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    Ok - it's looking like flying into LAX will probably end up being cheaper than flying into SNA (cheaper fare plus no baggage fees). Probably save us a couple hundred dollars. Have never flown into LAX and from what I hear it can be a bit of a nightmare. Huge airport, have heard of long rides to DLR due to traffic, will not even think of renting a car - so we're looking at a shuttle. My question is - does anyone think it's worth the headache (or maybe it's really not so much of a headache and someone has a good experience with LAX to share with me?) to save a couple hundred dollars? I know the ride from SNA to DLR is shorter and have even heard it's just as cheap to take a cab and probably get there quicker. Just trying to weigh all of the options. Also - any opinions on Frontier airlines? Have never flown with them - usually do Airtran/Southwest. I know Frontier has baggage fees - I'm debating flying Frontier into SNA or Southwest into LAX. All opinions appreciated!
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    I have flown out of LAX, ONT and SNA many times.

    Especially for a visit to DLR, unless I saved a lot of money, I would always fly in to SNA. Way closer, amount of time to get from airport to DLR is way faster.

    Also, traffic out of LAX can be a nightmare at any given time.

    SNA is a much easier airport to get in and out of quickly. Depending on when your flight comes in (3pm - 6pm will likely be longer), you can make it to DLR in 20 minutes from SNA.
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    I don't mind LAX. I don't remember having any problems with it. Have flown in and out. Driven to and from. Shuttled to and from. Time of day obviously plays a part in freeway traffic. If you are taking a shuttle, bring a book, sit back, think of how to spend that extra money you are saving, and let the driver worry about the traffic. You'll get there when you get there. At least that's how I look at it.

    SNA on the other hand is super close to the Resort and the terminals are luxuriously empty by comparison to LAX. I've never actually used the airport myself, only picked people up there from their flights (I think LAX's parking is better) so don't know how convenient shuttle & taxi service is, but am assuming that it would not be a hassle due to the airport size. If you are anxious to get to your hotel and the parks you can't beat this airport. Very little freeway time.

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    SNA all the way. Its worth, to me at least, the extra cost to fly into and out of there. You can't put a price tag on aggravation.
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    We did a flight out of LAX on Southwest (LAX to MCO) last August. The only thing I didn't like was the check in and the luggage. (Had 4 bags + carry ons with me on a scooter and DD pushing a cart with all the luggage. Really missed the curbside check in.) The terminal was fine. I liked the Southwest terminal. Easy to get around.

    Never flew out of SNA, but guess it is similar to Burbank. SNA is much closer and you will be at DL sooner. I would rather save the money for goodies at DL and take the DRE or a shuttle van from/to LAX.

    It really depends on which option works better for you.
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    Never had a problem a LAX. I'd save the money.
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    If you've never been to either, you won't know the difference anyway, so if money is a big motivating factor, just go with LAX. Try to schedule a flight arrival outside of rush hour traffic (6-9am and 3-6pm you should try to avoid).

    FWIW, I lived in the area for a LONG time. LAX was the bane of my existence. I have NEVER had a good experience there...when we moved to VA this summer, we flew out of LAX for, what we decided, was the LAST time. It will be SNA, Long Beach, or Burbank for us when we return to the area. I actually like SNA best, followed by Long Beach, then Burbank.
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    For the record, I have flown into both.

    However, I typically avoid our big city airports, so flying into SNA is a lot more money for me. I'd rather spend it at Disney.

    I do agree with Natalie about schedules. I've yet to have traffic issues but usually fly into LA late morning and do the red-eye home.
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    Thanks for the opinions everyone! I'll have to see what the actual difference in fare will be (I am too far out to price the actual dates, but have looked at similar dates), and consider all of the other variables. The flight itself is just going to be so long for us - I think if I can spare any aggravation once we are on the ground, the difference in price might just be worth it. I am just very anxious for my airlines to release the fares for my dates! It's getting close!
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    I haven't checked recently, but I seem to remember that John Wayne actually stops their flights after a certain hour because of noise laws (I think its 11:00pm). LAX flies around the clock.

    Starting around 2:30 or so is when the traffic starts but the shuttles use the diamond lanes most of the way.

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    I have never flown to either one, May 20th will be our 1st trip to LA/DISNEYLAND. We are flying Southwest and in our hotel package we have a shuttle included I think about 30.00 per person roundtrip from LAX, may not be the wisest choice, but for these farmers from Mo. who will not rent a car, we thought this was the best for us. We are using a shuttle van, not the bus. I guess another reason we chose this is because we had credit on our tickets from SW so needed to use them.

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    I am using SNA for my June trip (45 days ), and have never flown there before. Im flying there via Southwest and found the fares comparable to LAX.

    I just flew in and out of LAX for a last minute funeral trip. We arrived on a Friday and departed on a Sunday. I found LAX VERY managable and really no better or worse than any other airport Ive used. I really didnt think it lived up to the negative hype. Keep in mind, however, Im from Chicago, and may be more accustomed to big city airports.

    I drove a rental car north out of LAX on a Friday afternoon. Took 90 minutes to travel the first 20 miles . this was awful, and was not on the way to DLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laughin' place View Post
    I drove a rental car north out of LAX on a Friday afternoon. Took 90 minutes to travel the first 20 miles . this was awful, and was not on the way to DLR.
    That is the part that makes LAX so bad.

    Once your actually at the airport, its better than many other airports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mook3y View Post

    Once your actually at the airport, its better than many other airports.
    Unless you are flying on Virgin America. That terminal is a disgrace...

    Unfortunately, that's the airline we always use when flying into/out of LAX.
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    What's the better airport to fly into when going to Disneyland and why? Thanks.

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    SNA or John Wayne, is only 15 minutes away from Disneyland. It is right in Orange County. Smaller airport than LAX, but hands down (price allowing) I'd fly into SNA before LAX for a Disneyland trip.

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    Before I moved to CA I always chose to fly into John Wayne airport when going to Disneyland. Now that I live in CA, I still use it most of the time, when I'm flying from CA. I'm only at LAX when I'm leaving the country. I love the smaller airport and quicker access in and out.
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