Traffic fro Disneyland area to LAX vs San Diego airport early am


DIS Veteran
May 9, 2004
for those who have flown to Aulani from disneyland area, which would be easier ( I have no clue about traffic there et) 1. getting a flight out of LAX at 9 in the morning ( so I assume leaving disney hotel around 5? worried about rush hour) or flying out of San Diego around 10 am ( so I assume still leaving around 5 30 am as it is a 2 hour drive). We will be flying to Hawaii so a long flight after arriving at the airport


Jul 23, 2012
No matter which airport you choose (and I would choose based on lower airfare), would it be possible to spend the night before at a hotel by the airport? You can usually find good rates at hotels by the airport, especially if you belong to a hotel loyalty program. Spending the night before close by the airport would alleviate all the anxiety about getting stuck in traffic on the morning of your flight. You could get a good night's sleep and just take the hotel shuttle to your terminal in the morning.


DIS Veteran
Jun 28, 2008
Google Maps can give you a gauge on traffic times when you want to arrive at a certain time. Just go here on a non-mobile device and change "Arrive by" to the time you'd like to arrive at the airport. It can give you a recommended time to leave and what traffic might look like:


It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Apr 20, 2007
In my experience your estimates are quite accurate:
Leave DLR for LAX around 5AM fo a 9AM flight
Leave DLR for SAN around 6AM for a 10AM flight

Traffic to LAX is heavy - traffic DLR to Irvine is heavy then lighter the rest of the way. I second luckyrabbit's suggestion; choose the lowest airfair.


Staff member
Dec 15, 1998
I agree with the others to look at the overall cost for flights and car rental. Leaving at 5:30 for your 9am flight is a good time to go. I wouldn't leave later than that, though.


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