feet and nine inches tall. Be sure to bring your own car seat if you intend on using a taxi.
Taking a cab, would cost you about $40 dollars from John Wayne/Orange County or about $100 from LAX with traffic and $80 without. Most companies will have a standard fare to and from the resort.
Be sure to check in with your hotel in Anaheim to see if they offer a “concierge special” for taxi rides to and from the airport. Our recommended hotels near Disneyland offer these discounts for transportation.
Renting a Car
Renting a car to visit Disneyland is completely unnecessary unless you will be visiting other attractions in the Los Angeles area. If this is the case, there are numerous car rental companies at each of the airports.
Disneyland Resort Express
Use the Disneyland Resort Express which leaves from both LAX and John Wayne. The prices are very high and unless you are traveling by yourself or with just one other person, the taxi or Uber Car app is the least expensive option.
Disneyland Resort Express is $22 one way/ $32 round trip for an adult from LAX and $19 one way/ $25 roundtrip for a child (ages 3-11) Three and unders are free.
The family pass is a roundtrip ticket for 5 people for $99.99 from LAX must be purchased in advance online
From Orange County/John Wayne, the express costs $17 one way/$27 roundtrip for an adult and $14 one way/$18 roundtrip for a child (ages 3-11) Three and under are free.
The “Family Pass” from John Wayne/Orange County can take up to 5 people and costs $79.99. Must be purchased in advance online.
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