Which Airport

May 16th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Which Airport

I apologize if this is a dumb question, but what airport should I fly into when going to visit Disneyland??? I've been to Disneyworld, but I'm considering California this year instead. Also, how far away is the ocean from the airport/disneyland once we get there? We live in Minnesota, so any chance I get to see the ocean, I jump on it. Thanks so much!!!
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May 16th, 2005, 07:55 AM
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You have at least three options. Los Angeles (LAX), Long Beach Airport, or Orange County Airport aka John Wayne Airport.

I believe LAX is about 30 miles. Long Beach less than 25, and Orange County about 15 to 20 miles.

Which one you use is probably less important than which one provides the best options for price and schedule.

In terms of the beach, the towns of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are about 20 miles away. Unless you have a particular reason for staying at a hotel right near Disneyland, you might want to consider a hotel in one of these towns.

The beach area is likely to be a bit more pleasant than the relatively non-descript Anaheim.
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May 16th, 2005, 07:58 AM
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The closest airport is Orange County (SNA), aka John Wayne. It's actually only a couple of miles from the ocean. Next closest is Long Beach (LGB), but your flight choices are very restricted (American, JetBlue, America West and Alaska/Horizon are your airline choices). LAX is then next. These are all close to the ocean (less than 5 miles).

Disneyland, on the other hand, is in Anaheim, which is well inland. At least 14 miles from the beach.

I'm not a fan of staying in Anaheim-- I'd consider staying in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach or Laguna Beach and making the drive to the Rat Hole for a long day at the park. Then relax and enjoy the better stuff in southern California.
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May 16th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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I was channeling you, Ryan! Amazing feat of mind-reading on my part...!
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May 16th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!!! I love this board, everyone is always so helpful, and it's appreciated!!!
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May 16th, 2005, 09:39 AM
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I know you didn't ask about accommodation, but it goes hand in hand with your airport choices.

IMO the way to go is fly into Orange County and look for a hotel in the 3-4 star range on Priceline. Because Orange Co, airport is located in a small ocean of high-tech office parks, there are consistently excellent Priceline deals to be had on very comfortable, new hotels in the airport vicinity. As mentioned, 3 of the 5 LA-regional airports (LAX, LGB and SNA - aka Orange Co./John Wayne - the initials stand for "Santa Ana") are within striking distance of the beach. LAX is the closest to some of the more attractive LA-county beaches like Manhattan or Venice, but it's not convenient to Disneyland. LGB is okay for some of the northern Orange Co. beach communities (Seal Beach, northern Huntington) and also for Long Beach itself, and the freeway from LGB to Disneyville is not especially grueling. However, hotel choices around LGB and in the city itself are pretty limited.

That leaves SNA for the best combination of access to the beach areas and to Disney. If those are the destinations on which you're focusing, then Orange County is your best bet.

If however you want to see more of LA than just Mickey and Surf City, then LAX might be the preferred area. Half an hour longer to Disney than SNA or LGB, maybe a tad more, but lots closer to Venice, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood etc.

Note you don't say when you're coming but be aware of the "June Gloom" phenonenon, in which the beach towns are overcast and cool most years until late June or early July. Often the clouds break close to sunset, which is a great time to head to the beach (especially the firepits where you can have weenie roasts - there are a number of such facilities along the coast) - great to run your tired tootsies in the cool sand after a forced march through the Happiest Place on Earth if You are a Disney Shareholder.
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May 16th, 2005, 11:32 AM
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I'm glad you got some responses, tmcand3, but in the future it would help if you posted your destination in the title; eg: "Which LA airport for Disneyland Visit"

All the posts go into one big "United States" forum ... and by having such a vague title you cause people who can make good recommendations to skip over your thread, while others (like me) waste time looking at it. Enjoy your vacation.
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May 16th, 2005, 01:49 PM
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Wow, glad I came back to read some more replies, thanks for the GREAT advice about SNA because of better hotels/access to Disney. I love the idea of a weenie roast on the beach, that sounds great and I'm sure the kids would love that too!

Not sure of when we would come, just have been thinking maybe we should try Disneyland instead of Disneyworld for the "next" trip, but I appreciate letting me know about the "June gloom"!!!

Sorry, next time I start a posting, I will be sure to say something more specific so that people wont have to waste their time reading the whole posting. I apologize.

Thanks everyone!!!
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