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How do I get from LAX to Disneyland? From car rentals, shuttles, Uber, Lyft and Disneyland Express, I’ve got all the answers on how to get from LAX to Disneyland.
I grew up in Los Angeles and as a teen with a car and a license, it meant that freeway driving was a must. You learn quickly to navigate the endless freeway swaps and which freeways have what names associated with them. This was long before GPS and google maps.
I once took the wrong freeway home from the valley while driving my dad’s car. He wondered why I used SO much gas. Well, that’s what happens when you accidentally hop on the 101 instead of the 405 and take the scenic route all the way around before catching up with the 118 and back to the 5. Sorry, Dad. I think I owe you some gas money.
Even though I took the wrong freeway, I still knew it would eventually take me back to where I wanted to be. Because Los Angeles is so spread out, we did a lot of driving as teens and eventually you get the hang of it.
But enough about me, let’s get into the thick of it with options for you! First thing—if you’re just thinking about which airport to fly into or need tips on flying to Disneyland, this article is for you.
LAX to Disneyland Car Seats
Car seats are needed for most transportation methods for kids under 8 years old to make sure you’re in compliance with current California car seat laws.
This travel size booster seat fits in your hand just like a clutch-size purse and gets rave reviews on Amazon.
If you have a child who is not old enough for a booster seat, check with your airline—you should be able to bring the car seat along at no extra charge. We used a car seat travel bag similar to this one 13 years for our little one’s car seats. It was seriously a life saver, and let me tell you that thing got beat up! Better the bag than the expensive car seat, that’s for sure.
LAX to Disneyland Car Rental
Coming to LA and traveling into Orange County for your Disneyland vacation might seem like a nightmare. The traffic, the freeways, the traffic. But I’m here to tell you, you can do it! You can navigate and handle the traffic for the hour-ish drive to Disneyland.
When you arrive at LAX and need a rental car
Upon exiting the baggage claim area, look for the purple signs and cross the street as needed to stand under the purple sign and wait for your rental car company’s shuttle bus. All rental cars are located off-site, about 15 minutes away.
What you need to drive a rental car from LAX to Disneyland
- A valid driver’s license recognized by the state of California. If you have questions about the validity of your foreign license in California, contact the state department of motor vehicles.
- A credit card for securing your rental reservation.
- A car rental reservation, I like using Costco Travel for the best rates. I also prefer Enterprise Rental Car at LAX.
- Car Seats for children under 8; make sure you’re in compliance with current California car seat laws.
- This travel size booster seat fits in your hand just like a clutch-size purse and gets rave reviews on Amazon.
- Your destination entered into your preferred navigation method (I like google maps).
- A good navigator who can tell you what steps are coming next as most GPS-type of methods are too slow to announce the quick moves you might need to make.
- Patience. If you miss a turn, an on-ramp or exit, relax. You will get there.
Note that most hotels charge for parking, so be sure to add that into your cost when determining the best method of transportation for your group.
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LAX to Disneyland Shuttles
There are tons of Disneyland airport shuttles available from LAX. Some popping up overnight and leaving just as quickly. I recommend reading several reviews before deciding on a company.
Here are just some companies to look into (not endorsments):
“We booked Lansky for our airport transfer to our hotel from John Wayne Airport. This was such an excellent service. The driver was waiting with our name on a sign at baggage claim and carried our bags to the car. The car seats provided were clean and well installed. We stopped at a grocery store on the way to the hotel and the service was very professional and prompt. Highly recommend them!” -Liane
Of course we can’t forget Disneyland Express. If you’re used to Walt Disney World travel, be aware this is not the same. This is a third party company and operates a very limited schedule only departing once every hour, and no late flight arrival accommodations. However, you won’t need a car seat for this option.
Did you use any of these shuttle services or have one we should add? Please let us know about your experience in the comments section.
LAX to Disneyland Uber or Ride Share
New in October 2019, LAX will require users of ride share programs to take a shuttle from the terminal pick up area to an off-site ride share lot.
I’m a huge fan of Uber and Disneyland. It’s so easy to use and ride share services
can now pick you up at the curb at LAX. Ride Share services, including taxis must now be accessed via a quick shuttle ride away. Here’s a video I have that explains the situation.
The price is usually affordable but I expect rates to increase now that you need to shuttle to your ride share service. It can still be a smart options, especially if you have more than one person. Use my referral code jessicas55003ue and earn up to $15 toward your first Uber rides.
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