Flying to the Los Angeles area to visit the Disneyland Resort? Your ground transportation options just got more limited.
Two long-time travel options from local airports are shutting down in the new year. Earlier this month, SuperShuttle announced that it will stop running its iconic blue vans at airports across the country. And this week, Coach USA Southern California announced that it will stop running its Disneyland Express buses from LAX and Orange County's John Wayne airport after January 7.
Without a "free," Disney-run Magical Express service, as many Walt Disney World visitors rely upon in Florida, the pay-per-use Disneyland Express service was a popular option for many families who did not wish to rent a car to move between the airport and the Disneyland resort, especially if they did not want to deal with car seats in a taxi or Uber. Now, without either that option or the SuperShuttles, more visitors will end up taking Lyft or Uber, expensive taxis... or just renting a car.
It's a shame, because if you're visiting Southern California just for a Disneyland vacation, having a car at the resort is not only unnecessary, it's a burden. Not renting a car not only saves you the car rental cost, but also the nightly parking fees that every hotel near Disneyland charges. If you are staying on site, you never will use your car while you are at Disneyland, as everything within the resort is walkable. Even if you are staying at a nearby hotel, you might find it easier just to walk to the resort, as well. (Pro tip: If you are staying south the convention center on Harbor Boulevard, consider walking to the Toy Story lot and picking up a Disneyland shuttle from there.)
Perhaps Disneyland might start its own Magical Express bus service some day. But until that happens, I would recommend using Lyft to get to and from the airport when visiting the Disneyland Resort. Heck, if you have more than two people in your group, that's often cheaper than buying tickets for everyone on the Disneyland Express was anyway.
Even if you are visiting other locations in Southern California and want a car to do that, wait to pick up your rental car until after you are done at Disney, to save on the parking costs. Just use a Lyft to get to your car rental location near Disneyland. (Or dump the rental before going to Disneyland, if that's at the end of your California trip.)Tweet
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