Planning a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA? LAX is not your only airport option. (Plus, a word on hotels)
All roads may lead to Disneyland, but in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the journey from area airports varies in distance, time, traffic, transportation options, and best hours of day to travel. Your starting point will determine your options for an arrival airport, but if you do have a choice, these details should be helpful.
A hotel stay near Disneyland will make a multi-day visit more convenient and relaxing. Lodging is available within walking distance of Disneyland’s entrance, and most hotels offer shuttle service to the park. Options range from budget to luxury, and nightly prices vary depending on the season and day of the week. Three hotels on the Disneyland property are available in addition to the many local lodging options.
Closest Airports to Disneyland
Depending on your location of departure, there are multiple airports to choose from when booking your trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here, area airports are listed in order of distance to the park, starting with the closest.
John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
Distance: At about 15 miles, John Wayne Airport in Orange County is the closest airport to Disneyland. (CA-55 North to I-5 North.)
Car Rental: On-site rental-car counters are located on the Arrivals (lower) Level between Terminals A and B, across from the statue of John Wayne.
Shared and Private Shuttle Service: Several companies provide service from SNA to Disneyland with pick-up on the Arrivals (lower) level in the Ground Transportation Center.
Disneyland Shuttle: Large vans can accommodate parties of six or more people. Numerous shuttles operate daily with special rates to Disneyland Hotel or other nearby lodging.
Disneyland Resort Express by Coach USA: Provides shuttle from John Wayne Airport to over 70 hotels at 17 designated bus stops in the Anaheim resort area. The shuttle operates nearly 15 hours a day with last airport pick-up at 7 p.m.
Transportation Network Companies: Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are permitted to pick up and drop off passengers at John Wayne Airport. Drivers drop off passengers on the Departures (upper) Level at curbside and pick up their passengers on the top level of parking structures A2 and B2 also in the Terminal C parking structure on the upper level. (About $25.)
Taxi: John Wayne Airport Yellow Cab provides service from the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrivals (lower) Level between Terminals A and B. In Terminal C, cabs are available on the Arrivals (lower) level at Column 14. ($29 flat rate to Disneyland.)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Distance: 24 miles, with two routes: CA-91 East to I 5 South; and 405 South to CA-22 East. Drive time from Long Beach Airport varies from 30 minutes to about an hour during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.
Car Rental: Major rental companies are located across from the terminal.
Taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminal. Long Beach Yellow Cab offers flat-rate service to Disneyland for $66.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Distance: 34 miles, with two primary routes: I 105 East to I 5 South, and CA-91 East. Drive time from LAX varies from one hour and 15 minutes to as much as two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.
Car Rental: Major rental companies are available with shuttle pick-up outside of each terminal.
Disneyland Resort Express by Coach USA: Provides shuttles from Los Angeles International Airport to over 70 hotels at 17 designated bus stops in the Anaheim resort area. The shuttle operates nearly 15 hours a day with last airport pickup at 8 p.m.
Transportation Network Companies: Uber and Lyft are available at LAX. Prices vary depending on time of day and traffic. Estimates are available at Uberestimate (about $50-65 to Disneyland).
Taxi: Taxis are available outside each terminal. (The fare will vary depending on traffic conditions but would be approximately $100.)
Ontario International Airport (ONT)
Distance: 36 miles, with two routes: I-10 West to CA-57 South, and CA-60 West to CA-57 South. Drive time from Ontario International Airport varies from about one hour to as much as two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.
Car Rental: Free shuttle service is provided for rental-car customers between passenger terminals and the Consolidated Rental Car Center, where on-airport rental-car counters are located. Off-airport rental-car firms provide transportation for customers between the center and their offices.
Taxi: Taxis are available outside each terminal. Fare is approximately $100 to Disneyland area, depending on traffic conditions.
Hollywood Burbank Airport, AKA Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
Distance: 45 miles, (I-5 South). Drive time from Burbank varies from 80 minutes to over two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.
Car Rental: The rental car pick-up and drop-off is located in the Consolidated Rental Car Facility in the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center which is about a seven-minute walk from the terminal. An elevated moving walkway is available and wheelchair service can be arranged. (818/795-6087.)
Shared and Private Shuttle Service: Several companies provide service from Hollywood Burbank Airport to Disneyland–Super Shuttle, Prime Time Shuttle, and Roadrunner Shuttle with pick-up at ground-transportation islands outside terminals.
Taxi: Taxis are located on the ground-transportation islands immediately in front of the terminal. Fares to Disneyland are about $200 depending on traffic conditions.
Hotels Near Disneyland
Once you get to Anaheim, where should you stay near Disneyland Resort? Here are options on property and nearby.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa offers premium accommodations and its own entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. The hotel features California-inspired artwork, fine dining, and a world-class spa.
Disneyland Hotel is located just steps from the Downtown Disney District and a short stroll to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Dining options include a buffet starring Goofy, the classic Steakhouse 55, and casual Tangaroa Terrace.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel offers a variety of dining, shopping, and recreation including a rooftop pool and waterslide, with decor in the casual style of California’s beachfront boardwalks.
Disneyland “Good Neighbor Hotels”
Disneyland provides a list of 49 Disney-approved hotels near the park, with search options based on location, price, and amenities. These are just a few examples of conveniently located hotels.
The Anaheim Marriott is located just two blocks from the Disneyland Resort. The hotel offers 1,030 guestrooms, two restaurants, a pool, and a fitness center.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim South, about a mile from Disneyland, features two-room suites, complimentary breakfast, a restaurant, room service, a pool, and shuttle service to the park for an additional fee.
Tropicana Inn & Suites, in the “moderate” price category, is conveniently located next to the pedestrian walkway to the Disneyland Resort. The Mediterranean-style hotel includes an outdoor pool and spa.
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, just one block from Disneyland, offers 490 guestrooms with private balconies, upscale amenities, two restaurants, lobby lounge, and shuttle service for an additional fee.
Desert Palms Hotel & Suites is located about two blocks from the Disneyland Resort and includes a hot breakfast buffet, a pool, a game room, room service, a complimentary mini-fridge and microwave, and a lounge.