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  • [Question] Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

    Just wondering if anyone has used Disneyland Resort Express to get to the parks from LAX? I was going to rent a car, but since we are now staying on property I've been thinking that it may just be easier to take the bus from the airport. It's cheaper - especially when you factor in gas - and it would eliminate the hassle of navigating through LA. I'm traveling with two 6-year-olds by myself, and I don't think we really plan on going many other places than Disney, or at least nowhere we couldn't get to on ART.

    Any rave reviews or horror stories?


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    Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

    Originally posted by KaperKate View Post
    Just wondering if anyone has used Disneyland Resort Express to get to the parks from LAX? I was going to rent a car, but since we are now staying on property I've been thinking that it may just be easier to take the bus from the airport. It's cheaper - especially when you factor in gas - and it would eliminate the hassle of navigating through LA. I'm traveling with two 6-year-olds by myself, and I don't think we really plan on going many other places than Disney, or at least nowhere we couldn't get to on ART.

    Any rave reviews or horror stories?
    Have used it and recommend it. Easy, relatively inexpensive, and a good schedule to follow.

    Actually wish it was 24 hours so we could use it when we arrive for the Gumball Rally at midnight.
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      Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

      Originally posted by KaperKate View Post
      Just wondering if anyone has used Disneyland Resort Express to get to the parks from LAX? I was going to rent a car, but since we are now staying on property I've been thinking that it may just be easier to take the bus from the airport. It's cheaper - especially when you factor in gas - and it would eliminate the hassle of navigating through LA. I'm traveling with two 6-year-olds by myself, and I don't think we really plan on going many other places than Disney, or at least nowhere we couldn't get to on ART.

      Any rave reviews or horror stories?
      I really like it. Very easy and convenient but, like yoyoflamingo said, I wish it was available in the early morning hours also. If you decide to go other places besides Disney, there are plenty of Grayline tour or metro busses to take you there.

      ot: Bless you for taking two 6 year olds by yourself!!
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        Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

        I used the DL Express from and to LAX last September, I prepurchased online and printed out the coupon. It was pretty good, I missed one by about a half minute, but didn't have long to wait for the next. They do take a bit of an excursion around Anaheim to drop off other passengers, so you may be the first or the last.

        On the way back I rang and booked my return trip, I did allow a LONG time in case of problems, and the bus was a little late for me (about 10 minutes) others who got on stood and argued with the driver about how late we were (which made us even later - I don't get people sometimes).

        But I arrived at LAX in plenty of time, and I fully intend to use their service whenever I return.
        (I may be back in July, and will see how good they are when there's a lot of passengers.)
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          Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

          Went last July with them round trip and it worked fantastically.

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            Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

            Thanks for the reassurances - looks like it would be a good bet.

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              Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

              I've always had very good luck with the Prime Time Shuttle from LAX. They constantly have vans that will take you to any Disneyland area hotel for around $15 per person over 2 years-old one way.

              You might also want to check the LAX Dollar Rent-A-Car. Today they dropped their rates quite a bit. I reserved a Ford Fusion / Honda Accord size car for $150 per week. Having a car to run over to Newport Beach and to visit our So Cal friends is extremely convenient.
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                Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                It's very well run, basically you go from LAX to the Disneyland Hotel, then they will split you up there into one of two busses (the other bus does the John Wayne Airport), which then route among the hotels of the area, and keep doing that throughout the day. Because they're a big bus, they run in the HOV lanes, so they sail through the traffic. (You can get to the bus, and be to Disneyland by the time you'd get a rental car at LAX... Trust me on this one!!!)

                Very comfortable and clean bus, friendly drivers who are very helpful.

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                  Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                  Originally posted by Darth Mickey View Post
                  I've always had very good luck with the Prime Time Shuttle from LAX. They constantly have vans that will take you to any Disneyland area hotel for around $15 per person over 2 years-old one way.

                  You might also want to check the LAX Dollar Rent-A-Car. Today they dropped their rates quite a bit. I reserved a Ford Fusion / Honda Accord size car for $150 per week. Having a car to run over to Newport Beach and to visit our So Cal friends is extremely convenient.
                  Try Budget, and keep retrying before you get there... I've scored a Large Sized Car (Impala, Altima, etc) for $12-17 day by doing this. (Also, sometimes adding a day is cheaper than the weekly rate). If you belong to Costco, they have coupons! I've also scored deals from Enterprise/Alamo/National lately too (same company). My biggest issue with rental cars at LAX is the wait... last time I was there it took me over an hour to get to the Rental Car Counter from Southwest... was almost 2 hours after landing that I was pulling out of the Rental Car Lot... Ugh!

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                    Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                    Originally posted by pinkertonfloyd View Post
                    It's very well run, basically you go from LAX to the Disneyland Hotel, then they will split you up there into one of two busses (the other bus does the John Wayne Airport), which then route among the hotels of the area, and keep doing that throughout the day. Because they're a big bus, they run in the HOV lanes, so they sail through the traffic. (You can get to the bus, and be to Disneyland by the time you'd get a rental car at LAX... Trust me on this one!!!)

                    Very comfortable and clean bus, friendly drivers who are very helpful.
                    Thank you very much for this description of how it works - I am staying at the DLH so that would make it extra convenient for me. I will keep checking rental cars as the trip nears, but I am really starting to lean toward the bus especially with the waiting issue you mentioned. I want to check in at a good hour so I get the best room assignment possible!

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                      Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                      If oyu don't need to go off property or too far off property, then don't rent a car. Esp with the little ones and not having driven in LA before.
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                        Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                        Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                        If oyu don't need to go off property or too far off property, then don't rent a car. Esp with the little ones and not having driven in LA before.
                        Totally agree with that. If you know for sure that you won't go off-property then their is no sense in renting a car. Especially if you haven't driven in L.A. before, you won't like the traffic, and if you catch it at the wrong time, you really won't like driving in it.

                        Sounds like taking the express bus is the way to go. Just leave yourself a little extra time on the return trip to the airport in case it's running late.
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                          Re: Disneyland Resort Express from LAX

                          My family prefers the Super Shuttle (7 pas. van). It costs a bit more than the disney express, but they are more frequent and have fewer stops.
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