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nutshell
02-04-2008, 04:28 PM
So I have reservations and tickets all lined up, but now I need to know whether I should fly into LGB or SNA.

Here are the options:

LGB via JetBlue: $590 (SuperShuttle for 4: $62)

SNA via Southwest: $704 (Disneyland Express: $48)

Obviously, the LGB option is cheaper, but I know SNA is closer and has the DL Express. What does everyone thinK? These prices are for four tickets from Sacramento. Does anyone think I can get a better deal somewhere else?

DangerMouse
02-04-2008, 04:37 PM
I would go to LGB (it's only like 3 miles farther away from DLR). Is the price for supershuttle round trip? If so, then that sounds fine. Otherwise, the four of you could take a mini-van cab for about $40 each way.

Alex2kMommy
02-04-2008, 04:47 PM
We've used each airport once before, and each has its conveniences.

SNA is larger, and the car rental agencies and cars are all right there at the airport. It was very quick and easy to get our bags and hop in the car and go. Also there are plenty of places to eat at SNA, good for grabbing magazines, newspapers, snacks, espresso also.

LGB is a much smaller airport, very easy to get in and out of, no big terminal to wander around in. You literally walk off the plane onto an outdoor ramp, walk out to the small baggage claim area, then walk a few more steps to the curb for pick-up by a cab/shuttle. We had a little trouble with a cranky ticket agent, but other than that it was fine.

Even though it cost me a bit more, I'm flying into SNA this next trip, mainly because there was a better selection of flight times.

Tink208
02-04-2008, 04:48 PM
I am a serious Jet Blue fan, and will fly them whenever possible. I flew to Long Beach on my way to a convention in Anaheim. The shuttle ride from the airport was really easy (and we were even starting to see some rush hour traffic).

MommyWithDreams
02-04-2008, 04:49 PM
So I have reservations and tickets all lined up, but now I need to know whether I should fly into LGB or SNA.

Here are the options:

LGB via JetBlue: $590 (SuperShuttle for 4: $62)

SNA via Southwest: $704 (Disneyland Express: $48)

Obviously, the LGB option is cheaper, but I know SNA is closer and has the DL Express. What does everyone thinK? These prices are for four tickets from Sacramento. Does anyone think I can get a better deal somewhere else?

We are also flying from Sacramento. For 3 of us on SW our total came to right around 400. We always fly into SNA, I just know the airport a lot better so I guess it's a comfort thing. That's pretty big price difference though..I'll have to check into jetblue on our next trip.

nutshell
02-04-2008, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the replies. I think I'm leaning towards LBG on JetBlue (although SNA has more times available).

Quest4fun
02-04-2008, 05:36 PM
I fly into Orange County frequently and the best way to do it is via SNA. It's a very small airport though not as small as Long Beach it's still miniscule compared to other hubs. There are plenty of flights in and out and you have better transportation options to get to the Disneyland "Resort."

It's actually almost a 6 mile difference from Long Beach and those 6 miles are horrible. Avoid the dreaded 405 (traffic 24/7) and stick to Orange County.
John Wayne is a piece of cake to get in and out of since it spits you out onto the 55 fwy which takes you to the 5 fwy which has it's own Disneyland exit. Coming back you come the same way and once again the 55 spits you out at the airport without having to contend with the evil 405. Those extra miles also add quite a bit to your shuttle service costs.

I spent the greater portion of my life in Orange County and I can assure you John Wayne is the better airport to use for your travel. Once you factor in shuttle costs and the time you lose traveling via Long Beach you'll find that the price gap is much more minimal and the convenience is well worth it IMHO.

That being said $100 is still $100. Still I always figure in Long Beach when booking travel to Orange County and it's typically $15 to $30 more per ticket and that additional cost is usually offset by the lower shuttle fees.

tlovesdis
02-04-2008, 05:38 PM
We fly Oakland to Long Beach all the time on Jet Blue and love it! It is so easy to get in and out. It is only about a 20-30 minute ride to the resort.

For that price difference I would book Jet Blue out of LB and spend the extra cash in DL!!!

slruud
02-04-2008, 05:39 PM
If you're going before 4/30, check out the coupon at http://anaheimoc.org for a $4 discount for each person on SuperShuttle.:thumbsup2

DangerMouse
02-04-2008, 05:49 PM
When I flew into LGB, the cab driver never got on the freeway, just drove surface streets. I think we took Hansen straight up to Harbor, and got there pretty quickly, and according to mapquest it is approx. 14 miles from airport to DLR.

jlmarr
02-04-2008, 05:56 PM
I've taken PrimeTime Shuttle back from LGB once, and the driver had the good sense to take Wardlow Road/Ball Road rather than take the 405. We'll be flying JetBlue out of LGB next week but will just drive there ourselves.

Mrs. Bee
02-04-2008, 08:34 PM
When I flew into LGB, the cab driver never got on the freeway, just drove surface streets. I think we took Hansen straight up to Harbor, and got there pretty quickly, and according to mapquest it is approx. 14 miles from airport to DLR.


14 miles in most places at any time of the day...about 14 minutes.
14 miles in orange county and most times of the day...FOREVER.

Quest4fun
02-04-2008, 08:50 PM
When I flew into LGB, the cab driver never got on the freeway, just drove surface streets. I think we took Hansen straight up to Harbor, and got there pretty quickly, and according to mapquest it is approx. 14 miles from airport to DLR.

I hope you chose flat fee. There is more driving involved with taking side streets to Anaheim rather than the freeway. Some base their fares on distance and time and side streets are a good way to add additional dollars.

On a trafficless day, a cab drive from Disneyland to John Wayne takes about 10 minutes. 8 if he has a lead foot. It's roughly $10 cheaper to take a cab from SNA than it is from LGB.

It's always quicker to take the freeway.

DangerMouse
02-04-2008, 08:56 PM
I hope you chose flat fee. There is more driving involved with taking side streets to Anaheim rather than the freeway.

Not necessarily. During rush hour, you can make much better time on surface streets rather than getting on the "dreaded 405" where you can sit at a dead stop while the meter runs and runs. . .

But to answer your question, yes, I had a flat fee. The taxis at the airport must provide a flat fee to the DLR area because they are under contract with the Airport to provide that. Of course, on the way back to the airport, you have to negotiate to get a flat fee (which I have done quite successfully).

azgal81
02-04-2008, 08:57 PM
I love SNA and usually fly into there since it's so close but I would do the cheaper option.

Mrs. Bee
02-04-2008, 09:03 PM
dangermouse...i see you live in arizona. did you live in orange county in the past or something?

SNA is the only airport I ever fly into...no matter what the cost.

DangerMouse
02-04-2008, 09:08 PM
dangermouse...i see you live in arizona. did you live in orange county in the past or something?

I've never lived in Orange County, just flown in several times.

SNA is the only airport I ever fly into...no matter what the cost.

That's your perrogative. I've flown into both SNA and LGB and never had a problem with either. Both have suited me and my family's needs just fine. I usually choose the cheapest airfare. Every penny saved is a penny toward another DLR trip! :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

Quest4fun
02-04-2008, 09:11 PM
It takes the same amount of time to take side streets as it does to take the freeway. Yes, the 405 can take longer if there is an accident but speaking from experience (I'm a former 405 driver) taking side streets is a good way to add 15 minutes to your trip at least. Yeah you're not rolling along at 10 miles per hour (if there's a tail wind) but all side streets do is give the illusion that you're getting there faster.

I used to make a pretty quick trip by myself. Car services can use the carpool lane and get there quicker.

What makes me a pseudo expert? I used to deliver hardware all over Southern California and I zipped back and forth between Anaheim and Long Beach daily and I always passed Long Beach airport. I had to get where I was going in the fastest and most efficient manner. It's substantially easier to get from the Radisson Maingate (former client) to my offices in Irvine (next to John Wayne airport) than it was to get from the Radisson to Worthington Ford which was very close to the Long Beach airport.

There is nothing wrong with using Long Beach and it certainly can save you a few dollars here and there. I guess I'm just so jaded from frequent travel that $20 here and there is worth it for me to be comfortable.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion and the Long Beach option is a good one if you're trying to save on airfare. I just want people to be aware that there are ways to make SNA just as cost effective.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

nutshell
02-04-2008, 09:20 PM
Again, thanks to all those who have posted.

Another thing I'm considering is the flight times.

SNA: Arrive 10:15am Monday / Depart 8:00pm Friday

LGB: Arrive 12:30am Monday / Depart 3:00pm Friday

I know it's only a total difference of about 7 hours, but that's time that could be spent at DLR. Also, with the difference in shuttle prices I'd only be saving about $50 if I go to LGB. Finally, it seems both offer relatively easy access to DLR, but SNA does have a bit of an edge.

Decisions! Decisions!

Disneyluvr2
02-04-2008, 10:20 PM
Based on the arrival and departure times, I'd fly into SNA and spend a few more hours at Disneyland!!! Like others here, I've used both airports and like them both. If Jet Blue flew into SNA life would be almost perfect! I love the Jet Blue airline but if I only had to pick one airport, it would be SNA. Supper Shuttle is only $10.00 per person from SNA to DLR so that should save you $16.00 round trip...enough for 5 churros! :thumbsup2

Tink208
02-04-2008, 11:14 PM
My deciding factor was that I like flying Jet Blue better than flying any other airline. :) I know it isn't a long flight (I fly from Oakland), but ending up a bit farther away from Disneyland was worth the nicer flight experience for me.

nutshell
02-04-2008, 11:31 PM
My deciding factor was that I like flying Jet Blue better than flying any other airline. :) I know it isn't a long flight (I fly from Oakland), but ending up a bit farther away from Disneyland was worth the nicer flight experience for me.


I've heard great things about JetBlue. Can you tell me what makes the experience nicer?

Tink208
02-05-2008, 12:05 AM
You get to select your seats when you book. The seats are roomier and more comfortable than on other airlines. Every seat has its own TV, which means you don't have to figure out how to keep your 4 year old from watching Mission Impossible 3 on the monitors positioned through the plane for everyone to see, like happened on a cross country flight on Delta. (Moot point on a short flight, but still, it is one of the thinks I like about JetBlue.) I have flown them across country and back a couple times, as well as down to Long Beach and home, and I have yet to have had a flight delayed. (In fact, we almost once left early except they had to wait for one last passenger to board.) I just haven't had a negative experience, and that is pretty rare with air travel these days.

KitKat_Tink
02-05-2008, 08:36 AM
We latley have flown into Burbank...

Its a very small airport, security goes fast, and your in and out quickly...

The downside is its about a 2 hour drive to disneyland...

Upside is its much cheaper..

nutshell
02-05-2008, 11:41 AM
It just hit me this morning that I could drive if I really wanted to. It's about 6 hours from where I live. We drove last time and were making good time until we hit LA during Friday afternoon rush hour. What should have taken 30 minutes took two hours. I don't want to repeat that experience, but driving does give us the freedom to arrive and leave when we want.

I still think I'll fly, but this is another twist I'm considering.

Quest4fun
02-05-2008, 12:05 PM
It just hit me this morning that I could drive if I really wanted to. It's about 6 hours from where I live. We drove last time and were making good time until we hit LA during Friday afternoon rush hour. What should have taken 30 minutes took two hours. I don't want to repeat that experience, but driving does give us the freedom to arrive and leave when we want.

I still think I'll fly, but this is another twist I'm considering.

If you're coming in from Arizona or Nevada you can sneak in through the Inland Empire and then through Orange County to avoid the Los Angeles traffic. The 91 freeway in the morning is terrible going into Orange County in the morning but it's downright pleasant after noon. The 60 can be rough going due to a lot of commercial traffic and just plain bad drivers. If you're using the I-15 I'd stay on it until you hit the 91.

nutshell
02-05-2008, 12:22 PM
I'd love to go through the Inland Empire, but I'd be coming in from the North on I-5.

nutshell
02-05-2008, 02:50 PM
I just found this:

SFO to LAX on Virgin America for $476 (2 adults/2 children). I'm very tempted by this. I don't want to drive to SFO (it's two hours away), but we have friends there we could stay with the night before. Very very tempting. I don't like flying into LAX, but getting to DLR shouldn't be bad if we take the Disney Express.

Thoughts?

DisneyMomma81
02-05-2008, 03:38 PM
I really like LGB, I can't comment on SNA. JetBlue is great and I liked the neighborhood drive from the airport to DL.

prncssmel
02-05-2008, 03:50 PM
I love LGB. I have flown both JetBlue and Delta into LGB, and both were great.l I love how small it is, and no hassles with security lines. I haven't flown into SNA, but have heard it is good, just always been more pricey.

I would never fly into LAX for DL, though. Too long of a drive and horribly long security lines.

oregonmoonrise
02-05-2008, 04:24 PM
I can let you know how flying into LAX goes next week when we return from 1Disneyland. We get into LAX tomorrow night at 6:10

Mrs. Bee
02-05-2008, 04:48 PM
I can let you know how flying into LAX goes next week when we return from 1Disneyland. We get into LAX tomorrow night at 6:10

Good luck to you. I have only heard bad things about LAX (which is why I've never flown in there. And because we always go to Orange County, not L.A.)

tiki23
02-06-2008, 09:47 AM
I have a 3-Day Royal Caribbean cruise leaving from Long Beach/San Pedro at the end of the month. Of course, I'm flying out as late as possible for my return trip so that I can spend the day at Disneyland.:sunny:

I fly in to LGB and fly out of SNA, so I'll be able to compare the 2 airports :teacher: for our (hopeful) DLR trip in October.

oregonmoonrise
02-06-2008, 09:58 AM
It cant be too bad. It cuts about 3-4+ hours off since that is the only direct flight we can get & meets the hours we needed. We are not checking any bags so we can go straight out to meet our shuttle once we get off the plane.

Mrs. Bee
02-06-2008, 11:08 AM
It cant be too bad. It cuts about 3-4+ hours off since that is the only direct flight we can get & meets the hours we needed. We are not checking any bags so we can go straight out to meet our shuttle once we get off the plane.

well, that's good at least. we have no direct flights to CA from where we live.

prncssmel
02-06-2008, 11:29 AM
It cant be too bad. It cuts about 3-4+ hours off since that is the only direct flight we can get & meets the hours we needed. We are not checking any bags so we can go straight out to meet our shuttle once we get off the plane.

Good luck. When you fly back, make sure you get there early because on a slow day, thier security takes 90 minutes. 2-3 hours if busy.

And, wow, I am impressed with not having to check anything. With the airline liquid restrictions, we always have to check stuff now.

Tink208
02-06-2008, 12:07 PM
My older son and I flew SW from OAK to LAX for a trip to Disneyland a few years ago. It was during some horrible stormy weather which caused our flight to be delayed, and I hadn't quite figured out the Disneyland Express situation quite right, so door-to-door, the trip took us as long as it had taken us to drive from our home in Marin County to Disneyland the previous year. :eek: