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traveling to and from Disneyland, need a little advice

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1. Posted by laneypooh (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

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Hey ya'll were planning a trip to Los Angeles and were wondering what's the best way to get around. The one thing we want to do is go to Disneyland. We need to find a ride for like 8 people. We've heard of Prime Time Shuttle on the west coast. Has anyone used them before? I heard they were good looking for any other travelers opinions.

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2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 5y

Whenever a first time poster suggests (or asks someone else to suggest) a commercial hotel/car services, or any other venture, we have to wonder if they really want to know about the service--or if they work with or own the commercial enterprise and are trying to get free advertising.

For this reason, I will not post anything positive or negative about the service even though I do know of it.

The one thing I will say is that for people flying into Los Angeles who need to travel to the Anaheim area, there are really only three choices on what to do. (1) Rent a car and drive there yourself if you can read a map well and are not scared of LA traffic and/or congestion, (2) Get a shuttle service to take you out there to your hotel--and then use hotel shuttles to get to/from the local sites, or (3) take a bus (tour or regular one) to the area from the airport--and then once again, take the hotel shuttles to get to the attractions.Choose whichever one of these works best for you

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

Surely you want to go to other locations than just Disney, LAX and your hotel (beach, San Diego, etc.)? I believe renting a van, or 2 cars, would be the way to go. The LA area is famous for lack of public transportation - basically, Southern California is one big maze of freeways.

4. Posted by laneypooh (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

No, just a curious traveler. And I do want to see everything there is to see.

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 5y

In that case, Daawgon's suggestion of either renting a van or else renting two cars is really your only good choice. I lived in the LA area for over 30 years and can testify that getting around in a car is the only way to see all the sites you'll want to see.

Best tips are to drive places during low-peak periods--for example, don't try to take any freeways on Mondays through Fridays between 7 and 9 AM or between 4 and 6 PM to go anywhere unless you like being in traffic that goes 10 miles an hour max. Also, on weekends get up and drive places early (rather than middle of the day). This is especially applies if you plan to go to a beach area or to a major tourist attraction (like Disneyland). Between 10 and noon on a Saturday in the summer, everybody will be on a freeway heading towards the coastline (where temperatures will be 10 degrees to 20 degrees cooler than inland--and where the smog levels will be much less).